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Trinity Chambers

Chambers of Toby Hedworth QC

Work 0191 232 1927
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Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne

Charles Holland

Work 0191 232 1927
Trinity Chambers (Chambers of Toby Hedworth QC)

Work Department

Regulatory and licensing; landlord and tenant; real property; Chancery and commercial; company partnership; social housing; professional negligence and insolvency.


Charles has a busy and well-established chancery/commercial practice, with a particular emphasis on business and property matters. He aims to provide pragmatic, business-focused resolutions to disputes, with advice delivered promptly in user-friendly terms. 

Charles is also well known nationally as a specialist licensing advocate and has acted in a large number of licensing applications relating to a wide range of venues and events, including high profile matters such as  the Newcastle Carling Academy, the Birmingham Carling Academy, Darlington FC's stadium, the York Barbican Centre, the Sage Gateshead international music centre and the "HiFi North" festival.

He has also had many years’ experience in lap dancing applications, now regulated as sexual entertainment venues. His betting and gaming practice concerns betting shops (multiples and independents), amusement arcades, bingo, casinos and online gaming. He frequently appears in firearms matters. He also deals with the licensing of scrap metal dealers.

Charles has a very active taxi licensing practice representing both operators and local authorities, and has advised statutory bodies in relation to matters as diverse as the use of former fire engines for mobile hen parties to the processing of applications for drivers’ licenses from non-UK applicants unable to furnish Criminal Records Bureau checks. His licensing practice involves a significant amount of work in the Administrative Court, where Charles also conducts public law Judicial Review cases largely concerning local authorities.



Pubs, clubs, music venues, festivals, tableside dancing clubs, hotels, sports stadia, betting, gaming and amusement centres, casinos, internet gaming, sex shops, sex cinemas, sexual entertainment venues, firearms (shotgun appeals in particular), buses, taxis, taxi drivers (revocations in particular), houses in multiple occupation, scrap metal dealers. In addition, policies, CRB checks, Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Human Rights Act, Judicial Review and enforcement proceedings. Represents the trade, local authorities and the police.

Landlord & Tenant

Commercial and residential landlord and tenant, lease renewals. dilapidations, tied leases and licensed premises.

Real property

Conveyancing and related land disputes including easements, covenants and boundary disputes, fairs and markets, village greens, caravan sites. Particular emphasis on licensed/regulated properties.


Contentious Probate, Inheritance Act claims, guarantees, mortgages, construction disputes, contract disputes, civil fraud, solicitors' disputes, sport and businesses. Particular emphasis on licensed/leisure sector.

Company partnership

Share sale agreements, warranty claims, directors' disqualification, shareholder disputes, fiduciary duties.

Social Housing

Possession claims, anti-social behaviour injunctions, leasehold valuation, tribunal applications. Acting for local authorities and other social landlords.

Professional negligence

Claims involving solicitors, architects, engineers, surveyors, estate agents. Particular emphasis on professional negligence claims in the licensing field.


Corporate and personal.


  • R (on the application of XY) v (1) Crown Court sitting at Newcastle (2) Chief Constable of Northumbria, (3) DPP [2016] EWHC 1872 (Divisional Court) - representing a covert human intelligence source (CHIS) in his judicial review of decisions to that there was no public interest immunity in his identity and to reveal that identity to defendants in the "Operation Sanctuary" trials.
  • Ghura, Ghura, Singh, Boi Trading Co Ltd and Chan Casuals Ltd v Dalal, Dalal and Blackburn Clothing Company Ltd [2015] EWHC 605 (Ch), [2015] EWHC 1685 (Ch) - claims and cross-claims involving property developments in Dubai.
  • Cuban Cigar Club, Newcastle - obtained a premises licence for this specialist tobacconist. Involved issues as to what constitutes "sampling" for the purpose of the smoke-free legislation.
  • Lifestyle Express, Newcastle - appeal relating to a condition requiring compliance with "reducing the strength" scheme.
  • Newcastle City Juniors FC Sports Club - licensing clubhouse for this successful junior football club.
  • Fusion Festival - securing a licence for this well-established festival upon its move from Birmingham to Liverpool. The new licence has a capacity of 60,000 and was granted against heavy opposition. Instructed by the event organiser on a direct public access basis.
  • Eleven Arches - the UK's largest open air night spectacular, based on Puy de Fou, part of Jonathan Ruffer's £100m vision to regenerate Bishop Auckland. Premises licence application.
  • Abbeyfield Newcastle upon Tyne Society Ltd v Newcastle City Council [2014] EWHC 2437
  • R (Ruby May (1) Limited) v Leeds City Council [2014] EWHC 878 (Admin) "Counsel who appeared for Ruby May, Mr Holland, was first instructed very shortly before the hearing. Despite that, he presented Ruby May's case cogently, succinctly and persuasively so that his clients were not (so far as I could tell) disadvantaged in any way." Stuart-Smith J
  • Wilcock v Lancaster City Council [2013] EWCA Civ 1607
  • Wilcock v Lancaster City Council [2013] EWHC 1231 (Admin)
  • Paynter & Anor v Hinch [2013] EWHC 13 (Ch)
  • R.(on the application of Care North East Newcastle) v Newcastle City Council [2012] EWHC 2655 
  • Gateshead Council v Henderson [2012] EWHC 807 (Admin)
  • North Eastern Properties Limited v. Coleman and Quinn : [2010] 1 W.L.R. 2715
  • R.(on the application of Newcastle City Council) v. Berwick upon Tweed Borough Council : (2009) B.L.G.R. 195
  • R.(on the application of Bushell) v. Newcastle Licensing Justices : [2005] 1 W.L.R. 1732
  • R. v. Newcastle City Council : ex parte The Christian Institute [2001] L.G.R. 165
  • Newcastle City Council v. Morrison (2000) : 32 H.L.R. 891


Called 1994; Inner Temple; Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel) 2000-07. Workshop leader on the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University.


Institute of Licensing; Chancery Bar Association; North Eastern Circuit.


University of Nottingham (LLB); Diploma in Advocacy (National Institute of Trial Advocacy); Inns of Court School of Law.

Regional Bar : North Eastern Circuit

Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

Within: Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors

Charles Holland - Trinity ChambersHis practice includes cases of contentious probate and solicitors’ disputes.

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Within: Property – Leading juniors

Charles Holland - Trinity ChambersAn absolute terrier; the barrister to have on your side to dig you out of a hole.

Within: Property

Trinity Chambers houses Charles Holland, whose practice includes rights of way matters, development disputes and easement cases.

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Within: Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Charles Holland - Trinity ChambersVery well known for his extensive expertise in licensing law.

Within: Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Trinity Chambers houses Charles Holland, who is very well known for his expertise in licensing matters and recently appeared in the high-profile Uber London v Transport for London case. In 2018 Ros Scott Bell moved to Deans Court Chambers.

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