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Philip Kolvin

Philip Kolvin QC

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1985
Silk/QC
2009
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Philip Kolvin QC is the Head of Cornerstone Barristers and the leader of its licensing group. He is also Chair of London's Night Time Commission.

He practises in licensing, local government and regulatory law. He is a creative lawyer and renowned advocate, who devotes himself to his clients' causes and plays to win.

"Remains the standard-bearer of licensing silks."
Legal 500 2016

Philip enjoys working for all sorts of clients, because it gives him a breadth of understanding about the sectors in which he specialises. He can be found acting for national authorities and local councils, the largest supermarkets and tiny corner shops, top nightclubs and terrace pubs, lap dancing chains and feminist lobby groups. All get the benefit of his insight in fighting their cases.

He is found in all sorts of interesting places. Recently he has been to the European Court and the Supreme Court, the first licensing case to reach those levels. In the Hillsborough inquests he acted for Sheffield City Council, the only licensing lawyer to take a substantive role. But he is equally happy doing day to day work in front of licensing sub-committees and magistrates' courts, where his huge experience often finds a way through the mire of arguments.

Here is a glimpse of his work. More details can be found here.

Philip Kolvin QC talks to Bloomsbury Professional about the difficulties facing grass roots music venues, including the rising desire for city-centre housing, and the burden of licensing legislation.

"Thanks so much for your efforts on this case. I'm embarrassed about how many times we dropped the ball and despite that you got us the result we wanted. I was so impressed with how you performed in front of the committee." - Late night venue operator, following review proceedings.

"... a superb strategist and leader" - Gary Kilbey, Managing Director, fabric nightclub.

"Working with Philip for the first time has been fantastic." - Licensing solicitor.

"Many thanks yet again for looking after our client's case with such care and attention. You are simply the best and such a pleasure to work with." - Licensing solicitor.

"I was struck midway through your submissions that there is a beauty to the form and structure of what is said that, just occasionally one can only marvel at. That was one of those submissions." - Licensing solicitor.

"I am able to say that I have never felt so protected in my life. It genuinely felt to me as though you were representing a family member. I will always remember the kindness and professionalism you have extended to me." - Club owner.

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your efforts in getting us to a successful conclusion at the appeal. Getting you on board was perhaps the defining moment. I have many good licensing lawyer friends and they all called me to say we had the right man for the job." - Peter Marks, Chief Executive, Deltic Group.

"May I thank you for your patience and competence. It restores faith in humanity when you come across someone who can actually deliver what they say they can."  - Gary Oates.

"I'd like to pass on my sincere thanks and appreciation for all the hard work, skill and intelligence that culminated in the outcome of the hearing." - Paul Harbottle, Group Commercial Director, Enterprise Inns.

"I am immensely grateful to you for getting me out of jail Sir. You did an outstanding job in the face of resolute opposition. You are worth every penny and a lot more. It was a huge pleasure and privilege to see you work at close quarters." - Club owner.

"Philip Kolvin's knowledge and advice is of the highest standard and I would recommend him to both licensed operators and local authorities." - Neil Robertson, former Chief Executive, British Institute of Innkeeping.

"I have always had a great admiration for him, not only for his legal knowledge on licensing laws but his endless enthusiasm for the subject and the capacity to inspire others. From time to time, I am asked for details of a good barrister in this field, and there is no better person than him in my opinion." - Licensing consultant.

"He is calm, gives clear and concise advice, and is fantastic on his feet. He is essentially an encyclopaedia on licensing." Chambers & Partners 2017

"He is simply in the top rank in the licensing field and has been for a while." Chambers & Partners 2017

"The go-to guy for all licensing matters. He is determined and frighteningly bright. He is able to assess the key issues in any case with speed and precision." Chambers & Partners 2017

"Remains the standard-bearer of licensing silks." Legal 500 2016

"He seems always to be found at the cutting edge of licensing decisions."

"A real fighter when you are in a corner; nothing is too much trouble."

"Enormously talented and intellectually outstanding."

"Exceptionally busy and widely revered silk."

"An outstanding, well-prepared advocate at the top of his game."

"Proactive in his approach, he lives and breathes the case."

"A class act with with outstanding expertise in the field."

"A man with a brilliant mind who is a one-man industry in himself. Incredibly hard-working."

"An astute and pragmatic barrister who works unbelievably hard."

"Excellent analytical skills, knows every aspect of legislation and its practical effect intimately, and has a very practical approach and great rapport with clients."

Overview

Philip's main licensing work comprises:

Alcohol

Industry
- Obtained licences for supermarkets, pubs, clubs and lap dancing clubs in stress areas such as Leicester, Leeds, York, Redbridge and Westminster.
- Defended many pubs, clubs and off-licences from summary review, review and closure for crime and disorder, nuisance and contraband sales.
- Secured damages from Home Office for misuse of closure powers.

Public authorities:
- Wrote the first cumulative impact policies and appeared in the High Court cases which shaped modern licensing policy including Chorion; Canterbury; Gurgur.
- Appeared for East Lindsey District Council in the High Court case of Hanif, regarding illegal workers.
- Acted for authorities in fights to close non-compliant clubs including Public (Kensington & Chelsea), Den & Jet Black (Camden), Tudor Rose (Ealing).
- Acting for Commissioner of Metropolitan Police in Court of Appeal case of Lalli, about power to bring summary review proceedings.

Gambling

Industry
- Clients have included Association of British Bookmakers, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral, Betfred, Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers, Bingo Association, Gala Bingo, Gala Casinos and Luxury Leisure in full range of regulatory, advisory and litigious work.

Public authorities
- Standing Counsel to Gambling Commission: policy, technical advisory and litigation work including prosecutions.
- Leading Counsel in Greene King litigation, currently in Court of Appeal, regarding bingo in pubs.
- Acting for Blackpool Council and Commission in prosecution of Stan James, regarding criminal test for permitting underage gambling.
- Advises all 16 authorities given right by Parliament to grant licences for "super-casinos."

Sex licensing

Industry
- Clients include Spearmint Rhino and the Soho sex shops campaigning for lower fees in the Hemming case, now proceeding in the European Court.

Public authorities
- Philip has written many sex policies for local authorities to exert greater control over the industry and its expansion.

Community and lobby groups
- Worked with Fawcett Society and Object in successful Parliamentary campaign to tighten law on lap dancing.
- Working with UK Feminista in Parliamentary campaign to remove criminal liability from prostitutes (the Sex Buyers Law).
- Represented campaigners in Chester to close a lap dancing club in the historic centre.

