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    'A key set in licensing, with members who are often retained to act in high-profile and precedent-setting case.'

    Chambers and Partners 2018, Licensing

Licensing

FTB is recognised by the both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 one of the country’s leading Chambers of specialist licensing barristers. 

Chambers and Partners 2017 notes that FTB 'Maintains its status as the set of choice for licensing law. With a raft of stellar juniors and silks, it is able to handle all levels of licensing work. Its practice is impressively broad, with practitioners acting for both local authorities and licensees in cases involving sexual entertainment venues, nightclubs and restaurants, among other matters. The set attracts an abundance of praise for its bench strength.'

'The clerking team, headed by Paul Coveney, is described as "exceptionally professional" and "superb at every level." '

The Legal 500 2017 comments that FTB is ‘invariably the first-choice licensing set’ with ‘the widest range of licensing barristers for every type and level of case’.

Our barristers advise and advocate on behalf of the private and public sectors, local authorities, residents and the police alike. Our private clients include many of the country’s largest commercial operators, small businesses and individual entrepreneurs.

The experience of our team is second to none. We act for, or against, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, casinos, betting shops, lap-dancing venues, sporting and music arenas and major festivals, among others.

Members of Chambers have appeared in most of the leading licensing cases. We accept instructions to deal with cases at all levels from licensing sub-committee hearings through to the Supreme Court.

Our team is vastly experienced in making and opposing licensing applications before local authorities, appearing in heavily contested reviews of premises licences and closure orders, as well as before magistrates’ courts on appeal. Members also regularly appear in judicial review applications before the High Court and appeals to the court of Appeal..

We are at the forefront of licensing policy, law and practice. Members advise central and local government and other public and commercial bodies on issues of national, regional and local importance ranging from Statements of Licensing Policy to new or proposed Parliamentary legislation.

Our barristers edit and/or contribute to the leading practitioners’ books and journals in the field of licensing. These include: Paterson’s Licensing Acts, The Law of Gambling (Smith & Monkcom), The 'Clubs' The Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, the Journal of Licensing and the Licensing Review.

We also act in related criminal and civil enforcement proceedings taken against licensees and their employees.

Our areas of licensing expertise include:

  • Alcohol and entertainment
  • Late night refreshment
  • Gambling, casinos, betting shops and lotteries (terrestrial and online)
  • Taxis and private hire vehicles
  • Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEVs)
  • Firearms and explosives
  • Street trading, pedlars and busking
  • Special treatments
  • Zoos and dangerous wild animals

Members are regularly instructed by the leading firms of licensing solicitors and consultants around the country and are qualified to accept cases directly from members of the public and the trade under the Bar’s Public Access Scheme.

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FTB members that practise in Licensing

Queen's Counsel

Richard Phillips QC, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1970
QC:
1990
Gerald Gouriet QC, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1974
QC:
2006
David Matthias QC, judicial review and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1980
QC:
2006
Mark Hill QC, religious liberty and ecclesiastical law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1987
QC:
2009
Suzanne Ornsby QC, public, planning and environmental barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1986
QC:
2012
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2000
QC:
2014
Alexander Booth QC, planning, infrastructure and compulsory law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2000
QC:
2016

Juniors

James Rankin, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Buiding
Year of call:
1983
Gary Grant, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1994
Leo Charalambides, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1998
Jeremy Pike, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2001
Jeremy Phillips, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2004
Cain Ormondroyd, public and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2007
Hugh Flanagan, public and planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2008
Stephanie Hall, planning and local government barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2008
Sarah Sackman, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2008
Rebecca Clutten, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2008
Ned Westaway, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2009
Isabella Tafur, planning law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2009
David Graham, public, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2010
George Mackenzie, planning and local government barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2011
Alexander Greaves, planning and licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2012
Caroline Daly
Year of call:
2013
Charles Streeten, planning barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2013
Katherine Barnes, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2014
Charles Forrest, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
2014
Merrow Golden
Year of call:
2014

Associate Members

Charles Holland, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1994