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Windmill Lap-Dancing Club Appeal Dismissed

David Matthias QC

Following a three day hearing in Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) Emma Arbuthnot has dismissed the appeal of Big Country Limited (the company owning and running the Windmill Club in Soho) against Westminster City Council’s decision to refuse to renew its Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence.

Despite the company (controlled by the Owide family) having operated the club as a sexual entertainment venue for the past 24 years, the Judge agreed with Westminster that Daniel Owide (who has controlled the company since 2017, and who “was very properly extensively challenged by Mr Matthias QC about his past licensing activities”) was unsuitable to hold such a licence.

David Matthias QC acted for Westminster City Council.