Taxi Defence Barristers represented an applicant (Mr FC) who applied in 2018 for a private hire licence.

In March 2019 Mr FC was refused on the basis of his DBS entry. This included a conviction in March 2012 for an offence of assisting unlawful immigration into an EU member state. He was sentenced to 22 months immediate imprisonment.

TfL refused his application and he sought our assistance in appealing. Two weeks before the appeal date TfL considered the evidence served on his behalf by Taxi Defence Barristers including a character bundle.

TfL decided they no longer wished to contest our appeal and reversed their own decision. They issued him a private hire licence with a warning as to future conduct.

Mr FC is now a licenced driver.

Stephen McCaffrey

Regulatory defence barrister specialising in taxi and private hire licensing law, appeals and defence.

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