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Josef Cannon

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Josef's practice at the Bar focuses on licensing, town and country planning, regulatory work and property including landlord and tenant.

He acts for and advises a wide range of local authorities, the licensed trade, developers, regulatory bodies, landlords and private individuals.

Josef's practice at the Bar focuses on licensing, town and country planning, regulatory work and property including social housing.

He acts for and advises a wide range of local authorities, the licensed trade, private and social landlords, developers, regulatory bodies and private individuals.

Josef Cannon is a graduate of Kings College, London, and was called to the Bar by Lincolns Inn in 2002.

For Licensing, he is recognised as a leading junior in both the Legal 500 2015 and Chambers & Partners 2015, described in the former as "the instructing solicitor's dream counsel" and by Chambers as "very approachable and gets results...an impressive advocate".

In Planning the Legal 500 recognises him as a leading junior and describes him as "extremely knowledgeable and able to think on his feet". He has particular experience in residential development and housing land supply issues.

Josef also has experience of regulatory work (including significant experience prosecuting and defending environmental matters) and continues to be instructed by residential landlords in all aspects of social housing and homelessness law.

"He gives no-nonsense, practical advice, he bears in mind the economics of the situation, he's very good with clients, and he's always prepared to go the extra mile." Chambers & Partners 2018

"He's very personable, he's incredibly likeable, and the court warms to him. Whatever he does is effective."  Chambers & Partners 2018

"He has a calm demeanour and commands clients' full confidence." Legal 500 2017

"Good on his feet." Legal 500 2017

"He is an extremely effective cross-examiner." Chambers & Partners 2017

"He always provides a first-class service. He has the local knowledge, is politically aware and adds value." Chambers & Partners 2017

"Always very well prepared, but able to think on his feet should an unexpected or difficult issue arise." Legal 500 2016

"He is empathetic with clients and operators." Legal 500 2016

"He is very personable and pitches his case at the appropriate level." "He is good in front of both committees and courts."Chambers & Partners 2016

"He is extremely knowledgeable and able to think on his feet." Legal 500 2015

"Always goes the extra mile, and is the instructing solicitors' dream counsel." Legal 500 2015

Overview

Josef can provide advice, assistance and representation to businesses, to local groups and to members of the public in planning matters, in particular concerning enforcement notices, making representations about planning applications near your property, and dealing with defending prosecutions for planning offences.

Cases

Secretary of State (belatedly) reveals thinking on a number of crucial housing land supply controversies
31.08.2016
Last week the Secretary of State published his decisions in respect of two appeals against refusals of planning permission for extensive housing development in the countryside beyond the Green Belt....

Right of residents of architect-designed self-build scheme to rely on restrictive covenants against extensions upheld by Upper Tribunal
11.07.2016

The Upper Tribunal has upheld the right of residents of a small architect-designed development built in the late 1980s and subject to restrictive covenants seeking to preserve its built form to rely on those covenants in resisting plans by one resident to extend her house.

....

News

Music venues and their neighbours: Government’s plans to strike the right balance
18.01.2018
Introduction The Government has today announced plans to ensure that housing developers building new homes near music venues should be responsible for addressing noise issues, in a move to protect both....

Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter May 2017
24.05.2017
The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes... Editor's Note - Josef Cannon Leisure development in the Green Belt – not all fun and games? - Martin Edwards Licensing Uber: Better the devil you know?....

Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter February 2017
23.02.2017
The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes...

  • Editors note - Josef Cannon
  • 20:20 Vision - Philip Kolvin QC
  • One more round for minimum unit pricing of alcohol - Josef Cannon & Matt Lewin
  • When can premises....

  • Housing crisis at centre of proposed changes to NPPF
    10.12.2015
    Josef Cannon considers the proposals set out in the Government's recently published consultation document on the National Planning Policy Framework. Introduced with minimal fanfare (save for in the Daily Telegraph, which called....

    Cornerstone on the Planning Court
    01.09.2015

    Cornerstone on the Planning Court, the definitive guide to the new Planning Court produced by Cornerstone Barristers, is now available to buy online and in book shops.

    ....

    Events

    Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
    07.11.2016


    Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

    Overview

    Josef can provide advice, assistance and representation to businesses, to local groups and to members of the public in licensing matters, covering alcohol and regulated entertainment (pubs, bars etc), sex licensing (lapdancing clubs, sex shops etc) and taxi licensing.

