Gerald Gouriet QC is one of the leading licensing practitioners in the UK. He is General Editor of ‘Paterson’s Licensing Acts’ (2017), and also ‘Smith & Monkcom: The Law of Gambling’ (2017). He advises and appears for applicants and objectors, resident’s associations, local authorities and police. Recent commercial clients include Fabric Nightclub; the AMLR; ‘Public’; ‘Amika’; a new nightclub in Berkeley Square (in construction); Paddy Power; Novomatic (gaming machines); London Taxi Drivers Association (LDTA); Delta Taxis; and the Noble Organisation (bingo clubs and casinos). Other clients for whom Gerald has acted: The BBC; The Royal Opera House; The Albert Hall; Novus Leisure; John Lewis; Waitrose; The Cooperative Group; Somerfield; Punch Taverns; Mitchells & Butlers; The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA); Star Cars (Birmingham); Rossendale Taxi association; and the London restaurants ‘Steak & Co’ and ‘Chutney Mary’s’ (successful appeals against refusals to licence small ancillary bars). Local authority clients in the past year have included Westminster, Islington, Manchester and Coventry City Councils, and the London Boroughs of Richmond, Greenwich, and Southwark. Gerald has appeared for residents and residents’ associations in Westminster, Lambeth, Newcastle and York: (objections to grants, appeals against grants and a successful review of a large public house brought by local people on the ground of noise-nuisance). In the wake of the Gambling Act 2005 Gerald successfully obtained the last of the Gaming Act 1968 casino licences: the Hippodrome Casino (Leicester Square); the Palace Casino (Great Yarmouth); Casino Red (Huddersfield); Leo Casino (Liverpool); Thistle Casino (Middlesbrough); and the Broadway Casino (Birmingham). He has also acted for Caesar’s Palace (Las Vegas); Ladbrokes; Corals; William Hill; The Tote; BetFred; Stanley’s; Jennings; and Trafalgar Leisure (Newcastle).