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National Training Conference 15th, 16th & 17th November 2017 Crowne Plaza (Stratford-upon-Avon), Bridgefoot, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6YR West Midlands
Members Fee: £150.00 + VAT
Non-Members Fee: £175.00 + VAT




The Institute’s successful National Training Conference will be held for the second year at the Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon.
The three day training event will start on Wednesday 15th through to Friday 17th November 2017. Over the three days there will be a great line up of speakers delivering a packed and informative programme and evening activities.

The event is three days of training covering all of the major licensing related topics in addition to training on the niche areas of licensing. The days are themed to ensure there is always a training topic that will be of interest to delegates.
The Institute of Licensing acredits the three day course for 12.5 hours CPD, 5 hours on the Wednesday and Thursday and 2.5 hours on Friday. Non-members booking for 3 days and 2 or 3 nights accommodation will benefit from complimentary membership for the remainder on the 2017/18 year. The final (subject to last minute changes) programme for the event can be downloaded by clicking on the paperclip icon.
The venue information and final programme (subject to last minute changes) are both available by selecting the Paperclip icon and downloading the documents. Should you have any pre-event questions please do not hesitate to ask:
You will see from the options below, that delegates can attend as a day delegate on a single day to all four days or as a residential delegate staying in the hotel on single days or multiple days. Select which apply to you to view the fees involved.

To get an idea of fees, please use the fee calculator below. Please note that this is a simulation, if you wish to actually book the course please click on the book button. Programme:*



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National Training Conference Attachments

Venue information sheet NTC2017.pdf
NTC 2017 Programme - FINAL.pdf
NTC 2017 Delegate Handouts.pdf
National Training Conference 2017 - Supplementary Handouts.pdf
D2 S4 - Modern Day Slavery - VBrotherton.pdf

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Event Trainer

James Button
Jim Button is a solicitor and runs his own niche practice, James Button & Co., Solicitors, specialising in licensing (including Taxis, Licensing Act 2003, Gambling Act 2005 etc.), environmental health, public health, criminal investigations and prosecutions and human rights.
As a former local authority solicitor (articled at South Tyneside MBC, and then Manchester City Council) hze has a wealth of experience advising and representing Councils, as well as the licensed trades.
He is a well-known speaker and trainer in his areas of expertise, and is the author of “Button on Taxis: Licensing Law and Practice” (1999, Bloomsbury Professional), as well as the author and contributor to other publications. He is a Consulting Editor for “Licensing Review” and writes regularly for the “Journal of Licensing”.
In 1996 Jim was a Founder Member of the Local Government Licensing Forum, and was Chair from its creation until 2003, when it became the Institute of Licensing. He was Chair of the Institute until 2004 when he became President. In 2012 he was honoured by the Institute when he was made a Companion.
Jim Button was an excellent trainer. The content was delivered in an enthusiastic and informative way. I would have no hesitation as to recommend Jim as a trainer
Leo Charalambides
Leo is "Known for his expertise in advising local authorities on all licensing issues, and for niche specialisations in the spheres of garage forecourt and sexual entertainment venue licensing”. He is described by clients as "Earnest, knowledgeable and has seen a lot. He does a great job." (Chambers and Partners 2013) and "very personable, very likeable and very clever" (Chambers and Partners 2014). The Legal 500 (2013) notes that he is “one to watch” and is described as “bright and tenacious” (2014)
Leo is noted for his extensive expertise and experience of Licensing. He advises and represents a wide range of operators, local authorities and local residents across all aspects of licensing including the Licensing Act 2003, Gambling Act 2005; Taxi & Private Hire Vehicles; Sex Establishments; Pedlars & Street Trading, Special Treatment Licensing and busking. In 2012 Leo’s contribution to licensing law and practice was recognised by the IoL who made him a Fellow of the Institute.
no quotes are available for this trainer at this time
Gary Grant
Gary Grant barrister at Francis Taylor Building is recognised as one of the country’s leading licensing barristers. He is top ranked (Band 1) in the Legal 500 guide to the legal profession where he is described as “a star performer; very flexible to deal with” (2014 edition). With 20 years experience at the Bar, he divides his time evenly between acting for premises operators on the one hand and representing local authorities, police forces and resident groups on the other. Areas of work include alcohol and entertainment, sexual entertainment, gambling, firearms and explosives, taxis and private hire vehicles, as well as prosecuting and defending regulatory offences in the criminal courts.
Having been cited as the "first-choice licensing barrister for the Metropolitan Police" (Chambers & Partners, 2011) he is increasingly instructed by high-profile private clients including Spearmint Rhino, Pacha nightclub and many of the leading West End and national nightclub, bar and restaurant operators. He is particularly experienced in hard-fought premises licence Reviews, late-hours applications within cumulative impact areas, and conducting appeals in the magistrates’ court where, the legal directories observe, he “displays complete command and is extremely eloquent, forceful, persuasive and impeccably prepared”.
Gary also advises local authorities, governments (in the UK and abroad) and public bodies on aspects of licensing law and Policy, is a frequent contributor to law journals and has been described as an “outstanding” and “charismatic” speaker at licensing conferences and training events around the United Kingdom. Gary has been a Vice-Chairman and Director of the Institute of Licensing since 2012.
no quotes are available for this trainer at this time
Philip Kolvin QC
Philip Kolvin QC is the Patron of the IoL and the Head of Cornerstone Barristers, which specialises in local government, licensing and planning law.
He acts for public authorities and the industry, across the spectrum of alcohol, gambling, sex, taxis and sports work. He has been involved in many of the leading licensing cases and developments over the last decade.
He recently acted for the Respondents in Hemming: the first licensing case to be heard in the Supreme Court, which deals with licence fees in the light of the Services Directive.
Philip is the editor of:
* Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy (Bloomsbury)
* Sex Licensing (Institute of Licensing)
* Gambling for Local Authorities (Licensing, Planning and Regeneration)
* Atkins Court Forms on Licensing (Lexis Nexis)
* Encyclopedia of Forms of Precedents on Licensing (Lexis Nexis)
Philip's presentation was excellent due to the way in which he engaged with his audience at the outset with interesting facts and figures and interaction and then held your attention and interest throughout


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