Liquor Licensing Reforms - A review of recent changes & those yet to come

Development & Strategy Stream

Food, wine and hospitality continue to be key components of South Australia's tourism offering. The State's Liquor Licensing Laws were recently reviewed and amended. This presentation will focus on how the changes will impact on a range of tourism businesses, including winery cellar doors, small licenses venues and "pop-ups" and accommodation provides from small bed and breakfast sites through to major hotels.

Ben Allen

Partner | Wallmans Lawyers
Ben Allen

Ben joined Wallmans Lawyers in 1995 and now leads the firm’s Hospitality, Licensing, Planning and Environment practices.

His hospitality experience is extensive, acting for various licensees, residents and Council clients. Ben appears regularly before the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner, the Licensing Court and the Supreme Court. With significant expertise in these areas, Ben has been recognised in the prestigious Best Lawyers Australia list which identifies the nation's outstanding legal talent, as well as in Doyle's Guide for Planning and Environment lawyers.

Ben’s Planning and Environment practice includes representing both developers and Councils in development applications and enforcement actions, including appearing before development assessment panels and in appeals before the Environment, Resources and Development Court.

Ben’s point of difference is an industry-wide understanding of development as it impacts upon a variety of legislation, including the Development Act, the Local Government Act, the Gaming Machines Act and the Liquor Licensing Act.

Ben is regularly invited to present on relevant legal issues to industry bodies, Local Government and the legal profession, including the Law Society, Legalwise, presenting to students in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and is also an active participant in the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner's Practitioners' Forum.

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