Gerald’s licensing practice is principally in alcohol & entertainment, taxi and gambling licensing. He appears at first-instance before licensing committees and magistrates’ courts throughout England and Wales, before licensing boards in Scotland, and also at Gambling Commission panel hearings. On appeal he appears before the First and Second Tier Tribunals, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
His clients include: The Dorchester Hotel; Tottenham Hotspur Football Club; The Football Pools Ltd; Trust Inns Ltd; Mitchells & Butlers; The Royal Opera House; The Albert Hall; John Lewis; Waitrose; The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA); Caesar’s Palace (Las Vegas); Cashino Gaming Ltd; Paddy Power; Ladbrokes; Corals; and William Hill. He was successful in obtaining gaming licences for the last of the great 1968 Act Casinos (against formidable opposition from existing operators) in Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Birmingham and Huddersfield; climaxing with the grant, on appeal, of the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square.
Gerald acts for the London Taxi Drivers Association (LDTA) and was heavily involved in its ongoing objections to the renewal of Uber’s London licence. In addition, he has recently advised and appeared for a number of taxi and PHV trade organisations throughout England, as well as individual licensed drivers and operators in appeals against regulatory action taken by committees of local authorities.
He is much sought after by licensing authorities and the licensing trade for his clear and forthright advice. Recent clients include Manchester City Council, Winchester City Council, the City of Wolverhampton, Westminster City Council, and miscellaneous trade bodies in Wakefield, York and Greater London.
Gerald studied piano, conducting and composition at the Royal College of Music, then read for the Bar. Having been in practice for over 15 years he spent the greater part of the 1990s in Hollywood where he composed the musical scores for some 18 films, including “Madame Sousatzka”, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, and “A Question of Attribution” by Alan Bennett, for which he received an Ivor Novello nomination. He returned to the Bar in 1999 and took silk in 2006.
Gerald’s personal website can be viewed here.