David founded a2z Licensing in 2009 and now provides advice, assistance and representation to individuals as a sole trader and to businesses through A2Z Licensing (David Wilson) Ltd of which he is the sole director. He has worked in licensing and legal services since 1985. David previously worked as a litigation executive in legal firms and then as a local authority licensing manager. David’s varied experience means he has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of practical implementation of licensing laws.
Since 2014 David has been the taxi and private hire licensing consulting editor of Paterson’s Licensing Acts, the leading legal text on licensing. He has also been a contributing author and a consulting editorial board member to LexisPSL since 2016, writing many news articles and answering Q&As on a range of licensing subjects.
David was awarded a Certificate of Higher Education in Licensing Law (Cert HE LL) by the University of Warwick in 2008; is a member of the Institute of Licensing (MIoL) and a member of its Taxi Consultation Panel; and a training professional member of the British Institute of Innkeeping (MBII).
During his licensing career David has been involved in six High Court cases, including one that went on appeal to the Court of Appeal, and many magistrates’ courts and crown court cases.