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Cheers to Laceys Licensing team!

8th October 2020 by Philip Day

Categories: What's New?

Once again, our Licensing team have received sole recognition across Dorset in the 2021 Legal 500, an independent endorsement for the excellent service we provide to clients, for its legal work.

During 2020, Covid-19 has had a detrimental effect on all pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues in England, but we are proud to have played an influential part in helping businesses out of some sticky situations.

Over the last 6 months we have dealt successfully with a number of Covid related cases, persuading licensing authorities in the New Forest and Southampton not to revoke licences for premises caught flouting lockdown restrictions.  We have assisted numerous premises to maintain a reasonable level of trade by licensing external areas and bars to increase their capacity and we also succeeded in extending the permitted hours for a take-away/delivery business In Bristol to 4 a.m. instead of midnight – the business would probably have failed had the application not been granted.

But we aren’t just here for when things go wrong.

Our licensing team can help you buy, sell, change or apply for a new licence across a broad spectrum of regulatory needs from alcohol, music, late night refreshments, through to hotels, betting offices and gaming centres.

The Team’s clients range from national operators and brewers, the owners of large estates and stately homes through to corner shops and independent operators.

We have a particular speciality in outdoor events and venues such as racetracks and Team Leader and Partner Philip Day is a Council member of and Legal Advisor to the National Outdoor Event Association.

Philip Day was an excellent solicitor and without his help and knowledge we would have faced real difficulties. Mr Day kept us informed at every stage of the process.” Paddy Power.

If you need any further information on Licensing please contact Philip Day on or 01202 755980 and he will be happy to help.

Philip Day

Partner — Licensing and Regulatory

Direct dial: 01202 377867


  • “Philip is a leading figure in the world of licensing. If he doesn’t know it, it’s not worth knowing. I’ve known Philip for over 10 years and have benefited greatly from his experience over the years both when paying for his services and as a friend. If you need somebody to represent you, look no further.”

    Andrew Grove, High Grove Events and Vice President of the National Outdoor Event Association

  • “As one of the highest profile licensed events in the local area, it is vitally important to us that we carefully manage our relationships with the local authority and community whilst concurrently being able to manage the commercial performance of the business. The professional management of our Premises Licence and execution of our responsibilities is fundamental to this and we are lucky to count Laceys, and Philip Day in particular, as a formidable cornerstone of this process. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have one of the UK's most prominent licensing solicitors on our doorstep and appreciate his ongoing support for our continued growth.”

    Craig Mathie, MD – Bournemouth 7s Festival

  • “A fantastic service given by Philip, with great advice and clear communication at every stage – always delivered with confidence and no small amount of charm. We're delighted with a fantastic result, much of that down to the skills, experience and approach at Laceys.”

    Ross Andrews

  • “Philip continues to be the foremost licensing solicitor in Bournemouth (and no doubt far and wide). Excellent analysis of current licensing conditions and valuable advise as to likely outcomes.”

    Mark Cater

  • “I really appreciated Philip Day’s advice and the way he dealt with this matter, he was very responsive which was really important for me.”

    Veli Bulbul

Philip graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1978 with an Upper Second BA in Law and was admitted as a solicitor in January 1981 having been articled in the Government Legal Service.  After working as a prosecutor for HM Customs and Excise for two years, Philip moved into private practice in Reading.  There, he specialised in criminal work both prosecuting for agencies such as British Transport Police, Hampshire Police, The Department of Trade and Industry and the RSPCA and defending private clients before beginning to specialise in licensing in 1985.

Philip moved to Bournemouth in 2001 and has ever since specialised in alcohol and entertainment licensing for pubs, clubs, hotels, restaurants, off-licences and events, including large scale outdoor festivals and fairs as well as betting and gaming.  His practice and experience includes associated work such as noise and environmental issues.

Outside of work, Philip has a busy family life as well as being a Town Councillor and organises events on behalf of Ringwood Council, including Fireworks displays and the annual Christmas lights switch-on and festive market.

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