Sports
- Philip is a Board Member of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority.
- He acted for Sheffield City Council in the Hillsborough Inquests. The Council was the building regulations and the sports grounds authority for the stadium.
- He has advised clubs and authorities in cases involving national and other major stadia, including highways management and financing.

Taxis
- Philip was a member of the Law Commission's Expert Panel on Plying for Hire.
- He acted for the operators in the well-known case of Call a Cab Limited v Aylesbury Vale District Council, which concerned whether the Council had properly adopted private hire legislation, and therefore whether it could prosecute for breach of it.
- He has acted for and advised many authorities in taxi policy, licensing and fees cases.

Cases

Court of Appeal rules on bingo in pubs
24.05.2017
In a key judgment, the Court of Appeal has ruled on the power of the Gambling Commission to refuse operating licences for bingo in pubs. Greene King, which runs 3,000 pubs,....

Liverpool late night levy challenge defeated
09.05.2017
The High Court has dismissed a challenge to the decision of Liverpool City Council to introduce a late night levy. The judicial review claim was brought by the Pub Invest Group....

Winning At Altitude
05.04.2017
In what is thought to be a first, an Appellant has succeeded in overturning a revocation decision of Westminster City Council on appeal. Altitude is an events space on the 28th....

6th Street, Austin
13.02.2017
So I'm up on a roof terrace sipping frozen agave margarita with warm nachos, hot chilli sauce and a cold jalapeno salsa that blew my mouth away. From the street....

Southampton casino challenge: High Court says no dice
09.02.2017
The final curtain fell on a colourful episode in UK gambling history this morning. The place was Court 1 of the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. The time....

First Social Gaming Prosecution Succeeds
07.02.2017
In the first prosecution of its kind, convictions have been secured against two prominent social gaming operators. The case, brought by the Gambling Commission, resulted in fines and costs orders....

The Alchemist of the North
20.12.2016
Newcastle upon Tyne is renowned for many things, one of them being a rather lively drinking economy based around the historic Bigg Market and, more recently, The Gate development. But....

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,....

Court of Justice finds in favour of sex shops
17.11.2016
In the latest twist in the sex shop licensing litigation, R(Hemming & ors) v Westminster City Council, on 16 November 2016 the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered....

High Court rules that Wireless 2016 to go ahead
09.06.2016

The High Court has today held that the 2016 Wireless Festival can go ahead in Finsbury Park on 8 – 10 July, next month. After a 2 day judicial review hearing it has rejected an attempt by the Friends of Finsbury Park to quash Haringey Council's decision to grant permission to Festival Republic to hire part of the Park.

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Licensing and illegal workers
14.04.2016

East Lindsey District Council v Abu Hanif (trading as Zara's restaurant and takeaway)

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Every dog has its day
11.04.2016

On Friday 7th April 2016 the UK's largest brewer of craft beers, Brewdog, saw off an appeal against a grant of a licence for its new bar in Micklegate, in York's Cumulative Impact Zone.

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Bingo in pubs: Gambling Commission wins Greene King appeal
10.02.2016

In a much-anticipated decision, the Upper Tribunal has found that the Gambling Commission acted within its legal powers when it refused to grant Greene King a bingo operating licence to provide commercial bingo in its pubs.

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Pump and Boneyard loses licence
05.02.2016

The facts of Pump and Boneyard, whose licence was finally buried by District Judge Angus Hamilton on 3rd February, read like a licensing exam paper.

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In Defence Of Small Licensees - Festac V London Borough Of Islington
31.08.2015
If you act for a large organisation – a pub or night club chain say – which has had trouble at one of its venues, an experienced licensing practitioner's first....

Hemming – Supreme Court Judgment Answers Questions And Raises Others
29.04.2015
The sex fee wars are set to continue following the long-awaited ruling of the Supreme Court. The Court has cast doubt on the legality of Westminster City Council's charging regime....

Supreme Court Live: Philip Kolvin QC faces Westminster City Council regarding Soho Sex Shops Fees
13.01.2015
Supreme Court Live: Philip Kolvin QC faces Westminster City Council regarding Soho Sex Shops Fees Philip Kolvin QC is live in the Supreme Court today, acting for a number of Soho....

Summary Reviews: when are licensed premises ‘associated with’ serious crime?
09.01.2015

The High Court has today dismissed a challenge against the decision of the Metropolitan Police to bring summary review proceedings leading to the suspension and revocation of a licence for ...

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Philip Kolvin QC finishes Hillsborough Inquest role
07.07.2014
Philip Kolvin QC has been acting for Sheffield City Council at the Hillsborough Inquests in Warrington. The topic of stadium safety and certification now having finished, Philip has returned to....

Philip Kolvin representing Sheffield CC in the Inquests into the Hillsborough disaster
08.04.2014
Philip Kolvin QC is representing Sheffield City Council in the Inquests into the Hillsborough disaster. The jury is currently hearing portraits of those who died from members of their families.....

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] ...

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Westminster Council to face Soho sex shops at Supreme Court - The Lawyer 13th March 2014 13.03.14
13.03.2014
Westminster City Council is taking its fight against Soho's sex shops to the Supreme Court, despite being refused permission at the Court of Appeal (CoA) last year. Landmark Chambers' Natalie Lieven....

R (Mawusi) V (1) Cambridge City Council, (2) Cambridge Constabulary (3) Cambridge Business Against Crime
15.01.2014
Business Against Crime Schemes: Second Bite The High Court has rejected a renewed challenge by a person excluded from business premises in Cambridge, following an oral hearing. In its judgment, it....

Which policy?
16.12.2013
Philip Kolvin QC A High Court Judge has ruled as to which licensing policy applies if a new policy is issued after the date when the application is made but before....

Aylesbury Vale DC v Call a Cab Ltd (to be reported)
20.11.2013
Divisional Court case about private hire licensing and challenge to the prosecution of an operator based on alleged failure to adopt the 1976 Act.....

Mad for it? They're livid. Manchester at war over new superclub Mayfield
18.11.2013
The biggest nightclub in the world. Philip Kolvin QC acts for objectors to licence. Read report in Independent here.....

Close encounters of a sexual kind
15.11.2013
Spearmint Rhino Companies (Europe) Limited v London Borough of Camden A challenge to the right of licensing authorities to insist on viewing CCTV has been dismissed by a District Judge. The....

Breach of Procedure not fatal to prosecution
13.11.2013
The Divisional Court has allowed the Council's appeal in the case of Aylesbury Vale District Council v Call a Cab Limited. It ruled that a single breach of a procedural....

