Our licensing team enjoys a national reputation for its innovative approach to the full range of licensing matters, including regulatory and enforcement proceedings.

We act for public corporations, local authorities, police forces, independent operators and local residents before licensing committees, magistrates’ and crown courts throughout England and Wales; as well as in High Court appeals by way of case stated and judicial review.

Members have been involved in some of the leading licensing and enforcement cases. Recent High Court matters include interpretation of the Licensing Act 2003, the criminal liability of licence holders, the relationship between case stated/judicial review, the validity of taxi regulations and the licensing of sexual entertainment venues.

We frequently provide speakers at regional and national conferences; as well as delivering training for licensing authorities and others. Articles and notes on licensing and enforcement topics are regularly published.

The licensing team is fully aware of the commercial concerns affecting all parties, whether corporate, private or public. This is reflected in the advice and approaches suggested by barristers and by our experienced clerking team on agreeing costs where possible with clients at the outset.

Our team regularly delivers lectures to solicitors and other professionals on recent developments in the law and practice. If you are interested in arranging a lecture then please contact our clerks.