Profile submitted by James Rankin
With over thirty years’ experience in licensing and regulatory work, James Rankin is widely regarded as one of the leading licensing juniors in the country. He has been ranked as a star junior by Chambers and Partners since 2006. He appears up and down the country on behalf of applicants and objectors. He also represents the police and local authorities on reviews of licences and on appeals from local authority decisions. James has extensive Betting and Gaming experience. He appeared on behalf of The Hippodrome in their successful appeal to license their London casino premises. He advises on Internet gaming, together with lotteries and competitions and firearms regulation. He advises The Marine Management Organisation on licensing matters. He has been involved in many of the leading licensing cases involving judicial review of decisions by local authorities and magistrates. He was briefed by The LGA in Hemmings when it reached The Supreme Court. He appeared for North Kesteven DC and successfully resisted a judicial review by Chancepixies of its decision to grant a commercial dog breeder’s licence to a puppy farm. His clients are high profile and varied. They include the major operators such as Wetherspoons, Youngs, Whitbreds and Greene King, together with the smaller operators such as The Mean Fiddler Group. He has represented Aspinall's Casino, Ladbrokes, Corals, Peter Stringfellow, The Mayor of London, The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, The Chief Constables of Northamptonshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, Kenwood House, and Garsington House. He has also been involved in the licensing of large-scale music festivals.
Year of Call: 1983; Buckingham University LLB (hons).
He has lectured for Paterson's, IBC and CLT for over twenty years on a wide range of topics relating to licensing and regulation. Examples include enforcement, cumulative impact policies, case law update, test purchases, firearms licensing and the relationship between the licensing and planning regimes.