A safe port in any licensing storm
When you’ve dealt with everything from irate clubbers in central London to irate hotel guests, a licensing hearing might seem like a breeze.
‘Big Jim’ – a nickname well-suited to his outsized frame – is an integral part of the Complete Licensing team. He deals with all areas of compliance, completes Best Bar None inspections and regularly gives expert opinion licensing application meetings and on a continuing basis once licences have been granted.
As a former Metropolitan Police licensing officer in Westminster, Jim has seen and dealt with pretty much anything the licensed trade could throw at him. He works closely with another former colleague, Richard Bunch, as well as our legal team and other advisers.
Jim’s experience came from representing the Met at weekly licensing meetings of Westminster Council and at dedicated hearings. “I have been opposed at hearings by solicitors, barristers, even QCs. I realised it was in my interests to gain deep knowledge and read up extensively on law; I learned from every experience and from every opponent at hearings, and many of those who opposed me are now friends.
Jim became the ‘go to’ person for the biggest events in and around Westminster as well as everyday ones, from the Queen’s Golden Jubilee to everyday TEN notices, applications and reviews. Before retiring from the Met in 2019, he was team manager of the Westminster licensing team.
He joined the Met in 1980 and worked as a uniformed officer, in crime squad and as a regular policeman in Westminster before becoming the ‘village policeman’ for Soho. He also spent almost a decade with the licensing team, though in between those two positions he took a lengthy career break.