Richard Clayton QC and Sarah Clover succeed in quashing sex entertainment venue licence

In R (Bridgerow) v Chester West, Richard Clayton QC and Sarah Clover from Kings Chambers, instructed by Natasha Beck at Poppleston Allen, succeeded in quashing the council’s refusal to grant a licence on the ground that the council had breached its own constitution by failing to put the renewal application before a three-member committee.

This success demonstrates the value of challenging SEV licences on general public law or local government law principles.

Bridgerow is a rare success for claimants, unlike the recent cases of R (Thompson) v Oxford City Council [2014] EWCA Civ 94 or R (Bean Leisure) v Leeds City Council [2014] EWHC 878 (Admin), where the court was very sympathetic to arguments put forward by local authorities when challenged about their broad discretion and judgment in renewing SEV licences every 12 months.