    He has worked in the field of licensing for eight years and have represented many different clients, from local authorities through to nighclub operators, from residents of a street disturbed by a proposed club to Trading Standards and the Police. He brings a wealth of practical experience to his role and always tries to help clients find a solution which they are happy with - whether or not that means going to court (and often it does not!). He is often available at relatively short notice and always happy to travel anywhere in the country should it be required. Josef also knows that licensing often takes place out of 'normal' office hours and he is always flexible about when he is needed.

    Cases

    First s.53D interim steps appeal dismissed
    06.06.2017
    Bedford Borough Council have successfully resisted what is thought to be the first appeal under s.53D of the Licensing Act 2003, against a decision that an interim step of suspension....

    Is this the first Interim Steps appeal under the new s.53D?
    11.05.2017
    On 6 April 2017 the new s.53D of the Licensing Act 2003 came in to force. Intended to bring an end to the long-running debate about what happens to interim....

    Fabric
    22.11.2016
    The world-famous nightclub Fabric is once again to open its doors. The club was closed in September by Islington Council, as a result of deaths from drug overdoses at the club,....

    Step Changes Proposed to Summary Reviews
    24.02.2016

    Rory Clarke and Josef Cannon consider the implications of the recently proposed changes to the Summary Review procedure in the Licensing Act 2003.

    ....

    Breadth Of Discretion In Respect Of Applications For Minor Variations Under S.41a And B Licensing Act 2003 Considered And Confirmed
    11.04.2014
    Star Oyster Ltd and The Casino Ltd -v- Guildford Borough Council The proper approach to minor variations to premises licences under section 41A and 41B of the Licensing Act 2003 was....

    Lap dance no more: Courts affirm wide powers to refuse renewals
    27.03.2014

    R (Bean Leisure Trading A Limited) v Leeds City Council and R (Ruby May (1) Ltd) v Leeds City Council [2014] EWHC 878 (Admin) Thompson v Oxford City Council [2014] ...

    ....

    Admin Court decision confirms breadth of discretion when deciding sex establishment licences; and extent of duty to give reasons.
    19.03.2013
    novemberoctoberseptemberaugustjulyjunemayaprilmarchfebruaryjanuary In a judgment that will be of great assistance to licensing authorities, a judge of the High Court dismissed an application for judicial review against a refusal to grant a....

    News

    Music venues and their neighbours: Government’s plans to strike the right balance
    18.01.2018
    Introduction The Government has today announced plans to ensure that housing developers building new homes near music venues should be responsible for addressing noise issues, in a move to protect both....

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling
    31.10.2017

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

    ....

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter May 2017
    24.05.2017
    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes... Editor's Note - Josef Cannon Leisure development in the Green Belt – not all fun and games? - Martin Edwards Licensing Uber: Better the devil you know?....

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter February 2017
    23.02.2017
    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes...

  • Editors note - Josef Cannon
  • 20:20 Vision - Philip Kolvin QC
  • One more round for minimum unit pricing of alcohol - Josef Cannon & Matt Lewin
  • When can premises....

  • Cornerstone Barristers appointed by Metropolitan Police to panel of Counsel
    01.03.2013
    Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that the following members have been appointed by the Metropolitan Police to a panel of counsel to represent and advise them in licensing matters. These....

    Events

    IoL: Now & Next Training in London
    18.05.2017

    1
    The 'Now & Next' course is aimed at everyone with an interest in licensing, including Licensing Officers, Police Officers, Councillors and legal advisors of the licensing committee. Each session will be....

    IoL: Now & Next Training in Manchester
    16.05.2017


    The 'Now & Next' course is aimed at everyone with an interest in licensing, including Licensing Officers, Police Officers, Councillors and legal advisors of the licensing committee. Each session will be....

    Overview

    Much of Josef's practice in the areas of licensing, planning, housing and judicial review involve questions of public law. He appears in courts of all levels litigating public law matters and advises on a broad range of public law questions and advises and represents both claimants and respondents in judicial review cases, particularly involving local authorities, and where the subject matter is related to his core areas of practice. Often his practice brings together questions of both public and private law and the breadth of his practice means he is in a good position to accommodate that requirement.

    Cases

    Secretary of State (belatedly) reveals thinking on a number of crucial housing land supply controversies
    31.08.2016
    Last week the Secretary of State published his decisions in respect of two appeals against refusals of planning permission for extensive housing development in the countryside beyond the Green Belt....

    Licensing Act 2003 appeals: is JR available if time is short?
    29.07.2016

    Can judicial review be used to get a quicker decision than appealing to the Magistrates' Court in a Licencing Act 2003 case?

    What are the obligations on a sub-committee in terms of reading supporting documentation?

    ....

    News

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter February 2017
    23.02.2017
    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes...

