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Cornerstone Barristers

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2-3 GRAY'S INN SQUARE, LONDON, WC1R 5JH, ENGLAND
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316 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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Birmingham, Cardiff, London

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘go-to’ set for social housing matters, Cornerstone Barristers is ‘renowned for its breadth of public sector work’; is ‘very strong on homelessness law’; and a leading set for licensing matters. ‘They not only have leading counsel in all areas of public sector, but a good range of senior juniors, junior juniors, and an exceptional group of newly qualified barristers too.’ Solicitors praise the set’s business structure which ‘makes them much more flexible and their approach to collaborative working with solicitors is pioneering’. ‘You always feel as though your instruction is the only one that counts and that your business is the most important, whether it is for a small matter or large.’ The ‘superb’ clerking team is led by Elliot Langdorf, who is ‘excellent at finding solutions’. Alex Hill and Naomi Bridge are ‘always professional and will make you feel like your business is their most valued and most important’; Justin Callaghan is ‘a delight to work with’. In recent chambers news, Steven Gasztowicz QC has been appointed deputy High Court judge in both the Queen's Bench and Chancery Divisions; public law juniors Lee Parkhill and Riccardo Calzavara joined from 7BR and the dissolved Arden Chambers respectively; Clare Bello, formerly of 4 Paper Buildings, is the set’s new CEO. Offices in: London, Birmingham, and Cardiff

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Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers has members active in matters concerning local and national democracy. Following the murder of Jo Cox MP, Philip Coppel QC defeated a challenge from the English Democrats over the Electoral Commission's decision to remove "Fighting for England!", one of the fringe right-wing party's registered descriptions. Matthew Lewin acted as an independent investigator for Durham County Council's standards committee after a town mayor was allegedly so inebriated at an event to commemorate the centenary of the conclusion of the First World War that he was stopped from lighting a memorial beacon as a safety risk.

Leading Silks

Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone BarristersHe looks out for the bear traps.

Ranked: tier 3

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersA go-to silk for the public law issues that require that extra bit of thought.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Jon Holbrook - Cornerstone BarristersInstructed by local authorities.

Ranked: tier 3

Kuljit Bhogal - Cornerstone BarristersHer advocacy is measured and thoughtful.

Ranked: tier 4

Matthew Lewin - Cornerstone BarristersInstructed on standards in public life issues.

Ranked: tier 4

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Agriculture
Leading Juniors

Dr Ashley Bowes - Cornerstone BarristersAn expert on village greens, commons and rights of way.

Ranked: tier 2

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Commercial litigation
Leading Juniors

Paul Marshall - Cornerstone BarristersExtremely personable and a joy to work with.

Ranked: tier 5

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Court of Protection and community care
Leading Silks

Kelvin Rutlegde QC - Cornerstone BarristersGreat on the case detail.

Ranked: tier 3

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Data protection
Leading Silks

Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone Barristers‘He is a big name in the data protection world.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Environment
Environment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers is 'excellent on enforcement issues and has a wide variety of knowledgeable barristers suitable for a range of circumstances', notes one client. Another remarks that the set 'always provides exceptional service and appropriate levels of expertise'. Chambers is also noted for its 'friendly and approachable clerks who are always willing to assist'. Members have significant expertise in environmental law, particularly in the area of renewable energy development and related High Court challenges, often in tandem with their planning and public law practices. James Findlay QC handled a full day objection before the House of Commons Select Committee on behalf of the NFU on compensation and compulsory purchase issues along the line of the HS2a development. Estelle Dehon acted for the applicant in the leading case on the application of environmental impact assessment to fracking, Frackman v SSCLG and Cuadrilla, in the Court of Appeal.

Leading Silks

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersA recognised expert in matters involving the development of windfarms.

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Lowe QC - Cornerstone BarristersA very solid performer.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone BarristersExceptional – an undoubted expert, she leads with her heart, guided by an exceptionally sharp intellect.

Ranked: tier 2

Harriet Townsend - Cornerstone BarristersA voice of authority and a great strategic thinker with a friendly and diplomatic manner.

Ranked: tier 2

Clare Parry - Cornerstone BarristersMore than a match for any silk, she has an indefatigable nature and an ability to grasp complex issues quickly.

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Leading Juniors

Emmaline Lambert - Cornerstone BarristersVery experienced in health and safety prosecutions.

Ranked: tier 4

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Licensing
Licensing - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers is considered to be 'home to the leading licensing silk' – head of chambers  Philip Kolvin QC whose work includes a range of cases for Uber. He also acted for Haringey LB in R (Friends of Finsbury Park) v London Borough of Haringey in a case before the Court of Appeal over a challenge to councils allowing major festivals in parks. The set's members act for licensing authorities, national regulators, the police, industry operators, and community groups. James Findlay QC advises on areas including gambling (casinos and betting), taxi and private hire licensing as part of his broad public law practice and has advised a private hire company on a potential judicial review of a decision to refuse to license a base outside of London. Meanwhile, Ranjit Bhose QC is advising the dance music festival, We Are Festvl, on obtaining the grant of a long-term licence to operate an annual event.

Leading Silks

Philip Kolvin QC - Cornerstone BarristersThere isn't anyone who comes close to his stature.

Ranked: tier 1

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone Barristers‘A hard-nosed, hardworking public lawyer.'

Ranked: tier 1

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersHighly rated.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Asitha Ranatunga - Cornerstone Barristers‘Great interpersonal skills and has the ability to understand and interpret clients' requirements.’

