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Cross border hiring and localism

Gerald Gouriet QC analyses some of the thorny issues that can arise around cross-border hiring of private hire vehicle drivers.

News headlines

Jul 11, 2018

Prosecution of Uber driver dismissed amid claims app was plying for hire

The Chief Magistrate, Dame Emma Arbuthnot, has dismissed a prosecution of a driver using the Uber App, based on an allegation that the App was a form of plying for hire.
Jul 09, 2018

Council defeats appeal by convenience store over revocation of premises licence

The London Borough of Southwark has successfully defended its decision to revoke the premises licence of a convenience store that had been found, on six separate occasions, to be employing immigrant workers.
Jul 06, 2018

Council defends decision to revoke premises licence after test purchase failures

A borough council in the North West has successfully defended a decision of its licensing sub-committee to revoke the premises for an off licence after a number of test purchase failures.
Jul 02, 2018

Council concedes in strip club policy legal challenge over equality duty failure

Sheffield City Council last week (29 June) conceded in court that it had failed to properly discharge the public sector equality duty, after a campaigner challenged the lawfulness of the authority’s decision to adopt a policy of licensing unlimited…
Jun 19, 2018

Council defeats appeal over revocation of licences of taxi driver and company

A judge at Liverpool Crown Court has upheld a decision by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council to revoke the operating licence of a taxi driver.

Features and analysis

Upper Tribunal on pubs and ACVs

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The Upper Tribunal has, finally, provided some guidance on assets of community value, writes Jeremy Phillips QC.

Recent changes to the s.182 guidance

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The Home Office has issued revised Guidance under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. Is there anything of substance in the changes? Paddy Whur reports.

Capping the number of hackney carriages

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A Yorkshire council has fought off a Crown Court challenge to the limit it placed on the number of hackney carriage licences. Gary Grant explains how.

Manchester on Alcohol & Entertainment Law

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Professor Roy Light reviews the 4th edition of Manchester on Alcohol and Entertainment Law. Woods Whur Publishing, Leeds. £115 soft cover.

Older articles

May 17, 2018

Councils hail decision to cut maximum stakes for fixed odds betting terminals to £2

Councils have welcomed the government’s announcement that the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals will be reduced from £100 to £2.
May 04, 2018

Recent changes to the s.182 guidance

The Home Office has issued revised Guidance under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. Is there anything of substance in the changes? Paddy Whur reports.
May 02, 2018

Uber to appeal as Brighton & Hove decides not to renew its licence

Ride-hailing service Uber has vowed to appeal after the licensing panel at Brighton & Hove City Council decided against renewing its private hire operator licence in the city.
May 02, 2018

Campaigners win permission for challenge to sexual entertainment licensing policy

A campaign group has won permission to take Sheffield City Council’s sexual entertainment licensing policy to judicial review.
May 01, 2018

Minimum pricing for alcohol comes into force in Scotland

Scotland has from today implemented minimum unit pricing for alcohol, with legislation coming into force that sets a minimum 50 pence per unit price.
Apr 26, 2018

IoL publishes guidance on suitability of applicants for taxi and PHV licences

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has launched guidance to assist local authorities making decisions about the suitability of applicants and licensees in connection with taxi and private hire driver, vehicle and operator licences.
Apr 24, 2018

School transport providers fined after council carries out licensing checks

A private hire operator and a driver have been fined after licensing officers at Reading Borough Council carried out checks on vehicles and drivers fulfilling school transport contracts.
Apr 24, 2018

LGA “extremely concerned” at reported blocking of plans to cut max FOBT stakes

The Local Government Association has expressed concern at reports that plans to reduce the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have been blocked by the Treasury.
Apr 13, 2018

Capping the number of hackney carriages

A Yorkshire council has fought off a Crown Court challenge to the limit it placed on the number of hackney carriage licences. Gary Grant explains how.
Apr 13, 2018

Manchester on Alcohol & Entertainment Law

Professor Roy Light reviews the 4th edition of Manchester on Alcohol and Entertainment Law. Woods Whur Publishing, Leeds. £115 soft cover.
Apr 10, 2018

London borough wins appeal over body piercings and underage clients

Carrying out body piercings on someone under the permitted age is a strict liability offence, the Divisional Court has said in a case punctuated by an unusual interruption by the respondent.
Mar 29, 2018

Agents of Change

Will the introduction of an Agent of Change principle in planning succeed in protecting live music venues? The operation of other regimes in relation to licensing and statutory nuisance means this is far from certain, writes Michael Greig.
Mar 26, 2018

Nightclub owner drops legal action over loss of operating licence

A chain of Birmingham music venues has conceded defeat in its battle with the city council over licensing.
Mar 23, 2018

Philip Kolvin QC appointed Recorder of the Crown Court

Philip Kolvin QC, head of Cornerstone Barristers, has been appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court.
Mar 22, 2018

Ombudsman and council at loggerheads over taxi licensing applications investigation

A row has broken out between the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) and a North West council over a case involving a woman’s application for a hackney carriage licence.
Mar 20, 2018

Uber withdraws appeal over refusal by York committee to renew licence

Ride-hailing business Uber Britannia has withdrawn an appeal over the decision of the gambling, licensing and regulatory committee at City of York Council not to renew its private hire operator’s licence.
Mar 19, 2018

Watchdog calls for maximum £30 stake in FOBT non-slot games

The stake limit for fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) (B2) non-slot games, including roulette, should be cut to £30, the Gambling Commission has said.
Mar 16, 2018

Context is king

Tim Briton looks at how licensing authorities - and their lawyers - can reach the "right" decisions in the absence of specific guidance from the law.
Mar 01, 2018

Resident to crowd fund legal action over council policy on strip clubs

A local resident is trying to raise £5,000 through crowdfunding to challenge Sheffield City Council’s new policy on licensing sex entertainment venues, shops and cinemas.
Feb 28, 2018

Bar owner to pay £10k in fines and costs after breaching noise abatement notice

A bar and restaurant proprietor in Gosport who repeatedly breached a noise abatement notice has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 in fines and costs.

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