About Gary Grant


Gary Grant is one of the United Kingdom's leading licensing barristers. He is top-ranked in both of the major independent legal directories (Legal 500 and Chambers Guide) where he is described as:


"The go-to counsel for licensing matters"


"Star Individual - brilliant, extremely hard working and, more importantly, someone who delivers outstanding results" 


"First-choice advocate who has turned advocacy into an art form"


"Brilliant and smooth before the courts"


"A big player"


"Star Individual -  just brilliant, hard working, determined to win
and a very eloquent advocate, one of the best of the best" 


"Often comes up with lightning bolt solutions to seemingly intractable problems... provides his clients with an advantage on very difficult cases"


"He's both brilliant and a barrister with a sense of humour, which helps"


"An exceptional knowledge of licensing law"


He practises from the leading set of licensing Chambers at Francis Taylor Building ("FTB").


Gary has  over 25 years' experience at the Bar dealing with complex and important cases in all areas of licensing. They include many of the most hard-fought and high-profile licence applications, reviews and appeals involving the country's leading nightclubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, taxi operators, gambling operators (online and terrestrial), sex entertainment venues, sporting and entertainment arenas, leisure developments, cinema groups, museums, theatres, street carnivals and music festivals. 


He is currently advising both regulators and operators on the impact of the COVID regulations on the licensed hospitality trade.


Gary is also at the forefront of advising businesses and bodies in regard to the legal cannabis market in the UK.


In addition to his licensing expertise, Gary has a wealth of experience in the criminal courts at all levels up to and including the House of Lords/Supreme Court. Consequently, he is frequently instructed in cases at the frontier of both licensing and criminal law that require expertise in both.


His clients have ranged from the Tate Modern to Hard Rock Cafe and Pacha nightclub, from the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to Spearmint Rhino, and from McDonald's to Sir Terence Conran and Alan Yau OBE's restaurants. In 2017, he obtained a 5am premises licence for a new London nightclub, a result that Time Out magazine described as "a landmark ruling…unprecedented".


As a true "independent" he represents the trade (from sole-traders to multi-national PLCs), residents, police forces and local authorities. This broad experience enables Gary to employ his insights to the advantage of all his clients at tribunals ranging from local Councils through to the Supreme Court. He has a reputation for pursuing his clients' interests with fierce independence, skill, tenacity and integrity.


In addition to his work for leading firms of solicitors and consultants, Gary is able to accept instructions directly from businesses and individuals. This "barrister-led" model provides clients with the most expert legal advice, representation and advocacy - in the most cost-effective manner - right from the very outset of a case.


Gary is a Consultant Editor of Paterson's Licensing Acts ("the bible of licensing law"), the Principal Contributor to the "Clubs" volume in The Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents (Lexis Nexis), and is widely published in the Journal of Licensing and other law journals. 


He is the Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Licensing, the professional body representing those who work within the field of licensing, and a prominent speaker at licensing conferences and industry events. Gary advises trade bodies as well as national and local government and police forces on licensing issues.


For more information, or if you wish to instruct Gary Grant, he can be contacted via his clerks at FTB here.



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