Susanna FitzGerald specialises in all aspects of Licensing Law. She is a leader in this field as has been recognised by the "Chambers Directory of the Legal Profession", Legal 500 and "Legal Business Legal Experts" "Highly recommended". Susanna has contributed numerous articles on the subject to the "Licensing Review" and the "Solicitors Journal". She is a regular contributor to Legal and Industry Conferences and is a non-executive director of Business in Sport and Leisure. She is a contributing editor to `Law of Betting Gaming and Lotteries’ by Smith and Monkcom, second edition and to Halsburys Laws Vol 4(1) Reissue.
<5>Scope of Practice
Her areas of practice include the following:
- liquor, gaming, public entertainment and betting licensing and associated judicial review
- e-commerce internet gambling in the uk and offshore
- lotteries and prize competitions
Her work includes representing and/or advising many of the major leisure, gaming and betting operators, retail liquor outlets, nightclub operators and outdoor festival promoters.
- Obtained the first 24 hour, 7 day per week Music and Dancing license in Westminster.
- She gave evidence to the Joint Scrutiny Committee on the new Gambling Bill.
- Advising trade associations on the clauses and implications of the Gambling Bill
- Advising operators on the legality of fixed odds betting terminals.
- Acting for objectors in a public entertainment and sex establishment licensing case where the Applicant was seeking a licence to permit sexual intercourse at the venue.
- Representing a Trade Association in consultations with DCMS about proposed gambling law reforms.
- R v Home Office ex parte Electronic Fund Raising Company Ltd. Junior counsel in a challenge to the Government under Article 59 EC to the prohibition of Lotteries advertising in the UK.
- R v Burt and Adams. Acting for Defendants on the Crown Prosecution Service's appeal to the House of Lords. This was a test case under section 34 of the Gaming Act 1968 on the question of whether the right to aggregate prizes ("trading up") is a contravention of the Act.
- Acting for promoters of outdoor pop festivals on public entertainment licensing hearings and appeals.
- Acting for pub operators on special hours certificate applications.
- Advising various companies as to the legality of lottery and competition schemes, betting and gaming on the internet.
- Advising gaming machine manufacturers in disputes with the Gaming Board about the legality of proposed new AWP games and machines.
- Acting for the owners of a London Hotel as objector to a new casino licence application.
- Acting for night clubs on applications for new licences for the clubs to introduce “table dancing” to the clubs.
- Acting for trade objectors to applications for section 34 permits for amusement centres.
- Advising operators as to the legality of various forms of "Keno".
- Advising television companies on the legality of game shows.
- Acting for a major bookmaking company on applications for revocations of justices on-licences due to illegal betting.
- Acting for major oil companies and independents seeking to obtain licences to operate off licences on garage forecourts, in front of
- Licensing Justices, Crown Courts, and on judicial review, in the High Court.
- R v Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea ex p Blennerhasset. Acting for the Gaming Board in the Divisional Court in a case concerning the registration of Societies for charitable purposes: whether the societies were real or a sham.
- R v International Telephone Services Ltd. Acting for the CPS in a prosecution of a company for conducting an illegal competition and for distributing chances in an illegal lottery contrary to the provisions of the Lotteries and Amusement Act 1976.
- R v News Group Newspapers Ltd. Acting for the CPS in a prosecution of a national newspaper for conducting a forecast competition in breach of section 14(1) of the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976.
- Acting for a major bookmaking company in injunction and contempt proceedings against individuals conducting a "slow count" gang operation.
- Acting for the Police on an appeal against revocation of justices licences where the police were concerned that pubs that had been closed and demolished by their brewery owners, but where the licences remained in force, could be removed to other premises.
Associated Professional Activities
Conferences: Susanna FitzGerald has lectured at Conferences on Gaming, Liquor Licensing and Public Entertainment Licensing in the UK and abroad including Amsterdam and Atlantic City.Some recent conferences at which she has spoken are:
- 1999 Liberty Conference on Licensing and the Human Rights Act
- 1999 IBC Legal Studies Conference on Public Enterainment Licensing
- 2000 Lawtel Conference on Betting Gaming and Gambling Law
- 2000 SMI Conference on On-Line Sports Gambling
- 2000 Infolog Conference on Local Government Licensing Reform and the Human Rights Act
- 2001 European Gaming Organisation in Portugal
- 2001 Society of Entertainment Licensing Practitioners Conference
- 2001 Public Policy Law on Gambling Reform for DCMS
- 2001 BACTA Annual Conference
- 2001 Midland Counties Brewers and Licensed Retailers Association Conference
- 2002 The Bingo Association Annual Conference
- 2002 Central Law Training Conference on Betting and Gaming
- 2003 Central Law Training Conference on the New Licensing Act
- 2003 IBC Conference on Betting and Gaming
- 2004 Lotteries Council Annual Conference
Business in Sport & Leisure
Susanna FitzGerald is a director of this company whose members include many major leisure companies. For BISL she has co-authored submissions to the Government on amendments to the Liquor Licensing, Public Entertainment Licensing and Gambling laws including amendments to the Public Entertainments Licences (Drug Misuse) Bill.
She is a trustee
Society of Entertainment Licensing Practitioners
She is a committee member
International Association of Gaming Attornies
She is a member