36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082
5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123
Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570
Clerked by:William Brown
Sarah Clover is described as “The top licensing barrister outside London without doubt” (Legal 500 15/16). She’s nationally recognised as an expert in the Hospitality and Leisure Industry. Chair of the West Midlands Region of the Institute of Licensing, she provides advice and representation to Local Government, Licensees, Residents, PubCo’s and the Police. Her views are widely respected. She has been involved in some of the most important cases to emerge in the last decade. Sarah sits as the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003.
Significant Reported Cases
Crosby Homes v The Nightingale & Birmingham CC  – Magistrates Appeal; (Public Nuisance meaning).
Derbyshire Trading Standards v Sainsburys  – Magistrates Prosecution and Crown Court Appeal; S.146 – (Who sells alcohol).
V2 Birch House Business Centre v Denbighshire County Council  Magistrates Appeal; (Police Disclosure; costs of £25K against Council).
The Bank, Wakefield v Home Office & West Yorkshire Police (2012) (Successful Judicial Review proceedings to clarify section 19 Closure powers).
Chambers, Runcorn (Gary Oates) v Halton District Council and Cheshire Police (Status of Interim Steps)[ 2011]
Tinseltown NW3Ltd v London Borough Camden, , Highbury Magistrates’ Court (Procedural Irregularity).
Gambling Commission v Kevin Holleran, Birmingham Crown Court, ; (Test case concerning the allegations of cheating at gambling and operating without a licence)
Matthew Taylor v Manchester City Council & TCG Bars Ltd  EWHC 3467 (Admin)
The Hindu Religious Association Leamington & Warwick –v- Warwick District Council and Shades Snooker Club Ltd (Admin)  (SEV Licence)
Wonderland, Cheam Road, Sutton -v- Metropolitan Police (£30,000 costs against the Met. Police) 
Bridgerow Ltd, R (on the application of) v Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council  EWHC 1187 (Admin) (The Platinum Lounge, SEV licence)
Sarai & Sarai –v- London Borough of Hillingdon ( The Victoria Pub) (Admin)  (Interim Steps)
Sarah is one of the leading barristers in the country in Licensing, acting for a wide range of clients. She has been involved in some of the most important cases in the last decade, and is a pioneer in this modern licensing regime. Sarah has been successfully involved in challenging the Home Office and Police forces to settle statutory interpretation of the Licensing Act 2003. She is nationally recognised as an expert in this field. Sarah is Chair of the West Midlands Region of the Institute of Licensing, and sits on the Board of Directors. Sarah sits as the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003.
In planning, Sarah has extensive experience of working with local authorities and developers in all development and enforcement cases. She regularly appears at planning inquiries, hearings, prosecutions and appeals, including the High Court. She has had notable successes, and is described as “feisty” and “a real fighter”.
Sarah brings a particular edge in advocacy to her regulatory work, born of her long experience, prosecuting at Grade 4. She is a formidable advocate.
Sarah is a qualified and accredited Mediator.
Sarah has an established High Court practice, and is experienced in public law matters.
Sarah is a Public Access Barrister.
Year of Call: 1993
Areas of Expertise
Chambers UK 2017
"An excellent advocate with a keen eye for detail, who is always willing to take on a challenge." "She is a formidable advocate and phenomenal at written work." "Very approachable, knowledgeable and easy to work with."
"Her sense of humour, professionalism, confidence and unquestionable planning expertise just shine through." "A very good team player who gels excellently with everyone. She is very organised and a very good advocate."
Chambers UK 2016
"She is tenacious, conscientious and down-to-earth, as well as being completely and utterly expert."
"Fantastic - she is proactive and user-friendly."
"She is experienced, conscientious, committed and pragmatic. She is a really safe pair of hands, and is prepared to fight the client's corner tooth and nail."
Chambers & Partners 15/16
Licensing – Midlands: Notable Practitioners
Sarah Clover of Kings Chambers
Strengths: "She is tenacious, conscientious and down-to-earth, as well as being completely and utterly expert." "Fantastic - she is proactive and user-friendly."
Planning – Midlands: Notable Practioners
Strengths: "She is experienced, conscientious, committed and pragmatic. She is a really safe pair of hands, and is prepared to fight the client's corner tooth and nail."
Legal 500 2017
‘A very able and hardworking barrister.’
‘Has a phenomenal reputation. She has serious attention to detail allied with thorough knowledge and a pragmatic approach.’
‘She has a phenomenal reputation and will fight to the end for a client.’
Legal 500 “Leading Juniors” 15/16
Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors
Sarah Clover - Kings Chambers ‘The top licensing barrister outside of London, without a doubt.’
Sarah Clover - Kings Chambers ‘A real fighter.’
Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors -
Sarah Clover - Kings Chambers ‘She has an excellent eye for detail.’
Legal 500 'Leading Juniors' 14/15 –
Planning & Environment: "A real fighter";
Licensing: "Very approachable; a good legal brain".
Chambers & Partners 14/15: "She is very helpful, approachable and always on hand to advise us." "She's really feisty, incredibly knowledgeable and well researched, and knows her case law really well."
Chambers & Partners 13/14: "Widely noted for tenacity in court and keen dissection of police evidence"; "A rising star".
"A safe pair of hands with excellent client care skills." "Approachable, knowledgeable and very impressive."
C&P 12/13: "Gets an excellent press from everybody".
"Making a name for herself in the world of licensing"
Legal 500: "Exceptional; handles clients’ more complex hearings; rated for ‘attention to detail" 11/12
C&P 11/12: "Noted for her impressive written advice" and "widely known throughout the licensing industry for her expertise". Her advocacy "commands the respect of clients and professionals alike".
Legal 500 10/11: "Extremely competent and a fantastic advocate"
Sarah is an expert in the Hospitality & Leisure Industry.
She is Chair of the West Midlands Region, Institute of Licensing.
Institute of Licensing (Chair of West Midlands Region, and Board Member)
Civil Mediation Council
1991 BA (hons) Jurisprudence, Merton College, Oxford
1992 Master's Degree LLM, University of Pennsylvania Law School, USA (Potts Scholar, Ivy League, USA)
1990 Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship
1991 Sir Thomas More Award
1993 Inns of Court Studentship
1993 Kennedy Scholarship
Sir Thomas More Award
Denning Society (Society of Scholars of Lincoln's Inn)