Roger Butterfield, a leading UK specialist in licensing law, led Monday's session organised by Castle Morpeth BC and also included councillors and officers from Alnwick District, Berwick Borough, Tynedale and Blyth Valley.
Arnold Baker, Castle Morpeth's environment spokesperson, said: 'The seminar gave us a valuable insight into how to properly perform our new function. I'm very grateful to Roger Butterfield for giving us the benefit of his specialist knowledge.
'Castle Morpeth takes its new licensing role very seriously and we aim to provide a first rate service to the public and the licensed trade. We can only do this after proper training, which is expensive - so combining with other councils in the county is both cost effective and highly practical.'