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Leading Silks

Ranjit Bhose KCCornerstone Barristers 'A charming, diligent and well-prepared silk.'
Gerald Gouriet KCFrancis Taylor Building ‘The grand master of gambling and licensing law.’
Philip Kolvin KC11KBW 'A leading licensing silk. Clients love him. A persuasive advocate who provides commercial advice.'
Stephen Walsh KCThree Raymond Buildings 'Stephen is a star of the licensing Bar and a joy to work with.'
Michael Bromley-Martin KCThree Raymond BuildingsMichael naturally commands and controls the attention of a room. A strategic and tenacious silk.'
Matthew Butt KCThree Raymond Buildings ‘Matthew’s manner before licensing sub-committees is smooth, measured and always pitched perfectly.'
Peter Glenser KC9BR Chambers 'A very authoritative silk. One of the top firearms licensing lawyers in the country, and is able to demystify what can be a complicated, technical, and esoteric area of licensing law.'

Leading Juniors

Josef CannonCornerstone Barristers 'Josef is a very congenial junior, who is also pragmatic and good with clients.'
Leo CharalambidesFrancis Taylor Building 'Leo is always impeccably prepared - a very thorough junior.'
Sarah Le FevreThree Raymond Buildings 'She is well-respected by licensing sub-committees.'
Gary GrantFrancis Taylor Building 'A powerhouse. He has a brilliant legal mind coupled with breathtaking advocacy skills.'
James Rankin –Francis Taylor Building 'James is charm personified. His breadth of experience in licensing law is unparalleled.'
Stuart Jessop –Gough Square Chambers ‘Stuart is very commercially aware and is able to explain complex legal arguments in a comprehensible way.
Guy LadenburgThree Raymond BuildingsA junior who provides helpful, concise and frank advice.'
Saba NaqshbandiThree Raymond Buildings ‘Saba leaves no stone unturned in her meticulous preparation for licensing sub-committee hearings.’
Asitha RanatungaCornerstone Barristers 'Asitha is conscientious. He has a sound legal mind and is an outstanding advocate.'

Licensing in London Bar

Cornerstone Barristers

'One of the leaders in the field of licensing', Cornerstone Barristers is home to a team with 'exceptional licensing expertise'. Members handle the full range of licensing work, and is well known for acting for national authorities, public sector clients and operators in licensing disputes. James Findlay KC is highly regarded for his excellent track record in advising on private hire, alcohol, and gambling licensing matters. Ranjit Bhose KC is regularly instructed by licensing authorities on a range of work, and Josef Cannon has been kept busy handling contentious mandates concerning licenses for sexual entertainment venues, music festivals and hotels. Asitha Ranatunga has 'an exceptional understanding of licensing law and procedure, as well as the ability to provide insightful, bespoke and practical advice'.


Daniel Gatt is a leading clerk in this field.’

‘Cornerstone Barristers is a stand-out set in the world of licensing.’

Cornerstone Barristers is an outstanding set with great depth of talent.’

An attentive set.’

The clerks provide an excellent service.’

Very helpful clerks.’

Francis Taylor Building

Francis Taylor Building has a strong reputation for its 'unparalleled breadth of expertise across licensing law'. Gerald Gouriet KC is highly regarded for his expertise in handling high-profile cases involving gambling, taxi, entertainment and alcohol licensing issues, and David Matthias KC has an excellent track record in assisting local authorities with licensing policies. Among the junior end of chambers, the 'tenacious' Leo Charalambides is a licensing specialist; Gary Grant is 'a very well prepared and smooth advocate'; and James Rankin is 'a superb junior - he is always a master of the brief, exceedingly well prepared and eloquent in court'.


Harry Killick is always accessible, friendly and super efficient.’

A very professional set.’

Great depth and breadth of knowledge and experience.’

Very professional, approachable and helpful.’

‘Very effective clerks. Always quick to respond to queries.’

Responsive, efficient and flexible clerks.’

Three Raymond Buildings

Three Raymond Buildings garners praise as ‘a leading set for licensing‘. Stephen Walsh KC is a highly regarded practitioner in the space, with extensive expertise in handling the full range of licensing matters. Michael Bromley-Martin KC is ‘tenacious and always willing to go to battle for clients‘, and his recent workload includes advising on premises licensing issues. Firearms licensing work is a key strength for Matthew Butt KC, who is equally adept at handling gambling, liquor and private hire licensing matters. Sarah Le Fevre is regularly instructed by local authorities on both borough and council licensing matters, and Guy Ladenburg has a solid track record in handling liquor licensing mandates.


Excellent clerks.’

An extremely friendly and likeable set of clerks.’