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Navigating the myriad of hospitality laws in South Africa can a be frustrating and challenging experience. But, with Barnard at your side, your new venture or event will always be compliant with South Africa’s national laws and regional requirements related to your hospitality business.  

The hospitality industry in South Africa is regulated by several regulations, covering everything from compliance in terms of events management, to food safety, advertising, liquor licensing, smoking, gaming, and employment. It is important to understand your obligations as a business owner within the hospitality industry, to protect yourself in the event of any future legal issues. If you are entering the hospitality industry, it is a good idea to find an experienced legal partner to advise you so that you are well informed of the regulations and your rights under the law. 

Barnard’s Hospitality Law Team specialises in understanding the issues affecting the industry and we can advise you about the full spectrum of legal areas. We will also act for you in the event that your business finds itself the subject of legal proceedings. 

Our Hospitality Law Services

We have extensive experience in providing advice on all aspects of liquor licensing law and successfully applying for liquor licenses, whether you’re setting up a new business or event and need to apply for a new liquor license; or are planning on selling or buying a liquor licensed business; want to update or change your current liquor license, or simply need general information on liquor licensing laws across South Africa. We provide expert advice and assistance on all aspects of liquor licensing and liquor laws in all nine provinces in South Africa. 

  • Special Event License Applications 
  • On-consumption License Applications (Restaurants etc.) 
  • Off-consumption License Applications (Liquor outlet etc.) 
  • Micro Manufacture License Applications (Beer brewery etc.) 
  • License renewals 
  • Variation of licence conditions 
  • Objections to licence applications 
  • Transfer and removals 
  • Extension of trading area or variation of trading hours 
  • Commercial Disputes 

Compliance applies to almost every business or venture in one way or another, whether you’re the head of a large company or a small or medium business entrepreneur. Compliance means adhering to a set of rules, such as a policy, standard, specification, or law. Our hospitality law experts will walk you through all the requirements and provide you with a helpful program in finalising all the relevant compliance requirements successfully. 

 Distilleries 

  • Disclaimers – Legalities –CCTV, POPI
  • Compliance with OHS
  • Review of Rental Agreements
  • Review of Supplier Agreements
  • Labour contract review

 Breweries (Large and Micro) 

  • Disclaimers – Legalities –CCTV, POPI
  • Compliance with OHS
  • Review of Rental Agreements
  • Review of Supplier Agreements
  • Labour contract review

 Liquor Stores and Wine Shops 

  • Disclaimers – Legalities – Over 18, CCTV, POPI
  • Review of Rental Agreements
  • Review of Supplier Agreements
  • Labour contract review

 Events where Alcohol is sold or distributed 

  • Disclaimer on tickets and at entrance
  • Agreements with vendors

Intellectual Property protection is the reward for all your hard work and innovation. All businesses, especially those which are already successful, nowadays have to rely on the effective use of one or more types of intellectual property (IP) to gain and maintain a substantial competitive edge in the marketplace. Our team provides effective and valuable solutions for every complex procedure involved in the prosecution, enforcement and defence of patents, industrial designs, trademarks, trade secrets, domain names, copyright, plant breeders’ rights and other intellectual property rights. 

Markets and Festivals 

  • Brand Advice 
  • Brand Protection 

Breweries and Distilleries 

  • Advice regarding recipe protection 
  • Advice on copyrights 
  • Trademarks 
  • Patents 
  • Commercialisation of trade secrets and brands 
  • Advice on advertising guidelines and legislative requirements 
  • NDAs 
  • Restraint agreements 

Clubs, Bars and Restaurants 

  • Brand protection 
  • Brand advice 
  • Trademarks 
  • Copyright advice  
  • NDAs 
  • Restraint agreements 
PRACTICE MANAGERJohan du Toit

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