Tom Day

Tom Day

"A brilliant advocate who is able to cope with the most complex cases with an easy and reassuring manner."

Chambers UK 2024
Year of call: 2008
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Tom has significant experience in the field of licensing. He represents corporate entities in relation to all aspects of licensing under the Licensing Act 2003. He also appears on behalf of transports companies at Public Inquiries before Traffic Commissioners.

Individual cases:

Delicious Pho v Tower Hamlets 

Tom Day successfully obtained the licence for a 138 seater restaurant, Delicious Pho, in Spitalfields, which will be the first overseas branch for the Canadian restaurant group. The decision of the Tower Hamlets licensing sub-committee came after representations were made by the licensing authority and the environmental health department against the application for a licence. The grant of the licence is noteworthy because the restaurant is sited in Steward Street which is within the Brick Lane Cumulative Impact Zone.

Cliff Richard, Catton Hall

Tom secured the licence for a Cliff Richard concert at Catton Hall in Derbyshire at a hearing before South Derbyshire District Council’s licensing committee. The concert, held in the grounds of the stately home, is part of his 2017 tour of the UK and Ireland.

Bryan Adams, The Betley Concerts

Tom was instructed on behalf of Cuffe & Taylor, the organisers of the annual Betley Concerts, at an application to vary the licence. The festival, held annually, has a capacity of 15,000 per night over three nights.  The variation was to allow the event, usually held Friday to Sunday, to begin on Thursday 11 August 2016 with a performance from Bryan Adams.

Objections in writing, and in person, were received by the licensing sub-committee from local residents. The sub-committee, having heard detailed submissions, granted the variation.

Lancashire Constabulary v MACS Leisure Ltd

Tom advised and represented MACs Leisure, operators of the most successful nightclub in Preston, in what is believed to be the first successful appeal against a closure order issued under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Tom also represented the company before the local council at a premises licence review brought by the police.

Read the full news article here.

Greenwich Music Time – Royal Borough of Greenwich Council

Tom was instructed on behalf of the Greenwich Music Time festival held at Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. The festival, held annually, has a capacity of 20,000 people over four nights.

Various objections from local residents and other promoters had been made to the premises licence application, both in writing and in person at the hearing. Having heard all interested parties the local council’s licensing sub-committee granted the application.

BarBurrito – Islington Borough Council

Tom successfully obtained a premises licence for the sale of alcohol in the Clerkenwell cumulative impact area, which creates a rebuttable presumption that applications for new premises licences that are likely to add to the existing cumulative impact will normally be refused, unless the applicant can demonstrate why the operation of the premises involved will not add to the cumulative impact or otherwise impact adversely on the promotion of the licensing objectives. Numerous representations were received from local residents and businesses arguing against the granting of this licence.

Traffic Commissioner v JK Plc

Tom advised and represented the UK arm of a large, multinational company who were at risk of losing their operator’s licence after an inspection revealed there were no systems in place to conform to the regulations. As a result of early advice and representation at the public inquiry the company were able to retain their licence.

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