Ladbrokes plc v Hillingdon Borough Council: costs
28.10.2013
In September 2013, Uxbridge Magistrates' Court allowed Ladbrokes' appeal against the refusal of a betting office licence in Uxbridge High Street. On 23rd October 2013, the Court made a costs....

Off-licence granted in cumulative impact area
18.10.2013
Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited v Leicester City Council A magistrates' court has allowed an appeal by Sainsbury's against a refusal of a premises licence in a cumulative impact area. The premises fell in....

Betting Offices: Location, Location and Location
26.09.2013
A decision by a London borough to refuse a betting office licence has been overturned, in a decision which examined the relevance of location as an independent ground of refusal. Ladbrokes....

Licence fees are unlawful
27.06.2013
Following an article in Publican's Morning Advertiser, Philip Kolvin QC explains the regulations governing fees for premises and personal licences are unlawful – to read full article, please click: licence....

Sex Establishment Venue Conditions Challenge Fails
17.06.2013
Secrets v London Borough of Camden In what is thought to be the first challenge of its kind, an appeal by a sexual entertainment venue operator to a raft of standard....

R (Hemming & Others) v Westminster City Council, Court of Appeal, 24th May 2013
24.05.2013
A group of sex shop owners has won a major victory in the Court of Appeal after a three year campaign to reduce its licence fees. The judgment of the....

Taxi bombshell
11.03.2013
Aylesbury Vale District Council v Call a Cab Limited Aylesbury Magistrates' Court (DJ Pattinson) 8th March 2013 A prosecution of a taxi company has failed for reasons which will amount to a....

High Court Dismisses Review Decision
22.01.2013

Aksu and Yazgan v London Borough of Enfield, Administrative Court, 17th January 2013

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R (Hemming And Others) V Westminster City Council - Administrative Court
01.09.2012
In a seminal judgment, Mr. Justice Keith has ordered restitution of licence fees charged to sex shops by Westminster City Council. A judicial review of Westminster's sex licensing fees was brought....

Oates V Chief Constable Of Cheshire (2011)
19.11.2011
Successful resistance to closure order, involving finding by court that interim steps on summary review application cease with the final determination of the review, contrary to advice in national guidance. Click....

Panache (2011)
03.10.2011
Pioneering order for costs against a non-party company director on dismissal of appeal of revocation of nightclub licence. Click here for details. For revocation decision, click here.....

Kouttis v London Borough of Enfield (2011)
16.09.2011
District Judge holds that noise from departing customers alone justifies reduction in hours of pub. Click here for details.....

R (Apollo and GEQ) v London Borough of Newham (2011)
28.07.2011
Successful defence by London Borough of Newham of challenges to its decision to award first "super casino" licence at Westfield Shopping Centre to Aspers.  See full text of case.....

R (on the application of Festiva Ltd) v Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court [2011] EWHC 723 (Admin)
25.03.2011
Leading case on proper process for compromising licensing cases in the High Court. View the judgment.....

R (Hope and Glory Public House Limited) v City of Westminster Magistrates' Court [2011] EWCA Civ 31
04.02.2011
On 26th January 2011, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of Burton J in Hope and Glory. The background to the case was that on an application for review, Westminster....

R (Murco Petroleum Limited) v Bristol City Council [2010] EWHC 1992 (Admin)
30.07.2010
Important case on ability of Licensing Committee to investigate matters of concern. Click to view judgment.....

Hall & Woodhouse v Poole Borough Council [2009] EWHC 1587 (Admin)
01.01.2009
Leading case on criminal liability of freeholders of licensed premises. Click to view judgment.....

JD Wetherspoon Plc, R (on the application of) v Guildford Borough Council [2006] EWHC 815 (Admin)
01.01.2006
Role and status of cumulative impact policies. View full judgment.....

Ghadami v Chelmsford Crown Court [2005] EWCA Civ 1534
04.11.2005
Premises and internal communications. View full judgment.....

Aujla & Ors, R (on the application of) v Slough Borough Council [2005] EWHC 1866 (Admin)
01.01.2005
Taxi licensing judicial review. View full judgment.....

The British Beer and Pub Association & Ors v Canterbury City Council [2005] EWHC 1318 (Admin)
01.01.2005
The first judicial review under the Licensing Act 2003. View full judgment.....

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council v Davis [2003] EWHC 1069 (QB)
01.01.2003
Travelling showmen, injunctions and Article 8.....

R (on the application of) Hestview Ltd v Snaresbrook Crown Court [2001] EWHC Admin 144
01.01.2001
The leading authority on betting licensing under the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963. View full judgment.....

Surrey Heath BC v McDonalds (1991) LGR 232
01.01.1991
Admissibility of evidence exterior to the premises.....

News

A 24-Hour Vision for London’s Night Time Economy
25.07.2017
The Mayor of London has today announced the first ever 24-hour vision for London's Night Time Economy. London's night time economy is worth £26bn and generates one in eight jobs in....

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....

  • Philip Kolvin QC discusses Fabric re-opening with the BBC
    06.01.2017
    In an interview with Adrian Chiles for  BBC Radio 5 Live, Philip Kolvin QC talks about the re-opening of Fabric night club and the importance of supporting London's night-time economy.....

    Philip Kolvin QC appointed Chair of the Night Time Commission
    16.12.2016
    Philip Kolvin QC, Head of Cornerstone Barristers, has been appointed Chair of the Night Time Commission by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The appointment will take effect from Monday 9th....

    Practical Law - Hemming and others v Westminster City Council
    12.12.2016
    Philip Kolvin QC and Matt Hutchings have contributed to a briefing published by Practical Law on the fee structure of local authority licence schemes under the Services Directive. The piece....

    Philip Kolvin QC to Deliver Key Note Presentation on Responsible Hospitality Institute Summit
    18.10.2016
    Cornerstone Barristers' Head of Chambers, Philip Kolvin QC, will be making a key note presentation to the Responsible Hospitality Institute's prestigious Sociable City Leadership Summit in Austin, Texas. Philip will....

    Grass roots music venues and licensing in town centres: A conversation with Philip Kolvin QC
    05.07.2016
    Philip Kolvin QC discusses the difficulties facing the cultural phenomena of grass roots music venues, including the rising desire for city-centre housing, and the burden of licensing legislation, offering his....

    Major music festival granted licence
    10.06.2016
    Philip Kolvin QC today secured a licence for a major music festival, the Boomtown Festival near Winchester. The licence permits events to take place to 4 a.m. with a capacity....

    Cornerstone and Gosschalks team in Court of Justice of the European Union
    02.06.2016
    On 1 June 2016,  the Court of Justice of the European Union heard argument in the case of Hemming, the leading case on licensing fees. The Supreme Court referred the case....

