Tel: 0191 232 1927
Charles has a busy and well-established chancery/commercial practice, with a particular emphasis on business and property matters. He aims to provide pragmatic, business-focused resolutions to disputes, with advice delivered promptly in user-friendly terms.
Charles is also well known nationally as a specialist licensing advocate and has acted in a large number of licensing applications relating to a wide range of venues and events, including high profile matters such as the Newcastle Carling Academy, the Birmingham Carling Academy, Darlington FC's stadium, the York Barbican Centre, the Sage Gateshead international music centre and the "HiFi North" festival.
He has also had many years’ experience in lap dancing applications, now regulated as sexual entertainment venues. His betting and gaming practice concerns betting shops (multiples and independents), amusement arcades, bingo, casinos and online gaming. He frequently appears in firearms matters. He also deals with the licensing of scrap metal dealers.
Charles has a very active taxi licensing practice representing both operators and local authorities, and has advised statutory bodies in relation to matters as diverse as the use of former fire engines for mobile hen parties to the processing of applications for drivers’ licenses from non-UK applicants unable to furnish Criminal Records Bureau checks. His licensing practice involves a significant amount of work in the Administrative Court, where Charles also conducts public law Judicial Review cases largely concerning local authorities.
Pubs, clubs, music venues, festivals, tableside dancing clubs, hotels, sports stadia, betting, gaming and amusement centres, casinos, internet gaming, sex shops, sex cinemas, sexual entertainment venues, firearms (shotgun appeals in particular), buses, taxis, taxi drivers (revocations in particular), houses in multiple occupation, scrap metal dealers. In addition, policies, CRB checks, Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Human Rights Act, Judicial Review and enforcement proceedings. Represents the trade, local authorities and the police.
Commercial and residential landlord and tenant, lease renewals. dilapidations, tied leases and licensed premises.
Conveyancing and related land disputes including easements, covenants and boundary disputes, fairs and markets, village greens, caravan sites. Particular emphasis on licensed/regulated properties.
Contentious Probate, Inheritance Act claims, guarantees, mortgages, construction disputes, contract disputes, civil fraud, solicitors' disputes, sport and businesses. Particular emphasis on licensed/leisure sector.
Share sale agreements, warranty claims, directors' disqualification, shareholder disputes, fiduciary duties.
Possession claims, anti-social behaviour injunctions, leasehold valuation, tribunal applications. Acting for local authorities and other social landlords.
Claims involving solicitors, architects, engineers, surveyors, estate agents. Particular emphasis on professional negligence claims in the licensing field.
Corporate and personal.
"He is very thorough, his attention to details is great and goes the extra mile. He is very reliable and his knowledge is outstanding" Commercial Litigation, Legal 500 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
"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 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.
"Very thorough and very proactive." "He has excellent knowledge in licensing." Licensing Band 1, Chambers & Partners 2019.
"His practice includes cases of contentious probate and solicitors’ disputes." Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery, Legal 500 2019.
"An absolute terrier; the barrister to have on your side to dig you out of a hole." Property, Legal 500 2019.
"Very well known for his extensive expertise in licensing law." Licensing, Legal 500 2019.
"An extremely effective advocate. Very practical and straight to the point." "He's very clever and won't leave a stone unturned." Licensing, Chambers UK 2018.
"An expert in the art of persuasion" Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery, Legal 500 2017.
"He is very detail orientated" Property, Legal 500 2017.
"He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all aspects of Licensing law" Licensing, Legal 500 2017.
“Licensing forms a large part of his broad civil practice and he has developed expertise across the full range of licensing matters. He is respected both for his tenacity and his strong advocacy skills.” "Charles has a gift for dealing with the uncomfortable truth head on. He pulls no punches in his advice, and is highly valued for that." Licensing Band 1, Chambers UK 2017.
"He is an expert in persuasion and provides frank advice." Commercial, Banking, Insolvency and Chancery, Legal 500 2016.
"Charles Holland is a key name, handling possession claims and landlord and tenant disputes...Focused on the details; he uncovers arguments that would have never been found." Property, Legal 500 2016.
"He is straightforward to deal with and always puts 100% into researching his cases, delivering great results." Regulatory, Health and Safety, and Licensing, Legal 500 2016.
"his paperwork is particularly impressive and thorough - he covers all angles and goes through the case in fine detail" "Fast on his feet and pulls no punches..." Licensing Band 1, Chambers UK 2016.
