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The Editor speaks


By Josef Cannon

The Cornerstone team has as usual been busy across the leisure sector since the last newsletter. As Ben du Feu's round-up below indicates, our barristers have been instructed in some of the high-profile cases, including Uber's legal challenge against TfL and the challenge against Haringey Council to hold festivals in the park.

Cornerstone was also appointed to the Gambling Commission's panel of counsel, which we announced in February.

In this issue, which takes the issue of live music as its theme, Martin Edwards reflects on the Agent of Change principle that has been included in the draft NPPF, and how it might affect venues. I offer some thoughts on the potential, and as-yet unexplored, implications of the requirements of the Habitats Regulations (well-known to planners, not so well-known in licensing circles) on those putting on the ever-more ubiquitous music festivals in rural areas. Finally, Matt Lewin sets out the very latest thinking on attitudes towards drugs in venues.