Head of Trinity's Licensing team, Charles Holland was instructed on behalf of the applicants in their successful application to licence Worswick Chambers as a mixed use hospitality venue in central Newcastle.
A Grade-II listed building, Worswick Chambers will be developed into an entertainment hub over three storeys with bars, food outlets and other units around a public square. The venue is part of the Reuben Brothers-led regeneration of Pilgrim Street. Charles was instructed on behalf of the applicant by Sintons LLP.
At the successful licensing hearing, Charles Holland argued that redevelopment of the scaffold covered Victorian Worswick Chambers was long overdue, forming part of the wider regeneration of the area which will see 9,000 HMRC staff occupy the site of the former Stack container village. Following representations, Councillors accepted that the development would not have an adverse impact nearby premises. The venue will have a licence until 2am and is due to open in Summer 2023.
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, recent entries include:
"Extremely knowledgeable about licensing matters." "Phenomenally bright." "He is very measured and personable and can be passionate but is always friendly and amiable" Licensing, Band 1 Chambers & Partners 2022.
"He predominantly acts for licensees and has substantial expertise in taxi licensing matters, as well as a broad range of licensing issues associated with music and other entertainment venues. He regularly acts in judicial reviews and appeals". “He really gets to grips with everything you give him and really drills down into the work to get you the best deal possible." Licensing Band 1, Chambers & Partners 2021.
"He has an eye for detail, is not afraid of challenging situations and has a commercial approach to clients' needs." Licensing, Legal 500 2021.
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.