Charles Holland > Francis Taylor Building > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building

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-respected Chancery/commercial practice, with a particular emphasis on business and property matters. He aims to provide pragmatic, business-focussed 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 Acadmey, 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. 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 Courts, where Charles also conducts public law Judicial Review cases largely concerning local authorities.


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.