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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.

Lawyers spin their websites like spiders

Spinning a Website

Slick websites and SEO tricks soon defeat their own purpose, being universally untrusted and ignored.

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Derelict pub. Unused licence. A premises licence is just a piece of paper.

Unused Licence

An unused licence is “just a piece of paper”. No automatic right to grant of a new licence on surrender of the old.

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The Promotion of Health

A licensing regime that fails to take account of proven alcohol-related health issues borders on the irresponsible.

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Jargon in Licensing gets in the wat of good decision making. "Positive partnerships" "Stakeholders"

Licensing Jargon

The preoccupation with jargon takes our eyes off the need to address real problems, occurring week after week.

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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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