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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Louise Aikman

Louise Aikman

Music & Entertainment Law
Louise is a solicitor with extensive legal risk management experience. She specialises in: Regulatory Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, IP Law, Data Protection and Commercial Contracts.

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 the Leisure Industry/Venue Operator
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.

Peter Conisbee

Energy Broker and Police Licensing
Peter is an experienced licensing consultant and commercial energy broker, finding and managing the best energy contracts for businesses.

Alistair Duncan

Tax Specialist
Alistair is Head of Indirect Tax at Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP and has supported a number of music venues with the implementation of the Cultural VAT Exemption. Alistair also supports other clients in the music industry and hospitality sector.

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.

Alex Gibson

Health and Safety
Alex works in Facilities and Engineering, with professional experience of Health & Safety and risk assessment.

Chris Hoskin

Corporate and Insolvency Lawyer
Chris has been a qualified lawyer for over two decades working at a number of international corporate legal and accountancy firms.

Charlie Jarvis

Insurance Specialist
An Accounts Executive specialising in licensed trade & events.

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.