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    "His knowledge in licensing is top-notch and in hearings he is a calming presence in what can be a very heated environment."

    Chambers and Partners, Gary Grant

Gary Grant

Practice Profile

Gary Grant is widely recognised as one of the United Kingdom's leading licensing barristers. He is top-ranked in both of the leading independent legal directories (Legal 500 and Chambers Guide) where he is described as "a star performer; very flexible to deal with" and "just brilliant - hard working, determined to win and a very eloquent advocate, one of the best of the best".

Gary has over 20 years' experience at the Bar dealing with cases of the utmost complexity and gravity. They include many of the most hard-fought and high-profile licence applications, reviews and appeals involving the country's leading nightclubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, sex entertainment venues, sporting and entertainment arenas, museums and music festivals.

His clients range from the Tate Modern to Pacha nightclub, from the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to Spearmint Rhino, and from McDonald's to Sir Terence Conran.

In addition to his licensing expertise, Gary has a wealth of experience in the criminal courts at all levels up to and including the House of Lords/Supreme Court. Consequently, he is frequently instructed in cases that straddle the frontier of both licensing and criminal law and require expertise in both.

As a true "independent" he represents the trade (from sole-traders to multi-national Plc's), residents, police forces and local authorities. This broad experience enables Gary to employ his insights to the advantage of all his clients at tribunals ranging from local Councils through to the Supreme Court. He has a reputation for pursuing his clients' interests with fierce independence, skill, tenacity and integrity.

He is widely experienced in judicial reviews and has appeared in several of the leading reported cases of recent years in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court/House of Lords (including R v Rimmington the leading modern case defining "public nuisance", and the landmark cases of ''Funky Mojoe'' and ''Essence'' on procedural defects in licensing).

Gary is at the forefront of national licensing policy, practice and law. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Licensing and advises trade and non-commercial bodies, national and local government and police forces on licensing policy and law.

He is a frequent contributor of articles to academic law journals, a prominent speaker at national licensing conferences, and a sought-after trainer for local authorities, police forces and commercial organisations alike where he has been described as an "outstanding" and "charismatic" speaker. 

Gary is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public in appropriate cases.

For more information, please visit: www.licensingbarrister.com

  • ''A star performer; very flexible to deal with" The Legal 500, 2014

  • "Displays complete command and is extremely eloquent, forceful, persuasive and impeccably prepared''. Chambers Guide, 2009

  • "First-choice licensing barrister for the Metropolitan Police" Chambers Guide, 2011

  • "Interviewees heap praise on Grant, describing him as 'a methodical and robust speaker.'" Chambers and Partners, 2011

  • ''Always handles matters in a very prompt fashion... someone with considerable drive'' Chambers and Partners, 2012

  • ''Particularly recognised for his expertise in acting both for and against the police in premises licence reviews and appeals'' Chambers Directory, 2013

  • ''One of the licensing stars of the future'' The Legal 500, 2013

  • "A well-prepared advocate" Chambers and Partners, 2015

  • "He approaches issues with panoramic thinking, and is immensely personable and charismatic."  Legal 500, 2016

Experience

Licensing

  • New Premises Licence applications (including late hours applications in stress/cumulative impact areas)
  • Club Premises Certificates
  • Variations
  • Reviews & Summary Reviews
  • Closure Orders
  • Temporary Event Notices
  • Personal Licences
  • Gambling and betting shops
  • Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles
  • Firearms and explosives
  • Sex Entertainment Venues (SEV's)
  • Special Treatments
  • Advisory work on Statements of Licensing Policy
  • Appeals to Magistrates’ Courts and Crown Court
  • Challenges to the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court by way of Judicial Review
  • Criminal prosecutions and defence – including licensing, gambling, planning, environmental, trading standards, health and safety, motoring, fraud and money laundering offences (in addition to wide experience of serious and often high-profile general crime)
  • Licensing training for operators, local authorities, police forces, trade bodies, commercial and non-commercial organisations 

Criminal

Prosecuting and defending at all levels from the Magistrates Court and Crown Court through to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and Supreme Court involving criminal offences relating to:

  • Planning and licensing breaches (including enforcement notices)
  • Environmental pollution and damage
  • Listed Buildings and Conservation Area infringements
  • Trading Standards
  • Gambling
  • Health and Safety
  • Corporate Manslaughter
  • Fraud and money-laundering
  • Motoring (including drink driving, disqualifications, speeding and fatal accidents)
  • In addition to wide-experience of more general crime including homicide and serious- organised crime.

