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Business regulation and compliance

We are a specialist team dealing with a wide range of criminal legislation affecting both businesses and individuals.

How we can help

We act for individuals, businesses, charities, not-for-profit organisations and in-house legal teams.

Our services include:

  • advice on compliance with the criminal law, investigations by the police or regulators and managing regulatory risk
  • drafting policies and procedures
  • representation at interviews under caution (PACE interviews), at court (Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and Coroners’ Court) and before licensing committees
  • bespoke training at your/our offices or by webinar

Our specialist expertise includes:

Why choose us?

We believe in working closely with all our clients to achieve their objectives, whether this be adding value to a business through effective compliance, protecting brand and reputation following a criminal investigation/prosecution, keeping senior management out of prison or helping an individual to avoid a driving ban.

By understanding a client’s objectives alongside the factual and legal issues in a case, we are able to give them clear, practical and relevant advice.


You may also wish to choose us because we enjoy what we do; learning about our clients’ businesses, their products and services, meeting new people and working in our area of law which is varied and ever changing.

We are recognised in the 2013 – 2016 editions of the Legal 500 directory for licensing.

Our costs for dealing with driving offences and alcohol licences

Motoring offences

In relation to summary only motoring offences, the costs in respect of a one hearing guilty plea at the magistrates court will vary between £600 – £1000 plus VAT (currently 20%) and expenses, the price will vary depending upon the location of the court, be it Southampton or a court that involves travel in excess of 30 minutes each way. Likely disbursements are at £0.45 per mile from Southampton. The basis of this charge is our hourly rate of £285 per hour  (plus VAT).

Service Information
The services include an initial meeting of up to one hour, representation at court and pleading mitigation, of a time not to exceed one hour waiting and hearing time. The work will be carried out at partner level by a qualified solicitor with 20 plus years experience. In the event of a not guilty plea, costs will be tailored to the individual and detailed accordingly.

Alcohol licences – Applications business premises

The total cost for this will be £1500 plus VAT (currently 20%) and disbursements, this is based on an hourly charge of £285 per hour plus VAT and includes drafting of an operating schedule, preparing application for new premises licence and application for designated premises supervisor to include if necessary application for a personal licence.

Service Information

Disbursements to be paid are the licensing fee, (variable depending upon the rateable value of the premises) an advertisement fee in the local press at present around £200 plus VAT, currently 20%), application fee in respect of personal licence.

This is on the basis that the application is granted in full, without the need for a hearing in front of the licensing sub-committee, or a subsequent appeal to the magistrates court.

A typical time scale from receipt of instructions and plans to grant of a licence is 6 – 8 weeks. Work is undertaken at partner level with 20 years of experience.

Should the matter go to a contested hearing in front of the local council licensing sub-committee, then the price in respect of that matter will be discussed.

Cliff Morris
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2289
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Paris Smith LLP’s clients include local businesses, sports clubs and national chains. Associate Cliff Morris and Clive Thomson are recommended.

- Legal 500 2016 (Crime, fraud and licensing)

At Paris Smith LLP, practice head David Eminton ‘is an excellent litigator who understands the law’. Clive Thomson and Mike Pavitt are also recommended.

- Legal 500 2017

Experienced team that stands out for its expertise in debt recovery work and insolvency claims. Acts for an impressive roster of regional and national clients, and is also regularly called upon for its strengths in trust and probate cases, shareholder litigation and landlord and tenant disputes. Clients say: “They are brilliant. The care and quality that goes into the work and the analytical and critical advice translates into what a client wants”; “I was impressed with their assessment of what was needed, their speed of reaction, the quality of service and the outcome of the litigation”


Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2017

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