How To Choose The Right Liquor Licence Lawyer Or Consultant

If you plan to operate a bar, restaurant, bottle store, or any other outlet where alcohol will be sold, you are legally required to obtain a liquor licence. There are very clear-cut rules around the sale of alcohol in South Africa; however, some difficulties can arise during the process of applying for your liquor licence.

For the best outcome, hiring a liquor licence lawyer or consultant can save you a great deal of time and stress. In this blog, we will give some top tips on choosing the right one for your business to smooth the process of liquor licence applications and renewals.

Experience, Expertise and Reputation

Look for a company with a long history of working with liquor licence applications and a proven track record of successful applications and renewals. Ask for referrals from others in your industry to ensure the consultancy has a working knowledge applicable to your type of business. Go online to their website and social pages to read reviews, and feel free to request references before settling on a consultancy to assist you in the process.

Good Communication Skills

Once you have a shortlist, you can approach the company to learn more about their services. Take careful note of their communications with you. For example: 

  • Are they responsive to your calls and emails?
  • Are their communications professional and relevant?
  • Are the responses clear and concepts explained in a way that is easy to understand?
  • Will you have one contact person who will be your go-to when necessary?

Clarity On The Fee Structure 

Ask for information on the fees that will be charged to process your applications or renewals. Transparency is essential to assess the cost versus benefit of hiring consultants. Ask if fees are once-off, annual, or recurring so you can understand the ongoing cost implications.

Expectations On The Role Of The Liquor Licence Lawyer Or Consultant 

You can reasonably expect your liquor licence expert to perform the following services for you:

  • Application assistance ‒ help you navigate the paperwork to ensure accurate and complete applications.
  • Legal guidance ‒ expert and up-to-date knowledge of the ins and outs of South African liquor laws and your rights and responsibilities as a liquor licence holder.
  • Ongoing compliance management ‒ help you establish and maintain the necessary procedures and practices to ensure ongoing compliance.

Need an expert liquor licence lawyer or consultant? Contact Leon Slotow Associates today to find out how we can simplify your life by helping you with your liquor licence applications and renewals. Our expert team has years of experience in the industry, and we assist hundreds of businesses in applying, renewing, transferring, and maintaining their liquor licences every month.

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