Acting for the Licensed Trade

Janet Hood set up Janet Hood Consulting to offer a unique service to the licensed trade Operating across the country the business offers specialist, cost effective licensing solutions. Whether it’s an application for a new licence or a variation or transfer of an existing licence an objection or defending a review you are in safe hands with Janet Hood Consulting. Passionate about tourism and hospitality the business offers a free licensing helpline and cost effective applications, training and compliance service directly to the trade.

Consulting Services for Solicitors

Janet Hood set up Janet Hood Consulting to offer a unique service to fellow solicitors. Operating across the country the business offers specialist, cost effective licensing solutions. Firms who use Janet Hood Consulting know they have engaged a consultant who guarantees a safe, ‘poach free’ service enabling them to retain their clients and deliver a value for money licensing service. Passionate about tourism and hospitality she offers a free licensing helpline and training for solicitors and their staff – for in house and in private practice.

Janet Hood

Working with other Professionals

Janet Hood Consulting will work with your solicitors, architects, planning and other service providers and agents to ensure you get swift and effective decision making to smooth the delivery of your business aims and ambitions

Links with other professionals

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Charitable Links

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What People Say About Janet Hood

Karen Wilkie
Solicitor | Litigation Team | Aberdeen City Council

Ms Hood is extremely knowledgeable in the area of licensing law and offers practical and sensible advice. I have always found Ms Hood’s advice to be well considered, appropriate and practical. Ms Hood assisted in me in a highly difficult and controversial case for a client in Aberdeen who wished to provide entertainment services in a club in Aberdeen.

The case was opposed by the Police and NHS Grampian. Ms Hood was very proactive and was able to advise me appropriately and accurately on how best to proceed with the case, what I need to establish and the facts that I had to prove. Ms Hood also took over this case, as I had to attend hospital on the date it was to be presented to the licensing board and represented my client on my behalf to the Licensing Board.

Ms Hood’s knowledge of the law is this area is second to none. I would highly recommend Ms Hood to any client, she is professional, knowledgeable and experienced. She is able to give accurate and clear advice and present the facts and law in an articulate and concise fashion.

Jack Boyle
Associate Solicitor | Blackadders LLP

We have worked with Janet for a number of years on matters of licensing law. This is an area of law in which we have no qualified solicitors working within our firm. Accordingly, we refer our clients to Janet Hood Training & Consulting Ltd for licensing law work. Due to the nature of business of many of our clients, it is necessary that they obtain expert specialist advice on important licensing matters.

We always feel comfortable referring our clients to Janet as an external provider. She operates an innovate business with a great approach to ensure delivery of results. I know from experience that clients feel looked ader when they are in Janet’s hands and that is important to us to be able to refer with confidence. We are able to refer clients to Janet safe in the knowledge that they will not be poached and we have a proven track record working with Janet whereby she does the niche work and we retain the client. This is invaluable and the results have been excellent with a 100% success rate in licensing board hearings for our clients.

We would readily recommend Janet for any business with needs in licensing law.

Craig Blyth
Director | Jigsaw Events Limited

Janet has represented myself and my business for over a year, focusing on our licensing needs. When organising a large scale music event, licensing and legal representation is a key factor for any promoter to get right. Janet has been nothing short of outstanding with her duties and her help, with her already helping secure our PEL for the 2017 inaugural festival, Carnival Fifty Six at Camperdown Park Dundee. Due to the complexity of Licensing laws, we felt it was imperative that we sourced an experienced, well connected Licensing advisor. Janet’s attitude to getting results for us has been exceptional and she is now known as the ‘lady who gets things done’ within the team. We have already referred clients onto Janet due to her excellent success record. Janet is not scared to roll her sleeves when the work becomes difficult, and I have yet to see her shy away from a challenge.

I would, without hesitation recommend Janet. She is a professional.

Elizabeth Comerford
Director of Diploma in Professional Legal Practice | School of Law | Dundee University


Janet has given of her time readily to come along and lead our innovatve Networking Event for Dundee Diploma students each year from 2013 in her unique dynamic style. The event takes the form of Janet delivering a humorous heartfelt talk on the significance of the art of networking to the Diploma cohort after which the students are immediately tasked with putting their newly honed skills into practce with invited guests from the legal community at a wine reception.

Not only does Janet captvate the students with her immediate sense of energy and fun but she invites all attendees to contact her aferwards if they wish to provide advice on their C.V’s and to provide ad hoc careers advice . This is incredibly generous and reflective of her genuine passion to assist young people coming into the profession and support them in every way she can. Many former students have spoken to me since of the value of taking Janet up on her generous offer. Janet is a loyal and passionate supporter of the Dundee Diploma students and I am incredibly grateful to her for her continued involvement with the programme.

David O’Kelly

Janet is exactly the person you want in your corner. She has a heart of gold and is someone who shows true empathy to her clients, but will fight your case as fiercely and diligently as if it were her own business on the line. She shows keen interest in her clients’ needs. Many solicitors are good at saying no. Janet’s consultancy background and can-do attitude give her a holistic sense of business and an acute ability to find a way to say yes.

Lorna Pringle

Janet was exceptional and took us on a journey. She absolutely got both Michael and myselve’s learning style and accommodated both our needs perfectly as we are two different people. Janet was such a consummate professional in the way she handled the testing element of the day. This was one of the best training session’s I have attended and she made it fun, relevant and no question was a silly question. I have nothing but superlatives to say about Janet and she is someone we should all be proud off!

Martin Bennet
Associate at ACH Shoosmiths

I have no hesitation in recommending Janet. Her expertise in all matters relating to liquor licensing is well renowned, but where she really adds value is in her ability to combine that expertise with a fabulous knowledge of how the hospitality industry works in practice, and an awareness of the real issues facing those in that industry at any time.

Fiona Robertson
Shoes Glorious Shoes

Anyone who meets Janet in any setting, will be struck first and foremost by the warmth of her personality and the sense that here is someone who cares; they would be right. She does care and that is what truly makes her stand out in a crowded commercial world. I have no hesitation in recommending Janet to any business as an utterly reliable and thoroughly inspiring professional advisor.

Jake Zakrzewski

I met Janet Hood from of the many contacts in Dundee and Angus Licensing trade. We are yet to meet a licensed trade related professional who wouldn’t speak of Janet in high regards. When time came for me and my business partner to deal with more complex legal issue of opening a brand new licensed premises with environment of freshly imposed over provision regulations in city of Dundee we turned to Janet for help. From first meeting her insight and professionalism were astounding. Through out the duration of the process Janet exceeded our expectation and what would be expected of solicitor. She was present and involved in all the aspects of Gallery 48 and I dare to say that without her tremendous legal knowledge, persistence and above all dedication city of Dundee would be be missing more few addition to the cultural scene including Gallery 48 which we are very grateful for.

Sue Beatt
Director at The Whisky Ambassador Limited

Janet is a force of nature with a huge personality! She is completely committed to her role and if ever I needed to know anything about licensing law in Scotland, she is the only person I would think of contacting.