Crown Law Solicitors

Fees - Licensing

Legal Fee Information for Licensing Applications in Relation to Business


Our Legal Fees cover all of the work required to complete an application for a new premises licence (simple application)

Legal Fees

Legal Fees is the amount you will be required to pay for all of the work performed by us in actioning your instructions, from commencement of your case to conclusion.

  • Our average standard legal fee for a licensing application is £1000 – £1500 + VAT (£1200 – £1800 inc VAT)
  • Should your instructions require us to take your matter out of the fixed fee rate (see below for what our fixed fee covers) we will charge an hourly rate of £150 – £260 + VAT (£180 – £312 inc VAT) which will depend on the experience and qualification of the case handler as follows: –
    • Partner – £260 + VAT (£312 inc VAT)
    • Solicitor £220 – 230 + VAT (£264 – £276 inc VAT)
    • Paralegal £125 + VAT (£150 inc VAT)
  • The value of the property and any complexities of the sale will dictate the final fee charged within this range.
  • Below, we detail what services are covered in our standard fee.
  • We will charge the sum of £40 + VAT (£48 inc VAT) for Electronic money transfers.
  • VAT will be payable on our fees and some disbursements and we will clearly confirm which disbursements carry VAT in our formal quotation or as we advise you to incur them.

If at any stage our fees change, we will notify you and discuss the reason for any changes. This would typically occur if you change your instructions or your case involves an unforeseen complexity.

Our average fees assume that:

  1. The transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise.
  2. All parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from any parties providing documentation.

Disbursements and Other Costs

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as Land Registry fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

You will be provided with a full list of disbursements in our formal quotation. If you need to incur any further disbursements during your case, you will be notified in advance of the reason and the amount.

The following disbursements and other costs may apply in your matter.

Application fee (payable to licensing authority)                        £100.00 to £1905.00 (No VAT)

Advertising fee                                                                             £381.84 plus VAT (£457.97 inc VAT)

Enquiry agent fees to display public notices                   £50.00 to £200.00 (No VAT)

Anti-Money Laundering check                                                 £5.00 plus VAT (£6.00 inc VAT)

*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.

How long will my matter take?

Matters usually take 5 to 13 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you however this is dependent on the local authority processing times which will vary.

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.

Stages of the Process

The average fees include:

  • 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 average fee does not include:

  • obtaining suitable plans
  • attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities, nor their fee for this meeting.
  • dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties
  • advising on varying the licence
  • 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 charged at an hourly rate.

Fee Earners

The following fee earners handle Residential Property matters:

  1. Kavita Goyal is a Partner and Qualified Solicitor. Kavita qualified in 2016 and specialises in all areas of Property Law.
  2. Victoria Agu is Qualified Solicitor who is supervised by Kavita Goyal. Sidra qualified in 2012and specialises in all areas of Property Law.
  3. Sidra Rehman is Qualified Solicitor who is supervised by Kavita Goyal. Sidra qualified in 2016 and specialises in all areas of Property Law.


If you have any questions relating to our services and our fees, please contact us on 0208 175 6733 or email us at