Hospitality, Liquor & Gaming

Zervos Lawyers has a distinct advantage in that we bring real-world experience to every area of hospitality law. Our experience means we can quickly and efficiently navigate the complex regulations governing many licensed premises (particularly those involving gaming machines), and ensure your business gets up and running without costly delays.


A toast to expertise.
While our Liquor Licensing services cover all requirements and applications under the Liquor Control Reform Act [1998], we also bring an acute understanding of due diligence, compliance issues, procedural requirements and up-to-the-minute advice surrounding this ever-evolving area of law.

From individual hotel and club operators to larger hotel groups and restaurateurs, we bring decades of experience and understanding to the table.

Our services and advice include:
• New licence applications • Transfers or variations of existing licences • VGCCC appearances on behalf of licensees in applications by Police or a Council to cancel, suspend or vary licences or individuals’ involvements in the liquor industry. • Appearing before the Full Commission of the VGCCC on an application to review the decision of single Commissioner or Delegate. • Approval of new management arrangements relating to licensed premises. • Acting for objectors at the VGCCC against the grant of a new licence or a variation to an existing licence.
• Sale and purchase of a licensed business and/or freehold • Sales and purchases of licensed businesses (with or without gaming machines) including all legal due diligence. • Sales and acquisitions of freehold properties (whether as part of a business transaction, or subject to a lease of a licensed business). • Preparation of leases for licensed businesses.


Considered one of the most experienced gaming practices in Victoria, our specialist team focuses on strategic advice that minimises risk and maximises the commercial potential of your business.

Experience wins again.

Our extensive services include:
• Applications for new Venue Operators Licenses • Applications for approval of premises to operate gaming machines • Applications to increase the number of gaming machines on the premises • Sale and purchase of gaming machine entitlements • Corporate structures within hotel gaming venues • All regulatory requirements


Zervos Lawyers are innovative, dynamic thinkers, and it’s this mindset that has seen us partner with some of Australia’s most entrepreneurial businesses to protect their intellectual property and further their competitive edge.

Protecting your success.

The experience and expertise of our team covers:
TRADE MARKS • Advice on trade mark development • Trade mark searches • Registration of trade marks in Australia and overseas • Trade mark maintenance, including renewals • Trade mark infringements and defence • Assignment of trade marks
OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SERVICES • Domain names • Copyright • Registration of designs • Passing off and claims pursuant to Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) • Confidential information • Licensing


Managing people in today’s workplace is a delicate balance of cultivating a positive environment while meeting commercial expectations.
As a company with a people-focused culture, we have an innate understanding of the importance of maintaining workplace relations, and how to utilise all aspects of employment law to create a win-win solution for all parties.

Cultivating a culture of success.

We work with clients in multiple sectors throughout every aspect of the employment process from employment contracts, employee management and enforcement measures, work health and safety to industrial disputes.
Our expertise in workplace relations and employment law includes:
• Drafting and advising employment contracts, enterprise agreements and workplace policies • Equal opportunity, bullying, harassment, and discrimination claims • Unfair dismissal and adverse action claims • Workplace investigations and disciplinary matters • Occupational health and safety issues • Privacy issues • Industrial disputes