For some types of licence, the only route of appeal is to the magistrates court. In others, there is no route of appeal under certain circumstances – for example, the refusal of a SEV licence on the basis of the character of the locality has no statutory route of appeal. The only way to challenge such decisions is through the process of Judicial Review. This can sometimes be used to further challenge a decision that has been made on appeal.
We have a particular expertise in this area and have been involved in a number of high-profile challenges.
Two main forms of judicial scrutiny exist – through case stated, where a decision has already been made by a court, or by way of an application for permission for a judicial review. There is a clearly-defined procedure to follow and time limits that must be adhered to.
Taking a Judicial Review can be a costly and time consuming process, so we recommend that you seek legal advice from an expert licensing solicitor before deciding to take this route.