Philip is a nationally renowned legal expert in licensing work. He became a barrister in 1985 and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel for his licensing work in 2009.
He is Head of Cornerstone Barristers, which is one of the top barristers chambers in London specialising in licensing, planning, property and regulatory law.
Philip is a Patron and past Chairman of the Institute of Licensing which is the professional body for licensing practitioners.
He has written and edited a number of leading licensing books:
- Licensed Premises, Law, Practice and Policy published by Bloomsbury Professional. This is a leading textbook on law and policy about the licensing of alcohol, pubs, nightclubs, off-licences, restaurants, takeaways, cinemas, theatres, music venues and festivals.
- Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning and Regeneration published by the Institute of Licensing. This covers the law relating to casinos, betting offices and amusement arcades as well as machine gaming, gambling in pubs and lotteries.
- Sex Licensing published by the Institute of Licensing. This deals with the law relating to sex shops, lap dancing and gentlemen’s clubs – known as Sexual Entertainment Venue or SEV licences – and sex cinemas.
- Atkins Court Forms volume on Licensing published by Lexis Nexis.
- The Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents volume on Licensing published by Lexis Nexis.
- Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct published by Bloomsbury
Philip is a board member of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, the Government body concerned with stadium safety.
He is on the Advisory Board of the Night Time Industries Association and is an adviser on licensing to the British Pub Confederation.
Philip was the Chairman of Purple Flag which is a national scheme promoting safe and diverse night time economies, run by the Association of Town Centre Management. Purple Flag recipients include Heart of London through to Stockton Heath. The scheme now also operates in Ireland.
He is a past Chairman of Best Bar None a national scheme promoting safe bars, run by the British Institute of Innkeeping.
Philip acted as a co-opted expert on Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 for the Olympic Games, dealing with licensing issues.
Philip was educated at Oxford University, where he graduated in law, and at the Bar Vocational College in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Neil Robertson, Chief Executive, British Institute of Innkeeping
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.