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The Overhaul of the Licensing Act 2003

The coalition government has delivered on its promise to overhaul the Licensing Act 2003. The measures outlined last week are radical and herald a distinct change in philosophy, says Philip Kolvin QC.


Part 1 - The main measures of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill

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Part 2 - What's not in the Bill?

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Part 3 - Further government action

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About the presenter

Philip_Kolvin_tPhilip Kolvin QC

Philip Kolvin was called to the Bar in 1985 and took Silk in 2009.

Philip Kolvin practises in the field of licensing, regulation, planning and local government. He is Head of the Licensing Team at 2-3 Grays Inn Square and Chairman of the Institute of Licensing.

An acknowledged leader in the field of licensing in the Chambers, Legal 500 and Legal Experts Guides, he has been involved in many leading cases. He acts for market leaders, local authorities and trade associations. Widely published, he has delivered training to many organisations, including the Gambling Commission and local authorities.

Philip Kolvin is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2010 as “extremely responsive, good at meeting tight deadlines and excellent at finding solutions to difficult problems. One of the most highly praised of all licensing barristers, energy and hard work are his most obvious qualities.”

The 2009 edition awarded Philip the top rating for Licensing applauding his “fine legal brain, excellent preparation, hard work and effective style”; applauded for his “approachable and helpful manner.”2-3_GraysInn_thumb

In the 2008 edition Philip is “noted for his “hard work and refreshing demeanour,” he has a “tremendous will to get the best for his clients.” He is “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.”

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