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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.

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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Uber Rival told not to operate: was was licence revoked?

Uber rival question mark

The TfL Press Release is silent on the intriguing disappearance of Taxify’s operating licence

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

Selective Diversity

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

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Good regulation is being hampered by unnecessary bureaucracy

“Light Touch Bureaucracy”?

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

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Suspension of PHV Licence

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

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

Residents’ Associations

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

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Anti-social behaviour

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

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This is a roulette wheel. FOBTs allow roulette to be played in betting shops

Pinsent Masons (Archived)

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

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