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    "Gary is brilliant, extremely hard-working and, more importantly, someone who delivers outstanding results."

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Gary Grant

Practice Profile

Gary Grant is one of the UK's leading licensing barristers. He is top-ranked in both of the major independent legal directories (Legal 500 and Chambers Guide) where he is described as "The go-to counsel for licensing matters" and "Star Individual: just brilliant - hard working, determined to win and a very eloquent advocate, one of the best".

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 at the frontier of both licensing and criminal law that require expertise in both.

Gary has 25 years' experience at the Bar dealing with complex and important cases in all areas of licensing. 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, gambling opertators (online and land-based), cinema groups, museums, theatres, markets, street carnivals and music fesivals.

His clients have ranged 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's and Alan Yau OBE's restaurants. In 2017, he obtained a 5am premises licence for a new London nightclub, a result that Time Out magazine described as "a landmark ruling...unprecedented".

As a true "independent" he represents the trade (from sole-traders to multi-national PLCs), 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 a Consultant Editor of Paterson's Licensing Acts ("the bible of licensing law"), the Principal Contributor to the "Clubs" volume in the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents (Lexis Nexis), and is widely published in the Journal of Licensing and other law journals. 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 law and policy.

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

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  • "Star Individual: Gary is brilliant, extremely hard-working and, more importantly, someone who delivers outstanding results." Chambers UK

  • "In demand for both his expertise and 'brillilant' advocacy." Legal 500

  • "A hardworking, first-choice advocate who has turned advocacy into an art form.", Legal 500

  • "'Star Individual': Just brilliant.  Hard working, determined to win and a very eloquent advocate - one of the best of the best."  Chambers Guide

  • "A big player"

  • "Often comes up with lightening bolt solutions to seemingly intractable problems... provides his clients with an advantage on very difficult cases"

  • "A star performer" - Legal 500

  • "He's both brilliant and a barrister with a sense of humour, which helps"



  • Alcohol and Entertainment (including late hours applications in stress/cumulative impact areas)
  • Clubs
  • Reviews, Summary Reviews and Closure Orders
  • Gambling, casinos, lotteries and betting shops (online and land-based)
  • Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles
  • Firearms, shotguns and explosives
  • Sex Entertainment Venues (SEV's)
  • Street Trading and Markets
  • Cannabis Licensing
  • 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 and Case Stated
  • 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, Regulatory & Inquests

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

  • Inquests
  • Planning breaches (including enforcement notices, noise abatement orders)
  • Licensing breaches
  • Environmental pollution and damage
  • Listed Buildings and Conservation Area infringements
  • Trading Standards
  • Gambling
  • Health and Safety
  • Corporate Manslaughter
  • Firearms
  • 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

Publications, Webinars and Major Speeches

  • "Paterson's Licensing Acts 2018-2019" - Consultant Editor (Butterworth/Lexis Nexis)
  • "Clubs" - Principal Contributor, The Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents (vol.7, 2017 re-issue, Lexis Nexis)
  • "Summary Dismissal of Licensing Appeals for Non-Compliance" - Journal of Licensing (June 2019)
  • "The Bermondsey Beer Mile" - Local Government Lawyer (April 2019)
  • "Cumulative Impact Policies" - National Pubwatch Conference (February 2019)
  • "In praise of cross-examination"  - Journal of Licensing (March 2019)
  • "Immigration and Illegal Workers in licenced premises" - Journal of Licensing (November 2018)
  • "Court Directions and appeals against licence revocations"  - Local Government Lawyer (October 2018)
  • "The Habitats Directive and the Licensing Act 2003 - Journal of Licensing (March 2018)
  • "The Government's Response to the House of Lords Select Committee Report on the Licensing Act 2003" - National Pubwatch Conference (February 2018)
  • "The Reform of Summary Reviews" - Journal of Licensing (July 2017)
  • "Illegal Workers and licensing premises" - MBL Webinars (October 2017)
  • "Smith & Monkcom: The Law of Gambling" - Book Review - Journal of Licensing (July 2017)
  • "The Future of Licensing" - MBL webinar and National Pubwatch Annual Conference (February 2017)
  • "The Essence of an appeal" - Journal of Licensing (November 2016)
  • "The future of licensing - recent and proposed reforms"  - Institute of Licensing National Conference (2016)
  • "Effective use of licence reviews" - Institute of Licensing National Conference (2016)
  • "Alcohol licensing; responding to reform" - Westminster Briefing Conference (2016)
  • "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

  • Prosecutions of Illegal Poker Dens - Institute of Licensing (2016)
  • "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)


Gary has been 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.

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