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Taxi Conference 8th October 2019 Alexandra House Hotel, Whittingham Drive, Wroughton, Swindon SN4 0QJ South West
Members Fee: £130.00 + VAT
Non-Members Fee: £210.00 + VAT




This one day Taxi Conference is taking place at the Alexandra House hotel, Swindon on 8th October 2019 in the Alexandra and Wroughton Suites.
The day will provide all persons involved in the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire field a valuable learning and discussion opportunity.
Delegates should expect a packed aganda of speakers as well as opportunity to meet relevant companies at the trade stands.
See agenda tab for full programme. (Subject to minor change) or click on the paperclip icon to download a printable version.
The Institute of Licensing accredits this course for 5 hours CPD (Course Ref: TAXC45738)
£130 + VAT for IoL Members
£205 + VAT for non-members (including complimentary membership to IoL until end March 2020)

In order to take advantage of this offer please email the names and email addresses of the delegates to and we can book the places for you. DO NOT BOOK ONLINE IF YOU WISH TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OFFER. The offer will only apply when all 5 places are booked at once.

The hotel is four miles from Swindon and just minutes from the M4.
Ample free on-site car parking is available.
Learning Objectives:
The aim of the day is to provide a valuable learning and discussion opportunity for everyone involved within the taxi and private hire licensing field, and to increase understanding and promote discussion in relation to the subject areas and the impact of forthcoming changes and recent case law.
AGENDA (Subject to minor change)
9.00 Arrival and Registration

9.30 Opening and Welcome - David Lucas, East Midlands Regional Chair 

9.50 Recent events and current issues - an Overview: IoL President,  James Button, J Button & Co.

10.30 The Government position - Statutory and Best Practice Guidance and future changes: DfT 

11.10 Break

11.30 CCTV in Taxis - The current position and contentious issues - Phil Bates, Southampton City Countil & Ben Atrill, Portsmouth City Council
11.30 Personal Safety - Are we doing enough?  Saskia Garner, Suzy Lamplugh Trust

12.00 Guide Dogs Taxi and PHV Licensing Policy - Francesca Rolle & Clive Wood - Guide Dogs
12.00 Research Project Evaluating the Current Taxi Licensing Regime to Ensure Public Safety – Tom Keating, Mid Devon District Council

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Common Law Police Disclosure and DBS - A look at the current position and issues raised by IoL members: Lee Warhurst, NPCC and Helen Chandler, The Disclosure and Barring Service

14.15 National Standards - What should be included - discussion workshop session: Chaired by James Button with David Pryor, Pryor's Taxis

15.00 Break

15.15 Case Study - What is 'Plying for Hire' ?  James Button, J Button & Co

15.45 Expert Panel - Questions and discussion

16.30 Close

You will see from the options below, that delegates can attend as a day delegate on a single day to all four days or as a residential delegate staying in the hotel on single days or multiple days. Select which apply to you to view the fees involved.

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Taxi Conference Attachments

Taxi Conf Programme Swindon 081019 updated 041019.pdf

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Event Trainer

James Button
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.

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


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