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.
Slick websites and SEO tricks soon defeat their own purpose, being universally untrusted and ignored.
An unused licence is “just a piece of paper”. No automatic right to grant of a new licence on surrender of the old.
A licensing regime that fails to take account of proven alcohol-related health issues borders on the irresponsible.
The preoccupation with jargon takes our eyes off the need to address real problems, occurring week after week.
The House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 reported in April 2017. This is the written evidence I gave.
Transport for London (TfL) has announced that the operating licence for Uber London UK will not be renewed
The disappointing, but predictable Home Office response to the House of Lords Select Committee Report on Licensing
In early June the London Assembly voted unanimously to ask Sadiq Khan not to renew Uber’s licence.
Three days after its launch in London, Uber-rival Taxify has been ordered by Transport for London to cease trading.
To paraphrase ‘Hamlet’ – When troubles come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.