David Lucas#2758

David Lucas, FBII, MIoL

David is a specialist in gambling, alcohol and entertainment licensing and has recently become a consultant.

He has previously represented operators of alcohol, entertainment and gambling premises in Great Britain. He has also advised responsible authorities and licensing authorities, including acting as legal advisor to licensing committees.

David provides training to operators, licensing authorities and responsible authorities on all aspects of licensing and gambling including specialist areas such as compliance, conditions, hearings and appeals.

He is a consulting editor to “Paterson’s Licensing Acts” (Butterworths) and has provided contributions on the Licensing Act 2003 and the Gambling Act 2005. David is also the author of Licensing and Gambling Practice Notes published by LexisNexis.

David is a member of the Board of the Institute of Licensing and Chairman of the East Midlands Region. He is also a member of the national Board of Best Bar None and the regional council of the BII.
Contributed to

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Appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Gambling)
Appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Gambling)
Practice notes

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
Clubs, pubs and fairs
Practice notes

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
Gaming machines and lotteries
Practice notes

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
Introduction to premises licences
Practice notes

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
Licensing committees
Practice notes

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
Regulated entertainment
Practice notes

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

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
The Gambling Commission—compliance and enforcement powers
Practice notes

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.

Practice Area

Panels

  • Consulting Editorial Board
  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 1980

Membership

  • Institute of Licensing
  • BII

Qualification

  • 1975 B.A. Law (Hons)

Education

  • 1972 Trent Polytechnic

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