Philip Kolvin QC: Licensing Lawyer Legal advice & representation

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Philip Kolvin QC is a licensing barrister

with a national reputation for his legal work.

He is Head of Chambers at Cornerstone Barristers in London.

Philip Kolvin QC has been appointed Chair of London’s Night Time Commission

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Recent Testimonials

Legal 500 2016:

“Remains the standard-bearer of licensing silks”

Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2017:

“He is calm, gives clear and concise advice, and is fantastic on his feet. He is essentially an encyclopaedia on licensing.”

“He is simply in the top rank in the licensing field and has been for a while.”

“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.”


“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.”

“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.”

He has been involved in many of the most important cases and licensing developments in the last decade.

Philip is well known for his dedication to his clients, his will to win, his legal knowledge, his creativity and attention to detail. He often finds imaginative solutions to difficult problems.

Philip will take the time to understand your business and your objectives, and will tailor his services around your needs. He sympathises with the economic pressures under which both operators and public authorities work, and takes a fair and flexible approach with fees. If you like, Philip will quote a fixed fee for the job, to help you budget with confidence.

Where a case can be resolved through negotiation, so as not to incur costs, he can be relied upon for his strong negotiation skills and for achieving good results. But where a fight is necessary, he is renowned for his authoritative performances in court.

At a glance

He acts for:

  • Leading chains.
  • Small operators.
  • Individuals.
  • National regulators.
  • Local authorities.
  • Police.
  • Community and pressure groups.
  • companies and individuals, as well as public authorities.

He is an expert in:

  • Alcohol
  • Gambling
  • Sex
  • Taxis
  • Sport

He works by

  • Advising on applications, reviews and appeals.
  • Representing clients in front of licensing committees and in court.

Widely recognised for having a broad regulatory background comprising many areas that are now of great importance in licence applications, such as local planning and environmental laws.

“He has a tremendous will to get the best for his clients.”

Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession
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.

Licensee client
Philip Kolvin QC has “excellent analytical skills, knows every aspect of legislation and its practical effect intimately, and has a very practical approach and great rapport with clients”.

Legal 500 Directory 2012