    Philip Kolvin QC appears in Court of Justice of the European Union
    01.06.2016
    The European Court will today hear the case of Hemming, the leading case on licensing fees. The case, which has been referred to the European Court by the Supreme Court,....

    Manifesto for the Night Time Economy
    11.05.2016
    At the heart of every great town or city is a great night time economy. The NTE is worth £66 billion to the UK economy. It provides jobs for over 1.3....

    Hillsborough Inquest Verdict
    26.04.2016
    After an inquest lasting over 2 years, the longest in UK history, the jury in the Hillsborough inquests has now delivered its verdict. The jury was required to answer 14 questions,....

    Philip Kolvin QC speaks at world’s largest conference on music and the urban environment
    26.04.2016
    Philip Kolvin QC, Head of Cornerstone Barristers, and renowned licensing expert, is speaking at the annual Music Cities Convention, which is taking place on May 18th in Brighton. Philip will be....

    Parliamentary Inquiry into Prostitution
    21.03.2016
    A team from Cornerstone Barristers is advising a national feminist organisation appearing in an inquiry into prostitution. The Home Affairs Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into prostitution, and in particular....

    Philip Kolvin QC of Cornerstone Barristers appointed Board Member of the SGSA
    27.01.2016
    27.01.2016 Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that its Head of Chambers Philip Kolvin QC has been appointed as a Board Member of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, the national regulatory authority....

    Minimum pricing: all to play for
    24.12.2015
    Philip Kolvin QC explains the European Court's judgment concerning the Scottish Government's alcohol pricing proposal. Both sides claimed victory from the long-awaited judgment of the European Court on the Scottish Government's....

    Local Government Lawyer - The impact of cumulative impact
    26.11.2015
    Philip Kolvin QC has written an article for Local Government Lawyer on  two recent licensing cases he acted in concerning the application of cumulative impact policies. Philip considers Thirugnanam v London....

    Philip Kolvin QC speaks at City of London Licensing Debate
    23.11.2015
    On Wednesday 25th November Philip Kolvin QC is speaking at a Licensing Debate hosted by the City of London Corporation at Mansion House, London. Philip will be proposing the motion: 'This house....

    Manifesto Watch: Labour Takes on Betting Industry
    13.04.2015
    The Labour Party has today opened up a new front in the war between town halls and the betting industry, by signalling extensive new powers to local authorities in curbing....

    Cornerstone Barristers and Poppleston Allen Awarded National Licensing Training Tender
    07.04.2015
    Leading licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen and Barristers Chambers Cornerstone Barristers will collaborate to deliver a national series of training courses for licensing councillors this year. It is the first time....

    Locally set licence fees shelved
    26.02.2015
    The Government has today announced that it will not be introducing locally set licensing fees under the Licensing Act 2003. The decision will come as a bitter blow to local authorities....

    Taxis, minicabs and mobile apps: Law Commission publishes controversial proposals for reform of taxi and private hire regulation
    27.05.2014
    The Law Commission has finally published its recommendations for the reform of the law relating to taxis and private hire services, write Jack Parker and Rory Clarke. Against the background of....

    Gurgur v London Borough of Enfield [2013] EWHC 3483 (Admin)
    08.01.2014
    Click Here for full Judgement or here to see the news article on the case written by Philip Kolvin QC.....

    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....

    Philip Kolvin QC is appointed Standing Counsel to the Gambling Commission.
    11.01.2013
    Further to the Gambling Commission's tender of its legal work for the next 3 years, including advisory work and litigation, we are delighted to announce that Philip Kolvin QC has....

    Events

    IoL: Now & Next Training in Bristol
    25.05.2017


    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....

    IoL: Now & Next Training in London
    18.05.2017

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    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....

    Manifesto for the Night Time Economy

    11th May 2016

    At the heart of every great town or city is a great night time economy.

    The NTE is worth £66 billion to the UK economy. It provides jobs for over 1.3 million people. But its benefits go far wider.

    Cities are among the finest achievements of humankind: they are highly evolved and complex spaces in which people live, work and play. But take away one element, and no city is worthy of the name.

    Philip Kolvin QC, Head of Cornerstone Barristers and a Patron and past Chairman of the Institute of Licensing has written a manifesto which lays down some simple messages for the development of vibrant, sustainable night time economies.

    Click here to read the manifesto.

    Local Government Lawyer - The impact of cumulative impact

    26th November 2015

    Philip Kolvin QC has written an article for Local Government Lawyer on two recent licensing cases he acted in concerning the application of cumulative impact policies.

    Philip considers Thirugnanam v London Borough of Redbridge and a case involving Mansion Nightclub in York which he suggests demonstrate that licensing authorities should not place too much reliance on the technicalities of cumulative impact policies.

    Click here to read the full article.

    Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct

    1st September 2015

    Edited by Philip Kolvin QC, Head of Cornerstone Barristers, and written by members of Chambers, Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct identifies and explains the standards that govern the conduct of those elected to Local Government in England and Wales.

    Contributors to Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct include: James Findlay QC, Philip Coppel QC, Robin Green, Harriet Townsend, Wayne Beglan, Damien Welfare, Estelle Dehon, Ryan Kohli, Robert Williams, Emma Dring, Zoe Whittington, Jack Parker and Matt Lewin.

    The book has been designed as a readable, practical guide for all those involved in local government, including officers, councillors, monitoring officers and lawyers.

    With the foreword kindly contributed by Cllr David Sparks, the Chairman of the Local Government Association, topics considered within the guide include:

    • The standards regime
    • Councillors' conduct and decision-making
    • Complaints procedure
    • Challenging council decisions
    • Offences

    Reviews include:

    Cornerstone Barristers has produced a "book which is not only extremely useful from a professional standpoint, but it is also eminently readable." It "is not just a handy reference book to Councillors' conduct: it is an indispensable guide and should be the first port of call when questions arise." James Button and Co-Bulletin

    The publication"skilfully navigates its way through the dense and dangerous jungle of intervening statutory, guidance, caselaw and other foliage from the former Standards Board regime (following the Donnygate scandal) to the present slimmed-down but imperfect present." Nicholas Dobson, a Consultant with Freeths LLP writing for Local Government Lawyer

    Click here to purchase a copy.

    Philip Kolvin QC discusses the issues confronting local councillors and the need for a consistent approach to standards of conduct in an interview with Bloomsbury Professional.

