Hatzis Cusack was established in 2012 to provide exceptional legal services to the liquor, gaming and hospitality industries. The firm was brought about by merging the previous practices of:

  • Tony Hatzis, Barrister; and
  • Grant Cusack and Associates, Solicitors

to form the leading specialist law firm practising in liquor and gaming related matters. We provide a wide range of legal services, for large and small matters. The kinds of matters we can assist with include:

Commercial matters

  • Sale and acquisition of licensed premises.
  • Sale and purchase of businesses.
  • Leasing of licensed premises.
  • Commercial litigation.

Liquor licence/licensing matters

  • General advice on all issues relating to the Liquor Act 2007 and Liquor Regulation.
  • Assistance to other solicitors in respect of liquor matters including acting as agent.
  • New grants of licences for any type of premises including for hotels, small bars (general bar), bottleshops/liquor stores, internet retail licences, restaurants, caterers (function centres), nightclubs, entertainment venues, ten pin bowling centres, sporting venues, karaoke venues, wholesale licences, producer licences (cellar door), brewers, resorts, accommodation venues, theatres, cinemas etc.
  • Community Impact Statements.
  • Submissions opposing the grant of applications.
  • Applications for all types of authorisations including primary service authorisations (drink without meals).
  • Applications for extensions of trading hours.
  • Applications for transfer of licensee.
  • Applications for removal of licence.
  • Applications for variations of conditions.
  • Prosecutions and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Noise complaint proceedings and late hour entry declarations.
  • Applications for redefinition of licensed area.
  • Preparation of Plans of Management.
  • Closure orders.

Council applications and Land and Environment Court proceedings

  • Applications to Council for development approvals.
  • Section 96 modification applications (ie extended trading hours, continue trial periods for extended trading hours, increase patron capacity etc).
  • Provision of advice relating to interpretation of conditions.
  • Searches with Council to ascertain status of consents, trading hours etc.
  • Land and Environment Court appeals.
  • Prosecutions and proceedings under the Local Government Act and Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.
  • Preparation of Statement of Environmental Effects to accompany applications.
  • Preparation of Social Impact Assessments to accompany development applications.
  • Preparation of Plans of Management.

Gaming matters

  • General advice on all issues relating to the Gaming Machines Act 2001 and Gaming Regulation.
  • Assistance to other solicitors in respect of gaming related matters.
  • Preparation of Local Impact Statements.
  • Purchase/sale of poker machine entitlements and poker machine permits.
  • Application to vary shutdown periods for gaming machines.

There is no matter or proposal that is too large or too small for us to assist with. We are committed to providing timely, personalised, expert advice and assistance at a reasonable price.

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