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Cornerstone Barristers

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2-3 GRAY'S INN SQUARE, LONDON, WC1R 5JH, ENGLAND
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Birmingham, Cardiff, London

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

A β€˜market leading’ set for planning law, Cornerstone Barristers has a depth of knowledge in the field of social housing law that is β€˜exemplary’, and is also β€˜top-class’ for judicial review and local government work. β€˜Friendly, available and always helpful’, from senior clerks through to juniors, the β€˜second-to-none’ team is β€˜always willing to go the extra mile’ with β€˜a can-do attitude’. The clerks are β€˜accommodating and appreciative when it comes to clients’ budgets’ and their flexibility has β€˜helped to progress cases in circumstances where other sets may not be willing to do so’. Senior clerk Elliot Langdorf is β€˜modern in approach while retaining the best elements of an "old-school" clerk’. Justin Callaghan, and Alex Hill in particular are β€˜always helpful’. Elizabeth Woodman is chambers’ chief executive. Offices in: London, Birmingham, Cardiff

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers β€˜is a leading, well-run and organised set’ with β€˜clerks who are very friendly and efficient’. It represents central government and more local authorities across an array of areas, as well as companies and individuals. Members acted in Suffolk Coastal District Council v Hopkins Homes where the Supreme Court considered the National Planning Policy Framework and its interaction with primary legislation.

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He is in the premier division for public and planning law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Lowe QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Very extensive experience which he can offer over and above just applying the law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜An outstanding level of service, particularly for planning matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lisa Busch QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜She is remarkably good on matters which require a high intellectual input.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Ground QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He is an experienced advocate and inspires confidence in the team he leads.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Dean Underwood - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He can immediately seize upon the issues in play and do so under significant time pressure.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jon Holbrook - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He is second to none for residential landlord and tenant-related matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robin Green - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A very able and calm advocate with great forensic skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

Wayne Beglan - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A fine advocate, his preparation is second to none – he is popular with clients and the court.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Paul Marshall - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Meticulous and decisive in preparing and presenting the case in court.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Court of Protection and community care
Court of Protection and community care – Leading silks

Kelvin Rutlegde QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He is forensic in his legal approach, yet makes it seem so simple.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Environment
Environment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers is β€˜a strong set in planning and environmental law’. In Wealden District Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, James Findlay QC represented Lewes District Council, with judgment carrying wide implications for incorrect assessment of air quality assessment. In the Court of Appeal, Estelle Dehon has been involved in Frackman v SSCLG and Cuadrilla, now the leading case on the application of environmental impact assessment to fracking.

Environment – Leading silks

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Significant windfarm experience at inquiry and appeal.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Lowe QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A solar specialist, he regularly appears at public inquiry and the appellate courts.’

Ranked: tier 3
Environment – Leading juniors

Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A strong advocate with a solid grasp of strategy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Harriet Townsend - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A personable junior who provides prompt advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Health and safety
Health and safety – Leading silks

Gerard Forlin QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A highly regarded advocate with an international practice.’

Ranked: tier 2
Health and safety – Leading juniors

Emmaline Lambert - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜She is singularly impressive in her dedication to the client.’

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)
Data protection – Leading silks

Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜One of the most experienced and knowledgeable barristers on information law.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Immigration (including business immigration)
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks

Lisa Busch QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Intellectually she is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Licensing
Licensing – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers is β€˜a very high calibre’ set, with β€˜go-to silks’ for complex licensing work. Numerous members have acted in permissions sought by Uber for operating licences in London and Sheffield. Other highlights include head of chambers Philip Kolvin QC acting for the licensers in R (Rostron) v Guildford Borough Council, pending before the Court of Appeal, concerning a local council’s attempt to set maximum taxi fares.

Licensing – Leading silks

Philip Kolvin QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜An extremely accomplished counsel.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Brings to bear his local government knowledge including Uber.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Very knowledgeable, commercial and very user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 2
Licensing – Leading juniors

Asitha Ranatunga - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜An advocate with substantial appeals experience defending licensing authority decisions.’

Ranked: tier 2

Josef Cannon - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Excellent command of the subject area in his advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Planning
Planning – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers is β€˜a solid, friendly and efficient chambers’, which has undergone impressive expansion of late. Lisa Busch QC joined from Landmark Chambers in January 2018, while Emmaline Lambert and Edward Grant arrived from Six Pump Court. Recent case highlights include Ashley Bowes acting in the Supreme Court case of Suffolk Coastal District Council v Hopkins Homes Ltd, and in Preston New Road Action Group & Frackman v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the first Court of Appeal challenge concerning the secretary of state’s decision to grant planning permission for fracking projects. In addition, Jack Parker acted in Oakley v South Cambridgeshire District Council, a significant case for planning committee decision making.