    Politics, policing and licensing: Police and Crime Commissioners

    26th August 2014

    The introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners ("PCCs") on 22 November 2012 is the most significant change to policing in 50 years. Elections were met in the main with indifference and low turnout from the voting public. This has not, however, diminished the powers of the successful candidates. In this article, Philip Kolvin QC and Rory Clarke shall consider the power and, as importantly, the influence and political drivers, of PCCs, and offer views as to the impact they may have on licensing regulation.

    Click here for full article.

    Is appropriate necessary?

    26th August 2014

    In this article, Philip Kolvin QC deals with a major change to the test for licensing intervention introduced by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. Whereas the Licensing Act 2003 permitted regulatory interventions only where necessary, the new legislation lowered the legislative threshold to "appropriate". Here, Philip considers the legal and philosophical basis of the necessity test, and the implications and lawfulness of the new lower threshold.

    Click here to see the full text.

    Simply Pleasure - Licence Fees

    26th August 2014

    R (Hemming) v Westminster City Council [1] [2012] EWHC 1260 (Admin) and [2012] EWHC 1582 (Admin).

    Click here for full text.

    Betting offices - are controls sufficient?

    26th August 2014

    In 2008, the Labour Government published Fair Rules for Strong Communities. It was a high level affair, carrying the imprimatur of four separate government departments and a foreword by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown. It promised tough new rules on alcohol, sex and gambling.

    Click here for full text.

    Improving the system of appeals

    26th August 2014

    The purpose of this article is to describe a number of problems with the system for licensing appeals under the Licensing Act 2003 in England and Wales and to propose a series of solutions. If implemented, the solutions would make appeal proceedings cheaper, speedier, fairer to all parties and less of a burden on the court system.

    Click here for full text.

    Journal of Licensing - Opening hours under the Licensing Act 2003

    5th February 2011

    Opening hours under the Licensing Act 2003 (Journal of Licensing, 2011).

    Click here to read the full article.

    Hope and Glory webinar

    5th February 2011

    A webinar produced in association with Local Government Lawyer, written and presented by Philip Kolvin QC, dealing with the effect of the Court of Appeal's important decision in Hope and Glory.

    Click here to view the webinar.

    The Overhaul of the Licensing Act 2003

    5th February 2010

    A webinar produced in association with Local Government Lawyer, written and presented by Philip Kolvin QC, dealing with the overhaul of the Licensing Act 2003 proposed in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, together with other proposed changes affecting the night time economy.

    Click here to view the webinar.

    Licensing Review - The Mandatory Code

    1st January 2010

    The Mandatory Code – a lawyer writes (Licensing Review, 2010).

    Click here to view the article.

    Licensing Review - Evidence and Inference

    1st January 2010

    The Licensing Act 2003 – Evidence and Inference (Licensing Review, 2010)

    Click here to view the full article.

    Premises licensing hearings under the Gambling Act 2005

    1st March 2009

    Premises licensing hearings under the Gambling Act 2005, for ABB, March 2007.

    Click here for full text.

    Sex Licensing

    7th February 2009

    Sex Licensing (ACSeS Journal, 2009), describing the Policing and Crime Act provisions.

    Click here for full text.

    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

    A Provisional View

    5th February 2005

    An article dealing with a matter of fundamental importance to gambling operators under the Gambling Act 2005, the answer to which will determine their approach to licensing requirements for new projects under the Act.

    Click here for full text.

    Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry

    1st January 1995

    Co-author of chapters and articles on social and parenting factors affecting criminality, in Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry (Churchill Livingstone); The Power of Longitudinal Data (Cambridge University Press); and British Journal of Psychiatry (1986- 1996).

    • Chair of London's Night Time Commission (2016 - )
    • Patron, Institute of Licensing (2011 - )
    • Chairman, Institute of Licensing (2004 - 2011)
    • Board Member of Sports Grounds Safety Authority (2016 - )
    • Member of Shadow Board of Crystal Palace Park (2016 - )
    • Chairman, Best Bar None (2012 - 2014)
    • Chairman, Purple Flag (2007 - 2016)
    • Chairman, Civic Trust (2007 - 2009)
    • Director, Campaign to Protect Rural England (2004 - 2007)
    • Trustee of Campaign to Protect Rural England, London Region (2003 - 2004)
    • Chairman of Crystal Palace Campaign, working for preservation of Crystal Palace Park (1998 - 2004)
    • Accredited member of Advocacy Teaching Panel at Inner Temple (2000)
    • General Council of the Bar: lecturing to barristers on Lord Woolf's Civil Procedure reforms (1999)
    • Worked on South Eastern Circuit's residential advocacy courses for pupils and junior tenants (1997 - 1998)
    • Committee member of Planning Bar's Pro Bono Unit (1995 - 1999)
    • Member of Barristers' panel of Legal Assistance Trust, which supports the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa (1990 - 1995)

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    A 24-Hour Vision for London’s Night Time Economy

    25th July 2017

    The Mayor of London has today announced the first ever 24-hour vision for London's Night Time Economy. London's night time economy is worth £26bn and generates one in eight jobs in....

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    Court of Appeal rules on bingo in pubs

    24th May 2017

    In a key judgment, the Court of Appeal has ruled on the power of the Gambling Commission to refuse operating licences for bingo in pubs. Greene King, which runs 3,000 pubs,....

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    Liverpool late night levy challenge defeated

    9th May 2017

    The High Court has dismissed a challenge to the decision of Liverpool City Council to introduce a late night levy. The judicial review claim was brought by the Pub Invest Group....

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    Winning At Altitude

    5th April 2017

    In what is thought to be a first, an Appellant has succeeded in overturning a revocation decision of Westminster City Council on appeal. Altitude is an events space on the 28th....

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    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....

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    6th Street, Austin

    13th February 2017

    So I'm up on a roof terrace sipping frozen agave margarita with warm nachos, hot chilli sauce and a cold jalapeno salsa that blew my mouth away. From the street....

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    Southampton casino challenge: High Court says no dice

    9th February 2017

    The final curtain fell on a colourful episode in UK gambling history this morning. The place was Court 1 of the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. The time....

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    First Social Gaming Prosecution Succeeds

    7th February 2017

    In the first prosecution of its kind, convictions have been secured against two prominent social gaming operators. The case, brought by the Gambling Commission, resulted in fines and costs orders....

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    Cornerstone Barristers announces three new silks

    12th January 2017

    Cornerstone Barristers is proud to announce that Paul Shadarevian, Matt Hutchings and Tom Cosgrove are to be appointed Queen's Counsel. Paul Shadarevian has extensive expertise across all areas of planning law,....