Cases of Note

Licensing

Festivals, Stadiums, Museums Theme  Parks and Arenas
  • Tate Modern - obtained a new and extended premises licence for the world's most visited modern art museum following its £260 million extension. The new "Switch House" building has been described by cultural commentators as "London's first great public building of the 21st century" and "the most important cultural building in UK since the British Library opened in 1998".
  • Notting Hill Carnival (2014 & 2015) - obtained a number of contested premises licences and temporary event notices for major sound-stages before both Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
  • London Olympic Festival 2012, Greenwich Peninsula - a series of successful licence applications for 20,000 person music concerts, leisure complex, campsites and Europe's largest "urban" beach
  • The O2 (formerly the Millennium Dome) - original premises licence application (for Commissioner of Metropolitan Police)
  • Standon Calling - premises licence application for annual rock festival
  • St. Katharine Docks, London Olympic Festival - securing Premises Licence on behalf of Danish Tourist Board
  • Twickenham Rugby Stadium - series of licensing applications related to events at the Stadium
  • Lock 'n' Load Music Festival, Clapham Common - magistrates' court appeal
  • Lingfield Park  Racecourse - track betting licence application
  • Folkestone Racecourse - track betting licence application
  • Yarnton Manor on behalf of residents' group, successfully resisted a controversial application for a premises licence that would have permitted year round music festivals by the operators of The Manor. Entire application refused.
  • Test Bed and Doodle Bar, Wandsworth - obtained heavily contested licence application for riverside arts and entertainment complex
  • Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park – obtained new premises licence in face of over 100 residential objectors.
Restaurants & Hotels
  • Rabbit and The Shed - successful appeal for an award-winning Chelsea/Notting Hill restaurateur against a summary-review decision taken by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea that prohibited him from entering his own restaurants following a widely-publicised firearms incident.
  • Albion - obtained new premises licence for Sir Terence Conran and Peter Prescott's new Clerkenwell restaurant/cafe/retail store as an exception to Islington's cumulative impact policy
  • Park Chinois - obtained new late hours premises licence for Alan Yau OBE's £16million new restaurant development in London's Mayfair
  • Aubaine, Hyde Park - obtained 24hr restaurant and bar licence at the Hilton Hotel, Hyde Park.
  • Granger & Co - obtained heavily contested licence for TV chef Bill Granger's new Clerkenwell restaurant as an exception to Islington's cumulative impact policy
  • Grupo Sagardi - obtained the international restaurant group's first UK premises licence as an exception to Shoreditch's Special Policy for their new Basque-gastronomy restaurant.
  • Za Za Bazaar, Bristol - obtained late hours licence for what is believed to be the UK’s largest restaurant as an exception to cumulative impact policy
  • Okku, late night licence obtained for famed Dubai restaurant’s proposed venture in St James', London
  • River Lounge, St Katharine's Dock - successful appeal against revocation (involving Rt Hon David Mellor QC, naked dancing girls and covert audio recordings of un-neighbourly disputes. Widely reported in the national press on 10 June 2010)
  • Gilgamesh, leading London restaurant - summary review
  • Princi - Soho "boutique" bakery/restaurant - late hours application (exception to Westminster's stress policy)
  • Cha Cha Moon, Whiteleys and Soho branches - late hours applications (exception to Westminster's stress policy)
  • Busaba Eathai - successful late hours applications (exception to Tower Hamlet's stress policy)
  • Grand Boutique Hotel, Leigh on Sea - successfully obtained heavily contested new licence for this controversial development
  • Chinatown Zone - several new applications/variations in Soho.