"Reassuringly knowledgeable and confident." Commercial, Banking & Insolvency, Legal 500 2015.
"Able to digest large amounts of information, and get to a few points upon which a matter will turn." Property, Legal 500 2015.
"He is able to advise a client as to the likely outcome of following a course of action." Licensing, Legal 500 2015.
"Handles the gamut of licensing work, including liquor, gambling and entertainment licensing. He is particularly noted for his expertise in large-scale venue licensing and taxi licensing. "He is extremely personable and very thorough, and goes the extra mile for the client - he does an immense amount of research." "He stands out for his advocacy, his approach is not aggressive but firm and he doesn't talk down to anyone." He successfully retained the licence of the Inside Out club in Darlington after it came under police review."" Licensing Band 1, Chambers UK 2015.
"Has a strong commercial and chancery practice focused on business and property matters. He is noted for his considerable expertise in the leisure sector. "He is absolutely first-class. His paperwork is thorough, and his attention to detail on drafting is excellent." He acted in a High Court claim and a subsequent £20 million counterclaim related to monies invested in the Dubai property market." Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers UK 2015.
"A reassuringly knowledgeable and confident practitioner, who is good at dealing with difficult individuals." Commercial, Banking & Insolvency, Legal 500 2014.
"His no-nonsense but approachable manner is refreshing." Property, Legal 500 2014.
"His varied licensing practice includes applications for large-scale and high-profile events." Licensing, Legal 500 2014.
"Acts nationally across a comprehensive range of liquor, gambling, entertainment, sexual entertainment, firearms and transport licensing issues. Taxi licensing is a key area of specialisation. "He is capable, highly amenable and always goes that extra mile to win the case." "He has good knowledge of the local market, and is also good at developing tactics and strategy for difficult cases."" Licensing Band 1, Chambers UK 2014.
"Recognised on the North Eastern Circuit for his knowledge and experience across a range of commercial issues. He is especially noted for his work with leisure sector clients." Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers UK 2014.
"The ‘very commercial and analytical’ Charles Holland is recommended for his licensing work." Legal 500 2013.
“One source said Charles Holland of Trinity Chambers is "inventive, gets facts very quickly and has a nice habit of getting to the heart of what a case is about." He undertakes a variety of work in the field including matters relating to the Licensing Act 2003 and taxi licensing.” Rated in Band 1 for both the Northern and North Eastern Circuits for Licensing, Chambers UK 2013.
"frequently instructed on a range of commercial disputes. He recently handled a professional negligence case brought by a house builder against an environmental consultant." Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers UK 2013.
Recommended for Licensing. "Trinity Chambers’ Charles Holland has particular expertise in licensing law and ‘gets straight to the point with his advice’". Legal 500 2012.
"exceedingly good " rated in Band 1 for both the Northern and North Eastern Circuits for Licensing. Chambers UK 2012.
"recognised for his vigour and impressive advocacy skills". Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers UK 2012.
“a waspish, effective advocate who has earned the respect of the local judiciary.” He is recognised as a “leading regional expert in a range of property-related disputes.” Chambers UK 2011.
Recommended for Commercial, Insolvency and Property. “Outstanding in commercial disputes, particularly with difficult clients”. Legal 500 2011.
1st ranking “Leading Junior”, only recommended junior for licensing on North-Eastern Circuit. “The go-to barrister in the North East for licensing cases. He is particularly active in the realm of taxi licensing”. Chambers UK 2010.
Recommended for commercial, insolvency and property. “Grasps complicated matters and condenses the evidence to the essentials”. Legal 500 2010.
1st ranking “Leading Junior”, only recommended junior for licensing on North-Eastern Circuit. “Building a reputation as “the best junior to go to for heavy, complex cases in the North East.” He has vast experience of both defending and opposing applications relating to liquor, betting and gaming, entertainment, taxis, and sex establishments.” Chambers UK 2009.
Recommended for Regulatory and Public law. “Top-grade junior”. Legal 500 2009.
1st ranking “Leading Junior”, only recommended junior for licensing on the North-Eastern Circuit. “Charles Holland of Trinity Chambers is championed as the “first port of call” for firms in the North East. He has handled licence applications for the Carling Academy in Newcastle and a large multi-entertainment venue in Birmingham, as well as representations for several local residents associations and local authorities”. Chambers UK 2008.
Junior Counsel to the Crown (Provincial Panel) (2000-2007)
Charles is a Workshop leader on the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University. He regularly presents seminars to local authority clients on licensing and social housing matters.