Andrew is a founder member of the practice, having specialised in licensing law since 1992 and brings with him many years of experience in licensing, betting and gaming. Andrew is highlighted in recent editions of the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession, ranked as joint No.1 in the North East, and commended for his “responsive and attentive service and easy-going manner”.
Andrew has represented a range of major betting, gaming and liquor clients including: William Hill, Ladbrokes, Corals, the Barracuda Group, Novus Leisure, Thistle Hotels, Travelodge, TCG and the Spirit Group over his many years experience.
Throughout this period, Andrew has developed his skills for running large projects and has won praise for the detail of the systems he brings to these large projects.
Andrew is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts all Proceedings), having
attained his higher rights of audience from the Solicitors Regulation Authority, allowing him to represent clients in all UK courts. Andrew was responsible for the Clermont Leisure Limited Casino Project, which involved thirty applications around the UK. This was the largest casino project to be undertaken in the UK and each application was heavily contested by existing operators. Andrew conducted his own advocacy against QC oppositions on a number of occasions.
Andrew has been instructed in several cases which have proceeded to the High Court, including the leading case on casino law “TC Projects”, which was ultimately considered by the Court of Appeal in 2008 as well as the High Court Case connected to Westminster’s cumulative impact policy.
He also successfully conducted the Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club Licence Application in Nottingham against trade opposition.
Andrew has advised residents’ groups and other individuals sometimes on a pro bono basis and has also been instructed by Humberside Police in connection with review hearings. These varied instructions have allowed Andrew to become one of the leading licensing solicitors in the country.
Andrew speaks at industry events, training courses and contributes to the trade press.
Andrew wrote “Gaming in Licensed Premises” published in 2010 with Paddy Whur and Stephen McGowan which looks at the relationship between gambling and alcohol legislation.
Please contact Andrew Woods on 07738 170138 or email@example.com if you would like further information.
Mobile: 07738 170138
Paddy is a founder member of the practice and has over twenty years experience as a licensing lawyer. He is praised for providing “a feasible idea of what you will achieve, rather than tell you what you want to hear” is celebrated by clients for being “astoundingly effective,” retaining his number 1 ranking in the Chambers Directory and the Legal 500.
Paddy is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts all Proceedings) having attained his higher rights from the Solicitors Regulation Authority, allowing him to act as advocate representing clients in all criminal and civil courts in the UK. He has gained a notable reputation as a “tenacious advocate” in high profile betting, liquor and entertainment applications and reviews, where he has gained recent success in a number of contested hearings. He has used his Higher Rights of Audience to act as the junior advocate to leading counsel in the important case of Lalli v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis and the London Borough of Newham.
Betting and Gaming
He represents national and international bookmakers for land based and e-betting and gaming. He has represented Ladbrokes, The Tote, Coral Bet Fred and William Hill for betting work. He has represented National Leisure, Ladbrokes, Reel Leisure, Teddy Clark’s and Treatview for Adult Gaming Centres.
Paddy was the lead lawyer in advising the Cyprus Government on redrafting their betting and gaming law after leading a multi disciplined team which conducted an over-reaching review of the whole industry.He has recently been described as “probably the best betting solicitor in the country” in the Legal 500.
Paddy has acted for Tesco, Harewood Operations, Barracuda, TCG, Burningnight (Bierkeller) and Arc Inspirations in recent high profile contested cases against police, trading standards, environmental health and residential opposition. As well as acting for these companies on a National basis, he also represents the majority of the larger Leeds Independent operators.
Paddy heads up the Department’s growing Public Sector Practice, having spoken at the 2nd and 4th Home Office National Alcohol Conferences, where he received positive feedback from delegates. This resulted in him speaking at 13 Regional Home Office Alcohol Enforcement Events, 54 priority areas and 4 intensive support visits. He was shortlisted for the Home Office External Supplier of the Year Awards, for his collaborative work in delivering training.
He has also carried out training for Northampton, Portsmouth and Newcastle councils, and is acting for Warrington Borough Council and Hereford Council on taxi licensing appeals.Paddy Whur has been a visiting lecturer at Warwick University having written the Gambling Course for the University’s Certificate of Higher Education in Licensing Law.
He has been a contributing author to Paterson’s Licensing Acts. Paddy Whur, together with Andrew Woods and Stephen McGowan, have written ‘Gaming in Licensed Premises’ published in January 2010, which looks at the relationship between Gambling and Alcohol Legislation.
Please contact Paddy Whur on 07738 170137 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like further information.
Mobile: 07738 170137
Chris is an Associate solicitor at Woods Whur, being a member of the team from the outset. Chris deals with both contentious and non-contentious aspects of all areas of licensing and is experienced in appearing at Licensing Sub-Committees and in the Magistrates’ Courts in relation to appeals for both National clients and independents alike. He was responsible for the first premises licence being granted in the new Leeds’ Cumulative Impact ‘Red’ Zone.
Chris has also dealt with the licensing of sports stadia, including Leeds United, Crystal Palace, Burnley and Southampton FC. He also deals with the licensing of large festivals and events, securing a premises licence for the new annual ‘Lost Village’ festival in Lincolnshire and Mint Festival in Wetherby.
Chris is responsible for administering both alcohol and gambling licensing applications for a number of clients through our Bespoke Practice Management System including Temporary Event Notices, DPS Variations, other Variations to Premises Licence applications.
He has submitted a number of applications for Gambling Operating Licences both for start up businesses and for existing operators wishing to change their Licence. He worked very closely with Rileys in the submission of all of their bingo premises licences.
Other areas that Chris specialises in:
- Sexual Entertainment Licensing – submitting new applications and renewal applications, drafting policies and liaising with the authorities.
- Marriage and Civil Partnership Approved Premises Certificate – submitting new applications or renewal applications. Chris currently undertakes this for the Hotel Collection chain and other operators.
- Street Café Licensing – submitting new applications or renewal applications. Chris’s has lead on the major project to licence Merrion Street in Leeds after it was pedestrianised liaising closely with all operators and the Council.
- PRS/PPL Music Licences – Chris has dealt with the renewal of new licences, as well as, representing a number of operators when contentious issues have arisen.
Please contact Chris Rees-Gay on 07809 708156 or email@example.com if you would like further information.
Mobile: 07809 708156