Peter Savill

Teams: Crime & Regulatory (Licensing, Inquests, Judicial Review), Landlord & Tenant and Housing (Commercial, Residential, Social), Employment, Common Law (Personal Injury, Inquests), Administrative and Local Government (Judicial Review, Human Rights), Public Access (Direct Public Access)

Year Called: 1995

Inn: Inner Temple

Qualifications: BA (Hons)

Appointments: Attorney General's Provincial Panel of Junior Counsel, Crown Prosecution Service, Grade 2 Prosecutor

Memberships: Western Circuit, Personal Injury Bar Association, Employment Lawyers Association

Bar Council Registration

A Common Law practitioner specialising in Licensing Law, Employment Law and disciplinary and regulatory proceedings.

Licensing Experience:

Advice, drafting, seminars, training and advocacy in all areas of Licensing Law including:

  • Alcohol (Including clubs)
  • Regulated entertainment
  • Late night refreshment
  • Sex establishments
  • Betting and gaming
  • Taxis
  • Firearms and shotguns
  • The Security Industry Authority
  • Goods vehicle operator's licenses

Peter regularly appears before Local Authority licensing committees and in the Magistrates, Crown and High Courts. Peter  also lectures both Local Authorities and Police Forces on Licensing Law, practice and procedures, particularly the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003. Peter regularly acts for large national retailers and pub chains.

Alcohol and Entertainment:

Peter offers extensive experience of advisory and advocacy work in all aspects of alcohol and entertainment licensing (including large scale outdoor events and festivals) before Local Authority licensing sub-committees, Magistrates, Crown and High Courts. Peter is currently advising and providing lectures and tutorials to Local Authorities and Police Forces on the Licensing Act 2003, including preparation of and amendments  to statements of licensing policy, sub-committee structure, the Human Rights Act 1998 conditions and other procedural considerations. He is regularly instructed in review hearings and hearings consequent upon closure orders under Section 160 and 161 of the Licensing Act 2003.

Betting and Gaming:

Peter has experience in all aspects of betting, gaming and lottery law, he recently acted for international online betting organisation setting up an operation in the United Kingdom. He also lectures on the provisions of the Gambling Act.


Peter has substantial experience in hackney carriage and private hire licensing vehicle, driver and operator licensing. Regular advocacy in the Magistrates, Crown and High Courts. He has completed substantial advisory work for Local Authorities on subjects including standard conditions, policies, demand and delimitation.


Peter is regularly instructed by Police Forces and certificate holders in all aspects of firearm and shotgun licensing including revocations, refusals and registered gun clubs. Reported cases in this area are noted below. Peter is currently writing the forthcoming edition of Gun Law (Shaws).


Apart from licensing matters relating to clubs Peter has advised extensively on matters such as the club status, constitution, gaming and lotteries run by clubs and the liability of clubs, both to third parties and for the acts of door staff.

Sex Establishments:

Advocacy and advisory experience in applications for and objection to sex establishment licenses, including judicial review proceedings following the grant of sex establishment licenses.


VAT Number: 684458100

Peter  Savill

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