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FRANCIS TAYLOR BUILDING, INNER TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7BY, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7353 8415
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Fax 020 7353 7622
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402 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.ftbchambers.co.uk
Francis Taylor Building, Gary Grant, London, ENGLAND

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Gary Grant

Tel:
Work 020 7353 8415
Email:
Web:
www.ftbchambers.co.uk
Francis Taylor Building (Francis Taylor Building)

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:Licensing and Regulatory Crime

Position

Gary Grant is one of the UK's leading licensing barristers. He is top-ranked in both of the major independent legal directories (Legal 500 and Chambers Guide) where he is described as "The go-to counsel for licensing matters" and "Star Invididual: just brilliant - hard working, determined to win and a very eloquent advocate, one of the best".

In addition to his licensing expertise, Gary has a wealth of experience in the criminal courts at all levels up to and including the House of Lords/Supreme Court.  Consequently, he is frequently instructed in cases at the frontier of both licensing and criminal law that require expertise in both.

Gary has 25 years' experience at the Bar dealing with complex and important cases in all areas of licensing. They include many of the most hard-fought and high-profile licence applications, reviews and appeals involving the country's leading nightclubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, sex entertainment venues, sporting and entertainment arenas, gambling opertators (online and land-based), cinema groups, museums, theatres, markets, street carnivals and music fesivals.

His clients have ranged from the Tate Modern to Pacha nightclub, from the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to Spearmint Rhino, and from McDonald's to Sir Terence Conran's and Alan Yau OBE's restaurants. In 2017, he obtained a 5am premises licence for a new London nightclub, a result that Time Out magazine described as "a landmark ruling...unprecedented".

As a true "independent" he represents the trade (from sole-traders to multi-national PLCs), residents, police forces and local authorities. This broad experience enables Gary to employ his insights to the advantage of all his clients at tribunals ranging from local Councils through to the Supreme Court. He has a reputation for pursuing his clients' interests with fierce independence, skill, tenacity and integrity.

He is widely experienced in judicial reviews and has appeared in several of the leading reported cases of recent years in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court/House of Lords (including R v Rimmington the leading modern case defining "public nuisance", and the landmark cases of ''Funky Mojoe'' and ''Essence'' on procedural defects in licensing).

Gary is a Consultant Editor of Paterson's Licensing Acts ("the bible of licensing law"), the Principal Contributor to the "Clubs" volume in the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precendents (Lexis Nexis), and is widely published in the Journal of Licensing and other law journals. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Licensing and advises trade and non-commercial bodies, national and local government and police forces on licensing law and policy.

Gary is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public in appropriate cases.

For more information, please visit: www.licensingbarrister.com

Career

Called to the Bar 1994, Grays Inn; recipient of the Sir Raymond Phillips MC Award (1994); graded as ‘Outstanding’ by the Gray’s Inn Advocacy Committee (1995).

Member

Vice-chair Institute of Licensing (2012); Criminal Bar Association.

Leisure

Frequently appears as a legal analyst on national and international news channels.


London Bar

Licensing

Within: Licensing – Leading juniors

Gary Grant - Francis Taylor BuildingThe go-to counsel for licensing matters.

Within: Licensing

Francis Taylor Building is ‘a set that really knows its stuff’. Members are recommended as barristers who ‘get results on the most difficult cases’. Notable highlights include Jeremy Phillips QC representing Taxify in its application to obtain an operating licence for its ride-sharing app in London. Gary Grant QC has successfully acted for numerous licensees in obtaining or maintaining their licences in the restrictive Westminster area. Junior members Leo Charalambides and Annabel Graham Paul have been acting for McDonald’s in licensing its franchises.

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