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Licensing Barrister Delivers Seminar to Local Authorities and Police


Specialist Licensing barrister, Joan Smith, recently spoke at an all day Licensing update conference arranged by the North East Public Protection Partnership (NEPPP).

Joan's session covered:-

  • Magistrates Court procedure
  • Byelaws
  • “Call a cab” and “Uber app”
  • Human Rights
  • Disclosure
  • Alcohol strategy and conditions attached to licences
  • Interim steps.

The Conference, which took place at the Main Chamber of Gateshead Council on 2nd October, was aimed at police commissioners, directors of public health, stakeholders, licensing officers,lawyers and teams involved in strategic development and decision making in the Region.

Joan is a member of Trinity Chambers' Judicial ReviewChanceryLicensing and Regulatory practice groups. She is also a member of the Specialist Regulatory Advocate in Health and Safety and Environmental Law panel. Joan's licensing practice was recently recognised in Chambers UK 2014 - "Handles alcohol, gambling, firearms and taxi licensing matters at regulatory hearings, and to Crown and Administrative Court level. Smith is especially noted for her taxi licensing expertise, which she has applied in providing advice to statutory bodies on matters of policy. "She is extremely practical and diligent, and quickly focuses on key issues in complex cases.""

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