  • Editors note - Josef Cannon
  • 20:20 Vision - Philip Kolvin QC
  • One more round for minimum unit pricing of alcohol - Josef Cannon & Matt Lewin
  • When can premises....

  • Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2016
    01.02.2016
    The latest Cornerstone Housing newsletter includes:

  • The death of the social rented sector? Selective thoughts on the Housing and Planning Bill – Ranjit Bhose QC 
  • Private registered providers: back to the private sector? Emma....

  • Housing crisis at centre of proposed changes to NPPF
    10.12.2015
    Josef Cannon considers the proposals set out in the Government's recently published consultation document on the National Planning Policy Framework. Introduced with minimal fanfare (save for in the Daily Telegraph, which called....

    Events

    Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
    07.11.2016


    Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

    Overview

    Josef retains a busy civil practice, covering most aspects of civil litigation from contractual disputes through employment matters to injunctions, arbitrations and boundary disputes.

    Arbitration & mediation
    Josef is experienced in arbitration, having advised in a number of cases and recently appeared as junior in a multi-million pound commercial arbitration involving a local authority.

    Land and property disputes
    Although the majority of Josef's experience in respect of land and property is either housing-related or planning related, he also has experience of advising and representing parties in property disputes including issues over boundaries and rights of way. he is regularly instructed in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals.

    Regulatory law
    Josef has acted in a large number of appeals against Abatement Notices under the Environmental Protection Act 1990; he also prosecutes and defends in the magistrates and crown courts, often in cases involving public authorities. He is also appears regularly in benefit fraud, planning and licensing matters for and against local authorities. He has also appeared at inquests on health and safety matters. He appeared (successfully) in Wandsworth LBC v Rashid [2009] EWHC 1844 (Admin), concerning the local authority's waste enforcement policy and abuse of process.

    News

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter February 2017
    23.02.2017
    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes...

  • Editors note - Josef Cannon
  • 20:20 Vision - Philip Kolvin QC
  • One more round for minimum unit pricing of alcohol - Josef Cannon & Matt Lewin
  • When can premises....

  • Overview

    Josef advises and represents private and public sector landlords and tenants in respect of property matters, including appearing at the LVT, in the County Court, in respect of enfranchisement of leaseholders and in general landlord and tenant matters. He also advises and represents both claimants and defendants in boundary disputes.

    Commercial and landlord tenant
    Josef has considerable experience of advising and representing in cases involving commercial leases, mainly in respect of forfeiture proceedings, both for landlords and for tenants.

    Residential landlord and tenant
    As well as his considerable experience in the field of social housing, Josef regularly acts for private landlords (and tenants of private landlords) in all matters from injunctions to possession orders.

    Service charges
    Josef is regularly instructed in the LVT and the Residential Property Tribunal on all matters ranging from leasehold enfranchisement to service charge disputes, on behalf of freeholders and leaseholders. He has advised and lectured on a number of aspects relating to the law concerning service charges.

    Cases

    Fabric
    22.11.2016
    The world-famous nightclub Fabric is once again to open its doors. The club was closed in September by Islington Council, as a result of deaths from drug overdoses at the club,....

    News

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter May 2017
    24.05.2017
    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes... Editor's Note - Josef Cannon Leisure development in the Green Belt – not all fun and games? - Martin Edwards Licensing Uber: Better the devil you know?....

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter February 2017
    23.02.2017
    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes...

  • Editors note - Josef Cannon
  • 20:20 Vision - Philip Kolvin QC
  • One more round for minimum unit pricing of alcohol - Josef Cannon & Matt Lewin
  • When can premises....

  • Events

    Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
    07.11.2016


    Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

    Cornerstone on the Planning Court

    1st September 2015

    Cornerstone on the Planning Court, the definitive guide to the new Planning Court produced by Cornerstone Barristers, is now available to buy online and in book shops.

    Edited by Tom Cosgrove and written by members of the Cornerstone Planning Team, the guide is the first of its kind to analyse the procedures and work of the Planning Court which was introduced in April 2014.

    Designed to be practical and accessible, it is the essential reference for all those who are involved in bringing or defending claims in the Court, and those who have an interest in the broad range of claims that now fall within the Court's remit. The guide will be of particular use to those instructing solicitors and barristers in planning related matters such as planning consultancies, development companies, pressure groups and individuals, as well as solicitors, professional planning bodies and local authorities.

    Contributors to Cornerstone on the Planning Court include Michael Bedford QC, Josef Cannon, Estelle Dehon, Emma Dring, James Findlay QC, Robin Green, Mark Lowe QC, Jack Parker, Clare Parry, Asitha Ranatunga and Robert Williams.

    For further information on Cornerstone on the Planning Court or to purchase a copy, click here.