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    Philip Kolvin QC discusses Fabric re-opening with the BBC

    6th January 2017

    In an interview with Adrian Chiles for  BBC Radio 5 Live, Philip Kolvin QC talks about the re-opening of Fabric night club and the importance of supporting London's night-time economy.....

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    The Alchemist of the North

    20th December 2016

    Newcastle upon Tyne is renowned for many things, one of them being a rather lively drinking economy based around the historic Bigg Market and, more recently, The Gate development. But....

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    Philip Kolvin QC appointed Chair of the Night Time Commission

    16th December 2016

    Philip Kolvin QC, Head of Cornerstone Barristers, has been appointed Chair of the Night Time Commission by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The appointment will take effect from Monday 9th....

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    Practical Law - Hemming and others v Westminster City Council

    12th December 2016

    Philip Kolvin QC and Matt Hutchings have contributed to a briefing published by Practical Law on the fee structure of local authority licence schemes under the Services Directive. The piece....

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    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,....

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    Court of Justice finds in favour of sex shops

    17th November 2016

    In the latest twist in the sex shop licensing litigation, R(Hemming & ors) v Westminster City Council, on 16 November 2016 the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered....

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    Philip Kolvin QC to Deliver Key Note Presentation on Responsible Hospitality Institute Summit

    18th October 2016

    Cornerstone Barristers' Head of Chambers, Philip Kolvin QC, will be making a key note presentation to the Responsible Hospitality Institute's prestigious Sociable City Leadership Summit in Austin, Texas. Philip will....

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    Lost luggage, a High Court Judge and a Saudi Prince

    22nd July 2016

    Philip Kolvin QC discusses the issues confronting local councillors and the need for a consistent approach to standards of conduct in an interview with Bloomsbury Professional. Philip looks at two....

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    Grass roots music venues and licensing in town centres: A conversation with Philip Kolvin QC

    5th July 2016

    Philip Kolvin QC discusses the difficulties facing the cultural phenomena of grass roots music venues, including the rising desire for city-centre housing, and the burden of licensing legislation, offering his....

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    Head of Cornerstone Barristers warns of legal uncertainty ahead

    24th June 2016

    Reacting to the Brexit decision, Philip Kolvin QC said: "The Brexit debate has been emotive and political. The consequences for  our legal system have barely figured in it. But EU-inspired or....

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    Major music festival granted licence

    10th June 2016

    Philip Kolvin QC today secured a licence for a major music festival, the Boomtown Festival near Winchester. The licence permits events to take place to 4 a.m. with a capacity....

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    High Court rules that Wireless 2016 to go ahead

    9th June 2016

    The High Court has today held that the 2016 Wireless Festival can go ahead in Finsbury Park on 8 – 10 July, next month. After a 2 day judicial review hearing it has rejected an attempt by the Friends of Finsbury Park to quash Haringey Council's decision to grant permission to Festival Republic to hire part of the Park.

    ....

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    Cornerstone and Gosschalks team in Court of Justice of the European Union

    2nd June 2016

    On 1 June 2016,  the Court of Justice of the European Union heard argument in the case of Hemming, the leading case on licensing fees. The Supreme Court referred the case....

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    Philip Kolvin QC appears in Court of Justice of the European Union

    1st June 2016

    The European Court will today hear the case of Hemming, the leading case on licensing fees. The case, which has been referred to the European Court by the Supreme Court,....

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    Manifesto for the Night Time Economy

    11th May 2016

    At the heart of every great town or city is a great night time economy. The NTE is worth £66 billion to the UK economy. It provides jobs for over 1.3....

    News

    Hillsborough Inquest Verdict

    26th April 2016

    After an inquest lasting over 2 years, the longest in UK history, the jury in the Hillsborough inquests has now delivered its verdict. The jury was required to answer 14 questions,....

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    Philip Kolvin QC speaks at world’s largest conference on music and the urban environment

    26th April 2016

    Philip Kolvin QC, Head of Cornerstone Barristers, and renowned licensing expert, is speaking at the annual Music Cities Convention, which is taking place on May 18th in Brighton. Philip will be....

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    Local Government Lawyer - Book Review: Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct

    18th April 2016

    Local Government Lawyer has published a review of Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct; a practical guide for all those involved in local government, including officers, councillors,  monitoring officers and lawyers. The review....

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    Licensing and illegal workers

    14th April 2016

    East Lindsey District Council v Abu Hanif (trading as Zara's restaurant and takeaway)

    ....

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    Every dog has its day

    11th April 2016

    On Friday 7th April 2016 the UK's largest brewer of craft beers, Brewdog, saw off an appeal against a grant of a licence for its new bar in Micklegate, in York's Cumulative Impact Zone.

    ....

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    Parliamentary Inquiry into Prostitution

    21st March 2016

    A team from Cornerstone Barristers is advising a national feminist organisation appearing in an inquiry into prostitution. The Home Affairs Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into prostitution, and in particular....

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    Bingo in pubs: Gambling Commission wins Greene King appeal

    10th February 2016

    In a much-anticipated decision, the Upper Tribunal has found that the Gambling Commission acted within its legal powers when it refused to grant Greene King a bingo operating licence to provide commercial bingo in its pubs.

    ....

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    Pump and Boneyard loses licence

    5th February 2016

    The facts of Pump and Boneyard, whose licence was finally buried by District Judge Angus Hamilton on 3rd February, read like a licensing exam paper.

    ....

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    Philip Kolvin QC of Cornerstone Barristers appointed Board Member of the SGSA

    27th January 2016

    27.01.2016 Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that its Head of Chambers Philip Kolvin QC has been appointed as a Board Member of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, the national regulatory authority....

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    Minimum pricing: all to play for

    24th December 2015

    Philip Kolvin QC explains the European Court's judgment concerning the Scottish Government's alcohol pricing proposal. Both sides claimed victory from the long-awaited judgment of the European Court on the Scottish Government's....

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    Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct: Book Review

    22nd December 2015

    The December edition of the James Button and Co-Bulletin features a review of "Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct", written by Cornerstone Barristers and edited by Philip Kolvin QC. According to the review, Cornerstone....

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    Local Government Lawyer - The impact of cumulative impact

    26th November 2015

    Philip Kolvin QC has written an article for Local Government Lawyer on  two recent licensing cases he acted in concerning the application of cumulative impact policies. Philip considers Thirugnanam v London....

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    Philip Kolvin QC speaks at City of London Licensing Debate

    23rd November 2015

    On Wednesday 25th November Philip Kolvin QC is speaking at a Licensing Debate hosted by the City of London Corporation at Mansion House, London. Philip will be proposing the motion: 'This house....

