Licensing Law Update

Level: Intermediate

6 February 2020, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) and afternoon workshop 1pm – 4pm Gedling Borough Council (NO VCE)

Presented by Anthony Collins

Course overview

Morning – There will be an update on the latest developments in liquor licensing and taxi licensing including a discussion on the “hot topics” affecting licensing authorities.

Afternoon – The afternoon workshop will include a mock hearing dealing with a licensing appeal and will involve the assistance of Counsel from Kings Chambers. There will be an opportunity for delegates to play various roles in the hearing. There will also be some useful tips on how to present appeals from Counsel

Suitable audience:

Solicitors/Legal Officers advising Licensing Officers and/or appearing at appeal hearings

Overview and topics to be covered include:

Local Authority Licensing
Case Law Update
Mock hearing – Advocacy Skills

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch

Interactive elements

Both sessions will involve discussion and participation from delegates. The course will also offer delegates the opportunity to complete a quiz/puzzle relevant to licensing.


This course will cover:

A Ethics professionalism and judgement
B Technical legal practice
C Working with other people
D Managing themselves and their own work

Presenter profiles:

Francesca Whyley is the Service Manager for Legal Services at Gedling Borough Council. Francesca joined the Council in 2007 having worked as a criminal defence solicitor in private practice. Francesca has undertaken several taxi licensing appeals and advises the Licensing Committee and licensing officers on taxi and liquor licensing.

Laura Chaplin is a Litigation and Licensing Solicitor at Gedling Borough Council. Laura joined the Council in 2017 having worked in private practice as a criminal defence solicitor, Laura is a Higher Rights Advocate and has represented the Council in a number of taxi licensing appeal cases. Laura regularly advises Members at Licensing Committee and is the legal licensing lead at the Council.

Stuart Evans is a Senior Associate in the Local Government Team at Anthony Collins Solicitors. Stuart has had a great deal of licensing experience in private practice and also with local government, acting as local licensing lawyer for Birmingham City Council for over 10 years.

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