Licensing

Chambers has a number of licensing barristers offering real strength and depth of representation in this area of law.

Our main Licensing practice is outlined in a separate Licensing section.

As well as the areas outlined in our main Licensing page (Alcohol & Entertainment, Firearms,Gaming & Gambling, Sexual Entertainment Venues and Taxi Licensing), our Regulatory barristers are also instructed in further areas of Licensing law as below:-

Other statutory permitting and licensing regimes

Many other areas of commercial activity are subject to specific statutory permitting and licensing regimes. Because of the range of work undertaken by Chambers, we are well placed to advise and act for the regulator and the regulated in situations where these apply. These are often unique situations where the breadth and depth of public, regulatory and licensing law knowledge and experience that members have in these Chambers is invaluable.

Examples of such areas of licensing include:

• Utility Regulation – under the Gas Act 1986 and the Electricity Act 1989 certain activities concerning gas and electricity may only be carried out with a licence (or under a relevant exemption or exception). Members of Chambers have much experience of the Standard Licence Conditions as they apply to the regulation of the domestic energy market and have advised and acted in this area. Click here for further details of our Utility Regulation work.

• Gas Safety – under the GasSafe scheme (replacing the previous CORGI scheme) established under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, those undertaking gas fitting work have to be suitable trained and licensed. Members of chambers acts for and against those accused of poor and unlicensed gas fitting work, both in instances where death or injury results and otherwise. Click here for details of our Oil, Gas, Electricity and Major Accidents Hazards work.

• Asbestos – members of Chambers act in instances where there has been poor or unlicensed work with asbestos. Click here for details of that and our other Construction safety work.

• Security Industry – the Security Industry Authority licenses those engaged in security work as required by the Security Industry Act and has a range of investigative powers and enforcement options, including prosecution, in its arsenal of controls. Revocation or refusal of a license to a junior employee may be inconvenient, but it can affect the viability of a business if it is directed at the business as a whole or a key senior individual. Advice has been given both at individual and at business level to those affected by SIA enforcement action.

• Traffic Commissioner Work – Chambers represents operators and local authorities in all aspects of operators’ licence work before Traffic Commissioners, often in tandem with dealing with separate allegations of environmental, safety or road traffic failures.

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