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Bespoke Training

Let our trainers come to you! Book now for a training course provided by the Institute of Licensing.

Standard one day courses are charged at a flat rate from £1,000 (plus VAT). The fee includes trainers and all trainer's expenses (excluding refreshments, room hire and printing materials).

There is no restriction on the number of delegates, except where the training includes a practical element.

If a longer (two day) or shorter (half day) course, or evening session is required this can also be arranged.

Other courses are available on request, please contact training@instituteoflicensing.org

Are you an experienced licensing trainer? Would you like to be considered as a trainer working for the Institute of Licensing? Please contact training@instituteoflicensing.org to find out more.

Examples of one day courses include:

Councillor Training, for members of the Licensing or Regulatory Committee

Taxi Enforcement Principles

Street Trading and Pedlars

Basic Licensing Principles

PACE/RIPA courses

Sex Establishments

Animal Welfare

Fee Setting

Scrap Metal

Caravan Licensing

Skin Piercing (Acupuncture, Tattoo's etc)

Trainers

Jim Hunter

About

Jim Hunter started in Local Authority Licensing in 1993 at Luton Borough Council, after 10 years as a Police Officer in the Royal Air Force and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. Jim moved from Luton to the London Borough of Barnet before moving to Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) as Licensing Manager. Jim left TDBC in 2008 as the Operations Manager in charge of Licensing, Health and Safety and Food Safety.

In 2008 Jim was appointed as the Training and Qualifications Officer for the IoL. In 2014 Jim left the IoL and now works as a licensing trainer.

As ex Council Officer as opposed to a lawyer Jim focuses his training delivery on the practical methods for dealing with licensing related subjects. Jim has delivered training in nearly every county in England and Wales as well as training in Northern Ireland. Jim's approach is based on his own reluctance to attend training courses, therefore the training is interactive, humorous where possible and uses real examples to explain issues.

Courses Delivered

  • Two days (Licensing Act, Street Trading, Sex Establishments etc) of the four day Professional Licensing Practitioners Qualification
  • Licensing Act Qualification for Police and other Responsible Authorities
  • How to Inspect Licensed Premises
  • Investigation Through to Trial
  • Basic Principles of Licensing
  • Councillor Training

Delegate Quotes

I recently attended the four day PLPQ course. Jim was an excellent trainer. Clearly very knowledgeable. The course was very useful to me and I would not hesitate to recommend the course to others.

Wajed Iqbal - Licensing Officer, South Ribble Borough Council

'As Chair of Manchester's Licensing Committee I wanted to ensure that new Cllrs, Officers and Committee Members were all aware of Licensing rules and regulation. Jim Hunter provided 3 different training courses over two days to very different audiences. The interactive nature in which the training was delivered meant that all attendees found the courses really useful. The feedback forms were excellent not only in relation to the knowledge gained but also that people had really enjoyed the training sessions, a real success - Thank you!

Cllr Hitchen, Chairman Manchester City Council

It is so easy to take a blinkered view and not look beyond the policies and issues in your own authority. What I found most useful about the day was not only being able to learn from the good practice at other councils but also learn from their mistakes, from someone who clearly has the current, relevant, facts at his fingertips.

Chair, Oxford Licensing Committee

Gary Grant

About

Gary Grant barrister at Francis Taylor Building is recognised as one of the country’s leading licensing barristers. He is top ranked (Band 1) in the Legal 500 guide to the legal profession where he is described as “a star performer; very flexible to deal with” (2014 edition). With 20 years experience at the Bar, he divides his time evenly between acting for premises operators on the one hand and representing local authorities, police forces and resident groups on the other. Areas of work include alcohol and entertainment, sexual entertainment, gambling, firearms and explosives, taxis and private hire vehicles, as well as prosecuting and defending regulatory offences in the criminal courts.

Having been cited as the "first-choice licensing barrister for the Metropolitan Police" (Chambers & Partners, 2011) he is increasingly instructed by high-profile private clients including Spearmint Rhino, Pacha nightclub and many of the leading West End and national nightclub, bar and restaurant operators. He is particularly experienced in hard-fought premises licence Reviews, late-hours applications within cumulative impact areas, and conducting appeals in the magistrates’ court where, the legal directories observe, he “displays complete command and is extremely eloquent, forceful, persuasive and impeccably prepared”.

Gary also advises local authorities, governments (in the UK and abroad) and public bodies on aspects of licensing law and Policy, is a frequent contributor to law journals and has been described as an “outstanding” and “charismatic” speaker at licensing conferences and training events around the United Kingdom. Gary has been a Vice-Chairman and Director of the Institute of Licensing since 2012.

