Music Venue Trust Gurus

MVT has assembled a team of experts who approached us to offer their services to venues in peril. Our gurus are passionate about live music and give a lot of their time voluntarily, especially to help with venues contacting our Emergency Response Service and face to face at Venues Day or other MVT events. We are always looking to recruit further experts in fields including Planning, Licensing, Acoustics, Legal and Financial issues so please encourage relevant professionals to contact us if they can offer us some time by emailing [email protected]

The Gurus

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Dan Ailion

Landlord and Tenant/Real Estate Law
Dan is Senior Legal Counsel at AEG, the owner and operator of The O2. Though he advises across a wide range of commercial work, he retains a specialism in landlord and tenant and other property related matters.

Matt Barnwell

Hospitality and Leisure Industry
Matt currently works as a Consultant to the Hospitality and Leisure industry, specialising in business operations, profitability and licensing.

David Butler

Business Advisory & Turnaround
David is a qualified insolvency practitioner with over thirty years’ experience of helping businesses and individuals to solve their financial problems.

Ben Dymock

An experienced architectural and environmental consultant with a PhD in urban noise and vibration control. Working in acoustics over the past 15 years, firstly as a mixing engineer and studio designer before moving into academic R&D, lecturing and commercial consultancy.

Josh Finesilver

Safety & Production
Josh is the Director of Event CTRL, the safety and production agency representing music festivals, events and venues.

Niall Forde

An expert in licensing policy who offers support and advice to members of the Music Venues Alliance at MVT’s request and advises us on policy.

Jon Fox

Planning and Noise
An expert in planning and noise issues who offers support and advice to MVT and relevant partners, particularly in policy development.

Martin Friend

Local Government and Planning
Martin has worked in local government and planning consultancy for over 30 years.

Chris Hoskin

Corporate Legal
Chris is a qualified lawyer who has spent two decades working in the corporate legal, accountancy and insolvency sectors.

Ed Jolleys

A professional chef turned food safety and quality adviser, with a passion for live music and to see local, intimate and independent venues thriving.

Sean Keenan

Commercial Law
Sean is an in-house lawyer in banking and financial technology in Soho.

Stephen Kempner

Entertainment Law
Stephen is particularly well known for helping to launch the careers of new and emerging talent, in addition to his work for various chart-topping acts.

Stuart Langer

Stuart is a planning consultant with over 12 years of experience. Stuart is happy to advise on any planning issue, particularly noise and neighbouring properties.

Peter Lapthorn

Business analysis
Peter is an investor relations manager at a FTSE 100 company.

Toby Lewis

Noise Planning and Licensing
Toby is a recognised expert in the application of noise planning and licensing policy and the assessment of statutory noise nuisance.

Laura Marsden

Music & Entertainment Law
Laura works with songwriters, artists, bands, managers, venues, labels and publishers. Laura drafts and negotiates contracts in all areas of the music industry and advises clients on their branding and business.

Nicolas McBride

(Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Nicolas acts for an impressive array of clients with licensing issues ranging from European and UK hotel chains, to boutique restaurants, pubs, off licences and night clubs. He advises on licensing issues on a daily basis, which he often combines with his skills in the purchase, sale and leasing of licensed premises.

Charlotte O’Mara

Music & Entertainment Law
Charlotte is a music and media partner having specialised in music and entertainment law since qualification building on an already established career in the music industry.

Craig Page

Craig is an electric bass player and architecture student with the ambition to build robust music venues, studios and performance spaces.
Pete Singfield

Pete Singfield

Pete is a partner and head of the Media & Entertainment Sector at Foot Anstey overseeing a cross disciplinary team offering services ranging from Real Estate, Corporate M&A and Data Protection through to IP and Dispute Resolution.
Jonathan Tait

Johnathan Tait

Media & Entertainment Law
(Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Jonathan worked for many years in the music industry before retraining as a lawyer and joining BTO Solicitors LLP.
Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor

Tim is a Partner at Foot Anstey LLP and specialises in planning law.
Steve Trigg

Steve Trigg

Finance Strategy
Steve is an experienced Finance Director who can look at resetting costs and building ongoing strategies for venues. Help to develop business plans and recovery for distressed operations.

Richard Vivian

Richard is one of the only truly dedicated music noise specialists in the UK, with over 25 years’ experience in the industry.

Nick Wright

Business Rates
Nick has extensive experience of representing clients at valuation tribunal, including a recent victory on Trevor Horn’s Sarm West Studios. He advises the Music Industries Association on business rates issues affecting their members.