Licensing Defence Barristers is a licensing chambers specialising in all matters relating to alcohol, entertainment and late-night refreshment licensing law.  We offer all National Pubwatch members a 10% discount on our legal services.

NPW Regional Representative and Mayor of Otley Peter Jackson, attended a meeting of Otley and District Pubwatch to present two National Pubwatch Star Awards to Tony Garwood Chair of Otley & District Pubwatch and Mick Waters Leeds City Council Entertainment Licensing. Also, in attendance to witness the award was Otley BID representative Sally Hinchcliffe and West Yorkshire Police Licensing David Parker.

Tony Garwood the Chair of Otley & District Pubwatch is co-owner of O’Deli a rustic Deli and Prosecco bar, offering Fine Wines and Prosecco, plus guest Craft Beers. As chair he regularly contacts members of the Pubwatch updating them on matters that may be of interest to their business. He is an active member of Otley BID and Chamber of Trade where he brings together a working partnership between all three.

He is a Strong leader and all members respect him for no nonsense attitude. Opening his business in Otley only 4 years ago, he also travels regularly to London where he also has a business interest in the wine and coffee industry. He took over as chair of Otley and District Pubwatch in 2018 and immediately implemented a close working relationship with West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council Licensing departments, holding weekly telephone conferences ensuring Otley is up to date on issues relating to licensing and crime figures in Otley.

Michael Waters is a Liaison & Enforcement Officer for Leeds City Council Entertainment Licensing, Communities & Environment Directorate

Mick joined Leeds City Council in 2007 as a licensing enforcement officer. Previous to this he was a fire safety officer and transferred these valuable skills to his new role. His role involves liaising with the licensed trade, partner agencies and stakeholders offering quality support and guidance.

His remit also covers more formal activities, such as investigating licence breaches and formal complaints. In doing so he applies a common sense approach and will endeavour to seek solutions and engage with business operators without having to escalate matters to more formal sanctions.

However, he does not shy away from formal action where all other remedy attempts have failed, and only recently he brought a successful prosecution and licence review against a takeaway business in Otley town centre.

Mick has, and continues to play a pivotal part in promoting a safe, enjoyable and responsible day and night-time economy in Otley. He is approachable, friendly, professional and consistent in his dealings. Mick is a strong advocate of Otley Pubwatch and will, wherever possible, attend the regular Pubwatch meetings to support licensed operators.

Stephen McCaffrey, barrister and Head of Licensing Defence Barristers, said:

“Licensing Defence Barristers is pleased to be sponsors of the National Pubwatch Regional Star Award. Pubwatch makes a valuable contribution to maintaining high standards in the sector by promoting best practice around the country.


“I would like to personally congratulate Tony and Mick on receiving the award which is well deserved.”

Stephen McCaffrey

Regulatory defence barrister specialising in alcohol and entertainment licensing law, appeals and defence.

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