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    "The clerks are brilliant. They are really helpful and good at trying to co-ordinate around scheduling issues to make barristers available for you. They're also great on billing."

    Licensing, Chambers and Partners 2020

Licensing

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

Chambers and Partners 2020 notes that FTB is 'market-leading set with notable expertise across all levels and has a large number of standout senior barristers as well as impressive juniors.'

"The clerks are brilliant.  They are really helpful and good at trying to co-ordinate around scheduling issues to make barristers availble for you.  They're also great on billing."

The Legal 500 2020 comments that 'FTB is 'one of the leading licensing sets' and has 'come of the most famous names in the industry' and 'unrivalled depth wiht a range of talents primarily skilled in representing licensing authorities, applicants and objectors.'

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
Year of call:
1970
QC:
1990
Gerald Gouriet QC, licensing barrister at Francis Taylor Building
Year of call:
1974
QC:
2006
David Matthias QC
Year of call:
1980
QC:
2006
Mark Hill  QC
Year of call:
1987
QC:
2009
Suzanne Ornsby QC
Year of call:
1986
QC:
2012
Saira Kabir Sheikh QC
Year of call:
2000
QC:
2014
Alexander Booth QC
Year of call:
2000
QC:
2016
Jeremy Phillips QC
Year of call:
2004
QC:
2018

Juniors

James Rankin
Year of call:
1983
Gary Grant
Year of call:
1994
Leo Charalambides
Year of call:
1998
Jeremy Pike
Year of call:
2001
Cain Ormondroyd
Year of call:
2007
Hugh Flanagan
Year of call:
2008
Stephanie Hall
Year of call:
2008
Rebecca Clutten
Year of call:
2008
Ned Westaway
Year of call:
2009
Isabella Tafur
Year of call:
2009
David Graham
Year of call:
2010
George Mackenzie
Year of call:
2011
Alexander Greaves
Year of call:
2012
Caroline Daly
Year of call:
2013
Charles Streeten
Year of call:
2013
Charles Forrest
Year of call:
2014
Merrow Golden
Year of call:
2014
Horatio Waller
Year of call:
2014
Daisy Noble
Year of call:
2015
Charles Merrett
Year of call:
2016

Associate Members

Charles Holland
Year of call:
1994