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Gerald Gouriet QC

Barrister, Francis Taylor Building


Gerald Gouriet QC is one of the leading licensing practitioners in the UK. He is General Editor of 'Paterson’s Licensing Acts' (2018), and also 'Smith & Monkcom: The Law of Gambling' (2017). 

In the wake of the Gambling Act 2005 Gerald successfully obtained the last of the Gaming Act 1968 casino licences in the UK, including The Hippodrome Casino (London) as well as casinos in Liverpool, Birmingham and entertainment centres throughout the UK.  He has acted for Caesar's Palace (Las Vegas); Novomatic; Paddy Power; Ladbrokes; Corals; William Hill; the Noble Organisation (bingo clubs and casinos); and The Tote.

Outside the field of gambling, Gerald’s commercial clients have included Fabric Nightclub; the London Taxi Drivers Association (LDTA); The BBC; The Royal Opera House; The Albert Hall; Novus Leisure; John Lewis; Waitrose; Punch Taverns; Mitchells & Butlers; and The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

Gerald left school at 16 in order to study piano, conducting and composition at the Royal College of Music, where he remained for the next 5 years. His teachers included Nadia Boulanger and Sir Adrian Boult. He then read for the Bar, and after having been in practice for over 15 years he spent the greater part of the 1990s in Hollywood. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) records that he composed the musical scores for some 18 films, including “Madame Sousatzka”, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, and “A Question of Attribution” by Alan Bennett, for which he received an Ivor Novello nomination.  He returned to the Bar in 1999 and took silk in 2006.


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