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Liquor Licensing Lawyers in Ballarat, Beaufort, Castlemaine & Daylesford.

With leading liquor licensing lawyers in Ballarat, Beaufort, Castlemaine & Daylesford, Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers have acted for clients in Victoria’s metropolitan and regional hospitality industry. We adopt a practical and multidisciplinary approach that aligns with clients’ desired liquor licensing outcomes.

Why Choose Us in Ballarat and Central Highlands?

By engaging with leading liquor licensing lawyers at Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers, this places you in the best position to ensure that you are well looked after and cared for by lawyers that also appreciate the procedural, due diligence and compliance requirements involved in liquor licensing.

With over thirty years’ experience, we have developed a strong reputation in being able to work with a wide variety of clients in liquor licensing law across Ballarat, Beaufort, Castlemaine, Daylesford, and the broader Central Highlands region. We understand that liquor licensing requires lawyers that have industry knowledge and a thorough knowledge of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Vic).

Whether you are preparing a liquor licence application or defending in response to any objections, our team of liquor licensing lawyers are there to deliver practical outcomes.

When you choose Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers, we ensure:

We believe in delivering real expertise in liquor licensing lawyers to create positive experiences for our clients. That’s why, we ensure that our liquor licensing lawyers are experts in their field and have proven experience in the hospitality industry.

With over thirty years’ experience in liquor licensing, your liquor licensing experience matters to us, and we believe that you should have reliable, accessible and transparent liquor licensing services.

That’s why, as a leading regional law firm in Ballarat and Central Highlands, our liquor licensing legal team are fully supported by our team of lawyers and support staff so that you can have access to high quality liquor licensing legal services.

At Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers, we operate and maintain a trust account that is regularly reviewed and audited so that you can have a peace of mind when you transfer your money with us, it is protected and secure.

We understand that you want to feel financially comfortable knowing that you are supported by the right people with the right resources.

That’s why we ensure that our trust accounts are properly audited and reviewed. Our liquor licensing lawyers across Ballarat, Beaufort, Daylesford & Castlemaine are also assisted by a team of support staff.

We make accessing our liquor licensing services easy, transparent and reliable, so that your experience with us feels complete and assured.

That’s why when you engage with Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers as your chosen liquor licensing lawyers, we are committed to providing you accessibility. We have physical offices fully staffed with support teams situated across Central Highlands: Ballarat, Beaufort, Castlemaine & Daylesford. Our head office is situated in Ballarat.

When engaging us, you can also connect with us online, by telephone, or by email. We are committed to ensuring high quality customer service so that your liquor licensing experience with us is seamless.

At Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers, our liquor licensing lawyers are there to ensure that their knowledge of the hospital industry align with clients’ desired outcomes.

With over thirty years’ experience and industry knowledge, our lawyers are able to navigate liquor licensing issues relating to the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission. Our lawyers work closely with clients to understand their circumstances and align with their liquor licensing needs.

Furthermore, our liquor licensing lawyers understand that legal issues involved in liquor licensing should not be viewed in a vacuum, and that the legal issues should be properly viewed within its commercial and industry context.

Guided by expertise and experience in liquor licensing laws across Ballarat, Beaufort, Castlemaine & Daylesford, we are a valuable asset and resource to the start of your journey because of our ability to understand the legal issues involved in liquor licensing across the hospitality industry, including, owners and operators, developers, hotels, club operators, restaurants, bars, packaged liquor outlets, and wineries.

“We ensure that our quality of liquor licensing legal services at Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers is guided by industry knowledge to deliver practical outcomes.”

What our lawyers have to say.

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Are you looking for a liquor licensing lawyer? Call us on (03) 5331 1244 to get in touch and arrange an appointment with a member of our liquor licensing team.

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What is Liquor Licensing?

Within the hospital industry, liquor licensing involves laws relating to the supply and consumption of liquor. Liquor is a legally defined term as a beverage for consumption with a prescribed alcoholic content. There are different categories and types of liquor licences that are regulated in Victoria, and applications for liquor licensing must be made to the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission. A range of legal issues may be involved with liquor licensing laws.

At Nevett Wilkinson Frawley Lawyers, our liquor licensing lawyers can assist you in navigating the due diligence, procedural and compliance requirements involved in liquor licensing laws, including:

  • Applications for new licences.
  • Advice regarding liquor licence requirements.
  • Transferring or variations to existing licence.
  • Appearances on behalf of clients in disciplinary proceedings relating to the application of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Vic).
  • Advising and representing clients regarding objections and liquor licence offences.
  • Acting on behalf of objectors at the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission regarding the grant or variation to liquor licences.
  • Acting on behalf of applicants at the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission regarding the cancelling, suspension or variation of liquor licensing.

Liquor licensing laws may also be related to commercial operations. By adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, our liquor licensing lawyers understand that liquor licensing advice may be integrated in the due diligence of commercial arrangements:

  • Sale and purchase of Business with liquor licensing.
  • Sale and purchase of Property (involving liquor licensing as part of a business or lease situated on the property).
  • Commercial Leases, that may have liquor licensing aspects.

The laws relating to liquor licensing is regulated by the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Vic).

Frequently Asked Questions.

The purpose of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Vic) is to reform the law relating to the supply and consumption of liquor.

There are a number of objectives under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Vic), and are summarised: to contribute to the minimisation of harm, facilitate the development of a diversity of licensed facilities reflecting community expectations, and contribute to the responsible devleopment of the liquor, licensed hospitality, and live music industry.

Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Vic), the term, amenity has a legally defined meaning. Amenity is defined to mean as the quality that the area has of being quality and agreeable.

Factors that may be taking into account in determining whether amenity may be impacted, include: the possibility of nuisance or vandalism, the harmony and coherent of the environment, and any other prescribed matters.

An objection to the grant or variation of a liquor licence can be objected by any person, Chief Commissioner, local municipality, and licensing inspector.

The objection must be permissible within the statutory requirements prescribed under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Vic).


Our Liquor Licensing Team.


Ben Franklin

Managing Partner

Frank Frawley

Special Counsel

Peter Glare

Senior Lawyer

Jason Koutes

Senior Associate

Samantha Mitchell

Law Graduate

Jenny Russell

Legal Executive & Office Manager – Daylesford

Julie Dick

Accounts Administrator & Conveyancing Clerk

Lynne Meldrum

Legal Assistant – Conveyancing

Bindi O’Meara Crosswell

Legal Assistant – Conveyancing

Are you looking for a liquor licensing lawyer? Call us on (03) 5331 1244 to get in touch and arrange an appointment with a member of our liquor licensing team.

You can also connect with us by filling out your details and telling us about your information below:

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