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Does the Licensing Act 2003 work in practice?

1 November 2016

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Legal experts and magistrates give evidence to the Licensing Act 2003 Committee in a session that looks at how the Act has worked over the last eleven years, the scope for improvement and the effectiveness of the appeal system.


Tuesday 1 November, Committee Room 3A, Palace of Westminster

At 10.45am

  • John Gaunt, Partner, John Gaunt and Partners
  • Andrew Grimsey, Solicitor, Poppleston Allen
  • Professor Roy Light, Barrister, St John's Chambers

At approximately 11.40am

  • Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot, Chief Magistrate
  • District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe, Westminster Magistrates' Court
  • Sheena Jowett JP, Deputy Chairman, Magistrates Association

Possible questions

Questions likely to be covered in the sessions include:

  • Are Licensing Sub-Committees working effectively?
  • Should the licensing regime work more closely with other related regimes such as planning?
  • Would a simplified licensing system work better?
  • Does the appeal system work well?
  • Are super-strength alcohol schemes lawful?
  • Are judges and magistrates given enough training in licensing matters?

Further information

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