Constanze Bell



36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
William Brown
Gary Smith
Mark Ronson


Constanze accepts instructions in all areas of licensing law and has particular experience in taxi licensing. She regularly appears in the Magistrates Court and Crown Court in taxi licence revocation appeals. She has also represented local authorities in prosecutions for plying for hire. She advises on licensing matters including the commission of regulatory offences and POCA proceedings.

Constanze has particular experience in dealing with taxi licence revocation cases in which the revocation is founded upon allegations of a connection to child sexual exploitation. She recently successfully represented a local authority in the Crown Court in a case which involved special measures for a child complainant.

Constanze has acted as a legal advisor to a Local Authority’s Licensing Committee in a complicated premises licensing case with noise and amenity issues. She has also appeared in front of Licensing Committees representing premises license holders.

Constanze recently addressed the East Midlands branch of the Institute of Licensing on the House of Lords Select Committee review of the Licensing Act 2003.


Constanze has a varied planning, environment and public law practice. She was appointed to the Attorney General's Regional Panel (Junior Counsel to the Crown, C Panel) in April 2018. 

Constanze undertook a part-time secondment with Bromsgrove and Redditch District Council’s Legal Services Department in 2015-16. She advised on planning, local government law and judicial review and assisted with planning prosecutions. Constanze also acted as the authority’s legal advisor at planning committee.

Constanze’s licensing practice involves regular instruction to appear in the Magistrates and Crown Courts in taxi licence revocation appeals.

Constanze’s broader public law work includes: judicial review, Local Government Ombudsman complaints, Parking Tribunal appeals and Valuation Tribunal representation.

Before coming to the bar Constanze worked in the NGO sector. She was part of the legal team for ‘Control Arms’, a coalition of NGO’s working to secure a human rights orientated Arms Trade Treaty. Constanze retains an active interest in human rights law and, in particular, in planning and environmental cases involving human rights issues.  

Year of Call: 2013


Areas of Expertise

PEBA (Planning & Environmental Bar)

ELF (Environmental Law Foundation)

IAPP (International Association of Privacy Practitioners)

WiP (Women in Property)

Middle Temple

Northern Circuit


Attorney General's Regional Panel, Junior Counsel to the Crown, C Panel (April 2018- )


Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan London (2012-13), Very Competent

Graduate Diploma in Law, City University, London (2011-12), Commendation

History & Philosophy of Science BSc (hons), UCL (2007-10), First Class. First class in all three years, final year dissertation graded first class.

Leeds Girls’ High School (LGHS)


BPTC year (2012-13): Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholarship for BPTC; Winner, Human Rights essay competition, International Bar Association (2012)

GDL year (2011-12): Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholarship for GDL

Extracurricular: Winner of the Vodafone ‘World of Difference’ Competition (2011)

UCL (2007-10) UCLU Centenary Colours (2010); UCLU Debating Society Honorary Life Membership (2010); UCL Colours (2009); UCL Top in Class Prize (STS Department) (2008).



What does the revised NPPF mean for housebuilding in the UK?, August 2018, UK Construction Online Construction News Article


‘Case Comment: R. (on the application of Mason) v Winchester Crown Court & CC of Hampshire [2018] EWHC 1182 (Admin), (August 2018) Encyclopaedia of Local Government Law Bulletin, Sweet & Maxwell


Planning Permission in Principle: Why not Planning Permission in Practice? (with Freddie Humphreys), July 2018, Building Construction Design News Article


‘It’s not fair! Is it?’, (April 2018) Encyclopaedia of Local Government Law Bulletin, Sweet & Maxwell



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