Alcohol licensing

We have considerable expertise in all aspects of alcohol licensing and regularly act for clients seeking to obtain or renew licences, manager’s certificates and temporary authorities for their businesses.

As well as offering these services, we regularly carry out other industry specific work including:

  • Representing clients in hearings or appeals regarding alcohol licences and enforcement, for example:
    • contested or opposed applications
    • suspensions or cancellations
    • hours or conditions of licences
  • Representation and advice regarding the preparation and change of district plan provisions that affect alcohol licences and their issue
  • Representation and advice regarding the preparation and change of Local Alcohol Policies (LAPs)
  • The sale and purchase of businesses and property
  • Strategic and practical advice on all aspects of the employment relationship including resolving workplace disputes, redundancy and restructuring, dismissals and disciplinary action, performance management, health and safety, restraints of trade, confidentiality and intellectual property, privacy, parental leave, human rights issues, Kiwisaver, and employment implications of selling and purchasing businesses
  • Strategic, policy and practical advice on resource management issues relevant to licensed premises
  • Lease formation and tenancy issues


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Experts in the field


Dr. Joan Forret


Direct Dial: +64 7 834 4662


Robert Davies


Direct Dial: +64 7 834 6687


Pervinder Kaur


Direct Dial: +64 7 834 6673