A city centre bar believes it has become the first establishment in Birmingham to have had its new licence application granted.

Following a radical overhaul of current licensing laws, the licence, issued to Bar One Ten on Colmore Row, is believed to be the first of its kind to be granted nationally.

It has also applied to extend its opening hours to 4am on weekdays and 10.30pm on a Sunday. The bar was advised in their application by law-firm Bevan Brittan's licensing department.

And Sharon McCann, partner, Bevan Brittan warned: "As of February 7 this year, every licensee in England and Wales has a period of six months, in which, to apply to convert their existing licences.

"If this deadline is missed, their existing licences will expire and they will not be able to sell alcohol, provide entertainment or sell late night/ early morning refreshment."