Licensing Barrister Co Authors Nexstart Guidance on Business & Planning Bill "Pavement Licences"

Head of Trinity's Licensing team, barrister Charles Holland has co-authored a guide to the new "Pavement Licence" regime.

The Business and Planning Bill 2019-21 was given its first reading in the House of Commons on Thursday 25 June 2020. It is likely that the Bill will be rushed through Parliament and become law later the following week in anticipation of the easing of Coronavirus lockdown measures in the licensed and leisure industries.

The Bill introduces a new “Pavement Licence” enabling businesses selling food and drink to apply to local authorities for permission to put tables and chairs outside their premises, in turn promoting social distancing. This temporary measure bypasses the vast array of consents ordinarily required, including planning, Highways Act and street trading legislation.

Charles, together with fellow licensing experts Sarah Clover and Leo Charalambides of Kings Chambers, have co-authored for Nexstart (the National Exit Strategy Advice & Response Team for the Hospitality and Entertainment Industry) a detailed guide on this aspect of the new legislation.

To access the full guide and supporting resources, visit Charles' website here.

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

"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.

"He has an eye for detail, is not afraid of challenging situations and has a commercial approach to clients' needs." Licensing, Legal 500 2020.

Charles is a Consulting Editor of Paterson's Licensing Acts and an Assistant Editor of the Journal of Licensing

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