Preeminent licensing barrister James Rankin with thirty years’ experience in licensing and regulatory work is ranked by Chambers and Partners Directory as a starred licensing junior. He is also named in the Chambers 100 UK Bar list of the top juniors. These are his recent entries in Chambers Guide to the Legal profession:
Chambers and Partners has rated him the only starred junior in the country for the last seven years. He appears up and down the country on behalf of applicants, and objectors and appellants from local authority decisions. A true ”independent”, he also represents the police and local authorities on reviews of licences and on appeals. He has extensive Betting and Gaming experience. He appeared on behalf of The Hippodrome in their successful appeal to license their London casino premises. He advises on internet gaming, together with lotteries and competitions and firearms and taxi regulation. He advises The Marine Management Organisation on licensing matters. He has been involved in many of the leading licensing cases involving judicial review of decisions by local authorities and magistrates. His clients are high profile and varied. They include the major operators such as Wetherspoons, together with the smaller operators such as The Mean Fiddler Group. He has represented many of the leading firms of bookmakers both large and small including Ladbrokes, Corals, William Hill, and Pridmore Bookmakers. His other long standing clients include Peter Stringfellow, The Windmill, The Mayor of London, The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, and The Chief Constables of several counties including Northamptonshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. He represented Kenwood House, and Garsington House on their opposed renewals of their licences. He has obtained licences for large music festivals including the 18,000 capacity WOW festival in The Isle of Wight and the Witcombe Cider Festival, against heavy opposition.