RIPA and the Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act and the consequences of covert investigation under RIPA.

Law & Legal Services, Academic

Submit new post
Thank you for posting.
Share it:

RIPA and the Licensing Act 2003 – A McKay Law Training Day
11 February 2014
The Double Tree by Hilton, Leeds
Delegate rate: £210+VAT (or two places for £400+VAT)

The recent changes made to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (“RIPA”) by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (“PFA”) have resulted in severe practical and financial consequences for licensing authorities, trading standards offices and police forces who fall foul of this updated regime when conducting investigations.

This McKay Law training day covers:

• the key provisions of RIPA;
• the changes to RIPA provisions under the PFA;
• the impact on surveillance and subsequent prosecutions of offences under the Licensing Act 2003;
• an analysis of relevant statute and recent case law; and
• interactive and practical guidance derived from working examples.

You should attend this training day as it will ensure you are up to date on the law, policy and procedure in covert surveillance and policing. The day has been tailored to those involved with investigating, enforcing and defending licensing and other regulatory offences.

This training day is essential for:

• Police officers and civilian employees involved with licensing;
• Local authority licensing and enforcement officers;
• Authorising magistrates and those responsible for their training; and
• Solicitors, paralegals and other legal practitioners.

Your speakers will be:

• Mr Simon McKay, an expert in RIPA and author of Covert Policing – Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2011); and
• Mr Edward Smith, Head of Licensing at McKay Law.


0945 – 1000 Arrival, registration with tea/coffee.
1000 – 1020 Introductions and opening address.
1020 – 1040 Overview of the provisions and common offences under the Licensing Act 2003 and other legislation, discussion of recent case law and discussion on current issues.
1040 – 1100 RIPA provisions: A detailed synopsis of the relevant sections.
1100 – 1120 Refreshments.
1120 – 1230 Methodology: Planning and managing an operation effectively: a practical presentation highlighting good practices.
1230 – 1330 Lunch and networking.
1330 – 1430 Proportionality: The application of Part 2 and managing investigations into offences that fall outside the scope of RIPA (e.g. test purchasing)
1430 – 1450 Refreshments
1450 – 1520 RIPA in practice and the future of licensing investigations: A case study highlighting the pitfalls to avoid when investigating offences under the Licensing Act 2003.
1520 – 1600 Q&A session.
1600 Training day ends.

To book your place email: or call 0845 123 5571 for a booking form.