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    In Defence Of Small Licensees - Festac V London Borough Of Islington

    31st August 2015

    If you act for a large organisation – a pub or night club chain say – which has had trouble at one of its venues, an experienced licensing practitioner's first....

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    Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct

    26th June 2015

    Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct, the definitive guide to local government standards, produced by Cornerstone Barristers, goes on sale today.

    ....

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    Hemming – Supreme Court Judgment Answers Questions And Raises Others

    29th April 2015

    The sex fee wars are set to continue following the long-awaited ruling of the Supreme Court. The Court has cast doubt on the legality of Westminster City Council's charging regime....

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    Manifesto Watch: Labour Takes on Betting Industry

    13th April 2015

    The Labour Party has today opened up a new front in the war between town halls and the betting industry, by signalling extensive new powers to local authorities in curbing....

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    Cornerstone Barristers and Poppleston Allen Awarded National Licensing Training Tender

    7th April 2015

    Leading licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen and Barristers Chambers Cornerstone Barristers will collaborate to deliver a national series of training courses for licensing councillors this year. It is the first time....

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    Locally set licence fees shelved

    26th February 2015

    The Government has today announced that it will not be introducing locally set licensing fees under the Licensing Act 2003. The decision will come as a bitter blow to local authorities....

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    Supreme Court Live: Philip Kolvin QC faces Westminster City Council regarding Soho Sex Shops Fees

    13th January 2015

    Supreme Court Live: Philip Kolvin QC faces Westminster City Council regarding Soho Sex Shops Fees Philip Kolvin QC is live in the Supreme Court today, acting for a number of Soho....

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    Summary Reviews: when are licensed premises ‘associated with’ serious crime?

    9th January 2015

    The High Court has today dismissed a challenge against the decision of the Metropolitan Police to bring summary review proceedings leading to the suspension and revocation of a licence for ...

    ....

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    New Head of Chambers for Cornerstone Barristers

    8th July 2014

    Cornerstone Barristers is delighted to announce that our new Head of Chambers is Philip Kolvin QC, who takes over from Mary Cook and James Findlay QC with immediate effect. We....

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    Philip Kolvin QC finishes Hillsborough Inquest role

    7th July 2014

    Philip Kolvin QC has been acting for Sheffield City Council at the Hillsborough Inquests in Warrington. The topic of stadium safety and certification now having finished, Philip has returned to....

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    Taxis, minicabs and mobile apps: Law Commission publishes controversial proposals for reform of taxi and private hire regulation

    27th May 2014

    The Law Commission has finally published its recommendations for the reform of the law relating to taxis and private hire services, write Jack Parker and Rory Clarke. Against the background of....

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    Philip Kolvin representing Sheffield CC in the Inquests into the Hillsborough disaster

    8th April 2014

    Philip Kolvin QC is representing Sheffield City Council in the Inquests into the Hillsborough disaster. The jury is currently hearing portraits of those who died from members of their families.....

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    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] ...

    ....

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    Westminster Council to face Soho sex shops at Supreme Court - The Lawyer 13th March 2014 13.03.14

    13th March 2014

    Westminster City Council is taking its fight against Soho's sex shops to the Supreme Court, despite being refused permission at the Court of Appeal (CoA) last year. Landmark Chambers' Natalie Lieven....

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    R (Mawusi) V (1) Cambridge City Council, (2) Cambridge Constabulary (3) Cambridge Business Against Crime

    15th January 2014

    Business Against Crime Schemes: Second Bite The High Court has rejected a renewed challenge by a person excluded from business premises in Cambridge, following an oral hearing. In its judgment, it....

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    Gurgur v London Borough of Enfield [2013] EWHC 3483 (Admin)

    8th January 2014

    Click Here for full Judgement or here to see the news article on the case written by Philip Kolvin QC.....

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    Which policy?

    16th December 2013

    Philip Kolvin QC A High Court Judge has ruled as to which licensing policy applies if a new policy is issued after the date when the application is made but before....

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    Aylesbury Vale DC v Call a Cab Ltd (to be reported)

    20th November 2013

    Divisional Court case about private hire licensing and challenge to the prosecution of an operator based on alleged failure to adopt the 1976 Act.....

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    Mad for it? They're livid. Manchester at war over new superclub Mayfield

    18th November 2013

    The biggest nightclub in the world. Philip Kolvin QC acts for objectors to licence. Read report in Independent here.....

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    Close encounters of a sexual kind

    15th November 2013

    Spearmint Rhino Companies (Europe) Limited v London Borough of Camden A challenge to the right of licensing authorities to insist on viewing CCTV has been dismissed by a District Judge. The....

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    Breach of Procedure not fatal to prosecution

    13th November 2013

    The Divisional Court has allowed the Council's appeal in the case of Aylesbury Vale District Council v Call a Cab Limited. It ruled that a single breach of a procedural....

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    Ladbrokes plc v Hillingdon Borough Council: costs

    28th October 2013

    In September 2013, Uxbridge Magistrates' Court allowed Ladbrokes' appeal against the refusal of a betting office licence in Uxbridge High Street. On 23rd October 2013, the Court made a costs....

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    Off-licence granted in cumulative impact area

    18th October 2013

    Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited v Leicester City Council A magistrates' court has allowed an appeal by Sainsbury's against a refusal of a premises licence in a cumulative impact area. The premises fell in....

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    Betting Offices: Location, Location and Location

    26th September 2013

    A decision by a London borough to refuse a betting office licence has been overturned, in a decision which examined the relevance of location as an independent ground of refusal. Ladbrokes....

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    Licence fees are unlawful

    27th June 2013

    Following an article in Publican's Morning Advertiser, Philip Kolvin QC explains the regulations governing fees for premises and personal licences are unlawful – to read full article, please click: licence....

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    Sex Establishment Venue Conditions Challenge Fails

    17th June 2013

    Secrets v London Borough of Camden In what is thought to be the first challenge of its kind, an appeal by a sexual entertainment venue operator to a raft of standard....

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    R (Hemming & Others) v Westminster City Council, Court of Appeal, 24th May 2013

    24th May 2013

    A group of sex shop owners has won a major victory in the Court of Appeal after a three year campaign to reduce its licence fees. The judgment of the....

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    Taxi bombshell

    11th March 2013

    Aylesbury Vale District Council v Call a Cab Limited Aylesbury Magistrates' Court (DJ Pattinson) 8th March 2013 A prosecution of a taxi company has failed for reasons which will amount to a....

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    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....

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    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.

    ....