    Licensed Premises: Law & Practice

    30th June 2013

    Contributor to Licensed Premises: Law & Practice (Bloomsbury, 2013), a highly practical guide to the licensed industry. It clearly explains, through the use of case studies, practical tools and strategic policy advice, how the licensing regime, allied to other statutory and voluntary schemes, can be used to develop a more sustainable, diverse leisure economy.

    Click here for further information.

    Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning & Regeneration

    1st September 2010

    Contributor to "Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning & Regeneration" (2nd edition), which charts the terrain of gambling law simply and succinctly for both licensing and planning professionals.
    The second edition includes important new material:
    * Commentary on major issues, including split premises, skills with prize machines and house prize competitions.
    * New regulatory material, including up-dated regulations, Guidance and Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice.
    * New case law, including on provisional statements, appeals, costs and bias.
    * New text on Planning Policy Statement 4 and the Community Infrastructure Levy.
    * A new chapter on problem gambling by Professor Mark Griffiths.
    * New tables and figures to explain and simplify the law.

    Click here for further information.

    Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning and Regeneration

    23rd August 2007

    In partnership with the Institute of Licensing, Cornerstone Barristers has produced a new publication: Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning and Regeneration (General Editor: Philip Kolvin).

    The book is designed to abbreviate and simplify the new law of gambling. It is intended for easy reading by both officers and members involved in licensing and allied fields such as planning and regeneration. It is the only book which will draw the important links between planning and licensing and which involves experts from across all the relevant disciplines. Writers include Philip Kolvin QC, Mark Lowe QC, Rory Clarke, Michael Bedford, Josef Cannon and Clare Parry.

    Other writers include Institute Vice Chair Professor Colin Manchester (Professor of Licensing Law, University of Warwick), Professor Peter Collins (a leading expert in gambling and regeneration), planning expert Andy Arrick of Roger Tym & Partners, Jeremy Phillips (who edits Patersons) and William Hill Chief Executive David Harding. We are hoping that it will become a standard reference work in its field.

    We do hope that you will take advantage of this offer before it ends. Further information on the book is set out below, together with an order form.

    Click here for further details.

    Reviews include:

    "An excellent account of the framework of the new Act", and "strongly recommended". Roy Light, a professor of law UWE and a barrister at St John's Chambers, Bristol, writing in Solicitor's Journal

    "A testimony to the changed landscape and the lifting of local authority regulation to a higher plane. Wearing the badge of the Institute of Licensing, as it does, this volume is as much an advertisement for the new order as it is a valuable contribution to modern gambling knowledge." The Licensing Review [70], July 2007

    "In this timely and extremely important new book, Philip Kolvin and his team cut through this enormous piece of legislation with a light narrative style, incisive comments and useful practical applications. The book is suitable for anyone with any involvement with the new legislation, whether they are from the licensing authority, planning authority, gambling industry or responsible authorities or interested parties. Technical matters are clearly explained, the practical aspects of application and challenge are clarified and the use of the various licences and permissions is detailed and comprehensible. For a book to succeed, it must be both useful and accessible, and "Gambling for local authorities: licensing, planning and regeneration" seems set to succeed on both levels. It is highly recommended." James Button, PH Law

    "Kolvin's book provides answers for the many challenges facing local authorities under the new legislation. It is a good advert for the legal profession." Dr. Mark Griffiths, Professor of Gambling Studies, Nottingham Trent University

    Josef is an experienced and effective trainer. He regularly travels across the country training councillors, licensing officers and other lawyers on the licensing environment (including the sex entertainment venue licensing and taxi regimes). Between 2010 and 2012 he co-ordinated and delivered the Certificate of Licensing Law course at the University of Westminster.

    He can provide tailored training sessions, from large scale seminars to practical workshops.

    Josef is a member of the Institute of Licensing (IoL), PEBA and ALBA.

    News

    Music venues and their neighbours: Government’s plans to strike the right balance

    18th January 2018

    Introduction The Government has today announced plans to ensure that housing developers building new homes near music venues should be responsible for addressing noise issues, in a move to protect both....

    News

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

    31st October 2017

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

    ....

    Case

    First s.53D interim steps appeal dismissed

    6th June 2017

    Bedford Borough Council have successfully resisted what is thought to be the first appeal under s.53D of the Licensing Act 2003, against a decision that an interim step of suspension....

    News

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter May 2017

    24th May 2017

    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes... Editor's Note - Josef Cannon Leisure development in the Green Belt – not all fun and games? - Martin Edwards Licensing Uber: Better the devil you know?....

    Case

    Is this the first Interim Steps appeal under the new s.53D?

