Speaking at the Institute of Licensing conference in London, Stephen Walsh QC of law firm The Raymond Buildings, told operators to act now to avoid any new regulations as part of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act.
Proposals from the act could make it harder for TENs applications to go through because police objections will carry greater weight when licensing authorities consider applications.
It is also anticipated that environmental health departments will be able to object to applications.
Walsh said: “If the police say our resources are stretched so we object to the application on the grounds that we are already under pressure and could risk public nusiance, then the licensing authority will have to act upon it.”
Licensing law firm Poppleston Allen’s partner Clare Eames added: “If operators apply three months before the Games, then their application may be rejected under the proposed regulations due to come in next year.”