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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.

Licence Fees Full cost recovery

Licence Fees

There is no general rule permitting full recovery of the costs of licensing regimes by way of the licence fee.

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Tracey Crouch quits over FOBTs

FOBT stake: Minister Quits

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

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Judge dismisses Prosecution of Uber Driver for Plying for Hire

Reading Decision in Full

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

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Uber drivers not guilty of Playing for Hire

Uber driver: Plying for Hire

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

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Uber Licence Appeal Decision Sinner or Saint?

Uber Licence Appeal

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

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Localism. Cross Border Hiring PHV Operators

Cross Border Hiring

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

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Uber Licence Refused

Uber lose Brighton Licence

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

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FOBT in play

Maximum FOBT stake

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

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Uber Withdraws Appeal. UBL not fit to hold PHV operator's licence.

Uber withdraws appeal

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

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minimum unit pricing in Wales may have unintended consequences

Minimum Unit Pricing

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

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