BSP Lawyers is one of Victoria’s largest and most experienced hospitality practices, with extensive expertise in gaming law and liquor licensing. We act for many clients in the hospitality industry, both in metropolitan Melbourne and across Victoria.

We advise clients on a wide range of legal issues, ranging from day to day commercial and contractual legal advice, through to the sale and acquisition of licensed premises, and the obtaining of consents for liquor and gaming applications relating to the establishment of new hotel and club venues.

We also provide hospitality clients with a range of planning services around the establishment or extension of licensed premises. This includes providing advice on applying for permits, negotiating amendments and approvals with Councils, and appealing objections.

Hospitality – Liquor licensing

BSP Lawyers provides liquor licensing advice and services to many clients within Victoria’s hospitality industry, both in metropolitan areas and regional locations, including many individual hotel and club operators, as well as larger hotel groups, restaurateurs and other operators of licensed premises.

We use a pragmatic, well-tested approach to help our clients apply for new liquor licences and variations to current licences. We also provide extensive advice on due diligence issues, procedural requirements and compliance issues for transactions involving licensed premises (with or without gaming machines).

Liquor licensing

Our liquor licensing services cover all requirements and applications under the Liquor Control Reform Act [1998], including:

  • New licence applications.
  • Transfers or variations of existing licences.
  • VCGLR appearances on behalf of licensees in applications by Police or a Council to cancel, suspend or vary licences or individuals’ involvements in the liquor industry.
  • Acting for objectors at the VCGLR against the grant of a new licence or a variation to an existing licence.
  • Appearing before the Full Commission of the VCGLR on an application to review the decision of single Commissioner or Delegate.
  • Approval of new management arrangements relating to licensed premises.

We provide commercial operators with a range of advice and services around:

  • Sale and purchase of a business and/or freehold:
  • Sales and purchases of licensed businesses (with or without gaming machines) including all legal due diligence.
  • Sales and acquisitions of freehold properties (whether as part of a business transaction, or subject to a lease of a licensed business).
  • The preparation of leases for licensed businesses.
  • Advice regarding the Retail Leases Act 2003, which affects most hospitality leases.

For more information about our services in the liquor licensing area, contact Elizabeth Priddle.