Susanna FitzGerald is a practising barrister who specializes in all aspects of Licensing Law. She is a leader in this field as has been recognized by the “Chambers Directory of The Legal Profession”, “Legal 500” and “Legal Business Legal Experts: Highly Recommended”. She is known not only for her licensing knowledge but also her commercial approach. Her clients include leading leisure, gaming, betting, e-gaming and lottery companies and the media, as well as local authorities.
She has pioneered many licensing applications such as table dancing and petrol station applications amongst others. In a notable recent case, she acted for the Health Lottery in Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd v. The Gambling Commission & Ors  EWHC 2391 (Admin), and successfully resisted Camelot’s application to review the Gambling Commission’s decision to license the Health Lottery. More recently she acted for Greene King in front of the Gambling Commission’s Regulatory Panel and on appeal in the First and Upper Tier Tribunals, on Greene King’s application for a bingo operating licence to have increased bingo in some of its pubs. (see Greene King Brewing and Retailing Limited and Greene King Retailing Limited v. The Gambling Commission GA 2014 0001 and 0002.)
She gave evidence to the Gambling Review Body, the Select Committee on Gambling and the Joint Scrutiny Committee on the draft Gambling Bill. She has been closely involved in consultations between industry and the DCMS, and the All Party Parliamentary Leisure Group about changes to the licensing laws, and with the Gambling Commission as well on changes to the gambling laws. She has drafted numerous proposed amendments to our laws, and in particular the gambling laws, on behalf of various parties for submission to the Government.
She has co-authored two leading textbooks on gambling law: “Law of Betting Gaming and Lotteries” by Smith and Monkcom, 2nd and 3rd editions, and is now working on the 4th edition, and Halsbury’s Laws Vol 4(1) reissue on Betting Gaming and Lotteries.
She is a member of Lord Grabiner QC’s Chambers at 1 Essex Court, Temple, London, which is one of the leading commercial sets in England and Wales. (www.oeclaw.co.uk)
She is the chairman of Business In Licensing, and a member of the Gambling Business Group. She is also a trustee of Gamcare, a director of the Institute of Licensing, a Bencher of Inner Temple, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and a member of the Society for the Study of Gambling.