Courses Delivered

  • Councillor Training

Delegate Quotes

no quotes are available for this trainer at this time

Sarah Clover

About

Sarah Clover is described as “The top licensing barrister outside London without doubt” (Legal 500 15/16). She’s nationally recognised as an expert in the Hospitality and Leisure Industry.

Chair of the West Midlands Region of the Institute of Licensing, she provides advice and representation to Local Government, Licensees, Residents, PubCo’s and the Police. Her views are widely respected. She has been involved in some of the most important cases to emerge in the last decade.

Sarah sits as the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003.

Courses Delivered

  • House of Lords Select Committee Workshops (Various dates and locations, 2017)

Delegate Quotes

David Lucas

About

David is Partner and Head of the Licensing Team at Fraser Brown Solicitors. David trained at Nottingham City Council, joining private practice in 1981 and concentrating solely on licensing in 1996. David advises and represents national and local operators of alcohol and gambling premises, Licensing Authorities, Police Authorities and Interested Parties throughout England and Wales.

David is Chair of the IoL East Midlands Region.

Courses Delivered

  • Gambling Module for Professional Licensing Practitioners Course
  • Councillor Training

Delegate Quotes

I recently attended the Professional Licensing Practitioners Qualification, David made a daunting subject enjoyable and I felt I achieved a good understanding of the subject.

David Novell, Licensing Officer, Milton Keynes Council

James Button

About

James Button is a solicitor and Principal of James Button & Co., Solicitors, a niche practice, now in its 23rd year. The firm advises local authorities and NHS bodies, undertakes advocacy, advises committees and provides training for Officers and Members. In addition, they act for Licensees and Applicants.

His current expertise lies in the areas of licensing (including Taxis, Licensing Act 2003, Gambling Act 2005 etc), environmental health, public health, criminal investigations and prosecutions and human rights and other local authority and health sector related matters.

He was articled at South Tyneside MBC in South Shields, then spent some years at Manchester City Council before setting up the Public Health Legal Information Unit for the Department of Health.

He read Law at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham, and sat his Law Society Finals at The Polytechnic of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

He has written four editions of “Button on Taxis: Licensing Law and Practice” (Bloomsbury Professional 2017). As part of the work of the Public Health Legal Information Unit he wrote the text book "Communicable Disease Control - A Practical Guide to the Law for Health and Local Authorities in England and Wales" (Department of Health 1994) and has contributed to other works, including “Know Your Rights” (Readers Digest 1997), “Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Control” edited by Norman Noah and Mary O’Mahony (Wiley 1997), “Health Services Law and Practice” edited by Maggie Bloom, Dr Andrew Harris and Sheila Waddington (Butterworths 2001) and “The Concise Guide to Licensing” by Ian Webster, Jeffrey Leib and James Button (LGS-UK 2007). He writes a regular column on Taxi matters for the “Journal of Licensing” and is a Consulting Editor for “Licensing Review”.

In 1996 he was a founder member of the Local Government Licensing Forum, and was Chair from its creation until 2003, when it became the Institute of Licensing. He was made President of IoL in 2004 and Companion in 2012.

Courses Delivered

  • Taxi module of the Professional Licensing Practitioners Qualification
  • Licensing Fees
  • PACE and RIPA
  • Councillor Training
  • Shared Services
  • Safeguarding

Delegate Quotes

Jim Button was an excellent trainer. The content was delivered in an enthusiastic and informative way. I would have no hesitation as to recommend Jim as a trainer

Sarah Rogers, Senior Licensing Officer, Bournemouth Borough Council

Philip Kolvin QC

About

Philip Kolvin QC is the Patron of the IoL and the Head of Cornerstone Barristers, which specialises in local government, licensing and planning law.

He acts for public authorities and the industry, across the spectrum of alcohol, gambling, sex, taxis and sports work. He has been involved in many of the leading licensing cases and developments over the last decade.

He recently acted for the Respondents in Hemming: the first licensing case to be heard in the Supreme Court, which deals with licence fees in the light of the Services Directive.

