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Cornerstone Barristers

Work Department

Licensing; planning; public law.


Active in all areas of licensing with a particular specialism in SEV licensing: counsel for the successful respondent in KVP(Ent) Ltd v South Bucks DC, a JR challenge to a refusal to grant a SEV licence, and junior counsel in Bean Leisure (A) Trading Ltd v Leeds CC, a JR challenge to decisions to refuse SEV licences pursuant to a change in policy. Clients include operators, objectors, the police, local authorities, and residents groups – in respect of applications, appeals, advice and policy.

Busy parallel practice in town & country planning where he represents local authorities, developers, householders and objectors, with a keen interest in housing land supply issues.

Accredited mediator.


Contributor to “Cornerstone on the Planning Court” (Bloomsbury, 2015, Kolvin, Licensed Premises: Law Practice and Policy (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Kolvin’s Gambling for Local Authorities (IoL, 2007). Joint author of Atkin’s Court Forms, Vol. 25: Licensing (LexisNexis, 2013). Regular contributor to JoL and Local Government Lawyer.


Called 2002, Lincoln’s Inn. Member of Cornerstone Barristers 2004 to date.


French, Spanish.


Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA); Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA); Institute of Licensing.


Wymondham College, Norfolk; Kings College London (LLB (Hons)); College of Law (BVC).


Keen but limited cricketer; enthusiastic gourmand; runs a speciality coffee shop in Brixton in his ‘spare time’.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Licensing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Josef CannonCornerstone BarristersIncredibly approachable advocate, with a style committees appreciate. Has achieved great results in very challenging circumstances.

Cornerstone Barristers is noted for being ‘excellent’ when it comes to licensing matters, with a focus on representing operators in disputes concerning gambling, sex shops, alcohol, public entertainment and private hire. In Uber London Limited v Transport for London & United Trade Action Group & APCU & Transopco Limited, Ranjit Bhose KC led Josef Cannon, acting on behalf of Uber in proceedings questioning whether the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 requires a licensed operator to enter a contract as a principal with a passenger who has booked a journey. Asitha Ranatunga represented Bessington Investments in an objection to One World Festival’s application for a new premises license.

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Josef Cannon  – Cornerstone Barristers