Tim Ward QC acts for Uber London Ltd in successful licence appeal

28 Sep 2020
Tim Ward KC

Uber London Ltd (“ULL”) has successfully appealed against the refusal of Transport for London (“TfL”) to grant it a new licence. TfL had refused to renew ULL’s private hire vehicle operator licence for London pursuant to the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 on the grounds that it considered that ULL was not a “fit and proper person” to hold such a licence. On ULL’s appeal, Deputy Senior District Judge Ikram concluded that ULL was a fit and proper person. The Judge noted that whilst ULL did not have a “perfect record… I am satisfied they are doing what a reasonable business in their sector could be expected to do, perhaps even more.” The Court ruled that ULL should be granted a licence for 18 months, subject to certain conditions.

Tim Ward QC acted for ULL.

The case has been covered in the media: BBC, The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph.