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Cornerstone Barristers is ‘a first-rate chambers with first-class barristers, who specialise in licensing’. Six members were involved in the successful appeal against the revocation of Fabric nightclub’s licence, and head of chambers Philip Kolvin QC acted for the licensees in R (Hemming and others) v Westminster City Council, which went to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice, concerning the legality of charging up-front licence fees.

For some, Francis Taylor Building is ‘invariably the first-choice licensing set’ with ‘the widest range of licensing barristers for every type and level of case’. Notable highlights saw David Matthias QC represent Westminster City Council in the Hemming case, and Gary Grant successfully act for Tate Modern in obtaining an expanded premises and late hours licence. Gerald Gouriet QC regularly appears for Paddy Power in relation to premises licences.

Three Raymond Buildings is ‘certainly one of the top licensing sets in the country, with counsel at all levels capable of taking a brief at short notice and turning it around’. Members have strengths in representing clients from the alcohol, gaming, security and taxi industries, with recent notable cases including R (Essence Bars) v Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court and another.

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