Paddy Whur


Paddy is a founding member of the practice and has specialised in licensing law since 1991. He is praised for providing “a feasible idea of what you will achieve, rather than tell you what you want to hear”. He is celebrated by clients for being “astoundingly effective,” and retains his number 1 ranking in the Chambers Directory and the Legal 500. His key strength is big case strategy, preparation and delivery.

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. He has used his Higher Rights of Audience to act as junior advocate to leading counsel in the important case of Sharanjeet Lalli v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis (1) the council of the London Borough of Newham (2) [2015] EWHC 14 (Admin).

Betting and Gaming

He has represented all of the UK nationally renowned bookmakers. In addition, he has represented international bookmakers and e-betting and gaming operators from all over Europe. During these years he has represented The Tote, Coral, Bet Fred, William Hill and Ladbrokes for betting work. He has also represented a number of Adult Gaming Centre and Bingo Operators. Paddy was the lead lawyer in advising the Cyprus Government on re-drafting their betting and gaming law after leading a multi-disciplined team which conducted an over-reaching review of the whole industry. He has also assisted William Hill Online in a significant world wide jurisdiction project, as part of their application for a Nevada Gaming Licence. He has worked in conjunction with other law firms during major sales and re-financing of gambling companies.

He has been described as “probably the best betting solicitor in the country” in the Legal 500.

He acts for the Rank group looking after the Licensing Act 2003 and Gambling Act 2005 advice and applications for Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo.

Liquor Licensing

Over the passed 30 years Paddy has acted for supermarkets, nightclubs, bars and restaurants all over the 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 Leeds independent operators. He has gained success in a number of highly contested hearings securing new premises licences under the Licensing Act 2003 for major new sites in London, Leeds, Cardiff, Birmingham and Nottingham in the cities’ Cumulative Impact Policy areas. These applications have been granted against representations from the police, other responsible authorities and organisations.

After representing the world famous fabric nightclub the return of their licence he has gone onto specialise in representing live music and dance venues in Sheffield, Cardiff, Birmingham and Bristol as well as a significant number of festivals, including winning the appeal to reinstate the hours for Shindig in Somerset. He has looked after the Printworks, Drumsheds and Field Day festival as well as a significant number of events spaces in London.

 Paddy also has a particular expertise in Sexual Entertainment Venue Licensing with applications in London, Newcastle, Durham, Manchester, Leeds, Scarborough, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Harrogate, and Halifax.

Paddy has also been successful in dealing with cases involving illegal workers in licensed premises.

Independent reviews for the Legal 500 say “his knowledge of alcohol and entertainment law is second to none.” In Chambers Directory he is described as “an excellent lawyer, very thorough and personable.”

Public Sector

Paddy heads up the firm’s Public Sector Practice, having spoken at the 2nd and 4th Home Office National Alcohol Conferences, where he received glowing 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.

Paddy undertook a full review and report of the licensing policies and procedures for London Borough of Newham Council in the run up to the London Olympics in 2012. He is retained to represent the authority on licensing appeals and licensing strategy.

Paddy Whur was 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 if you would like further information.