    11th May 2017

    On 6 April 2017 the new s.53D of the Licensing Act 2003 came in to force. Intended to bring an end to the long-running debate about what happens to interim....

    News

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter February 2017

    23rd February 2017

    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes...
  • Editors note - Josef Cannon
  • 20:20 Vision - Philip Kolvin QC
  • One more round for minimum unit pricing of alcohol - Josef Cannon & Matt Lewin
  • When can premises....

  • Case

    Fabric

    22nd November 2016

    The world-famous nightclub Fabric is once again to open its doors. The club was closed in September by Islington Council, as a result of deaths from drug overdoses at the club,....

    Case

    Secretary of State (belatedly) reveals thinking on a number of crucial housing land supply controversies

    31st August 2016

    Last week the Secretary of State published his decisions in respect of two appeals against refusals of planning permission for extensive housing development in the countryside beyond the Green Belt....

    Case

    Licensing Act 2003 appeals: is JR available if time is short?

    29th July 2016

    Can judicial review be used to get a quicker decision than appealing to the Magistrates' Court in a Licencing Act 2003 case?

    What are the obligations on a sub-committee in terms of reading supporting documentation?

    ....

    Case

    Right of residents of architect-designed self-build scheme to rely on restrictive covenants against extensions upheld by Upper Tribunal

    11th July 2016

    The Upper Tribunal has upheld the right of residents of a small architect-designed development built in the late 1980s and subject to restrictive covenants seeking to preserve its built form to rely on those covenants in resisting plans by one resident to extend her house.

    ....

    Case

    Step Changes Proposed to Summary Reviews

    24th February 2016

    Rory Clarke and Josef Cannon consider the implications of the recently proposed changes to the Summary Review procedure in the Licensing Act 2003.

    ....

    News

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2016

    1st February 2016

    The latest Cornerstone Housing newsletter includes:
  • The death of the social rented sector? Selective thoughts on the Housing and Planning Bill – Ranjit Bhose QC 
  • Private registered providers: back to the private sector? Emma....

  • News

    Housing crisis at centre of proposed changes to NPPF

    10th December 2015

    Josef Cannon considers the proposals set out in the Government's recently published consultation document on the National Planning Policy Framework. Introduced with minimal fanfare (save for in the Daily Telegraph, which called....

    News

    Cornerstone on the Planning Court

    1st September 2015

    Cornerstone on the Planning Court, the definitive guide to the new Planning Court produced by Cornerstone Barristers, is now available to buy online and in book shops.

    ....

    Case

    Breadth Of Discretion In Respect Of Applications For Minor Variations Under S.41a And B Licensing Act 2003 Considered And Confirmed

    11th April 2014

    Star Oyster Ltd and The Casino Ltd -v- Guildford Borough Council The proper approach to minor variations to premises licences under section 41A and 41B of the Licensing Act 2003 was....

    Case

    Lap dance no more: Courts affirm wide powers to refuse renewals

    27th March 2014

    R (Bean Leisure Trading A Limited) v Leeds City Council and R (Ruby May (1) Ltd) v Leeds City Council [2014] EWHC 878 (Admin) Thompson v Oxford City Council [2014] ...

    ....

    Case

    "Copper's Nose" gets double punch from Cornerstone Barristers

    24th September 2013

    Ipswich police faced an uphill task when they appealed the decision of Ipswich Borough Council to allow an extension of hours to the premises licence of one of the town's principal night time venues, Revolution.

    ....

    Case

    Admin Court decision confirms breadth of discretion when deciding sex establishment licences; and extent of duty to give reasons.

    19th March 2013

    novemberoctoberseptemberaugustjulyjunemayaprilmarchfebruaryjanuary In a judgment that will be of great assistance to licensing authorities, a judge of the High Court dismissed an application for judicial review against a refusal to grant a....

    News

    Cornerstone Barristers appointed by Metropolitan Police to panel of Counsel

    1st March 2013

    Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that the following members have been appointed by the Metropolitan Police to a panel of counsel to represent and advise them in licensing matters. These....

    EVENT

    IoL: Now & Next Training in London

    18th May 2017

    1

    The 'Now & Next' course is aimed at everyone with an interest in licensing, including Licensing Officers, Police Officers, Councillors and legal advisors of the licensing committee. Each session will be....

    EVENT

    IoL: Now & Next Training in Manchester

    16th May 2017

    The 'Now & Next' course is aimed at everyone with an interest in licensing, including Licensing Officers, Police Officers, Councillors and legal advisors of the licensing committee. Each session will be....

    EVENT

    Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016

    7th November 2016

    Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....