Local Government & Licensing Barristers

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Chambers UK 2014

Guildhall Chambers has a national reputation in local government licensing law, and our members offer expertise in numerous other areas affecting local government.

We act in relation to all forms of licensed activities, including:

  • Pubs, night clubs, restaurants, hotels and off-licences
  • Members clubs
  • Betting shops and casinos
  • Lotteries, competitions and online gaming
  • Sexual entertainment venues and sex shops
  • Street trading
  • Money lending
  • Zoos
  • Tattoo artists
  • Taxis

Kerry Barker and Sue Cavender are joint authors of Licensing: The New Law. Kerry is also editor of the new Licensing Law Reports (Jordan Publishing), co-author of Betting, Gaming and Lotteries and a contributor to Paterson's Licensing Acts.

Our barristers also have a strong record in challenging and defending local authority decisions, including in relation to austerity cuts, conflicts between cuts and statutory duties, and developments in the law of consultation and proportionality.

Other areas of expertise include education, special educational needs and EHC assessments and plans, housing and homelessness.

Clerk Contact Information

For further information and enquiries please contact Lucy Northeast or Justin Emmett on 0117 930 9000.