Covid-19 Lockdown 3: Trinity Barrister Features in The Spectator

Head of Trinity's Licensing team and Regulatory barrister, Charles Holland has written an article discussing the guidance and legislation surrounding the third Lockdown that has featured in The Spectator.

The article is entitled "Boris’s latest Lockdown rules are more baffling than ever" and examines how the rules and guidance vary from previous Lockdowns and the challenges faced in their enforcement.

The article highlights that in several respects, the third Lockdown is less restrictive than the first, giving examples of support and childcare bubbles and outdoor exercise with a single member of another household being permitted, as well as the significantly greater list of exemptions to the restrictions. However, Charles points out that the approach towards ensuring compliance, namely the four ‘E’s of "engage, explain, encourage, enforce", appears to have become more strict. The article concludes by questioning whether the current combination of laws, guidance and enforcement policies are the most effective mechanism to reduce social mixing and control the virus.

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:

"Licensing forms a large part of his broad civil practice. 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." 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.

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