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Fares fair

A High Court judge has rejected a challenge to hackney carriage fares set by a borough council. Philip Kolvin QC explains why.

News headlines

Jan 04, 2018

Court of Appeal judge refuses permission for challenge to casino decision

A legal challenge to the decision of Southampton City Council to grant a large casino licence has failed at the final hurdle, with a Court of Appeal judge refusing to grant the claimant permission to appeal.
Jan 02, 2018

Rules on properties requiring HMO licence to be strengthened from April

Landlords renting properties in England occupied by five or more people, from two or more separate households, will need to hold a house of multiple occupation (HMO) licence from April 2018, Housing Minister Alok Sharma has announced.
Dec 19, 2017

Council pays damages to taxi firm co-owner for breach of confidence

A council has publicly apologised and paid damages for a breach of confidence to the owner of a taxi firm who provided the local authority with information on a driver from another operator.
Dec 13, 2017

Sheffield lifts suspension of Uber licence, but York refuses to renew

Sheffield City Council has lifted its suspension of ride-hailing app Uber’s operating licence after what it described as “productive discussions” with the company.
Dec 08, 2017

Sheffield suspends Uber licence with company blaming administrative error

Sheffield City Council last month suspended Uber’s licence, saying that the current licence holder had failed to respond to requests about management.

Features and analysis

Operating hours and restaurant conditions

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Southwark Council has fought off a challenge by the operator of Rock Island Bar and Grill who sought to extend its operating hours and remove the “restaurant condition” from its premises licence just six months after it was granted. Gary Grant explains how.

Holding festivals in parks

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The Court of Appeal has dismissed a challenge to the holding of music and other festivals in parks. Although the case involved a London authority, the case is important for local authorities nationwide, write Philip Kolvin QC and Ranjit Bhose QC.

Taxis, software and cross-border bookings

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The Administrative Court has dismissed a council's appeal over a judge's dismissal of its prosecution of a private hire company over cross-border bookings. James Goudie QC explains why.

Gambling and local risk assessments

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Are local risk assessments in relation to gambling being taken seriously? Andy Woods examines the issues.

Older articles

Nov 21, 2017

Borough council warns residents of care home over £1 stake bingo

Redditch Borough Council has warned residents of a care home for elderly people to stop playing bingo for cash prizes.
Nov 21, 2017

Court of Appeal rejects challenge over power to close parks for festivals

The Court of Appeal has rejected an attempt to stop London boroughs holding large music festivals in public parks, setting up a potential Supreme Court challenge.
Nov 17, 2017

Taxis, software and cross-border bookings

The Administrative Court has dismissed a council's appeal over a judge's dismissal of its prosecution of a private hire company over cross-border bookings. James Goudie QC explains why.
Nov 15, 2017

Minimum alcohol pricing legislation in Scotland is lawful, Supreme Court rules

Legislation in Scotland for the introduction of minimum alcohol pricing does not breach EU law and is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim, the Supreme Court has ruled.
Nov 14, 2017

Blackpool bar ordered to pay £336k over planning breaches

A Blackpool bar owner must pay a total of £336,000 in confiscation, a fine and costs for a lengthy breach of planning conditions.
Nov 14, 2017

Met Police agree to scrap ‘Form 696’ risk assessment for venues

The Metropolitan Police is to remove the controversial ‘Form 696’ risk assessment after discussions with stakeholders.
Nov 10, 2017

Gambling and local risk assessments

Are local risk assessments in relation to gambling being taken seriously? Andy Woods examines the issues.
Nov 09, 2017

Supreme Court to rule next week on minimum alcohol pricing law in Scotland

The Supreme Court will next week rule on whether the minimum alcohol pricing legislation in Scotland is incompatible with EU law and therefore unlawful.
Nov 08, 2017

Government rejects call from peers for licensing committees to be abolished

The Government has ruled out implementing “at this time” a controversial recommendation from a House of Lords committee that licensing committees should be abolished and their functions transferred to planning committees.
Nov 03, 2017

Licensing committee at royal borough rules out consultation on late night levy

The licensing committee at the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has decided against holding a consultation on the introduction of a late night levy.
Oct 31, 2017

DCMS consults on cutting maximum stakes for fixed odds betting terminals

The Government is to consult on reducing the maximum stakes on B2 gaming machines – also known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) – to between £2 and £50, down from £100.
Oct 30, 2017

Institute of Licensing warns ministers that licensing system putting public safety at risk

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has written to the Government to raise concerns about failings in the taxi and private hire licensing system that it claims are putting public safety at risk.
Oct 24, 2017

Welsh Government unveils Bill for minimum alcohol pricing

A Bill that would see local authorities enforce a minimum price for alcohol sales in Wales has been introduced by the Welsh Government.
Oct 04, 2017

Court rejects booking claims and convicts cab driver of blagging

A private hire cab driver in Milton Keynes has been convicted of illegally plying for hire (blagging), with the magistrates’ court rejecting his argument that as he had make the booking on behalf of the customer the fare was lawful.
Sep 25, 2017

Tower Hamlets backs late night levy after second consultation

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has backed the introduction of a late night levy after holding a second consultation on its proposals.
Sep 22, 2017

Transport for London decides not to renew Uber London's private hire licence

Transport for London (TfL) has decided not to renew Uber London’s private hire operator licence when it expires at the end of this month, a decision that is set to be challenged by the company in the courts.
Sep 20, 2017

Famous music venue wins licensing appeal over increase in capacity

The Electric Ballroom music venue in Camden has won a licensing appeal to a Magistrates' Court over plans to increase its capacity.
Sep 04, 2017

Court upholds refusal of PHV licence over failure to disclose convictions

St Albans City and District Council has successfully defended its decision to turn down an application for a private hire driver’s licence, after the applicant failed to disclose driving-related convictions during the application process.
Aug 24, 2017

S.182 guidance – not the easiest read

Andy Woods looks at Chapter 16 of the section 182 Guidance under the Licensing Act 2003 and notes that anyone who wants guidance on this subject will have to be a patient reader.
Aug 17, 2017

Joint council and police operation sees four drivers convicted for 'blagging'

A joint enforcement operation carried out by Milton Keynes Council’s Taxi Enforcement team and Thames Valley Police has led to the conviction this month of three private hire cab drivers and one out of district hackney carriage driver for picking up…


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