We provide a clear path through the most
complex regulatory issues

Our experienced lawyers provide a prompt, proactive and compassionate service and understand the importance of achieving the very best outcome for your unique situation.

Find out how we can help

Top-ranked in Chambers UK and Legal 500

Our regulatory team is consistently and independently recognised by Chambers UK and Legal 500 as a leader in the market.

Our team of specialist and highly experienced lawyers act for individuals, organisations, corporates  and regulators, providing advice on regulatory compliance, investigations, adjudication, enforcement and prosecutions. We help clients respond to regulatory investigations and interventions when the continued operation or reputation of the individual or the business is at stake.

We advise and support professional and businesses in all aspects of their dealings with UK regulators and other agencies with regulatory enforcement powers across the accountancy and finance, legal and healthcare sections.

Ensuring compliance with the increasingly complex and pervasive nature of regulation in the UK requires expert advice and support. Whether you or your organisation needs help before or after a regulatory intervention, clear and decisive advice is required. With your reputation, ability to run your organisation or your ability to practise in jeopardy, we bring clarity in often stressful and emotional circumstances.

Many of our clients have complex legal problems that require the help of lawyers from across the firm, including those from our criminal litigation, employment, company and commercial, public law and dispute resolution teams. Our cross-practice approach ensures that clients receive seamless advice and that their legal problems are analysed from every necessary angle.

You can expect a prompt, proactive and compassionate service from lawyers who understand the importance of achieving the very best outcome for your particular situation.


"lawyers are responsive, cases are always investigated to a high standard and they have great and detailed knowledge of relevant legislation and its application in this field."

Legal 500 2019

They are outstanding; they have great depth of experience and knowledge"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2018

The team is professional, highly skilled and approachable. I am impressed with their handling of complex issues and their excellent communication"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2018

exceptionally experienced and well-respected’ team, ‘made up of creative thinkers who will always go the extra mile"

Legal 500 UK,  2017

The firm has strength in depth. It benefits from a stable of very effective and hard-working lawyers and a leadership team who are not afraid to innovate"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

They are obviously very strong in the field of professional regulation and their experience of working with other regulators is valued as it allows them to bring wider experiences and knowledge to working with us"            

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2016

When it comes to healthcare-related matters, Kingsley Napley LLP is a ‘force to be reckoned with’, and ‘shines as an exemplar of a quality practice"

Legal 500 UK, 2013

no question that they are highly regarded in the professional misconduct field. The reputation of the firm is deserved... Interviewees consistently praise this 'excellent very professional firm"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2013

The lawyers are able to present cases to an exceptional standard, in terms of both advocacy and legal principles!"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017

Our fees

Most of our services are offered on an hourly rate basis and as many of our clients’ matters are complex and often involve multiple parties, there is rarely a typical case. Our clients are given an estimate of costs after our initial meeting or as part of the engagement process. There are some areas where we are able to be more indicative and, as in accordance with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) guidance on price transparency, we have published our price and service information where it is possible to be upfront about charges without knowing all the details of the matter.


Our regulatory team acts for both the corporate bodies and individuals that operate in the leisure and hospitality sectors. Melinka leads on the licensing work and previously she was Head of Licensing for the leading UK pub company, JD Wetherspoon plc. from 2006 to 2009. She has vast experience defending prosecutions instigated by local authorities on matters involving regulatory enforcement including: trading standards, underage sales, noise nuisance, health and safety, food safety and breach of licence conditions.

Melinka’s hourly rate is £390 ex VAT and further information about Melinka’s experience can be found here.


