Julian King

Call 2013


"A very good barrister. Thoroughly prepared at all times and experienced beyond his level of call."

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Julian regularly appears in a wide range of licensing cases.

He often represents private clients facing revocation of firearms or shotgun certificates.

Julian often advises clients with regard to the registration and operation of independent schools under Ofsted regulation. He has represented numerous companies providing accommodation and support for children and young people, often advising on registration requirements. Julian has lectured on the registration and inspection issues concerning a wide range of Ofsted cases.

Julian has appeared before sub-licensing committees on behalf of companies making applications to Local Authorities. He has represented individuals and companies facing criminal allegations under the Housing Act 2004, as well as allegations concerning Local Authority housing selective licensing schemes.

He has appeared on behalf of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) concerning the licensing of individuals and organisations within the security industry. He has represented the DVLA in appeal hearings concerning the revocation of driving licences.

Licensing Cases

Liverpool City Council v Robert COWGILL (Liverpool Magistrates Court 2019)Represented individual facing charges under s.85 and 95 of the Housing Act 2004 regarding failure to apply for licences under the Selective Licensing Regime.

Liverpool City Council v 79th Luxury Living Ltd (Liverpool Magistrates Court 2019)
Represented company facing charges under s.85, 95 and s 236 of the Housing Act re failure to comply with licensing requirements.

In the Matter of Haulfryn Group Limited, The Warren (Gwynedd Council 2019)
Represented company at Licensing sub-committee hearing concerning application for the sale of alcohol and the provision of live music. Licence Granted.

DVLA v David SNELLING (Cannock Magistrates Court 2019)
Appeared on behalf of the DVLA concerning appeal against revocation of driving licence. Appeal refused.

Appeal of P (Teesside Crown Court 2018) Represented Gamekeeper of facing revocation of certificates following allegations concerning domestic incidents. Detailed submissions advanced highlighting personal and professional background. Appeal Allowed.

Appeal of W (Teesside Crown Court 2018) Represented Surveyor and holder of certificates for 43 years. Holder of extensive training qualifications for teaching shooting. Certificates revoked in relation to use of alcohol and personal domestic circumstances. Lengthy written submissions advanced highlighting personal and medical circumstances. Certificates reinstated.

Appeal of S (Sheffield Crown Court 2018) Represented self-employed showman following revocation of firearms and shotgun certificates. Appeal followed revocation after alleged violent incident in a public house.

Appeal of B (Stafford Crown Court 2018) Represented farmer and 30-year holder of firearms and shotgun certificates. Certificates revoked after series of domestic incident reports.

SIA v O (Manchester City Magistrates Court 2018) Represented the Security Industry Authority against a door supervisor who brought an appeal following revocation of his licence, following criminal investigation and conviction. Appeal refused.

SIA v Extreme Security Solutions Limited (Crewe Magistrates Court 2017). Represented the Security Industry Authority in appeal against a decision to refuse an application under the Approved Contractor Scheme. https://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Pages/about-news.aspx?newsid=571&ArtTypeID=16

PRM News & Wine v Liverpool County Council (Liverpool Magistrates Court 2016). Acted on behalf of the Appellant in licensing appeal concerning an off licence.

In the Matter of Robata Grill Ltd (Bury Council 2016). Represented interested party at sub-licensing committee hearing regarding restaurant / bar premises licence

SIA v A (Manchester Magistrates Court 2015). Represented the Security Industry Authority in an appeal against the revocation of a security licence.

DDC Limited v Ofsted (First-Tier Tribunal Manchester 2015). Represented a company in an appeal against a suspension of registration for childcare provision.

Recent Firearms Licensing Appeals

Appeal of G (Liverpool Crown Court 2019) Appeal following firearms certificate revocation in respect of allegations of domestic incidents.

Appeal of P (Oxford Crown Court 2019) Thames Valley Police Firearms Team revocation of firearms certificates. Written and oral submissions – review of case and licences reinstated.

R v C (Warrington Magistrates Court 2019) Criminal allegation under the Firearms Act 1968 – allegation of failure to disclose information during application process. Not Guilty verdict.

Appeal of C (Chester Crown Court 2019) Cheshire Constabulary – Following successful defence of client in criminal case – contested firearms appeal regarding revocation of licence in respect of disclosure issues in application process. Appeal Allowed and licences restored.

Appeal of H (Lincoln Crown Court 2019) Contested appeal hearing following revocation of firearm and shotgun certificates. Revocation based on concerns raised following public order incident. Appeal allowed. Licences restored.

Appeal of E (Birmingham Crown Court 2018) West Midlands Police Licensing Case. Appeal against firearms and shotgun certificate revocation concerning required evidence of good reason for holding certificate and fit and proper person test. Liaison with the firearms licensing team. Re-application process agreed.

Recent Ofsted Cases

In the Matter of MJ 2020 Ofsted Case – Advised company as to criteria for registration as a Children’s Home. Consideration of liaison with Ofsted and Local Authorities, including issues under The Care Standards Act 2000

In the Matter of OU 2019 Ofsted case – Advised Independent School on Registration requirements and liaison with the Department for Education and Ofsted. Advice given concerning the Education Act 2002

In the Matter of APHL 2019 Ofsted Case – Advised company regarding criteria for independent school status and registration requirements concerning “alternative provision”. Consideration given to s.94 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 and the Education Act 2002.

In the Matter of HC 2019 Ofsted Case – Advised company regarding registration requirements for care home requirements.