Colin Manchester previously held posts of Professor of Licensing Law at the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham. He was for several years Course Director of the Certificate of Higher Education in Licensing Law, an innovative part-time distance-learning course which he developed to provide a recognised professional qualification for licensing officers in local government and other licensing professionals.  He has recently retired from teaching and joined Woods Whur as a consultant.

He is regarded as one of the most eminent academics in the field of Licensing Law and has written many leading texts on the subject.  He is the author of three books covering Licensing Law: Sex Shops and the Law, published in 1986 (Gower)Entertainment Licensing Law and Practice, published in 1994 and in 1999 (2nd ed., Butterworths) Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing Law, published in 2005 (Cavendish) and 2008 (2nd Ed Routledge-Cavendish).

He has also revised and updated the section on “Theatres and Other Forms of Entertainment” in Halsbury’s Laws of England (Vol. 45(2), Butterworths, 1999) He is a Consulting Editor of Licensing Review and has written a number of articles in leading journals (e.g. Criminal Law Review, Civil Justice Quarterly) on a range of areas and topics in licensing.  He was Chairman of the Working Party that produced Model National Standard Conditions for Places of Entertainment (Entertainment Technology Press, 2002) and has been a Vice-Chair of the Institute of Licensing, the professional body for those working in the licensing field.

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