London Mayor Sadiq Khan has appointed top lawyer Philip Kolvin as chair of the Night Time Commission.
Philip recently acted on behalf of Fabric nightclub and played a leading role in securing an agreement between the venue owners and Islington Council to regain its licence and reopen with stringent new conditions to protect the safety of clubbers. He is the editor of several books about the leisure economy, licensing, planning and regeneration and has recently taken the first licensing case to the Supreme Court and European Court.
The news has been welcomed by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).
Chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The Mayor has made some very positive moves since taking office and we are pleased to see him taking the issue of London’s night-time economy seriously.
“Philip has always been a passionate advocate for licensed hospitality and the UK’s night-time economy,” she added. “He has extensive experience working with all stakeholders including hospitality businesses, local authorities and the police.
“Philip has the nous and the credibility to lead the Commission and his experience will be crucial to the success of the Mayor’s plans for London. We look forward to working closely with Philip and the Night Czar to promote London’s valuable and crucial night-time economy.”
Philip will work alongside the newly appointed Night Czar, Amy Lamé, to develop and implement a vision of London as a 24-hour city and safeguard the future of clubs and live music venues.