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Liquor Licence Matters

Vassos Law LLP applies a team effort to all matters involving the food and beverage and entertainment service business sectors. The more than 50 year combined team experience in the liquor sector is unparalleled.

Adam M. Vassos has established himself as one of the leading authorities with respect to all Liquor Licence matters. Mr. Vassos’ clients include Multi-National and National Restaurant, Hotels, Brewers, Manufacturers of Alcohol, Distributors and Representative of Alcohol, Grocery Stores. Sports Stadiums, Canadian Universities, and Large, Medium and Small Food and Beverage Operators.

Liquor License Matters

Vassos Law LLP applies a team effort to all matters involving the food and beverage and entertainment service business sectors. The more than 50 year combined team experience in the liquor sector is unparalleled.

Adam M. Vassos has established himself as one of the leading authorities with respect to all Liquor Licence matters. Mr. Vassos’ clients include Multi-National and National Restaurant, Hotels, Brewers, Manufacturers of Alcohol, Distributors and Representative of Alcohol, Grocery Stores. Sports Stadiums, Canadian Universities, and Large, Medium and Small Food and Beverage Operators.

Phillip Morris, now Senior Counsel with Vassos Law LLP, was formerly Senior Counsel in the Legal Services Division of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and Board counsel with the Liquor Licence Board of Ontario (LLBO). Phillip has over 30 years of experience appearing before administrative tribunals and on appeal to the courts. He has represented the AGCO/LLBO in more than a thousand hearings and dozens of appeals and has acted as a provincial prosecutor in gaming matters.

Together, Mr. Vassos and Mr. Morris provide the clients of Vassos Law LLP with unmatched experience and a dedication to a quality of service that uniquely stands out in the industry.


The lawyers at Vassos Law LLP take pride in being able to achieve and surpass their clients’ expectations in a time efficient and cost effective manner. In the food and beverage industry time is money. It is therefore critical to choose a law firm that can provide you with the most knowledgeable legal advice available to best save time and money.


Vassos Law LLP provides the following services:

  • Submit and vigorously pursue Applications for new Liquor Licences, Transfers of Licences, Increases in Capacity, Change or Alteration of Facilities, Renewal of Licences, WHS Licences and Extension of Hours Applications;

  • Dealing with Objections to Applications from the public or

  • Municipalities;

  • Applications for Special Occasion Permits and Caterers Endorsements;

  • All disciplinary matters relating to appearances before the Licence Appeal Tribunal or the Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming;

  • Preparation and submission of requests for pilot projects and unique projects requiring special consideration under the Liquor Licence Act;

  • Assisting with preliminary meetings with the AGCO, public interest and special interest groups, municipal officials and law enforcement agencies prior to the submission of a Liquor Licence Application;

  • Negotiations and dispute resolution with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, resident’s associations and law enforcement agencies;

  • Negotiations with Police and Municipal Officials with respect to the Licensing needs of a new, existing or proposed establishment;

  • Applications for Removal of Conditions before the Licence Appeal Tribunal and the Registrar of Alcohol and Gaming;

  • Public interest Hearings;

  • Pre Hearings;

  • Dealing with Provincial Offences and Municipal Infractions such as overcrowding, encumbering the street, fire regulations, smoking bylaw and noise bylaw; and

  • Providing seminars to management and staff with respect to alcohol management policies, dealing with liquor inspectors and the Police, risk based enforcement and changes to the Liquor Licence Act;

  • Appeals and Applications for Judicial Review before the Divisional Court and Court of Appeal.

Vassos Law LLP believes that a proactive approach with respect to your alcohol management policy is the best method for ensuring that your business operates in accordance with the Liquor Licence Laws.


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