Mr David Matthias > Francis Taylor Building > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building
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David Matthias Q.C. FCIArb was called in 1980, took Silk in October 2006, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. David acts for a wide range of individual, corporate and local authority clients, specialising in judicial review, licensing, commercial litigation and arbitration, planning and compulsory purchase, local government, rating and environmental law. He has a wealth of experience and a strong reputation for advising and conducting both litigation and arbitration in major cases in all those areas – recently, for example, on behalf of clients including Bristol Rovers, Capita, Datasharp UK, West Ham United, Westminster City Council, the London Borough of Camden and Casinos Austria International GMBH. David’s overseas work has included a recent appearance for a consortium of property developers before the Court of Appeal in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He is instructed by major firms of solicitors and some of the busiest local authorities in the country, as well as acting for companies and individuals, many of whom choose to engage him on their own account on a Licensed Access or Direct Public Access basis.  As one of the first to embrace the opportunities afforded to clients by the Direct Public Access scheme, David has a long and successful track record of running cases on that basis.


Called 1980; Inner Temple; took Silk 2006.


Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


BA Hons Law.

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London Bar > Licensing

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David Matthias QC

Francis Taylor Building

One of the best silks in this area.

Francis Taylor Building ‘is clearly the leading licensing set with some of the most famous names in the Industry. It has unrivalled depth in the licensing and regulatory field‘, according to one satisfied client. ‘Top classGerald Gouriet QC has acted on high-profile cases in the taxi business in addition to acting on numerous cases involving licences in the entertainment/clubs fields. He acted for the council in Wigan Council v Revolution Bars Appeal on the refusal of a premises licence – the case was successfully concluded when the parties agreed on compromise conditions. With equally deep expertise, David Matthias QC has acted on a number of cases that have gone to appeal, including to the Supreme Court. Of late, he acted for the council in R (on the application of We Love Hackney Ltd) v London Borough of Hackney – a challenge by way of judicial review to the legality of Hackney’s new Licensing Policy by a local pressure group. Jeremy Philips QC handles a range of cases involving the licensing of entertainment venues of all types, taxi hire matters, and gambling including online. Of late he acted for Hackney LB in resisting the appeal by La Morna Jazz Lounge against the revocation of a late night bar licence. Gary Grant is in demand for both his expertise and ‘brilliant‘ advocacy; he acted for Secret Group Ltd in obtaining a new premises licence for its secret cinema operation which attracted very substantial objections. The ‘smooth advocacy and non-adversarial but firm’ approach of James Rankin is also noted. His work includes representing West Midlands Police in the high-profile and heavily contested case concerning the eventual closure and revocation of the licence of the Arabian Nites Shisha Lounge.