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Licensed premises | Private members clubs

Since the introduction of the Licensing Act 2003, club premises certificates have been a lesser used option behind premises licences and have therefore become a niche specialism both in terms of premises and legal advice. We have continued to frequently provide advice on club premises certificates and their unusual constitution.

Club premises certificates apply to groups such as sports clubs, political members clubs or private members clubs. In a qualifying club, there is technically no sale or supply of alcohol by retail as the members already own the alcohol stock and therefore there is no need for authorisation of those sales. The money passing across the bar is deemed as an equity measure to provide a process where one member may have more alcohol than another. However, there are stringent requirements to meet in order to become a qualifying club such as; number of members, 48 hour membership application process and the club must be established and conducted in good faith. It must also be shown that the surplus from the supply of alcohol to members and their guests is attributed for the benefit of the Club as a whole.

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  • Devonshire Club
  • Acting for the Oxford Union Debating Society and providing advice on its constitution and rules
  • Acting for various members clubs both within London and outside
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