We can assist you with all aspects of obtaining and renewing liquor, gaming and betting licences. We have acted for most types of organisations requiring commercial licences including: supermarkets, convenience stores, petrol forecourt stores, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, sports & leisure clubs and hotels.

Understanding licensing laws

At James McNulty & Co Solicitors, we understand how licensing laws in Northern Ireland work and how they apply to both business and people. We regularly consult with Hospitality Ulster to ensure we are providing the most up-to-date and responsive service to our clients who work within the hospitality industry.

Our licensing team

Our licensing lawyer is Cathal Murray who has many years of experience assisting businesses and individuals in obtaining licences and representing them if their licence is under threat.

The key areas in which we can help include:

  • Acquisition and disposal of licensed premises
  • Applications for licences
  • Applications for variations of existing licences
  • Applications under the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries legislation
  • Defence of prosecutions for licensing offences
  • Bingo Hall Licences
  • Lottery Licences
  • Occasional Licences

Why come to us?

Not only does Cathal have an in-depth understanding of Northern Ireland licensing law, he has a friendly, down-to-earth manner and gets straight to the point when advising on legal issues. No matter what type of licence you need to apply for, we will provide practical help and manage any issues you have with competence and professionalism.

We offer a series of competitively priced fixed fees for most licensing work, something that is welcomed by our commercial clients looking to stay within a fixed budget.

To find out more about how we can assist you with licensing matters and appeals, please call us on 028 8224 2177.

I was very happy with how Cathal and Heather dealt with the renewal of our licence.  They gave us ample notice to locate all the documentation and I didn’t have to attend Court which was a bonus for me.


Cathal Murray advised us on the transfer of the liquor licence when we bought our pub and Shauna Allison dealt with the transfer of the building.  They worked well together as a team and things went very smoothly in all regards.


I have used James McNulty for many years for renewals  and transferring various liquor licences.  They have built up good knowledge and experience of what is required by the courts so they cut through the endless red tape required with ease.  I have no difficulty in recommending them for liquor licensing work and their staff are pleasant to deal with.


A great firm to work with.  They have seen most problems previously so they can foresee were the issues may arise and work around them. They get the work done on time and right the first time, in what is a very technical legal area with very precise language and timeline driven. Their costs are very reasonable for the level of service given.


A good well regarded legal firm to have in your corner if you are in any difficulty with your pub licence.  They managed to keep my licence when the police were threatening me with closure.  Excellent work by Cathal Murray in his endeavours with the police.


I have used James McNulty & Co for renewals for many years and Heather Rainey has been very helpful at all times in making the process as easy and straightforward as possible for me.


Get in touch

To find out more about how we can assist with your legal matter, please call us on:

028 8224 2177

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