R (Hemming And Others) V Westminster City Council – Administrative Court
In a seminal judgment, Mr. Justice Keith has ordered restitution of licence fees charged to sex shops by Westminster City Council.
A judicial review of Westminster’s sex licensing fees was brought by 7 owners of 13 sex shops in Soho and Covent Garden.
The essence of their claim was that while a duly authorised licensing committee had determined the annual fee for sex shops under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 for 2005-2006 at £29,102 per annum, an it had failed to determine a fee for any year thereafter, until January 2012 when it determined that the renewal fee should be £18,737.
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