Councils, when acting as a licensing authority, need to ensure that any decisions they make are robust and according to law at all times. This applies equally to decisions made under delegated authority by Officers, and those made by Members. Licensing law is both complex and varied, some of it modern and some of it antiquated and in need of reform. This course will concentrate on taxi (hackney and private hire) together with alcohol and regulated entertainment.
The course will deliver a basic legal and practical grounding in licensing law and procedure, illustrated by reference to the leading cases. It will not deal with temporary or emergency changes arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. There will be sections on constitutional arrangements, delegations, decision making powers, application processes, reports and recommendations, objections and representations, decision making processes, reasons for decisions, reviews and appeal processes, fees, Members’ interests, natural justice and human rights.
The day will be broken down into four interactive sessions, allowing all attendees to engage with the speaker and with each other, share experience, ask questions, and participate in case study examples.
This course, which will be delivered from the legal standpoint, is suitable for new legal advisors to both Licensing Departments and Committees, as well as Democratic Services officers who intend to service Licensing Committees. It will also be of benefit to Licensing Officers who wish to set their practical knowledge against the legal background. Officers returning after a career break would also find it a useful refresher or update. No prior knowledge of licensing law or procedure is required. Some pre-reading will be required to benefit fully from the day, which will be provided to attendees in advance of the course.
This course will:
Introduce you clearly and concisely to licensing law
Aid and expand your understanding of licensing issues
Ensure you are aware of points to watch for
Compare different types of applications that you will need to process
Tell you when a licence is necessary and what types there are
Give you a more detailed understanding and more confident outlook when dealing with all licensing matters
Avoid any potential problems by making you aware of recent and leading cases
Ensure you are in a position to advise on the decision-making process and avoid challenge on the basis of bias on the part of either Officers or Members
Solicitor, Kingston upon Hull City Council
Stephen has been solely responsible for advice to the Council and its Officers on all aspects of licensing law and procedure since 2004. He advises the Committee and Officers in connection with all applications, reviews, prosecutions and appeals concerning licensing matters from taxis and private hire to sex shops, zoos and scrap metal dealers and is Legal Advisor to the Committee when in session. Stephen also deals with advocacy arising from decisions of the Committee by way of appeals or from the prosecution of offenders under all relevant legislation. Stephen is an experienced prosecutor for the regulatory departments of the Council dealing with all types of high end cases from counterfeiting to food safety and fraud.
Stephen has presented lectures, workshops and seminars to a variety of audiences including magistrates, solicitors, members of the Institute of Licensing, Council Members and Officers and others within his areas of interest and expertise.
Stephen is a Past Chair of Solicitors in Local Government and is a former Chair and Branch Secretary of the Yorkshire & the Humber Branch of LLG and he currently represents the Branches on the LLG Board. Stephen is also the Deputy National Lead (Licensing) for LLG and the Vice Chair of the North East Region of the Institute of Licensing. He is also an independent trainer, lecturer, mentor and consultant.