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Francis Taylor Building

Gary Grant is a member of the Licensing Group at Francis Taylor Building ("FTB"), a long established leading set based in the Inner Temple, London. FTB has particular expertise in the fields of licensing, planning, land valuation, infrastructure, environmental, public law, and regulatory law. 


FTB is recognised by the leading independent legal directories as a leading set of barristers' Chambers in the field of licensing. Members advise and assist both the public and private sectors, local authorities and the police. Private clients include many of the country’s largest blue-chip commercial operators, small businesses and individuals. In common with all Chambers, its barristers are self-employed and independent and it is not uncommon for barristers from the same Chambers to appear against each other in the same case.


In 2015 FTB was named as the Client Service Set of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards.


Legal Directory comments for FTB's Licensing Group include:


Chambers UK Guide:


"Market-leading set with notable expertise across all levels and has a large number of standout senior barristers as well as impressive juniors.' (Chambers UK Guide 2020)


"The clerks are brilliant.  They are really helpful and good at trying to co-ordinate around scheduling issues to make barristers availble for you.  They're also great on billing."


"Stands out as the leader of the pack"  


"Maintains its status as the set of choice for licensing law. With a raft of stellar juniors and silks, it is able to handle all levels of licensing work. Its practice is impressively broad, with practitioners acting for both local authorities and licensees in cases involving sexual entertainment venues, nightclubs and restaurants, among other matters. The set attracts an abundance of praise for its bench strength... The clerking team, headed by Paul Coveney, is described as 'exceptionally professional' and 'superb at every level'." 


"Francis Taylor Building is streets ahead of most others. They have great strength and depth and are the default chambers for licensing."


Legal 500:


"FTB is 'one of the leading licensing sets' and has 'come of the most famous names in the industry' and 'unrivalled depth with a range of talents primarily skilled in representing licensing authorities, applicants and objectors."
Chambers UK Guide, 2013


"FTB is the 'go to set' for gambling, taxi, sexual entertainment venue (SEV) and live entertainment matters."

"An incredibly strong set and is the first port of call for licensing counsel"

'Tremendous strength in depth"





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