Gareth is a skilled barrister who acts for an impressive portfolio of clients in the hospitality and entertainment sectors on both licensing and planning matters. He regularly acts as an advocate on behalf of clients before licensing committees all over the country and on appeal to the Magistrates’ Court, having dealt with cases right up to the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords on major points of law.
With over 25 years’ experience acting for many of the leading companies and individuals in the hospitality sector he has built up a significant network of relationships with elected councillors, council officers and police as well as residents groups particularly in the City of Westminster.
Leading clients include: the South Bank Centre (largest performance and arts centre in western Europe with 29 million visitors a year); Devonshire Square Club (large-scale private members hotel and club); The Curtain Hotel (Gansevoort Hotel group New York); Pho Restaurants, Beaufort House, Kings Road; Grange Hotels; Chinawhite; Kitts Nightclub; Cipriani; Mark Hix Restaurants; Guards Polo Club; Ministry of Sound; The Arts Club, ETM Group (including The Botanist, Sloane Square, Canada Square; The Gun) Barts Club, Chelsea; and Royal National Theatre.
He also acts for landlords seeking to protect their interests when there are difficulties with operators. Notably, Gareth has recently acted on behalf of the French government in a major planning application in Kensington and Chelsea. Gareth also has experience acting for local authorities, the police and residents.
As well as being a regular speaker at conferences around the UK, Gareth is an active Fellow of and Member of Board of Management - Institute of Licensing. He is also a member of the Society for the Study of Gambling, the British Institute of Innkeeping, and Business in Sport and Leisure.
Chairman of the London Institute of Licensing
Gareth Hughes of Keystone Law's recent work includes successfully obtaining an extension to the opening hours of restaurant Absolutely Starving, amid opposition from the police and Lambeth council. Clients confirm that he "has always been excellent when doing work for us."
Chambers UK 2017
“’Very good’ practitioner Gareth Hughes provides deep expertise and experience in licensing matters. His recent clients include prominent London hotels, nightclubs and entertainment venues.”
Chambers UK 2016
Legal 500 described Gareth as “vastly experienced” in this area and ranked him in the top ten of licensing lawyers in London.
“Gareth Hughes is also recommended, and continues to act for the Southbank Centre.”
Legal 500 2015
“ … a barrister who sources say ‘is very commanding – he does a lot of advocacy himself – and has a great knowledge of the law.’ He led an appeal against a decision to refuse a late licence for his client, the Tramshed, a new restaurant in Shoreditch. Following successful advocacy at the appeal, the licence was granted and the restaurant has now opened.”
Chambers UK 2013
“With ‘top-notch’ industry knowledge … The ‘extremely good’ Gareth Hughes provided licensing advice to Pho restaurants on its expansion across the UK, and obtained a licence for an outdoor festival in Clapham …’
Legal 500, 2013
|2016||Keystone Law | Consultant Barrister|
|2002-2016||Jeffrey Green Russell Ltd | Director and Barrister|
|1992-2002||Westminster Council | Deputy Head of Legal Service, Business Unit|
|1986-1990||Goldsmiths Buildings | Barrister|