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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.

Selective Diversity

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

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

“Light Touch Bureaucracy”?

By Gerald Gouriet QC
Good regulation is being hampered by unnecessary bureaucracy

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

Suspension of PHV Licence

By Gerald Gouriet QC

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

Residents’ Associations

By Gerald Gouriet QC
As a licensing lawyer, Gerald Gouriet QC represents the owners of bars, pubs and clubs

A common misapprehension is that a good point is made stronger by repetition: it is not – it is weakened.

Anti-social behaviour

By Gerald Gouriet QC

Experiments on mice point to a cure for drugs and binge-drinking tendencies in human beings.

Pinsent Masons (Archived)

By Gerald Gouriet QC
This is a roulette wheel. FOBTs allow roulette to be played in betting shops

The Gambling Commission impose stricter conditions by which betting shops are entitled to make FOBTs available.