Philip is the editor of:

* Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy (Bloomsbury)

* Sex Licensing (Institute of Licensing)

* Gambling for Local Authorities (Licensing, Planning and Regeneration)

* Atkins Court Forms on Licensing (Lexis Nexis)

* Encyclopedia of Forms of Precedents on Licensing (Lexis Nexis)

Courses Delivered

  • Now & Next - a Licensing Update
  • Councillor Training

Delegate Quotes

Philip's presentation was excellent due to the way in which he engaged with his audience at the outset with interesting facts and figures and interaction and then held your attention and interest throughout

Rebecca Sidell, Solicitor, Brighton and Hove City Council

Walaiti Rathore

About

Walaiti is Partner of the Licensing Team at Fraser Brown Solicitors. He specialises in all aspects of licensing and gambling applications as well as dealing with licensing prosecutions and related regulatory work for independent, multiple and national operators. He is experienced in advising licensing authorities and acting as their legal advisor at hearings. Walaiti has recently delivered training to local authorities on behalf of the Home Office and is a BIIAB qualified tutor.

He is a regional officer for the East Midlands region of the IoL.

Courses Delivered

  • Gambling Module for Professional Licensing Practitioners Course

Delegate Quotes

no quotes are available for this trainer at this time

Leo Charalambides

About

Leo is "Known for his expertise in advising local authorities on all licensing issues, and for niche specialisations in the spheres of garage forecourt and sexual entertainment venue licensing”. He is described by clients as "Earnest, knowledgeable and has seen a lot. He does a great job." (Chambers and Partners 2013) and "very personable, very likeable and very clever" (Chambers and Partners 2014). The Legal 500 (2013) notes that he is “one to watch” and is described as “bright and tenacious” (2014).

Leo is noted for his extensive expertise and experience of Licensing. He advises and represents a wide range of operators, local authorities and local residents across all aspects of licensing including the Licensing Act 2003, Gambling Act 2005; Taxi & Private Hire Vehicles; Sex Establishments; Pedlars & Street Trading, Special Treatment Licensing and busking. In 2012 Leo’s contribution to licensing law and practice was recognised by the IoL who made him a Fellow of the Institute.

Courses Delivered

  • Safeguarding
  • Councillor Training

Delegate Quotes

no quotes are available for this trainer at this time

Linda Cannon

About

Linda enjoyed a 28 year local government career in environmental health and licensing. In 2003 she was selected to head up a new bespoke licensing team created at Basingstoke Council to administer all licence types apart from caravans and to implement the new Licensing and Gambling legislation. She later headed up a shared licensing team across 2 districts.

She has specific interests in Animal Welfare licensing, Taxis and Licensing Act 2003. As an active member of the Institute of Licensing and as chair of the South East Region she has participated in several IoL working groups including Taxi Working Party and Animal welfare Licensing and has spoken at the IoL National training Event on her favourite subjects. In 2017 she made the bold step to pursue a new self-employed career a Licensing Consultant and trainer working for the ‘other’ side.

Courses Delivered

    Delegate Quotes

    John Newcombe

    About

    John has worked in licensing and events for over 20 years and is currently tasked with ensuring that all of the events that are held in the London Borough of Newham are managed safely and in accordance with their respective licences; this includes the Olympic Park & Stadium, West Ham United FC and the Excel Exhibition Centre.



    John started worked as an event organiser where he eventually progressed to running his own event management company during the 1990’s before entering the public sector as part of the Licensing Team with Canterbury City Council back in 2004 just before the new Act came into force.



    John has over 10 years’ experience of establishing, chairing and advising on Safety Advisory Groups and is currently chair of the Newham Events Safety Advisory Group and core member of the Olympic Stadium Safety Advisory Group and Olympic Park; Safety Advisory Group; Noise Advisory group and Transport Advisory Groups. He is lead author of the Terms of Reference for the groups and is qualified in Licensing, Law, Health & Safety, Business and Event Management. He has also written a large number of policies for Local Authorities in the fields of Licensing, Event Safety, Gambling, Street Trading, Taxi Licensing and Safety Advisory Groups.



    An authorised inspector under the Health & Safety at Work Act and a highly experienced Licensing Officer, John specialises in large scale public events with capacities up to 80,000; having managed events personally up to 50,000 capacity, he is experienced in all areas of event management, safety and regulation. He has been involved in some of the most prestigious events to be held in the UK, including the Olympic Torch Relay, Tour De France, Open Golf Tournament, Wireless Festival, Invictus Games and the Rugby World Cup.



    John has been an IoL member for over 10 years and is currently on the Board of the Institute of Licensing’s South East Region.

    Courses Delivered

    • Safety Advisory Groups

    Delegate Quotes

    Julia Bradburn

    About

    Julia qualified as a Fellow for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1999 and has worked in Local Government Licensing since 2004.

    Julia specialises in a wide range of licensing from caravan sites to animal welfare and had been delivering training with the IoL since 2005.

