Regulatory and Local Government
Peter is one of the most experienced practitioners in our Regulatory Team with a number of specific areas of expertise.
Peter regularly advises and represents clients in cases involving all forms of licensing including alcohol, regulated entertainment, late night refreshment, sex establishments, betting and gaming, taxis, firearms and shotguns, the Security Industry Authority and goods vehicles.
He often acts for the Police and local authorities before Licensing Committees as well as the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. In additon he has acted for a number of large national retailers and pub chains.
Alcohol and Entertainment
Peter offers extensive experience of advisory and advocacy in alcohol and entertainment cases which has included large scale outdoor events and major festivals.
He advises many local authorities and a number of police forces on licensing related issues and is regularly their main training resource. He regularly attends review hearings and hearings consequent upon closure orders under s.160/161 of the Licensing Act 2003.
Betting and Gambling
Peter has experience in all aspects of betting, gaming and lottery law. He acted for a major online betting organisation in the setting up of their operations in the UK and he lectures on the subject regularly.
Peter has substantial experience in cases involving hackney carriages and private hire licensing and the various operator licences connected to this.
He is often in the local Crown and Magistrates’ Court dealing with appeals against the revocation of these licences and is often asked to speak to Local Authority Licensing Committees as to proper prodecures for these cases.
Peter has experience of drafting the standard conditions and policies Councils require and advising on demand and delimitation.
Since he joined Chambers Peter has been instructed by Police Forces and certifcate holders in all aspects of firearm and shotgun licensing.
This includes the revocation of licences, refusals and issues relating to the licensing of gun clubs.
Apart from the more obvious licensing issues connnected with clubs Peter provides advice on matters such as the status of clubs, their constitution, any gaming and lotteries they may run and the liabilities clubs are under to third parties and for the acts of their door staff.
Peter has many years of experience in applications for, and objections to, licensing of sex establishments. This has included judicial review proceedings following the grant of such licences.