Our prices for services to businesses in relation to applying for a new premises licence (section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003) or to vary a premises licence to allow those premises to be used for one or more licensable activities (section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003), or to apply for a Club Premises Certificate (section 71 of the Licensing Act 2003) or to vary a Club Premises Certificate (section 84 of the Licensing Act 2003)  are as follows:

  • Simple application: £5,000 - £8,000 (based on 10-17 hours at an hourly rate of £390 ex VAT)
  • Medium complexity: £8,000 - £11,000 (based on 17-23 hours at an hourly rate of £390 ex VAT)
  • High complexity: £11,000 - £15,000 (based on 23-32 hours at an hourly rate of £390 ex VAT)

Simple application

  • Premises not situated in a cumulative impact zone
  • Likely to face no opposition from responsible authorities or neighbours
  • Anticipate no contested hearing

Medium complexity

  • Premises not situated in a cumulative impact zone
  • Likely to face some low level opposition from responsible authorities or neighbours
  • Anticipate a contested hearing if opposition is unable to be resolved

High complexity

  • Premises situated in a cumulative impact zone
  • Likely to face strong opposition from responsible authorities or neighbours (or premises with a history of disputes with responsible authorities or neighbours)
  • Anticipate a contested hearing

Fee includes:

  • taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application
  • advising you as the type of plans you are required to submit with your application.
  • completing the application form for a new premises licence (including the operating schedule) in accordance with your instructions and submitting this to the local licensing authority alongside suitable plans. You must provide suitable plans.
  • providing guidance on the fee levels payable to the licensing authority.
  • preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities.
  • drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper.
  • arranging with you for you to display the notice(s) advertising the premises licence application and advising as to where and how this should be done by you in order to comply with the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003.
  • providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself.
  • checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

The fee does not include:

  • obtaining suitable plans
  • attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities, nor their fee for this meeting.
  • attending meetings with Responsible Authorities,
  • attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received and attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee is required then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be conducted by a barrister and/or will be charged at an hourly rate.

Additional fees

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority) – will be determined by the rateable value of your property (see further details below)
  • Advertising fee £250-350
  • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices £50-100
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application £100
  • Printing additional copies of plans if necessary £20

*These fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. The fees can on occasion be higher than the ranges given above. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so.

Application Fee

The fee payable for applications depends upon the rateable value of the premises













Rateable value





and over

Where premises currently have no rateable value

  • Greenfield site – Band A
  • Constructions commenced – Band C

Where premises form part of a large premises rateable value of the whole premises is applied.

Where premises form part of a site with a number of buildings the highest rateable values will be applied.

Additional Fee Based on Capacity over 5000

(For New and Variation)


Additional fee

5,000 – 9,999


10,000 – 14,999


15,000 – 19,999


20,000 – 29,999


30,000 – 39,999


40,000 – 49,999


50,000 – 59,999


60,000 – 69,999


70,000 – 79,999


80,000 – 89,999


90,000 +


Applications for Variations and New Premises Licences, and Club Premises Certificates 













If premises fall within Band D or E and are used exclusively or primarily for supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises then a multiplier applies:

  • Band D x 2 = £900
  • Band E x 3 = £1,905

Multiplier does not apply to Club Premises Certificates

How long will my application take?

Matters usually take 6-10 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you. This is on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you being able to provide all the necessary documents promptly. If your matter is more complex, for example, if there is substantial opposition from interested parties, or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer.

The hourly rates for licensing work are lower than our normal rates and are:

Licensing team rates




Senior Associate





Regulatory Insights

View all


Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline Summer 2019

Misconduct: Managing disciplinary procedures in tandem with external processes - Clodagh Hogan and Shannett Thompson write for the Employment Law Journal

New code for private prosecutions will embed their place in criminal justice - Melinka Berridge writes for The Law Society Gazette

Government promises NDA legislation - but is light on details - Iain Miller quoted in The Law Society Gazette

Social Media Tips for Lawyers - Sian Jones writes for PLC Magazine

If God had wanted us to fly he would have given us wings (or cannabis) - Shannett Thompson & Nicola Finnerty quoted in Citywealth

Disciplinary hearings rise 40 per cent in five years - Iain Miller quoted in The Times

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline April 2019 - May 2019

Industry group despair at 'disproportionate & senseless measures' put on CBD products - Shannett Thompson quoted in Nutraingredients

How to manage internal disciplinary procedures - Clodagh Hogan and Shannett Thompson co-author article in People Management

Rowena Rix quoted in Legaltech News

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline January 2019 - March 2019

