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Craig Baylis

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Partner and head of the firm's regulatory practice group, is widely experienced in health and safety and food safety, and has significant expertise in successfully defending clients in proceedings brought by enforcement agencies. As a leading practitioner in the licensing field, Craig regularly appears before tribunals all over England and Wales.


Articled Leonard Ross & Craig; qualified 1981; solicitor Metropolitan Police Solicitors Department 1981-83; solicitor and partner Field Fisher Waterhouse 1983-93 (specialising in liquor licensing and regulatory work); partner Paisner & Co (now Berwin Leighton Paisner) 1993; publications: ‘Food Safety – Law & Practice’, Sweet & Maxwell; visiting lecturer at City University Business School.


Spanish and French


Centre for International Legal Studies, Salzburg; Validation Committee De Montfort University Food Law MA; committee member Environment Commission, Union des Avocats Européens; Fellow of the Society of Entertainment Licensing Practitioners.


George Dixon Grammar School, Birmingham; Exeter University (LLB Hons).

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting

Within: Gaming and betting

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  provides ‘very comprehensive advice’ and ‘works collaboratively’ with clients. The team regularly advises on licensing for large developments, its clients include a number of casinos, betting shops, developers and banks, and cross-border matters are a notable area of expertise. The firm successfully obtained premises licence for an adult gaming centre in the centre of Norwich despite heavy trade and local resident opposition, and continues to provide gambling and associated regulatory advice to a large gambling client. Other gaming clients include Playtech, the Hippodrome and Stride Gaming. Practice head Craig Baylis  and key practitioner Jeremy Bark  are notable contacts.

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Within: Leading individuals

Craig Baylis - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Within: Licensing

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  provides ‘professional and responsive service and has the ability to assist on a broad range of licensing matters’; the team's ‘in-depth knowledge of legislation and years of experience enables it to bring examples to life and offer advice based on past experience’. The firm regularly advises on licensing for large developments - the Olympic Park Development and the Nova Scheme in Victoria being notable highlights - and also assists various operator clients with the full range of liquor and gambling licensing matters. Other work examples included continuing to advise TGI Fridays on the procurement of new licenses across the country, including stress areas such as Westminster and minimum pricing areas such as Newcastle, and assisting the Montcalm Hotel group in relation to the revocation of a street trading licence. The team is headed by Craig Baylis and includes Jeremy Bark, who is  ‘a dedicated and extremely knowledgeable lawyer’.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Key practitioners in Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's department include team head Craig Baylis and associate director Jeremy Bark. The practice has substantial experience in fire safety and asbestos-related mandates and acts for clients including banks, utility companies, property developers, and leisure industry companies; examples include the National Grid, Marriott Hotels, Whitbread and Bvlgari Hotel. The group also handles inquests, fatal accident cases and enforcement issues.

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