Charles Holland > Chambers of Toby Hedworth QC > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Toby Hedworth QC
Trinity Chambers

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-established chancery/commercial practice, with a particular emphasis on business and property matters. He aims to provide pragmatic, business-focused 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 Academy, 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. He also deals with the licensing of scrap metal dealers.

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 Court, where Charles also conducts public law Judicial Review cases largely concerning local authorities.



Pubs, clubs, music venues, festivals, tableside dancing clubs, hotels, sports stadia, betting, gaming and amusement centres, casinos, internet gaming, sex shops, sex cinemas, sexual entertainment venues, firearms (shotgun appeals in particular), buses, taxis, taxi drivers (revocations in particular), houses in multiple occupation, scrap metal dealers. In addition, policies, CRB checks, Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Human Rights Act, Judicial Review and enforcement proceedings. Represents the trade, local authorities and the police.

Landlord & Tenant

Commercial and residential landlord and tenant, lease renewals. dilapidations, tied leases and licensed premises.

Real property

Conveyancing and related land disputes including easements, covenants and boundary disputes, fairs and markets, village greens, caravan sites. Particular emphasis on licensed/regulated properties.


Contentious Probate, Inheritance Act claims, guarantees, mortgages, construction disputes, contract disputes, civil fraud, solicitors’ disputes, sport and businesses. Particular emphasis on licensed/leisure sector.

Company partnership

Share sale agreements, warranty claims, directors’ disqualification, shareholder disputes, fiduciary duties.

Social Housing

Possession claims, anti-social behaviour injunctions, leasehold valuation, tribunal applications. Acting for local authorities and other social landlords.

Professional negligence

Claims involving solicitors, architects, engineers, surveyors, estate agents. Particular emphasis on professional negligence claims in the licensing field.


Corporate and personal.


  • R (on the application of XY) v (1) Crown Court sitting at Newcastle (2) Chief Constable of Northumbria, (3) DPP [2016] EWHC 1872 (Divisional Court) – representing a covert human intelligence source (CHIS) in his judicial review of decisions to that there was no public interest immunity in his identity and to reveal that identity to defendants in the “Operation Sanctuary” trials.
  • Ghura, Ghura, Singh, Boi Trading Co Ltd and Chan Casuals Ltd v Dalal, Dalal and Blackburn Clothing Company Ltd [2015] EWHC 605 (Ch), [2015] EWHC 1685 (Ch) – claims and cross-claims involving property developments in Dubai.
  • Cuban Cigar Club, Newcastle – obtained a premises licence for this specialist tobacconist. Involved issues as to what constitutes “sampling” for the purpose of the smoke-free legislation.
  • Lifestyle Express, Newcastle – appeal relating to a condition requiring compliance with “reducing the strength” scheme.
  • Newcastle City Juniors FC Sports Club – licensing clubhouse for this successful junior football club.
  • Fusion Festival – securing a licence for this well-established festival upon its move from Birmingham to Liverpool. The new licence has a capacity of 60,000 and was granted against heavy opposition. Instructed by the event organiser on a direct public access basis.
  • Eleven Arches – the UK’s largest open air night spectacular, based on Puy de Fou, part of Jonathan Ruffer’s £100m vision to regenerate Bishop Auckland. Premises licence application.
  • Abbeyfield Newcastle upon Tyne Society Ltd v Newcastle City Council [2014] EWHC 2437
  • R (Ruby May (1) Limited) v Leeds City Council [2014] EWHC 878 (Admin) “Counsel who appeared for Ruby May, Mr Holland, was first instructed very shortly before the hearing. Despite that, he presented Ruby May’s case cogently, succinctly and persuasively so that his clients were not (so far as I could tell) disadvantaged in any way.” Stuart-Smith J
  • Wilcock v Lancaster City Council [2013] EWCA Civ 1607
  • Wilcock v Lancaster City Council [2013] EWHC 1231 (Admin)
  • Paynter & Anor v Hinch [2013] EWHC 13 (Ch)
  • R.(on the application of Care North East Newcastle) v Newcastle City Council [2012] EWHC 2655 
  • Gateshead Council v Henderson [2012] EWHC 807 (Admin)
  • North Eastern Properties Limited v. Coleman and Quinn : [2010] 1 W.L.R. 2715
  • R.(on the application of Newcastle City Council) v. Berwick upon Tweed Borough Council : (2009) B.L.G.R. 195
  • R.(on the application of Bushell) v. Newcastle Licensing Justices : [2005] 1 W.L.R. 1732
  • R. v. Newcastle City Council : ex parte The Christian Institute [2001] L.G.R. 165
  • Newcastle City Council v. Morrison (2000) : 32 H.L.R. 891


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.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles HollandTrinity ChambersHe has an eye for detail, is not afraid of challenging situations and has a commercial approach to clients’ needs.

At Trinity ChambersCharles Holland specialises in licensing and represents the full range of interested parties in such cases. Notable recent work has included several taxi licensing matters, such as his recent representation of an interested party in judicial review proceedings brought by United Cabbies Group against the decision to grant a private hire vehicle operator’s licence to Uber, in which Holland acted as a junior to Gerald Gouriet QC. Other key sectors of the licensing practice include firearms, entertainment and alcohol, betting and gaming, and scrap metal dealerships.

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles HollandTrinity ChambersHe has a commercial approach to clients’ needs.