Pubwatch ban man lodges further appeal

By John Harrington

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Pubwatch: Bans under scrutiny
Pubwatch: Bans under scrutiny
A man who failed to get a judicial review of his pubwatch ban is going to the Court of Appeal. Last week the MA revealed that High Court judge Mr...

A man who failed to get a judicial review of his pubwatch ban is going to the Court of Appeal.

Last week the MA revealed that High Court judge Mr Ockelton QC ruled Matthew Proud could not seek a judicial review of his ban handed out by Buckingham Pubwatch. The ruling was seen as securing the legal right to hand out pubwatch bans.

Claire Eames, partner at solicitors Poppleston Allen, who represented the Pubwatch, said Proud has now asked to appeal the judge's decision.

If granted, a judge at the Court of Appeal would study the transcript of decision and come to a conclusion. There would be no oral hearing.

The MA can also reveal that JD Wetherspoon (JDW) founder Tim Martin funded the Pubwatch legal battle.

JDW has no pubs in Buckingham, but Martin said he funded the legal battle to protect the right of UK licensees to ban troublemakers.

He said of the earlier victory: "We are happy to be supporting the industry in this important case and pleased it reaffirms the common-law right of a licensee to bar any customer for inappropriate behaviour as long as it's not on the grounds of discrimination."

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