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.
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''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