David Lucas

David is a specialist in gambling, alcohol and entertainment licensing and is Head of the Licensing Team at Fraser Brown solicitors in Nottingham. He trained at Nottingham City Council, joining private practice in 1981 and moved from a mixed civil practice to concentrate solely on licensing in 1996. David represents national and local operators of alcohol and gambling premises in Great Britain. He advises licensing authorities including acting as legal advisor to licensing committees. He also provides advice to responsible authorities and others including representation at licensing hearings. David is approved by the BIIAB to deliver the Award for Licensing Practitioners (Licensing), the Award for Licensing Practitioners (Gambling) and the Award for Personal Licence Holders. He provides training to operators, licensing authorities (members, legal advisors and other officers) and responsible authorities on all aspects of licensing and gambling including specialist areas such as compliance, conditions, hearings and appeals. David has also trained the assessors for the Best Bar None Scheme in Nottingham. He has contributed to “Paterson’s Licensing Acts” (Butterworths) on the Licensing Act 2003 and the Gambling Act 2005 and to “The Licensing Act 2003” (Butterworths). David is the chair of the East Midlands region of the Institute of Licensing and a member of the Board of the Institute. He is the former chair of the Nottingham (Leisure) Business Improvement District and is a director of the current Nottingham BID. David is listed as a notable practitioner in Band 1 in the latest edition of Chambers UK Guide which commends the strength of his interpersonal skills and his "gravitas in the licensing world". David is also listed in the current Legal 500 which refers to him as being “vastly experienced, with an understated but huge knowledge of licensing law”.
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Appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Gambling)
Practice Note

This Practice Note explains the procedure for appealing a decision of the Gambling Commission. It includes information on fees and time limits.

Clubs, pubs and fairs
Practice Note

This Practice Note sets out the circumstances in which the different categories of club (members’, commercial and miners’ welfare clubs) are entitled to provide gaming and gaming machines without a permit. It explains the limitation of the exemptions, the circumstances and type of permit required for a club, how it is applied for and how decisions are made. It also explains the circumstances when an alcohol licensed premises is entitled to provide gaming and gaming machines relying on the alcohol licence where certain conditions are met and appropriate notice is given together when exemptions can be removed and how decisions can be challenged. It covers rules on bingo in pubs and clubs and the circumstances in which a travelling fair can provide gaming with out a specific authorisation.

Gaming machines and lotteries
Practice Note

This Practice Note explains what constitutes a gaming machine for the purposes of the Gaming Act 2005 (GA 2005) and what offences may be committed when breaches occur. It also covers the operation of lotteries including the distinction between simple and complex lotteries, rules on promoting lotteries, exempt lotteries and offences arising from breach of the provisions.

Introduction to premises licences
Practice Note

This Practice Note explains the circumstances when a premises licence is required to authorise gambling activities. It explains the types of premises licences required for each activity, the eligibility criteria, the application process to the licensing authority from application through advertisement to hearing. It includes the mandatory conditions attached to a premises licence together with discretionary conditions. It also covers provisional statements and appeals against a licensing authority decision.

Licensing committees
Practice Note

This Practice Note sets out the law and practice in relation to the duties and responsibilities of a licensing authority under the Licensing Act 2003 (LA 2003). It covers the requirement for a licensing authority to establish a licensing committee to discharge its licensing functions and the option for a licensing committee to constitute one or more subcommittees to delegate most of its licensing functions. It also includes advice on best practice for licensing committees and/or sub-committees on how to conduct hearings and how to avoid common pitfalls.

Regulated entertainment
Practice Note

This Practice Note explains what constitutes regulated entertainment together with permitted exceptions within the rules, the general principles for consideration by a licensing authority when considering such an application. It also sets out when specific exemptions from regulated entertainment will apply for those granted to health care providers, local authorities and school proprietors under the cross activity exemption.

Review, revocation, variation and transfer of premises licences
Practice Note

This Practice Note expands upon the introduction provided in our Practice Note Introduction to premises licences by covering reviews of a premises licence. It covers who can initiate the review, how it should be conducted and how a decision can be appealed against. It also covers the processes for revoking, varying and transferring a licence together with the circumstances in which a licence lapses, and appeals against a licensing authority decision.

The Gambling Commission—compliance and enforcement powers
Practice Note

This Practice Note explains the regulatory role of the Gambling Commission and the investigation and enforcement powers it has to ensure that the three licensing objectives are upheld.

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