Licensing

We have a distinguished reputation in licensing law and the length and breadth of our experience in this area is unmatched.

Members of Three Raymond Buildings have been involved in most of the major licensing and gaming cases in the last 45 years. We advise and represent all those engaged with licensing authorities and the Gambling Commission, including the licensing authorities themselves, individual and corporate applicants and other interested parties, such as the police and residents. Our clients include many of the major operators of pubs, clubs, hotels, casinos and betting offices in the United Kingdom.

Our expertise in the overlapping areas of regulatory and criminal law enables us to provide comprehensive advice regarding compliance obligations and, if necessary, continuity of representation in enforcement proceedings relating to alleged breaches of licence conditions or legislation.

We deliver lectures and seminars on licensing matters nationwide and our members are frequent contributors to legal texts and journals in the field.

We deal with all forms of licensed activities, including:

  • Alcohol and entertainment
  • Gambling
  • Security Industry
  • Taxis and Private Hire

Alcohol and entertainment

We advise and represent individual and corporate applicants (our clients include J D Wetherspoon, Punch Taverns, Gondola, Town and City, The Restaurant Group), licensing authorities and other interested parties such as the police and residents. We have been instructed in many of the major alcohol and entertainment licensing cases before the higher courts.

Gambling

We have represented most of the notable providers of betting and gaming facilities for many years, including casino operators and bookmakers, and regularly advise the gambling industry, financial traders and the media on the provision of both terrestrial and remote (internet) gambling products.

We have been involved in most of the leading cases dealing with gambling licences over the past decades. We represent operators and other interested parties in relation to new gambling applications as well as review and suspension hearings before the Gambling Commission and, if necessary, the First-tier Tribunal (gambling) (previously the Gambling Appeals Tribunal). We also advise licence holders about compliance with the Act and licence conditions.

We are currently involved in cases about novel online gambling proposals, casino licence applications, betting offices, arcades, lotteries, competitions, contractual disputes and related tax issues.

Security industry

We have been instructed by the Security Industry Authority on a number of high profile cases concerning both licensing and criminal enforcement pursuant to the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

We also advise a broad range of corporate clients on compliance with the Act and, when necessary, provide representation for corporate clients and individuals accused of acting in breach of the regulations.

Taxis and private hire

We advise and represent licensing authorities (Public Carriage Office/Transport for London, local authorities outside London) and individual corporate licensees on all issues associated with taxi licensing. We appear in policy review sessions, the Magistrates’ Court High Court and Court of Appeal.