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Jeremy Phillips QC

Jeremy Phillips QC

Year of call: 2004 (QC 2018)

Practice areas: Planning, Environment, Licensing, Major Infrastructure Projects, Local Government, Rating, Public Law, European Law

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Jeremy Phillips QC - Licensing & Disciplinary

As a solicitor Jeremy Phillips was recognised for some years as the leading practitioner in England and Wales. As a barrister he has been since been involved in many of the leading decisions in this field before licensing committees, magistrates, in the High Court and Court of Appeal, representing operators, residents, trade associations, police and licensing authorities. He has advised in overseas jurisdictions on appellate proceedings and issues of vires.

Jeremy is Editor in Chief of Paterson's Licensing Acts, the only work of reference in this field. He is also a General Editor of Smith & Monkcom – the Law of Gambling and author of numerous other works and articles in the field.

He is a member of International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL).

Notable cases

  • Gambling Commission v Operator – represents one of the ‘Big Five’ national gambling operators in relation to a range of high-value AML, KYC, SR and RG online gambling issues[JP1] 
  • NR v Bestway Ltd – defending overseas online betting operator against civil action concerning customer’s alleged AML issues. Claim withdrawn, with costs.
  • Online PHV provider – representing global PHV ‘taxi’ service company in relation to its involved dealings with TfL, resulting in the issue of a new London Operator Licence.
  • Chohan v Gambling Commission [2012] UKFTT (Gen) - duties of a holder of a personal management licence (PML). First ever appeal determined by First Tier Tribunal (Gen - Gambling)
  • Bamboodle Bar and Grill Limited v Stratford District Council – representing licensing authority and successfully resisting appeal against revocation and closure of premises. Full costs awarded.
  • R (Lalli) -v- Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Newham Borough Council  - Whether on summary review premises associated with serious crime on the basis of a single violent incident. Permission granted to appeal to the Court of Appeal - case raised issues of national importance.
  • Patel (t/a Funky Brownz) v London Borough of Barnet - 'food safety' did not specifically engage Public Safety licensing objective LA correct to revoke the licence.
  • Gurgur v London Borough of Enfield – determined which policies and versions of S of S s 182 Guidance should apply to licensing appeals
  • R (Thompson and Spearmint Rhino Ventures (UK) Limited) v Oxford City Council - extent to which licensing authority able to refuse renewal of an SEV without distinguishing from previous grant in (virtually) identical circumstances.
  • Little France Ltd v Ealing London Borough Council (2013) QBD (Admin) - determined extent of reasons required on licensing appeals.
  • Crawley BC v Attenborough [2006] EWHC 1278 Admin - entitlement of Justices to order licensing authority to pay costs on appeal - requirement for conditions imposed to be intelligible to parties and those not involved in the proceedings
  • R (on the application of the British Beer and Pub Association and Others) v Canterbury City Council [2005] EWHC 1318 Admin - clarified the extent of a licensing authority's power in relation to its published Statement of Policy
  • Hashtroudi v Bournemouth Borough Council (2012) - Bournemouth magistrates granting first new licence to large bar/nightclub in town's Cumulative Impact Zone.
  • Combine Leisure Limited v Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Constabulary (2011) – representing police in licensee’s appeal against revocation. Summary review including quashing of High Court stay on suspension of licence. Costs order against director in personal capacity.
  • Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire v JD Wetherspoon (2007) Tesco Express (2009) Waitrose (2010) All Saints Ltd (2010) – successful objections on behalf of the police.
  • Marstons Plc (1) and Greene King Pub Company Ltd (2) v Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire – successful licensing appeals for operators following a related fatality in the area (2010)
  • British Horseracing Authority (BHA) – advised re inquiry into allegation that overseas national and racehorse owner had profited from ‘inside information’.
  • Re Swim Wales – advised former swim coach and drafted Statement of Case for High Court civil claim against former employer / club.
  • B v A (an EA licensed coach) – advising parents (pro bono via Sports Resolutions UK) of an Paralympic athlete in relation to potential claim for recovery of expenses paid to former coach.
  • GMC v Dr A – considering substantial file of papers detailing historic position and advising (pro bono via Advocate) on prospects of success before the MPTS (Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service) on having the right to practice restored.
  • Fitness & propriety – has been a key element of the practice over four decades, forming a major element in a large proportion of licensing decisions. Central also to role as law firm Senior Partner, member of Bar Council’s Ethics Committee, Law Commission’s Panel concerning taxi licence reform, and role as trustee and governor

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