Chambers and Partners 2019 notes that FTB is 'a set with remarkable strength across all levels that boasts a large number of standout senior barristers and enjoys a high reputation as a set specialising in licensing with a background in commercial law.'
"Clerks at FTB have a good understanding of which barristers are relevant for each client and are well organised. They are efficient when dealing with clients, able to communicate important information and always able to revert back to you." "They are able to organise barristers quickly and at short notice."
The Legal 500 2018 comments that 'FTB is is 'a set that really knows its stuff.’''
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.