Nicola is a paralegal in the Regulatory Department, having joined Hugh James in 2003 from the Court Service in anticipation of the introduction of the Licensing Act 2003 and the conversion of Justices' Licences from the Licensing Act 1964.
She undertakes the majority of preparation and submission of applications for premises licences, personal licences, temporary event notices (TENs), transfers, variations of DPS and club certificates. Nicola is well placed to mediate with the Responsible Authorities both before and during consultation periods, often preparing additional conditions to address application concerns. Nicola also prepares cases for licensing sub-committee meetings for contentious applications. Nicola also has vast experience dealing with applications subject to cumulative impact assessments.
Nicola works closely with our colleagues in the Commercial Property department on licensing matters related to sales, purchases and leases of licensed premises.
Nicola has seen the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005 since joining Hugh James and is often instructed to prepare compliance letters as to the legality of prize draw competitions. She is also experienced in advising clients on what type of gaming or gambling licence they may require and either making those applications on behalf of clients or guiding them through those applications.
- Advised and acted for the operator of two indoor licensed golfing centres which were both affected by cumulative impact policies and both were granted.
- Since the covid pandemic, Nicola has seen an increase in premises licence applications for online alcohol delivery sales.
Nicola worked at Gwent Magistrates' Courts' Committee between 1996 and 2003 receiving and processing applications for Justices' Licences under the Licensing Act 1964 and gambling applications under the Gaming Act 1968