Philip Robson

Philip Robson


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
William Brown
Gary Smith
Mark Ronson


Philip has a growing practice in all areas of town and country planning, environmental, local government and public law.  He has appeared at a number of planning inquiries, enforcement appeals, High Court appeals and planning/environmental criminal matters.  He is regularly instructed to advise developers, local authorities and resident’s groups – including drafting papers in statutory appeals and judicial review claims in the High Court.

Philip is regularly instructed to provide advice and representation in all aspects of licensing but primarily in respect of Private Hire and Hackney Carriage licenses and also Premises licenses. Philip is often asked to represent Local Authorities in taxi appeals to the Magistrates Court and Crown Court respectively as well as advise generally on contentious applications and revocations at Committee level. 

Philip is instructed by Trade Clients, Licensing Consultants, and Local Authorities and also accepts instructions from other responsible authorities such as the Police and Trading Standards nationally in respect of issues relating to Premises licensing. He has experience of attending committee hearings for applications for new Premises licenses as well as varying current conditions. He accepts instructions to deal with Premises Licence reviews in more contentious matters as well as appeals to the Magistrates Court or the Administrative Court where necessary.

Philip is qualified to undertake public access work in appropriate cases

Before coming to the Bar, Philip spent 9 years working at the Home Office and Foreign Office. He joined on the Civil Service Graduate Faststream programme and worked across a range of domestic and international portfolios. This included legislative policy and most recently working as Head of Rule of Law in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and lastly as East Africa Regional Counter Terrorism Programme Director. He was the head of large teams of UK and international experts leading on the UK’s work on counter-terrorism, policing, justice and human rights, prisons, anti-corruption and counter-narcotics. Philip has presented and lectured to academics and other professionals on issues relating to rule of law and counter-terrorism.

Year of Call: 2011


  • Planning
  • Environmental
  • Administrative
  • Public
  • Local Government
  • Licensing







BVC, BPP Holborn

LLB (Hons), King’s College London

MSc, Birkbeck College, University of London

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