New review of the Handbook

I was so pleased yesterday evening to receive the following review of the Licence Review Handbook from a representative of a residents’ group in Durham:

“This Licensing Review Handbook is a hugely helpful and useful text for anyone. It is clearly laid out in a logical order to guide the reader through the process of dealing with a licensing matter from start to finish. The layout makes it simple to locate any particular section and it is written in plain language making it easy to follow and understand. There are lots of useful links to cross reference to and a website for updates as they occur, all very well thought out. I particularly like the fact that this book is so clear, so concise, has many useful tips and guidance and up to date links. It completely demystifies the process of licensing and is a very welcome help for anyone who has a concern over a licensing application or a premises already licensed. This book makes life much easier for us (a Residents Group) as we struggle to safeguard quality of life against the power of the large organisation wishing to extend licensing hours and add new premises. Highly recommended.” (Ms J.G., St Nicholas’ Community Forum)

My main aim when I wrote the Licence Review Handbook was  to make the licence review procedure accessible, to ‘translate’ it, if you like, from dry and fusty  legalese into ordinary language. be happyWhat makes me particularly happy about this review is that it shows me I am achieving that aim. Thank you!

If you are having trouble from licensed premises near you, don’t feel that you have to put up with it. Find out about the  licensing objectives set out by the Licensing Act 2003 and ask your local council to review the way that the premises licence is being operated. It is easier than you think, once you know how. It’s an informal procedure, nothing like a court hearing, and you don’t need a lawyer.

Take a look at the first few pages of the Licence Review Handbook here.


Chapter updates complete!

This is the way to go. Chapter updates all complete. Time for a large coffee!


It should now be pretty straightforward for you to find links to the online source material that you come across when you are reading the Licence Review Handbook. If you have any trouble, or if you find a link that isn’t working as it should, just contact me here and I’ll put things right just as soon as I can.

Don’t let badly run licensed premises spoil your life. Take a look at the first few pages of the Licence Review Handbook on the Amazon site here, and see how you can ask the local council to hold a formal licence review into how the premises are being run. Find out how to focus on the licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003. Learn how to take effective action against a premises licence that is causing trouble for you or your neighbourhood.


See the Licence Review Handbook homepage here

See the Handbook’s Amazon page here


Updates to the first four chapters are complete

Chapter s1 to 4: that’s including what a premises licence is, why you’d want to have one reviewed, how to get your neighbourhood organised and guidance on recording and storing data such as CCTV footage.

Click here for the updates page.

After a long day in court as well, I’m calling it quits for today. More chapter updates coming tomorrow!