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Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC

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One Essex Court (Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC), Susanna Fitzgerald QC, London, ENGLAND

Susanna Fitzgerald QC

Work 020 7583 2000
One Essex Court (Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC)


Barrister specialising in licensing, including gambing, alcohol and regulated entertainment law, judicial review (licensing-related aspects); recent work includes: acting for licensees on reviews, applications and disputes before the Gambling Commission, appearing for a major pub company in an application for a bingo licence before the Commission, advising on Guernsey and Alderney gambling law, acting for offshore internet gambling companies on licence applications, advising a major building society on a free prize draw scheme, advising on internet and television gambling and television gameshows, advising on betting and lotteries law and challenging amendments to UK laws on gambling and licensing and on foreign laws to legalise internet gambling; advising the Gambling Commission and the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission; advising on the licensing of sports stadia; appearing for applicants and objectors on sex entertainment venue licensing applications and appeals; appearing for promoters of major outdoor pop concerts in licence hearings; advising trade associations and others on responses to consultation documents from the Gambling Commission; advising on the Licensing Act 2003; acting for a multiple society lottery scheme against Camelot in the administrative court (On the application of Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd) v the Gambling Commission and others; Rindberg Holding Co Ltd v Newcastle upon Tyne Justices and Ultimate Leisure (on occasional Licences); appeared for successful appellants in R (on the application of Bushell and others) v Newcastle upon Tyne Licensing Justices and Ultimate Leisure in the House of Lords; R v Burt and Adams (acting for defendants, House of Lords); R v Interactive Telephone Services Ltd (acting for the CPS); R v News Group Newspapers Ltd (acting for the CPS), acting for a major bookmaking company in injunction proceedings and on licence revocations on the grounds of illegal betting.


Called 1973; Inner Temple; QC 1999; bencher Inner Temple 2007; publications: contributing editor to Smith & Monkcom’s ‘Law of Betting, Gaming and Lotteries’ 2nd edition and 3rd edition; and Halsbury’s ‘Laws of England: vol 4(1) Betting, Gaming and Lotteries’; numerous articles published in ‘Licensing Review’ and ‘Solicitors Journal’; has drafted submissions to the government on changes in Liquor and Public Entertainment Licensing Law and on amendments to the Gambling Bill for leading Trade Associations; has lectured extensively at conferences on gambling and licensing in the UK and abroad since 1985; has appeared on radio and television.


Chairman of Business in Licensing; member of the International Masters in Gaming Law; member CLCBA, Commercial Women in Law; member Society for the Study of Gambling; director of the Institute of Licensing; trustee GamCare; fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.


Benenden School; Bristol University (LLB Hons BL).

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