  • McDonald's - acted for major franchisees in successfully resisting review proceedings brought by police forces and obtaining 3am licence in Islington's cumulative impact area.
Nightclubs, Bars and Pubs
  • Mr Fogg's - obtained extended hours licence for multi-award winning Mayfair bar (and London residence of the eccentric British Adventurer Phileas J Fogg Esq) operated by the Inception Group's Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling
  • Pacha, London - successfully resisted premises licence reviews and gained additional hours on appeal
  • Punchbowl  - acted for successful operator in contested variation hearing involving Mayfair's "celebrity pub" (formerly owned by Madonna and Guy Ritchie)
  • Scotch of St James - successful late hours application for this iconic nightclub known as "the home of London's Swinging Sixties"
  • Shannon Centre, Ilford - acted for licensing authority in summary review proceedings following triple shooting and samurai sword slashing at Essex nightclub
  • Essence,Kingston [2014] EWHC 4334 (Admin) - acted for the successful local authority in the magistrates' and High Court proceedings following a licence review
  • Funky Mojoe [2014] EWHC 344 (Admin) - successfully represented local authority in magistrates' and High Court following review proceedings involving this well-known Essex nightclub. A leading authority on procedural defects in licensing
  • Disco -successful late hours application for Charles Gilkes and Duncan Sterling's (Inception Group) new nightclub venture.
  • Club 65, Vauxhall Triangle - acted for the operator in successfully resisting a police application to revoke its licence following a widely reported fatality at the club
  • Upper West Nightclub, Chelsea - successfully resisted police application to revoke licence at summary review.
  • Veranda Bar, Brixton - acted for operators in successfully resisting police application to revoke their premises licence at summary review proceedings following an alleged gangland shooting
  • Whisky Mist, London nightclub - premises licence review
  • Amika, Kensington nightclub -  appeal of review
  • Gatecrasher,Birmingham - nightclub review
  • Oceana , Kingston upon Thames - nightclub summary review
  • Oceana Watford - nightclub review and appeal
  • Powerhouse, acted for Newcastle nightclub in review and variation proceedings
  • Vendome, West End - series of reviews and summary reviews
  • Fridge Bar, Brixton - premises licence review and appeal
  • Area and Fire Nightclubs, Vauxhall Triangle, London - series of reviews
  • Opium Lounge, Romford - UK's first hearing of a summary/expedited review
  • The Phene, Chelsea - applications and successful defence of Licensing Act prosecutions involving "celebrity pub"
  • Aura, West End - nightclub review
  • Clerkenwell House, London - summary review
  • Cuckoo Club, West End - late hours application (as exception to Westminster's stress policy)
  • 79CXR, iconic West End gay bar - successfully defended premises licence review
  • Molton House, West End, private members club - premises licence review
  • Kabaret, West End, private members club - premises licence review
Sex Entertainment Venues
  • Spearmint Rhino, London - successfully obtained late hours extension for lap-dancing venue
  • Scotch of St James, London - successfully renewed SEV licences in consecutive years
  • Platinum Lounge, Chester - acting for operator in heavily contested SEV renewal proceedings led by the Leader of the Council and the Bishop of Chester (among others). 
  • Piano Lounge, Twickenham - acted for controversial lap-dancing venue in a series of successful reviews, prosecutions and late-hours appeals
  • Parkers, London - acted for police in review proceedings
  • Charlies Bar, City of London - acted for police and local authority in review proceedings and criminal prosecution
Jucicial Reviews and Other
Other Civil
  • Talanga Stiftung et al v Shurland et al [2006] UKPC 58: Privy Council appeal from Bahamas Court of Appeal - civil fraud - judicial bias, natural justice & right to fair trial - secret communications to judge - quantum meruit. Client's appeal allowed.
