Licensing Law

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Licensing Law

Our Licensing team can assist you if you require a Licence or even if you hold an existing Licence and would wish to vary it.


We can assist you if you are planning a new venture which will require a Licence or even if you hold an existing Licence and would wish to vary it.

The licensing regime does not just cover the sale of alcohol but extends to other matters including;

  • Gambling
  • Sporting events
  • Live and recorded music
  • Performances of dance and entertainment
  • Late night refreshment for hot food

Since the enactment of the Licensing Act 2003 it has been for you to decide what elements you would wish for your Licence to include and the hours that you open.

Is your business missing out on opportunities to open for longer or hold different events to improve your profitability?

Our Approach

We aim to have matters resolved where possible without the need for a hearing and have a well established relationship with the responsibility authorities (the Police, Council, Fire Service, Trading Standards).  Sometimes a hearing cannot be avoided and Mr Naghen is a highly experienced Advocate to present your case at a contested hearing.


We appreciate that you will often be working to a budget and so we will give you a fixed fee quotation to deal with your matter assuming it is granted on a paperwork basis.  Should the matter require a full hearing we will arrange a fixed budget cap to provide you certainty of cost.

Here to Help

Daven Naghen LLB

Dav usually assists local authorities with dealing with licencing applications for premises selling alcohol, providing public entertainment and or hot food at night. He has considerable experience of assisting takeaways and similar such businesses in respect of licences to sell hot food after 11.00pm.

Telephone 01775 722261 or Email:

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How Banks are Cashing in on Wills

Recent headlines have reported how banks are now cashing in on Wills.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, banks offered customers low cost Wills (or sometimes even free Wills) but the small print allowed the bank to charge extortionate rates to act as Executors. It is reported that banks are expecting billions of pounds of revenue from their Will writing services and administering estates and in some cases their fees have been over £12,000 to administer an estate as they look to charge a fixed fee PLUS a percentage of the deceased’s wealth.

If you or a loved one has made a Will through a bank we would urge you to check who you have appointed as Executors and check any small print which you may have signed. If you are unsure then please speak with one of our lawyers in the Wills and Probate team who can look at your existing Will with you. It may be appropriate to make a new Will which revokes any previous Will you have made which could save your family thousands of pounds when your estate needs to be administered.

In the majority of cases, when someone has passed away we can provide the family with a quote of how much the legal fees will be so that there are no nasty surprises once the administration is complete.

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Gemma Mayer LLB

"I would highly recommend Maples Solicitors, especially Gemma Mayer, for any conveyancing work. The level of support and professionalism was excellent at all times. I also felt if I needed to ask or clarify anything that it was not an issue. Buying and selling a house is stressful enough, but Gemma helped me through it step by step."

Anita Toal LLB BA

"I think you are brilliant. You can use my comments above. You are efficient, friendly and quite clearly very good at what you do. Mainly you don’t leave people hanging around too long for." "So easy to talk to her and she understood what I wanted. She put me at ease and I cant thank her enough"

Daven Naghen LLB

"Daven provided an excellent service, from attending the first interview with me to the final court appearance. He filled me full of confidence that he would defend me to which he did and come out with an excellent outcome in view of my position that I had put myself in."

Faye Blair LLB

Faye was excellent, sensitive and acted very well to the time constraints we faced. Great service and dealt with compassion at such sad times made the process less painful very professional.

Jamie Dobbs ACILEx

Over the last forty years I have cause to deal with many law firms both in a personal and professional capacity, including some ‘top’ London Companies. In all of those dealings I have never found anyone as proactive and so willing to offer help and advice as Jamie Dobbs. During the last two years Jamie guided my parents through the completion of Lasting Powers of Attorney. Helped myself with the use of the LPA and recently dealing with Probate and Estate Administration following their death.

Mike Pepper MA

Mike Pepper gave us excellent advice. He was always most helpful and accommodating giving lucid explanations every step of the way. Thank you Mike.

Claire Smith FCILEx

Claire Smith has been amazing in every way. I highly recommend her and I am so grateful for all her help. She’s professional on all levels, reliable, extremely organised and I will be recommending her to everyone. I’m very lucky to have had her representing me and I can’t thank her enough. She is an asset to Maples. Thanks so much Claire!