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Clubs & Hospitality

Specialist legal advice in hospitality, gaming and the Registered Clubs Act

If you’re operating a club or hospitality venue in New South Wales, special laws govern gaming, liquor licensing, and how your venue conducts itself.

The Registered Clubs Act is highly technical, demanding specialist knowledge from lawyers with exceptional experience.

Your legal advice must take into account all the specifics of clubs and hospitality law.

Our legal services to the club industry have spanned more than 95 years. For the past 25 years, we’ve acted for hundreds of registered clubs and most of the significant associations in the NSW club industry.

Our legal team is the first and last stop for clients seeking reliable legal solutions. We understand the specific needs of clubs and hospitality venues because we’ve spent much time honing our expertise.

We’re at the coalface, side by side with our clients, working to solve the issues that are specific to clubs and hospitality venues in Sydney and NSW.

You’ve come to the right place

Clubs play an essential role in our society. It’s equally important to have a dedicated legal team to support them with practical, straightforward and timely advice. We’re proud of the work we do and how we do it. The evidence of our success is in our enviable client base, especially the significant number of clients who repeatedly engage us.

Our specialist advice includes:

  • Registered Clubs Act
  • Club corporate structures
  • Members’ rights
  • Liquor licensing
  • Gaming laws
  • Other club commercial interests

We also act in agency matters for other law firms requiring expert advice.

Our clubs and hospitality experience

The first steps in delivering the right legal strategy are:

  • Visiting your venue
  • Getting a feel for operations
  • Meeting board members

We’ll do this whenever possible. We’ll also support our grassroots approach with straightforward written advice and plenty of ongoing communication.

Your club will also benefit from our experience in other areas. In particular:

Practical solutions for clubs, venues, gaming and liquor licences

Our club and hospitality expertise includes:

Legislation

  • Requirements under the Registered Clubs Act
  • Obligations under the Gaming Machines Act including applications for the sale or leasing of gaming machine entitlements
  • Licensing issues and other matters under the Liquor Act
  • Anti-discrimination legislation
  • Employment and industrial law issues
  • Privacy laws
  • Whistleblower protection laws
  • Consumer laws

Governance

  • Club constitutions
  • Relationships between directors, management and members

Authorities

  • Representing clubs in complaints before the Code Authority
  • Representing clubs in actions before the Liquor and Gaming Authority (LGA)
  • Applications before the LGA including club premises, non-restricted areas and functions

Meetings

  • Meeting procedures and requirements
  • Drafting notices of meetings, explanatory memoranda to members
  • Advising boards about member rights in meetings
  • Assisting with the conduct of board and general meetings

Operations

  • Advice on contracts for various services including cleaning, catering, security
  • Negotiation and preparing building contracts and development agreements

Commercial

  • Insolvency and related matters, including director’s duties
  • Advice on property dealings, acquisitions, mortgages, leases, tenders, sales, joint ventures, development approvals, project management agreements and other issues
  • Defending legal claims
  • General litigation
  • Insurance

Amalgamations

  • Amalgamations of registered clubs
  • Cross-border amalgamations of registered clubs
  • De-amalgamation between registered clubs

Contact us to discuss your club, liquor licence or gaming law needs