  • "Paddington Prostitutes ASBOS@ (Daily Mail, Evening Standard, 22.11.06) - acted for Westminster Council in obtaining ground-breaking civil ASBOS against prolific prostitutes.
Criminal & Regulatory
  • London Borough of Richmond v Johnson - acted for council in landmark prosecution involving demolition of a house within a conservation area - Kingston Crown Court (Daily Mail 1.8.11)
  • R v Fletcher, Bradford Crown Court [2009] - alleged gangland conspiracy to murder - client acquitted on all charges
  • R v Lincoln Crawford, Blackfriars Crown Court, Telegraph, 22.7.08: defence of barrister and Recorder of the Crown Court for breaching a restraining order.
  • R v Gil Magira [2008] EWCA Crim 1939, The Times, The Mirror 1.3.08: defence of husband accused of clandestinely administering abortion drugs to his pregnant wife.
  • R v Foster & ors [2007] EWCA Crim 2869, The Times, 10.12.07: Court of Appeal - murder - alternative verdicts
  • R v Mendel Rand - [2007] EWCA Crim 840, Daily Mail 30.3.07: Court of Appeal - obtained release of 76 year old Holocaust survivor from prison sentence for money laundering as an "exceptional act of mercy"
  • R v Rimmington & Goldstein [2006] 1 AC 459, [2005] UKHL 63: Post-9/11 Anthrax Hoaxer acquitted on appeal to the House of Lords - public nuisance - common law offences - Human Rights Act - retroactive offences - freedom of expression & privacy of correspondence - mens rea. Client acquitted on appeal.
  • United States of America v H [2005-6, advisory]: major US banking fraud involving director of leading investment bank/ extradition to USA
  • R v Ramzan, Israel & Ors [2007] Crim.L.R. 79,[2006] EWCA Crim 1974: Court of Appeal - conspiracy to money launder - mens rea - reopening old convictions following change of law.
  • Duffy v R [2005]: Privy Council appeal from Isle of Man Court of Appeal - death by dangerous driving - careless driving (advisory)
  • East Herts DC v Bishop's Stortford Football Club et al [2005, St Albans Crown Court] - breach of planning enforcement notices - park & ride operation to Stansted Airport - anti-competitive planning policies - European Union Law
  • R v Lehman, The Times, 7 Jan 2005: Israeli with loaded gun in Heathrow Airport. Client acquitted.
  • Birmingham City Council v Chiltern London Ltd [2005]: "FCUK" & "Louis Vuitton" major trade marks prosecution
  • R v Roberts, The Guardian, Mar 2005: defence of teacher at Jews Free School acquitted of sexually assaulting student
  • London Borough of Newham v Estates & Lets Ltd [2004]: corporate criminal liability under Protection from Eviction Act 1977 - abuse of process - local authorities' prosecuting guidelines. Client acquitted.
  • R v Mansoor, Central Criminal Court, The Times, 18 Aug 2004: Stamford Hill Orthodox Jewish Murder
  • R v Horner and others [2004]: corporate manslaughter - death by dangerous driving - mechanical defect. Client acquitted.
  • London Borough of Camden v JT Publishing Ltd [2004]: criminal liability of West End theatre promoter under Town and Country Planning Act 1990. Client acquitted.
  • R v Israel [2003] 2 Cr. App. R. (S.) 79: Court of Appeal - money laundering - sentencing
  • R v Mazar, The Times, 4 Dec 2002 - "King-Pin Fraudster" - multi-million dollar international credit card fraud
  • R v Graham [2002]: "Peterborough Sex Beast" - serial rape - attempted murder
  • R v Johnson [2002] 1 Archbold News 1, Archbold 2006 para 4-348: Court of Appeal - criminal evidence - defence statements - reopening of prosecution case
  • R v Jeanette Morris, Daily Telegraph, 21 Dec 2001: "RAF Cadets Death Coach" - death by dangerous driving
  • R v Sylvana Nottingham, [1999] News of the World: "Nurse's Lifer Lover" - pregnant prison nurse aided and abetted escape of her lover who was serving life for manslaughter. Obtained suspended sentence.
  • R v Zafar [2000]: "Internet Domain Name Blackmail" - prosecuted first UK case of corporate blackmail via computer hacking. 
  • HSE v Behrouzi - Health and Safety - supermarket owner - razor blades in food