    Courses Delivered

    • Animal Welfare
    • Zoo Licensing
    • Caravan Licensing
    • Acupuncture, Tattoo and Cosmetic Skin Piercing

    Delegate Quotes

    Julia Bradburn was a great communicator and an excellent trainer. She had obvious in depth knowledge of animal welfare as she was readily able to answer any questions asked. Julia encouraged delegates to participate and I would highly recommend the Animal Welfare course by Julia to others

    Mark Beglarian, East Suffolk

    Keith Still

    About

    Dr. G. Keith Still is the Professor of Crowd Science at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). For over 20 years, he has developed models and simulations of crowd risks in places of public assembly and is an expert witness on a number of cases involving personal injury and/or mass fatalities (e.g.: Hillsborough Inquiry, Love Parade). He is a well-known expert in his field of crowd risk analysis and crowd safety and has created a range of educational programmes and on-line learning systems for crowd safety and crowd risk analysis. His courses have run at the UK Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College, Universities and client sites around the world since 1999. He is currently developing a MSc course at Manchester Metropolitan University in Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis.

    Courses Delivered

    • 'How to Plan a Safe Event

    Delegate Quotes

    I recently attended How to Plan a Safe Event two day course delivered by Prof Keith Still. Keith was excellent in both terms of his knowledge and his thought provoking delivery. I was given an insight into issues that I had previously not even considered. I am now able to see the importance of these issues and learnt how to deal with them in the future. The relevance of the content included crowd management, health and safety, licensing and public order, all of which are vital in my role as an operational police officer. I would thoroughly recommend the course to others.

    Andrew Pitt, Dyfed - Powys Police

    Duncan Craig

    About

    Duncan Craig is a licensing lawyer with extensive operational experience in the licensed trade. Following an eighteen year career in the trade where he worked for breweries, pub companies and ran his own group of pubs, bars and restaurants he decided in 2009 to become a barrister and use the trade knowledge he had built up to operate in the field of licensing law.

    Five years later he is now a practising barrister and able to take instructions directly from the trade, as well as from local authorities and through solicitors. Duncan is based in Birmingham and takes instructions throughout England and Wales. Duncan is a Tenant at Citadel Chambers in Birmingham which has a long standing reputation in the field of licensing law.

    Duncan also operates in the field of taxi licensing and had conducted a wide number of taxi cases at committee stage as well as appeals to the Magistrates and Crown Court.

    Courses Delivered

    • Councillor Training

    Delegate Quotes

    no quotes are available for this trainer at this time

    Roy Light

    About

    Professor Roy Light is a specialist licensing barrister based at St John’s Chambers, Bristol. He is recommended in legal directories as a leader in his field. His practice covers all aspects of licensing and related criminal law throughout England & Wales.

    Roy writes and lectures extensively on licensing and provides training for local authorities and others. He is on the editorial board of Licensing Review, a member of the Portman Group Independent Complaints Panel and sits on the advisory group of the ESRC research study A Full House: Developing a New Socio-Legal Theory of Gambling Regulation which is due to report in 2016.

    Courses Delivered

    • Councillor Training

    Delegate Quotes

    no quotes are available for this trainer at this time

    David Mathias

    About

    David Matthias Q.C. barrister at Francis Taylor Building, acts for a wide range of individual, corporate and local authority clients, specialising in public law and judicial review, commercial and property litigation and arbitration, licensing, planning and local government law. He has a wealth of experience and a strong reputation for advising and conducting both litigation and arbitration in major cases in all those areas. Identified as a "leading silk" in both The Legal 500 UK Edition and Chambers UK Guide, and lauded as a "great technical barrister", David has been consistently praised in those guides as being "Strong both technically and legally," and "... always prepared to muck in and work hard for the clients.

    Courses Delivered

    • Licensing Fees

    Delegate Quotes

    no quotes are available for this trainer at this time

    Philip Kolvin QC

    About

    Courses Delivered

      Delegate Quotes

      Mick Start

      About

      Courses Delivered

        Delegate Quotes

        Simon Garrett

        About

        Courses Delivered

          Delegate Quotes

          Chloe Batchelor

          About

          Chloe is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, an accredited IOSH trainer and has recently obtained IEMA Practitioner member status. After graduating with a first in psychology Chloe began her career working as an organiser with Clarion Events and later Reed Exhibitions gaining operational experience on complex international trade shows in the UK and overseas. She moved to Arena & Convention Centre Liverpool in 2008 where she qualified as a graduate of IOSH progressing to become Head of Operations and Safety. She has sat on the e-Guide technical committee and the NAA safety advisory group during the conception and launch of the A-Guide.

          Courses Delivered

            Delegate Quotes

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