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Proud Sponsors to the NOEA Convention 2021 #buildbackbetter

7th October 2021 by Philip Day

Categories: What's New?

Laceys Solicitors are proud to be sponsoring the annual NOEA Convention this year, taking place digitally, 24th November. 

Theresa Villiers, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events will headline the NOEA annual convention. The MP and advocate for the events industry will be joined later in the day by Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health, Liverpool, who was heavily involved in the test events earlier this year.

Both Theresa and Matt will be holding question and answer sessions with delegates attending the event as NOEA looks to continue its theme of #BuildBackBetter, and address how a more stable events industry can be created post-pandemic. As part of this, there will be a specific session on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, continuing the associations action in this area.

The event will also be hosting specific sessions that look at the ‘here and now’ of the events industry, including a discussion around the changing roles of Local Authorities, and what the industry can learn from heritage events. The event itself will be streamed, on a high production platform which NOEA is hoping to take beyond ‘just a Zoom’ and reward delegates with real value from the content.

“Convention has always been about getting the right speakers, to share new thinking and discussion, great education and networking; and we have it all in abundance this convention,” comments Tom Clements, President, National Outdoor Events Association. “We’re also investing in production as well though this year, so guests get more than just a Zoom, and can enjoy a really interactive and engaging experience that they are a very real part of, despite not being in the room.”

“Our speakers represent how far up the food chain NOEA has been operating this year and it’s critical that we get these ‘friends of events’ in front of our members to talk about their thoughts on how we, as an industry, can build back better,” concludes Tom.

To find out more about the event click here. 


Philip Day

Partner — Licensing and Regulatory

Direct dial: 01202 377867


  • “Philip is a leading figure in the world of licensing. If he doesn’t know it, it’s not worth knowing. I’ve known Philip for over 10 years and have benefited greatly from his experience over the years both when paying for his services and as a friend. If you need somebody to represent you, look no further.”

    Andrew Grove, High Grove Events and Vice President of the National Outdoor Event Association

  • “As one of the highest profile licensed events in the local area, it is vitally important to us that we carefully manage our relationships with the local authority and community whilst concurrently being able to manage the commercial performance of the business. The professional management of our Premises Licence and execution of our responsibilities is fundamental to this and we are lucky to count Laceys, and Philip Day in particular, as a formidable cornerstone of this process. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have one of the UK's most prominent licensing solicitors on our doorstep and appreciate his ongoing support for our continued growth.”

    Craig Mathie, MD – Bournemouth 7s Festival

  • “A fantastic service given by Philip, with great advice and clear communication at every stage – always delivered with confidence and no small amount of charm. We're delighted with a fantastic result, much of that down to the skills, experience and approach at Laceys.”

    Ross Andrews

  • “Philip continues to be the foremost licensing solicitor in Bournemouth (and no doubt far and wide). Excellent analysis of current licensing conditions and valuable advise as to likely outcomes.”

    Mark Cater

  • “I really appreciated Philip Day’s advice and the way he dealt with this matter, he was very responsive which was really important for me.”

    Veli Bulbul

Philip graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1978 with an Upper Second BA in Law and was admitted as a solicitor in January 1981 having been articled in the Government Legal Service.  After working as a prosecutor for HM Customs and Excise for two years, Philip moved into private practice in Reading.  There, he specialised in criminal work both prosecuting for agencies such as British Transport Police, Hampshire Police, The Department of Trade and Industry and the RSPCA and defending private clients before beginning to specialise in licensing in 1985.

Philip moved to Bournemouth in 2001 and has ever since specialised in alcohol and entertainment licensing for pubs, clubs, hotels, restaurants, off-licences and events, including large scale outdoor festivals and fairs as well as betting and gaming.  His practice and experience includes associated work such as noise and environmental issues.

Outside of work, Philip has a busy family life as well as being a Town Councillor and organises events on behalf of Ringwood Council, including Fireworks displays and the annual Christmas lights switch-on and festive market.

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