 

Publications, Webinars and Speeches

  • "Legal developments in Licensing"  -  City of London Licensing Forum (April 2016)
  • "Kafka and Sex Licensing" - Journal of Licensing (November 2015)
  • "Costs Awards in Licensing Appeals" -  Local Government Lawyer (12 November 2015)
  • "Licensing Case Law Update" (with S Fitzgerald QC) - Institute of Licensing National Conference (2015)
  • "Police Licensing Officers" -  Journal of Licensing (July 2015)
  • "The Licensing Act 2003: 10 years on" -  Institute of Licensing National Training Day (2015)
  • "Premises Licence Conditions" -  Institute of Licensing National Training Day (2015)
  • "The Institute of Licensing's Draft Guidance on Premises Licence Conditions" - (with J.Button, M.Bebbington & S.Nelson, 2015)
  • "Licensing Update - Key Decisions & More" - MBL webinar (2015)
  • "Funky Mojoe and procedural defects under Licensing Act 2003" - MBL webinar (2015)
  • "New Police Closure Powers for Licensed Premises" - MBL webinar (2015)
  •  "The wrong name of appellant" - Local Government Lawyer (8 January 2015)
  •  "To err is human but is it legal" Funky Mojoe and procedural defects in licensing” - Journal of Licensing (November 2014)
  • "The Licensing Act 2003 - 10 years on", Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Licensing  Conference (2014)
  • "Premises Licence Conditions" - Institute of Licensing National Conference (2014)
  • "Sex Entertainment Venues" - Institute of Licensing National Conference (2014)
  •  "Speaking time limits: the potential for injustice" - Journal of Licensing (July 2014)
  • "Procedural defects and licence review proceedings: the Funky Mojoe case" -  Local Government Lawyer (26 February 2014)
  • "Summary reviews - the imperative of judgement calls" - Journal of Licensing (March 2013)
  • "De-regulation of entertainment" - MBL Webinar (2013)
  • "Closure Powers and licensed premises" - Institute of Licensing National Conference (2013, with Gareth Hughes)
  • "Summary Reviews" - Institute of Licensing National Conference (2013)
  • "Licensing Offences, Enforcement Options and Procedures" - Institute of Licensing National Conference (2013, with Professor Colin Manchester and James Button)
  • "Licensing Appeals in the Magistrates’ Court and High Court" -  MBL Webinar (2013)
  • "The impact of the licensing reforms" - MBL Webinar (2013)
  • "The Use and Abuse of Summary Reviews" - Institute of Licensing National Conference (2012)
  • "Alcohol - the nation’s favourite drug" - Institute of Licensing National Conference (2012)
  • "Licensing Hearings - a fair hearing" - Institute of Licensing National Conference (2012)
  • "Just Another Roll of the Dice? The Changing Nature of Licensing Appeals" - Paterson's Licensing Conference (2012)
  • "The Government Alcohol Strategy" - Journal of Licensing, (July 2012)
  • "Prosecutions under the Licensing Act 2003" -  Institute of Licensing (2012)
  • "Licensing Applications, Reviews and Appeals" - MBL Seminars (2012-2015)
  • "Reform for reform's sake? Amendments to the Licensing Act 2003" - Journal of Licensing (March 2012 - with Gerald Gouriet QC)
  • "Preparing for Licence Reviews -  guidance for police, responsible authorities and operators" - Institute of Licensing National Conference (2011)
  • "Licence Reviews: practice, procedure and strategy" - Central Law Training (2011)
  • "Licensing Prosecutions" - Central Law Training (2011)
  • "Licensing Appeals in the Magistrates' Courts" -  Central Law Training (2011)
  • "Temporary Event Notices" - Institute of Licensing London Conference (2011)
  • "Section 19 Closure Notices and Closure Orders" - MBL Seminars (2011)
  • "Late Review - delegation under the Licensing Act" -  Local Government Lawyer (23 June 2011)
  • "Licensing Appeals following Hope and Glory"  - MBL Seminars (2011)
  • "Enforcement under the Licensing Act - from investigation to trial" -  Institute of Licensing 3-day conference (2011)
  • "The Art (and Law) of Delegation under the Licensing Act 2003" - Local Government Lawyer, (14 September 2010)
  • "Premises Licence Reviews" -  ACPO National Licensing Conference (2009)
  • "The Gambling Act 2005" -  New Scotland Yard Police Licensing Conference (2009)
  • "Closure Orders, Reviews & Police Powers under the Licensing Act" -  New Scotland Yard Police Licensing Conference (2009)
  • "The Gambling Act 2005: An Introduction"  -  CPD Channel (2006)

Regulatory Crime

  • "Knockdown - prosecuting cases of demolition in a conservation area"- Local Government Lawyer, (4 August 2011)
  • "Experts in the Criminal Courts, Fraud and Confiscation Proceedings" -  keynote address to Network of Independent Forensic Accountants' Annual Conference, (2009)
  • "Fraud Act 2006" -  CPD Channel, (2006)
  • "Insurance Fraud: the industry strikes back" - CPD Channel, (2006)
  • "Conspiracy and money laundering: the end of the affair" - New Law Journal, 14 July 2006
  • "Public Nuisance, the Orthodox Jew and the Racist" (with Jonathan Goldberg QC) - New Law Journal, 2 December 2005
  • "Disclosure and Public Interest Immunity": lectures to Kent Police, Customs & Excise and other forces (2005-2010)
  • "Future of Fraud" - Gibraltar Law Conference (2004)
  • "Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: Confiscation & Money Laundering" - Legal Practitioner, DVD (2003)
  • Legal Practitioner, Contributing Editor (Criminal Law) (2002 - 2005)
  • CPD Channel, Contributing Editor (Criminal Law) (2006 - 2010)

Media

Gary is a frequent contributor to television news channels (including Sky News, ITV News and Al-Jazeera) on matters of international and domestic legal interest.

Qualifications & Appointments

  • BA Hons (Law and Philosophy)
  • Inns of Court School of Law, 1994
  • Sir Raymond Phillips Award, Gray's Inn, 1994
  • Institute of Licensing (Vice-Chairman)
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Extradition Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
  • Planning and Environmental Bar Association

Direct Access

  • Gary Grant is qualified to accept instructions directly from professionals and members of the public in appropriate cases.