Licensing

Overview

Chambers has a number of licensing specialists offering real strength and depth of representation in this area of law. The areas of licensing covered by our licensing barristers span the whole range of licensing law including alcohol licensing, entertainment venues, gambling, private firearms licensing and taxi licensing.

In respect of alcohol and entertainment, our licensing barristers advise and represent: individual and corporate applicants for licenses, licensing agents, licensees, licensing authorities and other interested persons such as residents and the police.

This expertise is complimented by chambers’ demonstrable excellence in other complimentary and overlapping areas of criminal, public, planning, environmental and employment law, which enables Chambers to offer clients a comprehensive service, dealing with all aspects of getting a given premises up and trading, or of obtaining planning and licensing permissions for changing what is done at existing premises. Such a comprehensive and coherent approach is of course especially important when seeking to open or oppose the opening of a potentially contentious new business, such as a restaurant or nightclub in a residential area.

Our licensing barristers regularly appear before the licensing sub-committee and also advise and represent clients on appeal in the Magistrates’ Court and on appeals by way of case stated and Judicial Review in the High Court.

Stuart Jessop, who leads the Licensing Team in Chambers, is recommended in the UK Legal Directories for his work in this area.

Please use the links on the left side of this page to view more detail within the areas of licensing law.

Latest news

29th June 2022

Nightclub secures return of its licence

Stuart Jessop represented the nightclub which had its licence revoked after summary review proceedings were brought following the uncovering of significant drug dealing by police.

28th June 2022

Withdrawal of Public Body’s decision did not end the First Tier Tribunal’s jurisdiction

Stuart Jessop acted for the Appellant in an appeal to the Upper Tribunal concerning the jurisdiction of the First Tier Tribunal when the public body decision maker withdraws its decision.

26th November 2021

Discounts of 25% on books by Six Pump Court authors

Today (Friday), Law Brief will be running a Black Friday discount of 25% for all books available on their website.

29th September 2021

Six Pump Court barristers recommended in nine areas of law in the Legal 500 2022

Six Pump Court has been recommended in 9 areas of law in the Legal 500 2022 with 62 individual recommendations.

16th April 2021

Robert Griffiths QC instructed in challenge to closure of weekly farmers’ markets in London borough

Robert Griffiths QC has been instructed by Paolo Caldato of Spencer West to represent RMS Markets in relation to the closure of the weekly farmers’ markets at Bishop’s Park and Ravenscourt Park.

2nd November 2020

Six Pump Court ranked Band 1 Set and barristers receive 47 rankings across twelve practice areas in 2021 Chambers UK Bar Guide

Six Pump Court Chambers is delighted to be ranked as a Band 1 Set with Set rankings in Crime, Consumer Law Environment, Health & Safety and Planning.

1st October 2020

Six Pump Court barristers recommended in eleven areas of law in the Legal 500 2021

Six Pump Court has been recommended in eleven areas of law in the Legal 500 2021 with 65 individual recommendations.

7th September 2020

Stuart Jessop acts for Claimants in judicial review of Food Standards Agency decision

Stuart Jessop acted for the Claimants in a judicial review of the FSA's decision to suspend three slaughter-men’s certificate of competence pending criminal proceedings or the decision not to instigate such proceedings.

26th May 2020

NEW COVID-19 Guidance Tracker resource

The Covid-19 Guidance Tracker is our new resource to enable businesses and legal professionals to more easily navigate to the applicable Covid-19 guidance most relevant to their area of work.

11th October 2019

Six Pump Court ranked Band 1 Set and barristers ranked in eleven practice areas in 2020 Chambers UK Bar Guide

Six Pump Court Chambers is delighted to be ranked as a Band 1 Set with Set rankings in Crime, Consumer Law Environment, Health & Safety and Planning.

27th September 2019

Six Pump Court barristers recommended in eleven areas of law in the Legal 500 2020

Six Pump Court has been recommended in eleven areas of law in the Legal 500 2020 with 59 individual recommendations.

23rd September 2019

Cafe restaurant gets premises licence in CIZ

Stuart Jessop successfully represented Church Lane Enterprises Ltd in its application for a premises license in Leyton despite fierce opposition from local councillors.

18th September 2019

New book on Hackney Carriage Licensing

Six Pump Court is pleased to announce the publication of new book “A Practical Guide to Hackney Carriage Licensing in London” written by Stuart Jessop.

27th March 2019

Stuart Jessop acts for objector in central London sexual entertainment venue licence renewal hearing

Stuart Jessop, instructed by Woods Whur solicitors, represented the objector who opposed the renewal of the sexual entertainment venue licence for Platinum Lace.

13th February 2019

Black Taxis in High Court challenge to decision to grant Uber their licence

Robert Griffiths QC and Stuart Jessop will represent the United Cabbies Group on behalf of the United Taxi Action Group in the High Court today in the Claimant’s challenge to the decision to grant Uber London Limited a Private Hire Vehicle Operators licence.

18th January 2019

Court rules that premises was not an HMO

Stuart Jessop has successfully represented a landlord in a prosecution by the London Borough of Camden under section 72 of the Housing Act 2004.

5th November 2018

Black cab drivers granted permission to bring a claim for judicial review of Uber licence decision

In a High Court decision, the United Cabbies Group represented by Robert Griffiths QC and Stuart Jessop were granted permission to bring a claim for judicial review of the decision to award a new licence to Uber.

2nd November 2018

Six Pump Court ranked Band 1 Set and barristers ranked in twelve practice areas in 2019 Chambers UK Bar Guide

Six Pump Court Chambers is delighted to be ranked as a Band 1 Set with Set rankings in Crime, Consumer Law Environment, Health & Safety and Planning in the new 2019 Chambers UK Bar Guide.

30th October 2018

Six Pump Court barristers recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 2019

Six Pump Court has been recommended in twelve areas of law in the Legal 500 2018 with 59 individual recommendations.

19th September 2018

Uber decision to be judicially reviewed

Robert Griffiths QC and Stuart Jessop have been instructed on behalf of a trade association representing Hackney Carriage drivers in London to commence Judicial Review proceedings in respect of a decision to grant Uber London Limited a 15 month licence.

Events

6th July 2022

Alcohol Licensing Law Update

Stuart Jessop will be speaking at this very practical half day live and recorded online conference.

13th July 2018

Friday 13th July – Regulatory Law Conference 2018 (Birmingham)

Six Pump Court will present a Regulatory and Planning Law Conference to be held on 13th July in Birmingham.

20th November 2017

Regulatory and Planning Law Conference 2017 (Leeds)

Six Pump Court presents a Regulatory and Planning Law Conference to be held on 20th November in Leeds.

The event will cover a variety of topics providing essential updates on specialist areas, informative discussion on topical issues and practical tips for regulators and for those who represent the regulated.

Our licensing team

Stephen Hockman QC

Stephen Hockman QC

Call: 1970, QC: 1990
W Robert Griffiths QC

W Robert Griffiths QC SC

Call: 1974, QC: 1993
Richard Barraclough

Richard Barraclough QC

Call: 1980, QC: 2003
Simon Taylor QC

Simon Taylor QC

Call: 1997, QC: 2021
Lee Bennett

Lee Bennett

Call: 1998
Mark Davies

Mark Davies

Call: 2017