I have just applied to be transferred on to the liquor licence of a pub. The local police have told me that the court's policy is that I cannot be transferred on to the licence until I have been transferred off the licence for my previous pub. This will happen about a week after the date of the transfer sessions for my new pub. Will I have to adjourn the hearing until the following transfer sessions before I can go on to this licence?
Licensing justices can order that a transfer is actually effective on a later date than the transfers sessions, for example the day after your old licence is transferred into the name of someone else. Take a copy of the transfer application for your old pub into the court so that they can see what date you will be transferred off the licence and order that the transfer is effective on an appropriate date. If the current licensee has already left, it may be advisable to obtain either an interim authority or a Protection Order to ensure that you have the relevant authority to sell alcohol until the transfer is effective.