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3 Raymond Buildings

Licensing

6 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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3 Raymond Buildings is home to an accomplished set of barristers known for their extensive coverage of the whole gamut of licensing disputes. Members act for restaurants, festivals, nightclubs, marketplaces, local councils and police services. The set has particular expertise in handling disputes surrounding sexual entertainment, alcohol and gaming licensing, and is also routinely instructed to act in taxi licence appeals. The barristers regularly appear in appeals and reviews regarding licence renewals, extensions and new applications. Sources say: "It is a very strong set in terms of licensing."

Client service:

"Dean Brown is a superb clerk and you get the right barrister for the job every time." Eddie Holland is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Guy Ladenburg
Boasts a broad practice and acts for the police, operators and local authorities. He is an expert in food safety, entertainment and betting and gaming matters, as well as a number of related regulatory areas.
"Very sound."
Recent work: Represented Club 701 on the Old Kent Road in a full review of its licence after multiple breaches, including a serious assault.

Strengths:

Matthew Butt QC
Advises various players in the market, such as the police, Transport for London and music festival operators. He has a broad practice handling work ranging from taxi licensing to premises licence hearings and reviews.
"He is great with clients, gets to the issues, is easy to deal with and gives well-structured advice." "He effortlessly demands attention during oral submission and speaks with authority."
Recent work: Represented Take it Cheesy in a successful application for a new licence in the Spitalfields Market.

Strengths:

Michael Bromley-Martin QC
Acts for a host of licensees, especially those connected with the gaming and late-night entertainment industries, in various proceedings. He brings his criminal law advocacy skills to bear in contentious matters, representing clients in appeals and licensing reviews.
"He is intelligent, charming and ruthless in court." "He gives straightforward, sensible and no-nonsense advice."
Recent work: Acted for LA Confidential in an appeal against the refusal to renew its venue licence.

Strengths:

Saba Naqshbandi
An accomplished advocate who frequently advises well-known operators and is called on to act on challenging licensing applications and variations. Widely praised for her impeccable attention to detail, she boasts a strong track record of representing iconic venues in highly contentious matters.
"Very commercial, understands very quickly and is just an excellent counsel." "She is known for her clear and concise presentation and meticulous attention to detail."
Recent work: Represented Le deli Robuchon in the face of objections to its licence application for its first deli in London.

Strengths:

Sarah Le Fevre
A standout advocate, who continues to impress with her methodical and strategic approach. She is regularly involved in high-profile cases involving premises licences, chiefly representing operators, but is also able to assist the Metropolitan Police Service. She has also been recently active in highly complex SEV licensing matters, and has provided licensing advice relating to events and hotels as well as gaming.
"She is very methodical and solicitors and clients like working with her." "She knows licensing extremely well not just in terms of the legislation and the guidance but in terms of strategy and approach."
Recent work: Represented Wagamama in its first application for a 'dark kitchen' premise licence.

Strengths:

Stephen Walsh QC
Very highly thought-of standout QC and a silk of choice on licensing matters for prominent events spaces, casinos, late-night venues and restaurants. He is also adept at dealing with judicial reviews, licence reviews and appeals. Walsh receives special praise for his practical approach to matters, his excellent client manner and his all-round regulatory knowledge.
"He is very approachable, knowledgeable and sharp." "He has a down-to-earth manner, intelligence and pragmatism."
Recent work: Represented the operator of Boomtown Festival in its application to increase the capacity of the festival.

Licensing Department

3 Raymond Buildings

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3 Raymond Buildings

Gray's Inn

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Licensing


Matthew Butt QC
New Silks
Michael Bromley-Martin QC
Band 2
Stephen Walsh QC
Star Individuals

Juniors

London (Bar)

Licensing


Guy Ladenburg
Band 2
Saba Naqshbandi
Band 1
Sarah Le Fevre
Star Individuals