Committees and Legal Process


In relation to the Licensing Act 2003, officers should have a clear understanding of licensing committees, extending to their powers, functions and obligations, the procedures they should follow, and the role of elected members.

Core Learning Resources

 Institute of Licensing

  National Association of Licensing and Enforcement Officers

  Amended Guidance Issued Under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003

Home Office, 2012

  Amended Guidance on the Late Night Levy

Home Office, 2012

  Section 53A Licensing Act 2003: Summary Review Guidance

Home Office, 2012

  Early Morning Alcohol Restriction Orders

Home Office, 2012

  Judicial Review: A Short Guide to Claims in the Administrative Court

House of Commons Library, 2006

  Civil Procedure Rules: Rules and Practice Directions Part 54:

Judicial Review and Statutory Review

Ministry of Justice

  Consultation Principles

Cabinet Office, 2012

Replaces the HM Government Code of Practice on Consultation, 2008

Further Reading

Case Law:

  Licensing Act 2003 Case Law

National Association of Licensing and Enforcement Officers

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  British and Irish Legal Information Institute

The most comprehensive set of legal materials available for free and in the public domain

Note: The following list is provided to assist officers who wish to gain a working knowledge of cases where the judgments are relevant to the decision-making process of licensing committees. Links are provided to the website of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute where available. All GRIP users are reminded of the importance of respecting copyright when accessing material.

4Wins Leisure Limited v (1) The Licensing Committee for Blackpool Council (2) Brook Leisure Blackpool Limited (3) World Wide Clubs (UK) 2007

Associated Provincial Picture Houses Ltd v Wednesbury Corporation

BBPA & Others v Canterbury City Council [2005] EWHC 1318 (Admin)

Beauchamp Pizza Company v Coventry City Council [2010] EWHC 926 Ch

Belfast City Council v Miss Behavin’ Ltd, HL 25-Apr-2007

Chief Constable of Cheshire v Gary Oates, Halton Magistrates’ Court 19 December 2011

Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police v Nottingham Magistrates Court [2009] EWHC 3182 (Admin)

Crawley Borough Council v Attenborough [2006] EWHC 1278

Crosby Homes Ltd v Birmingham Council and Nightingale Club (2008)

Hall & Woodhouse Ltd v Poole Borough Council Divisional Court [2009] EWHC 1587 (Admin).

Harpers Leisure International Limited and Michel Harper v Chief Constable of Surrey and Guildford Borough Council [2009] EWHC 2160 (Admin)

Kouttis v London Borough of Enfield (2011)

Lidl UK GmbH v City of Glasgow Licensing Board, Glasgow Sheriff Court, 4 November 2011

Luminar Leisure Ltd v Wakefield Magistrates Court & (1) Brooke Leisure Ltd (2) Classic Properties Ltd (3) Wakefield MDC [2008] EWHC 1002 (Admin)

Porter v Magill (2001) 2 AC357

R v Devon County Council Ex Parte Baker (1995) 1 All ER 73

R v Manchester City Council ex parte King (QBD) 1991

R v Swansea City Council Ex Parte Quietlynn Ltd (1983)

R (Bassetlaw District Council) v Worksop Magistrates’ Court [2008] WLR (D) 350

R (Blackpool Council) v Howitt [2008] EWHC 3300 (Admin); (2009) 173

R (Blackwood) v Birmingham Magistrates, Birmingham City Council & Mitchells & Butler Retail Leisure Ltd [2006] EWHC 1800 (Admin)

R (Bristol City Council) v Bristol Magistrates' Court and Somerfield Stores [2009] EWHC 625 (Admin).

R (Carmarthenshire County Council) v Llanelli Magistrates' Court [2009] EWHC 3016 (Admin)

R (Daniel Thwaites plc) v Wirral Borough Magistrates’ Court [2008] EWHC 838(Admin)

R (Festiva Ltd) v Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court [2011] EWHC 723

R (Murco Petroleum Ltd v Bristol City Council [2010] EWHC 1992 (Admin)

R (Hope and Glory Public House Ltd.) v City of Westminster Magistrates' Court [2009] EWHC 1996

R (JD Wetherspoon plc) v Guildford Borough Council [2006] EWHC 815 (Admin)

R (Raphael trading as Orleans) v Highbury Corner Magistrates Court and another. [2011] EWCA Civ 462

R (Somerfield Stores Limited) v Hinckley Magistrates’ Court (Defendant) and Blaby District Council (Interested Party) 3 December 2010 QBD Admin.

R (TC Projects Ltd) v Newcastle Licensing Justices [2008] EWCA Civ 428

R (South Northamptonshire Council) v Towcester Magistrates Court [2008] LLR 389

R (Springhall) v Richmond upon Thames LBC (2006)

R (Uttlesford District Council) v English Heritage, Court of Appeal [2007] EWHC 816 (Admin)

R (Westminster City Council) v Middlesex Crown Court and Chorion plc [2002] LLR 538

Reading Festival Limited v West Yorkshire Police Authority [2006] EWCA Civ 524

Smakowski and Another v Westminster City Council (1990) 154 JP345

St. Albans District Council v Patel [2008] EWHC 2767 (Admin)

Other Information

Primary and Secondary Legislation:

  The Licensing Act 2003

Note: ‘Licensing Act 2003’ should be used as a search term on to view the list of relevant UK statutory instruments. However, two of the most regularly consulted are included in the list below for convenience.

  Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003

  Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

  Crime and Security Act 2010

  Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001

  Legislative Reform (Licensing) (Interim Authority Notices etc) Order 2010

  Legislative Reform (Minor Variations to Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates) Order 2009

  Legislative Reform (Supervision of Alcohol Sales in Churchs and Village Halls) Order 2009

  Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) Regulations 2005

  Licensing Act 2003 (Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates) Regulations 2005

  Live Music Act 2012

 Local Authorities (Alcohol Consumption in Designated Public Places) Regulations 2007

  Penalties for Disorderly Behaviour (Amount of Penalty) (Amendment) Order 2009

  Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

  Policing and Crime Act 2009

  Smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006

  Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006