How not to deal with a summary review of your premises licence

In his article for this month’s “legal” page for Pub & Bar magazine entitled “How not to deal with a summary review of your premises licence”, David Clifton advises readers how to avoid the calamitous fate that has befallen Elizabeth Pargetter at Lower Loxley Hall (pictured below).
In what must surely be the biggest crisis to have hit Lower Loxley since Nigel Pargetter fell from its roof to his death seven years ago – a tragedy that prompted IPAF to warn that people too often underestimate the real dangers of working at height – his widow Elizabeth has failed to take specialist licensing law advice following the summary review, and subsequent suspension, of its premises licence.

This has had disastrous consequences for Elizabeth, that have been compounded by her son‘s incarceration for possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, arising from the very same incident that prompted the review of Lower Loxley Hall’s premises licence.

We strongly urge anyone else faced with a summary premises licence review to make the soonest possible contact with us. We are experienced in dealing with such matters and will be able to help you avoid the same problems that have so dramatically crippled the business at Lower Loxley Hall.

UPDATE: In an admission heard by millions, Elizabeth finally came clean about the licensing appeal on 23 January 2019 when she confessed: “I didn’t even instruct my solicitor with the paperwork. I couldn’t face it. It was just sitting there and was all so complicated. Then my solicitor was harassing me and I couldn’t face more disappointment. I told her to forget the whole thing. I know I’ve destroyed the business and it’s my fault. It’s completely my fault.” 


PS For those of you who have no idea what we are talking about, the subject-matter of David’s Pub & Bar article is one of the current story lines in the long-running BBC Radio 4 soap, “The Archers”. However, it provides an object lesson in how not to deal with a summary review of your premises licence! If you ever find yourself in a similar position, do please get in touch. We help our clients, not harass them!