Liquor Licensing, Hospitality & Events

Lavan provides the best liquor licensing support for Western Australia's liquor, hospitality, tourism, event and sport sectors with legal and consultancy expertise in licensing and other areas.
Interested in our Liquor Licensing, Hospitality & Events team?
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+61 8 9288 6000.
Jessica Patterson
Interested in our Liquor Licensing, Hospitality & Events team?
Contact us on
+61 8 9288 6000.
Jessica Patterson
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Origin New Year’s Eve events - Advised and assisted with various aspects of the 20,000 person event at Claremont Showgrounds including arranging various contracts, management plans and approvals.

ALDI liquor stores - Obtained new liquor store licences for ALDI supermarkets in WA in the face of strong opposition from the Police, Health Department and McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.

Brookfield Place (Precinct development in Perth CBD) - Acted for both the owner/developer and new licence applicants in obtaining several new bar licences for venues in the precinct which were opposed.

Liquor Licensing, Hospitality & Events

Our Liquor, Hospitality & Events team provides advice on all aspects of liquor licensing, tourism, hospitality and incorporated associations law.  We enjoy an enviable and consistent success rate over several decades due to our practical, entrepreneurial, proactive and technical approach to advising our clients.

Your business or club is an important contributor to the Western Australian community and to WA’s growing liquor, hospitality, events, tourism and related industries.

Lavan’s Liquor, Hospitality & Events team provides modern business solutions and advice, any expenditure with us is an investment in your asset and its future.

We can assist you to maximise the commercial potential of your business or club.

We have applied for and obtained many different new liquor licensing approvals on behalf of our clients, including in relation to the following venues:

  • Aloft Hotel
  • Bar Lafayette
  • Choo Choos
  • Churchills
  • COMO the Treasury
  • El Grotto Bar & Taqueria
  • Ellington Jazz Club
  • Event Cinemas
  • Grand Cinemas
  • Hadiqa
  • Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery
  • Hotel Alex Perth
  • Kalgoorlie Golf Course
  • Laneway Lounge
  • Matisse Beach Club
  • Nowhereman Brewing Co
  • Oyster Bar Elizabeth Quay
  • Peppers Kings Square Hotel
  • Perth Arena
  • Print Hall
  • QT Hotel
  • Rottnest Country Club
  • Scarborough Beach Bar
  • Si Paradiso
  • State Theatre
  • Terrace Hotel
  • The Breakwater
  • The Heritage Brasserie, Bar and Boardroom (including Bobèche)
  • The New Esplanade Hotel
  • The Reveley Bar
  • The Stables Bar
  • The Westin Perth
  • Various liquor stores
  • Various restaurants
  • Various wineries and breweries

Our services


The Lavan Liquor, Hospitality & Events team has been involved with many public events over the years, including various wine and beer festivals, music festivals and concerts and many others all around Western Australia.

We have assisted in obtaining approvals, liaising with government authorities, dealing with local councils and Police, preparing risk management plans, assisting with the development of noise management plans and obtaining appropriate liquor licences.  This experience has included dealing with convoluted and contentious issues surrounding licence conditions.

We have acted for promoters, event managers, caterers and others involved in organising public events.

Liquor licensing and hospitality

The firm has consistently been at the forefront of licensing matters and legal innovations affecting the industry since the late 1960s.  We act for small and big businesses of all varieties.

We draw upon our extensive network of liquor contacts to connect clients and assist with their business development opportunities.

We assist our clients with:

  • New permanent licences
  • Public interest assessments
  • Extended trading permits
  • Occasional licences
  • Business sales
  • Transfers of licences
  • Removals of licences
  • Alterations/redefinitions
  • Variations to trading conditions
  • Licence conversions
  • Profit sharing arrangements
  • Protection orders
  • Show cause notices
  • Suspensions
  • Disciplinary proceedings
  • Infringements
  • Risk management
  • Harm minimisation policies
  • Reviewing business opportunities
  • Compliance issues
  • New director/shareholder approvals
  • Objections
  • Interventions
  • Noise complaints
  • Section 95 complaints
  • Hotel management agreements
  • Leasing issues
  • Supplier contracts
  • Council issues

We founded the Small Bar Association for W.A Inc. to give small bar operators an industry voice and to help work towards transforming the drinking scene.


We provide advice to facilitate business in the tourism industry including, obtaining relevant approvals.  We source support for new entrants into the tourism sector from our contacts in the industry.

Emeritus Partner Dan Mossenson was a founding director of and has acted as legal counsel for, the Indian Ocean Tourism Organisation Inc.  He was a director of Tourism Council Australia Limited (WA Branch) and a founding director and Honorary Life Member of the Tourism Council Western Australia Limited.

Sports and recreation

We advise sporting organisations on a variety of issues relating to association rules and constitutions, game rules and other matters.  Emeritus Partner Dan Mossenson chaired the Racing Penalties Appeal Tribunal from its foundation in 1990 to 2018 and presided over hearings and appeals against determinations by stewards and others.

Lavan is proud sponsor of Clubs WA and has, for decades, acted for Clubs WA and many of its members from within the licensed clubs industry.  We provide a variety of advices to licensed sporting clubs and other incorporated associations.

We have acted for many Western Australian sporting clubs on a variety of matters, from small regional clubs through to State representative bodies including having assisted in the establishment of the Western Force and then acted for and sponsored the organisation in the years since.  

Jessica Patterson sits on the board of management of Yachting WA.