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Miscellaneous posts by a licensing lawyer

Various articles covering all areas of licensing law and practice. Entirely personal commentaries about recent licensing news, alcohol & entertainment licensing, betting, gambling, the licensing of sex establishments (lap dancing clubs), taxis, PHVs - as well as miscellaneous topics such as cultural diversity,  gentlemen's clubs, website tactics, and the battle between London's black cabs and Uber.

Select Committee Report

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 reported in April 2017. This is the written evidence I gave.

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Uber Licence Refused

TfL take away Uber Licence

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that the operating licence for Uber London UK will not be renewed

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An image of Complacency. A metaphor for the Home Office response to the House of Lords Report on the Licensing Act 2003.

Disappointing Response

The disappointing, but predictable Home Office response to the House of Lords Select Committee Report on Licensing

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Iconic London Taxis are under threat from Uber

London Taxi Drivers v Uber

In early June the London Assembly voted unanimously to ask Sadiq Khan not to renew Uber’s licence.

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Image of hand depicting TfL shutting down Taxify

TfL shuts down Taxify

Three days after its launch in London, Uber-rival Taxify has been ordered by Transport for London to cease trading.

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London Taxis take on the might of Uber

Uber under Attack

To paraphrase ‘Hamlet’ – When troubles come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.

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Uber Rival told not to operate: was was licence revoked?

Uber rival question mark

The TfL Press Release is silent on the intriguing disappearance of Taxify’s operating licence

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Cultural diversity. An engraving of Garrick. He might be saying "no women in this club".

Selective Diversity

What is so unacceptable about same-sex clubs? Are their members not allowed-in to the cultural diversity celebrations?

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Good regulation is being hampered by unnecessary bureaucracy

“Light Touch Bureaucracy”?

“The Heavy Hand of Light-Touch Bureaucracy” . A paper for Sheffield University, October 2016

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Suspension of PHV Licence

The High Court has given important guidance as to the exercise of the power to suspend a PHV driver’s licence.

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