• Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Head of Trinity's Licensing team and Regulatory barrister, Charles Holland's social media posts regarding the definition of a "substantial meal" have been featured in the Law Society Gazette.

Working closely with the hospitality and licensed industries, Charles has been monitoring the recent raft of new lockdown restrictions announced by the Government on 12th October 2020. The most serious restrictions apply to Tier three which, when they come into effect on 14th October 2020, will only apply to Liverpool City Region. Under Tier Three all bars and public houses must close apart from those serving a "substantial meal".

Charles took to Twitter to highlight the case of Timmis v Millman (1965) 109 SJ 31 where it was determined by Lord Chief Justice, Lord Parker that a "substantial sandwich" accompanied by pickles and beetroot was a "table meal" and "not a mere snack from the bar". The case followed Soloman v Green (1955) 119 JP 289 where sandwiches and sausages on sticks were found to amount to a meal.

The details of the regulations supporting the Three Tier restrictions are still being determined ahead of their implementation on 14th October.

Charles is instructed in a wide range of complex licensing and regulatory matters by clients from across the country and is regularly recognised by the leading industry directories:

"He has an eye for detail, is not afraid of challenging situations and has a commercial approach to clients' needs." Legal 500 2021.

"He always provides practical advice and has an ability to navigate problems. He is one of the top licensing barristers in the country." "He is an exceptional advocate with fantastic research skills. He gives 100% to every case to ensure the client has the absolute best chance of success." Licensing Band 1, Chambers & Partners 2020.

As well as being a Consulting Editor of Paterson's Licensing Acts and an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Licensing, Charles also has his own blogging website that includes Licensing, Business and Property litigation updates that can be found here.

In response to the impact of the Coronavirus crisis, Chambers' Licensing barristers and staff are committed to providing as much assistance as possible, including urgent advice, resources and support in dealing with remote, in person and hybrid hearings. Members of the team can assist in all aspects of Licensing and Regulatory issues arising from the pandemic and its impact on Local Authorities, Police Authorities, Businesses and individuals. For further details, please contact the clerking team on 0191 232 1927 or by email civilclerks@trinitychambers.co.uk