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.

FOBT stake: Minister Quits

By Gerald Gouriet
Tracey Crouch quits over FOBTs

Tracey Crouch resigns citing Government’s “unjustifiable” delay in implementing a £2 maximum FOBT stake.

Reading Decision in Full

By Gerald Gouriet QC
Judge dismisses Prosecution of Uber Driver for Plying for Hire

Uber driver found not guilty of plying for hire. No decision on lawfulness of Uber app.

Uber driver: Plying for Hire

By Gerald Gouriet QC
Uber drivers not guilty of Playing for Hire

Uber driver acquitted of plying for hire – Court fails to address whether display on Uber App is equivalent of “for hire” sign.

Uber Licence Appeal

By Gerald Gouriet QC
Uber Licence Appeal Decision Sinner or Saint?

Uber Appeal Decision: Senior District Judge gives Uber a licence for a limited ‘probationary’ period of 15 months.

Cross Border Hiring

By Gerald Gouriet QC
Localism. Cross Border Hiring PHV Operators

Cross border hiring is not always lawful. Operators who undermine local licensing control risk losing their licences.

Uber lose Brighton Licence

By Gerald Gouriet QC
Uber Licence Refused

Uber lose a third PHV licence. Brighton and Hove. Not fit and proper to hold a PHV operator’s licence.

Maximum FOBT stake

By Gerald Gouriet QC
FOBT in play

Gambling Commission recommend maximum FOBT stake for roulette should be set “at or below £30”

Uber withdraws appeal

By Gerald Gouriet QC
Uber Withdraws Appeal. UBL not fit to hold PHV operator's licence.

Uber Britannia Limited withdraws appeal against the refusal by York Council to renew its PHV operator’s licence.

Minimum Unit Pricing

By Gerald Gouriet QC
minimum unit pricing in Wales may have unintended consequences

Welsh Committee hears that minimum unit pricing (alcohol) could cause some to turn to drugs as a cheaper alternative.

To crack a nut

By Gerald Gouriet QC
Change of DPS

Government publishes minor amendment to the Guidance Notes accompanying the application form for a change of DPS.