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline December 2018 - January 2019

NDAs under fire as ‘weaponising’ mechanism to silence victims of sexual crimes - Iain Miller quoted in IBA article

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline October 2018 - November 2018

Law firms investigated for gagging alleged victims of sexual abuse - Iain Miller quoted in The Times

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline August 2018 - September 2018

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline May 2018 - July 2018

Iain Miller named as "Lawyer of the Year" for Professional Malpractice Litigation

Price transparency: is it about to eat your lunch? Iain Miller writes for The Law Society's Legal Compliance Bulletin

Shannett Thompson in Brummell's sixth annual 30 Ones to Watch list of London's City stars

Regulation of Health and Social Care Professionals in England - The Government Responds

When will courts intervene in the course of disciplinary proceedings?

View all


New non-financial conduct reporting requirements for the big six auditing firms

A word of warning to Panel members on their questioning of Registrants

Regulatory proceedings: no longer least said, soonest mended

Failure to act as a ‘Minister of Justice’ will have costs implications for the private prosecutor

Launch of the Code for Private Prosecutors

Government launches consultation on building and fire safety reforms

The cannabis industry is clearly in flux

The duty of candour applies to represented and unrepresented private prosecutors

Victim Impact Statement for Business: your opportunity to be heard

New ICAEW sanctions guidance on criminal convictions, cautions and Anti-Money Laundering

Confused, Bewildering, Dubious? Cannabidiol in food and drinks: What does the future hold?

What regulators regard as dishonest – More than you would think! (Part Two)

When an employee is under regulatory or criminal investigation, how should their employer handle an internal disciplinary?

The Notre-Dame Fire: safeguarding our historic buildings

New CQC quality ratings – Lessons for private doctors and clinics

Innovation and data protection compliance: when opposites attract

SRA AML audits: be prepared

Think before you tweet – the perils of social media for the accountancy profession

The care home sector in the spotlight

SRA to undertake AML audits as enforcers keep focus on “professional enablers”

Medical cannabis in sport – what athletes need to know

Changes to the SRA’s Reporting Obligation

Is the BACP’s new Professional Conduct Procedure any less Kafkaesque?

Disclosing the past - how much does the regulator need to know?

The Duty of Candour: Telling patients the truth when something goes wrong

At last we are moving away from a state of limbo over NDAs

NMC’s reliance on hearsay evidence leads to successful appeal

World Anti-Doping Agency confirms Russia misses doping deadline

Care homes take heed: if you have failed to pay the ICO data protection fee you could be breaking the law

Court of Appeal reaffirms the need for detailed medical evidence in the event of seeking an adjournment on health grounds

Must an allegation against a doctor always be considered by the Case Examiners?

YouTube video of a Care Quality Commission inspection leads to GP’s suspension

SRA Handbook: The 5 changes you need to know about

3,000 doctors face checks after psychiatrist who practised without a licence is sentenced to a five year prison sentence

Latest drug controversy to hit British Cycling

FRC strategic review 2018: Developments in Audit

#MeToo one year on: can we expect regulatory guidance soon?

Does a victim of crime have an unfettered right to review?

SRA Price Transparency FAQs

The Rise of the Influencer: Advertising Standards Agency release clear guidance for ‘Influencers’- #AD not #Spon?

Why engagement with the regulatory process and ‘adequate’ indemnity insurance/cover is vital

Social Media and the NHS

Court of Appeal overturns High Court’s finding of doctor’s dishonesty

Dr Bawa-Garba – the Court of Appeal has spoken

The Hackitt report - what next?

Is it time to re-visit Bolton?

Property regulation - Important changes to HMO legislation

Solicitor challenges SDT’s restrictions on practice successfully

Collateral damage - when regulatory findings harm the reputations of third parties

Dealing with sexual allegations in the workplace

High Court provides guidance on the approach Panels should take in making determinations of fact Teasdale v General Osteopathic Council

Close Load more
Chambers 2019

Let us take it from here.

+44 (0)20 7814 1200

Skip to content Home About Us Insights Services Contact Accessibility