Planning – Leading silks

Mark Lowe QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Has a firm yet calm approach with clients who are instantly at ease and have confidence in him.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A breadth of experience, with particular expertise in healthcare.’

Ranked: tier 3
Planning – 2017 silks

Paul Shadarevian QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Recommended for major housing development.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Cosgrove QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A firm and effective advocate, he is a good team player and a sensible litigator; knows the strengths and weaknesses of his case and adapts to them.’

Ranked: tier 1
Planning – Leading juniors

Asitha Ranatunga - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Good lawyer, articulate and unflustered, takes obvious care of the client’s interests and is forceful when necessary.’

Ranked: tier 3

Harriet Townsend - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Enthusiastic, approachable and extremely supportive: her knowledge of compulsory purchase orders is excellent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Josef Cannon - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Bright, hardworking and highly effective.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robin Green - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Extremely effective.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ashley Bowes - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Technically excellent and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Grant - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Strong and in-depth planning law advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Emmaline Lambert - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜She comprehensively covers all the necessary points while not bringing up irrelevant matters that would aggravate the inspector: very engaging style, and very popular.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ian Albutt - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Has expertise regarding the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Clay - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A firm favourite.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jack Parker - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Passionate, and exceptionally bright, he always made time to discuss matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Martin Edwards - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Always a client’s favourite.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Williams - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A very good planning junior, clever and determined, and a sound choice both in planning inquiries and the High Court.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading silks

Gerard Forlin QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He has acted in high-profile and sensitive cases, including Grenfell Tower and MH370.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Property litigation and agriculture
Property litigation – Leading silks

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜His trial preparation is masterful, he is one of the very top silks at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 4
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Dean Underwood - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A true expert, his enthusiasm for his work is quite evident.’

Ranked: tier 4

Shomik Datta - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He has excellent attention to detail, great analytical skills and is very friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

A β€˜market leading’ set for planning law, Cornerstone Barristers has a depth of knowledge in the field of social housing law that is β€˜exemplary’, and is also β€˜top-class’ for judicial review and local government work. β€˜Friendly, available and always helpful’, from senior clerks through to juniors, the β€˜second-to-none’ team is β€˜always willing to go the extra mile’ with β€˜a can-do attitude’. The clerks are β€˜accommodating and appreciative when it comes to clients’ budgets’ and their flexibility has β€˜helped to progress cases in circumstances where other sets may not be willing to do so’. Senior clerk Elliot Langdorf is β€˜modern in approach while retaining the best elements of an "old-school" clerk’. Justin Callaghan, and Alex Hill in particular are β€˜always helpful’. Elizabeth Woodman is chambers’ chief executive. Offices in: London, Birmingham, Cardiff

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Social housing
Social housing – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers has β€˜a roster of social housing specialists’ with particular expertise in representing local authorities and housing associations across all areas of housing law. Chambers boasts its ability to marry housing expertise with related practice areas, such as public law and human rights, and has built a particular reputation for landmark homelessness cases. Stand-out instructions this year included David Lintott acting for London Borough of Waltham Forest in a Court of Appeal decision concerning the proper interpretation of β€˜more vulnerable than ordinarily vulnerable’ in the context of the 1996 Housing Act.

Social housing – Leading silks

Kelvin Rutledge QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Generous with his time and encyclopaedic in his knowledge of housing law through the ages.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜His drafting skills are impeccable and his advocacy is captivating.’

Ranked: tier 2
Social housing – Leading juniors

Andrew Lane - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Unflappable; he never overcomplicates things and always gets the best possible result.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dean Underwood - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Extensive experience with the intersection of public law and social housing.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Lintott - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Approachable, friendly and vastly knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jon Holbrook - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He approaches each instruction as though it’s the most important case he has.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jennifer Oscroft - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Her advocacy in court is fantastic and her knowledge of the law encyclopaedic.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kuljit Bhogal - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Vast knowledge of the Equality Act and anti-social behaviour cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ryan Kohli - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Great at engaging with witnesses and putting clients at ease when in court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Rowlands - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Impressive command of homelessness cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Shomik Datta - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Quickly digests complex facts and provides clients with pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Wayne Beglan - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Good ability to explain what is required of a client in a clear, concise manner.’

Ranked: tier 4

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