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    High Court Dismisses Review Decision

    22nd January 2013

    Aksu and Yazgan v London Borough of Enfield, Administrative Court, 17th January 2013

    ....

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    Windfarms in Wales

    11th January 2013

    2012/13 will see a conjoined planning inquiry into six applications for windfarms and powerlines in Wales. Powys County Council has instructed Philip Kolvin QC to represent it at the inquiry.....

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    Philip Kolvin QC is appointed Standing Counsel to the Gambling Commission.

    11th January 2013

    Further to the Gambling Commission's tender of its legal work for the next 3 years, including advisory work and litigation, we are delighted to announce that Philip Kolvin QC has....

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    New Hillsborough Inquest

    11th January 2013

    The High Court has quashed the original inquest verdicts returned on 96 Liverpool football fans who died as a result of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and ordered new inquests after Attorney General Dominic Grieve's application.

    ....

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    R (Hemming And Others) V Westminster City Council - Administrative Court

    1st September 2012

    In a seminal judgment, Mr. Justice Keith has ordered restitution of licence fees charged to sex shops by Westminster City Council. A judicial review of Westminster's sex licensing fees was brought....

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    The Plastic Revolution

    14th March 2012

    Nottingham City Council successfully defended an appeal of its Licensing Sub-Committee review of the premises licence for Revolution Vodka Bar in Nottingham, the review having been brought by Nottinghamshire Police as a result of a number of injuries caused by bottles and glasses on the premises.

    ....

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    Oates V Chief Constable Of Cheshire (2011)

    19th November 2011

    Successful resistance to closure order, involving finding by court that interim steps on summary review application cease with the final determination of the review, contrary to advice in national guidance. Click....

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    Panache (2011)

    3rd October 2011

    Pioneering order for costs against a non-party company director on dismissal of appeal of revocation of nightclub licence. Click here for details. For revocation decision, click here.....

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    Kouttis v London Borough of Enfield (2011)

    16th September 2011

    District Judge holds that noise from departing customers alone justifies reduction in hours of pub. Click here for details.....

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    R (Apollo and GEQ) v London Borough of Newham (2011)

    28th July 2011

    Successful defence by London Borough of Newham of challenges to its decision to award first "super casino" licence at Westfield Shopping Centre to Aspers.  See full text of case.....

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    R (on the application of Festiva Ltd) v Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court [2011] EWHC 723 (Admin)

    25th March 2011

    Leading case on proper process for compromising licensing cases in the High Court. View the judgment.....

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    R (Hope and Glory Public House Limited) v City of Westminster Magistrates' Court [2011] EWCA Civ 31

    4th February 2011

    On 26th January 2011, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of Burton J in Hope and Glory. The background to the case was that on an application for review, Westminster....

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    R (Murco Petroleum Limited) v Bristol City Council [2010] EWHC 1992 (Admin)

    30th July 2010

    Important case on ability of Licensing Committee to investigate matters of concern. Click to view judgment.....

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    R (Friends of Hethel Limited) v South Norfolk Council [2010] EWCA Civ 894

    30th July 2010

    Powers and duties of planning authorities. View full judgment.....

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    Hall & Woodhouse v Poole Borough Council [2009] EWHC 1587 (Admin)

    1st January 2009

    Leading case on criminal liability of freeholders of licensed premises. Click to view judgment.....

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    R (Latimer) v Chief Clerk to the Justices, Bury Magistrates Court [2008] EWHC 2213

    13th June 2008

    Section 215 appeal procedures. View full judgment.....

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    R (South Northamptonshire Council) v Towcester Magistrates Court [2008] LLR 389

    1st January 2008

    The test for personal licences.....

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    JD Wetherspoon Plc, R (on the application of) v Guildford Borough Council [2006] EWHC 815 (Admin)

    1st January 2006

    Role and status of cumulative impact policies. View full judgment.....

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    Ghadami v Chelmsford Crown Court [2005] EWCA Civ 1534

    4th November 2005

    Premises and internal communications. View full judgment.....

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    Aujla & Ors, R (on the application of) v Slough Borough Council [2005] EWHC 1866 (Admin)

    1st January 2005

    Taxi licensing judicial review. View full judgment.....

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    The British Beer and Pub Association & Ors v Canterbury City Council [2005] EWHC 1318 (Admin)

    1st January 2005

    The first judicial review under the Licensing Act 2003. View full judgment.....

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    Luthra, R (on the application of) v General Dental Council [2004] EWHC 458 (Admin)

    27th February 2004

    Duty to give reasons. View full judgment.....

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    Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council v Davis [2003] EWHC 1069 (QB)

    1st January 2003

    Travelling showmen, injunctions and Article 8.....

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    R (on the application of) Hestview Ltd v Snaresbrook Crown Court [2001] EWHC Admin 144

    1st January 2001

    The leading authority on betting licensing under the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963. View full judgment.....

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    Adcock v Co-Operative Insurance Society Ltd [2000] EWCA Civ 117

    1st January 2000

    View full judgment.....

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    Blinkhorn v Hall (CA 13th April 2000)

    1st January 2000

    Litigation - Evidence of negligence and submissions of no case to answer.....

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    Brannan v Airtours Plc [1999] EWCA Civ 588

    1st January 1999

    Contributory negligence. ....

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    Patel v RCMS [1999] IRLR 161

    1st January 1999

    Employment - Powers of Employment Tribunal. Click here to view judgment.....

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    Gilham v Browning & Anor [1998] EWCA Civ 139

    1st January 1998

    Principles of no case to answer. View full judgment.....

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    Heavy Metal Trading BV v Raycrest Development Ltd & Ors [1998] EWCA Civ 524

    1st January 1998

    Principles of summary judgment.....

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    Grupo Torras v Al Sabah TLR 1997

    1st January 1997

    Successful defence of a £50m claim brought by Kuwait Investment Office against a director of one of its investment arms.....

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    Sen-Gupta v Vijh & Anor [1997] EWCA Civ 2893

    1st January 1997

    Litigation - Amendment of pleadings in commercial dispute.....

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    Amba Lamps v Donnelly (15 May 1995, EAT)

    1st January 1995

    Employment - Payments in lieu of notice and compensation. View full judgment.....

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    Rowell v Hubbard (EAT 12th January 1995)

    1st January 1995

    Employment - Redundancy consultation. View full judgment.....

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    Surrey Heath BC v McDonalds (1991) LGR 232

    1st January 1991

    Admissibility of evidence exterior to the premises.....

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    IoL: Now & Next Training in Bristol

    25th 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....

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    IoL: Now & Next Training in London

    18th May 2017

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    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....

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    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....