Richard Cole recently acted (January 2018) for the Chief Constable of South Wales Police in a number of licensing applications concerning premises in the Churchill Way/Queen Street area of Cardiff before a licensing sub-committee sitting at City Hall. The case received local and national publicity (The Times, The Daily Mail, The Metro, the Sun, the BBC, Walesonline, The South Wales Echo) because of the nature of one of the applications. He was instructed by Mrs Louise Emmitt, senior solicitor at the Legal Department of the Force.
Phillip Kolvin QC acted for the Applicant
Gerald Gouriet QC acted for the licensing authority
Leo Charalambides QC acted for the Jurys Hotel.
South Wales Police, the Licensing Authority, local councillors, residents and Jurys Hotel objected to the applications.
Applications were made by the owners of Pulse Nightclub and Café Bar to extend their licence terms to allow them to remain open until 6.30am. A further application was made in respect of the Mardis Gras Street Party held annually on Churchill Way, as well as in respect of further street parties proposed by the applicant.
The applications in respect of the street parties were considered first and dismissed. The applications in respect of the Nightclub and Café Bar were subsequently withdrawn during the course of the day.
The application which attracted the publicity concerned the Parc Fish and Chip restaurant on Queen Street, part of the same building as the Jurys Hotel. The application sought to extend the time that the business could serve alcohol as well as the opening hours to 5am throughout the week, thus meaning the chip shop would potentially be open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Apparently, this would make it the only chip shop in the UK with such a licence. The application was dismissed, judgment having been reserved by the sub-committee.