In a surprising development, the Friends of Finsbury Park have learned that the barrister Philip Kolvin QC who represented Haringey Council in the recent Friends’ judicial review claim (that the Council did not have the power to let out Finsbury Park to Live Nation for Wireless) is now representing Live Nation in the Friends’ application to review/revoke the premises licence held by Live Nation for Wireless and other events.

This obviously raises questions of conflict of interest as the interests of the local authority and Live Nation are plainly not the same; one is the regulator and the other is the regulated. Further, the Council’s defence of the judicial review relied upon its licensing powers and Mr Kolvin may have been privy to confidential information about the Council’s approach to licensing.

When asked about this, Haringey Council has confirmed that it consented to Mr Kolvin representing Live Nation at the Friends’ upcoming application to review/revoke the premises licence.

Mr Kolvin was involved in a previous controversy about potential conflict between his then role as the Mayor of London’s Night Time Commissioner and his role representing Uber drivers in court. Conservative MP and former Transport Minister Theresa Villiers is quoted as saying that the London Mayor needed to review the appointment. “I have concerns about what I’ve heard about Philip Kolvin’s involvement in defending Uber drivers in court. He’s got a perfect right to do that, but I do worry that this gives him a conflict of interest regarding his role on the Mayor’s Night Time Commission.”

We understand Mr Kolvin resigned some months later from his role as Night Time Commissioner.

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