Peter Savill

Teams: Crime & Regulatory (Licensing, Inquests, Judicial Review), Landlord & Tenant and Housing (Commercial, Residential, Social), Planning (Planning Appeals, Enforcement, Village Greens, Rights Of Way & Highways, Judicial Review , Forward Planning), Employment, Common Law (Personal Injury, Inquests), Administrative and Local Government (Judicial Review, Human Rights)

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.


Housing law experience:    

Advice, drafting, seminars, training and advocacy in all areas of housing law including:

  • possession claims;
  • anti-social behaviour injunctions and orders;
  • disrepair;
  • homelessness and allocations;
  • housing benefit;
  • Equality Act and public law defences; and
  • trespass

Appearances on behalf of local authority, other social landlord clients, charities and individuals in County Courts nationally, the High Court, the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal and the Property Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal. Regularly lectures local authorities on housing and homelessness law, practice and procedures. Recent training provided includes sessions on recent developments in homelessness law – particularly in the context of gypsy and traveller cases – and the provisions of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.


VAT Number: 684458100

Peter  Savill

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