Resolving residents’ concerns with City centre opening hours

Melanie advised and assisted the Respondent in the settling of a complex licensing matter in which residents had raised objections to extended opening hours.

Melanie’s mediation experience enabled her to negotiate an acceptable compromise which allayed residents’ concerns about potential increased levels of drunkenness and anti-social behaviour. The solution also allowed the Licensee to extend opening hours by a reduced amount, putting in place additional measures to reduce possible disturbance. This compromise agreement also avoided the need for a hearing and protracted legal proceedings.