Hogan Lovells helps Uber regain its London licence

Press releases | 30 September 2020

London, 30 September 2020 – Hogan Lovells has secured a major win for its client Uber, securing the firm's right to continue operating in London.

Following a three-day hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court earlier this month, the judge this week upheld the ride-hailing company's appeal against Transport for London, finding Uber "to be a fit and proper person to hold a London PHV operator's licence." Deputy Chief Magistrate Ikram also noted the company's efforts to improve its processes and its introduction of industry leading systems.

Uber first secured a five-year licence in May 2012 and sought a renewal in 2017. TfL refused to renew and Uber, represented by Hogan Lovells, appealed to the chief magistrate, who granted it a 15-month licence in June 2018, subject to various conditions.

In November 2019 London's transport operator refused to grant a renewal saying that Uber was not "fit and proper" to hold the licence. Uber was allowed to continue operating in the capital while the appeal was underway.

The latest decision secures the firm's right to continue operating in London, having been granted an 18-month licence. 

The Hogan Lovells legal team representing Uber was led by Charles Brasted and also included Julia Marlow, Andrew Eaton, Dervla Simm, Telha Arshad and Louis Biggs.