Ranked: tier 2

Josef Cannon - Cornerstone Barristers‘Goes beyond what is required for the client – you can be assured of an excellent service.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Planning
Planning - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Cornerstone Barristers

An 'established set with a full range of counsel on planning matters, including some good upcoming juniors', Cornerstone Barristers cover a mix of work across projects, with a large number of instructions coming from local authorities. Mark Lowe QC and Jack Parker represented Hertfordshire County Council in a called-in inquiry over a waste-to-energy plant proposal designed to turn the entire county's waste into 33.5MW of energy. Robin Green represented Welwyn Hatfield District Council in a challenge to its decision to approve the construction of a crematorium, brought by a competitor. In housing, Wayne Beglan, represented Waverley Council in a planning inquiry concerning an application to build 1,800 homes on the former site of RAF Dunsfold, better known as the Top Gear test track.

Leading Silks

Mark Lowe QC - Cornerstone BarristersDisarming and gentle, he gets to the truth.

Ranked: tier 2

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersExceptionally intelligent and logical, but at the same time excellent with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Bedford QC - Cornerstone BarristersIncisive and strategic in his thinking.

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Shadarevian QC - Cornerstone BarristersHis cross-examination of experts is succinct, superb and devastating.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Ground QC - Cornerstone BarristersAn outstanding advocate – very sharp and extremely thorough, with an excellent eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Cosgrove QC - Cornerstone BarristersA very effective advocate with a charming manner.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Asitha Ranatunga - Cornerstone BarristersWhen cross-examining, he establishes a rapport with the witness, allowing him to extract concessions on key points.

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Grant - Cornerstone BarristersVery thorough and an astute advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Emmaline Lambert - Cornerstone BarristersApproachable and well-prepared, she performs well in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Harriet Townsend - Cornerstone BarristersVery good at dealing with difficult and disorganised clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Clay - Cornerstone BarristersAn excellent advocate on all levels.

Ranked: tier 3

Josef Cannon - Cornerstone BarristersHe has an acute legal and forensic mind.

Ranked: tier 3

Robin Green - Cornerstone BarristersExpert at assisting councils with the full range of matters associated with gypsies.

Ranked: tier 3

Wayne Beglan - Cornerstone BarristersA government panelist handling challenging instructions.

Ranked: tier 3

Ashley Bowes - Cornerstone BarristersTechnically brilliant, with helpful sangfroid.

Ranked: tier 4

Clare Parry - Cornerstone BarristersShe has a quick legal brain and is unfazed by complex legal issues.

Ranked: tier 4

Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone BarristersHer expertise spans planning, environment and village greens.

Ranked: tier 4

Jack Parker - Cornerstone BarristersDiligent and capable, he strikes up a good relationship with the court.

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Williams - Cornerstone BarristersVery smart and a good advocate, he has a superb practice.

Ranked: tier 4

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Property litigation
Leading Silks

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone BarristersDistinguished through the quality of legal advice, pragmatism and good people skills.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Dean Underwood - Cornerstone BarristersHe is highly experienced in the areas of housing and public law.

Ranked: tier 4

Shomik Datta - Cornerstone BarristersHe has a great intellect and is able to get to the key issues very quickly.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘go-to’ set for social housing matters, Cornerstone Barristers is ‘renowned for its breadth of public sector work’; is ‘very strong on homelessness law’; and a leading set for licensing matters. ‘They not only have leading counsel in all areas of public sector, but a good range of senior juniors, junior juniors, and an exceptional group of newly qualified barristers too.’ Solicitors praise the set’s business structure which ‘makes them much more flexible and their approach to collaborative working with solicitors is pioneering’. ‘You always feel as though your instruction is the only one that counts and that your business is the most important, whether it is for a small matter or large.’ The ‘superb’ clerking team is led by Elliot Langdorf, who is ‘excellent at finding solutions’. Alex Hill and Naomi Bridge are ‘always professional and will make you feel like your business is their most valued and most important’; Justin Callaghan is ‘a delight to work with’. In recent chambers news, Steven Gasztowicz QC has been appointed deputy High Court judge in both the Queen's Bench and Chancery Divisions; public law juniors Lee Parkhill and Riccardo Calzavara joined from 7BR and the dissolved Arden Chambers respectively; Clare Bello, formerly of 4 Paper Buildings, is the set’s new CEO. Offices in: London, Birmingham, and Cardiff

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

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers is particularly well-known for acting for local authorities and housing associations in some of the most complex, groundbreaking cases impacting the social housing sphere. Its 'first-rate' members combine housing law knowledge with extensive expertise in related areas, such as the Children Act, adult social care, and immigration rights. Reflective of the set's involvement in high-profile cases, in 2018, Ranjit Bhose QC represented the London Borough of Haringey in Peters (on behalf of the ‘Stop the HDV Campaign Group’) v London Borough of Haringey & Lendlease Europe Holdings Limited, a judicial review claim challenging the lawfulness of the local authority entering into the proposed Haringey Development Vehicle; this is a multi-million pound 50-50 public-private partnership vehicle (the biggest local authority housing regeneration vehicle ever in the UK), which was to be used to regenerate Haringey’s housing estates. Also of note, Ryan Kohli acted as sole counsel to the appellant in the landmark Court of Appeal case of Paragon Housing Association v Neville, which concerned the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on warrant suspension applications. Chambers has been strengthened by the arrival of Riccardo Calzavara from Arden Chambers.

Leading Silks

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone BarristersHis quality of legal advice is allied to pragmatism and good people skills

Ranked: tier 1

Kelvin Rutledge QC - Cornerstone BarristersHe has a particular expertise in homelessness law and is, deservedly, a go-to silk for local housing authorities nationwide

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Andrew Lane - Cornerstone BarristersHe only raises sensible points and is incredibly knowledgeable

Ranked: tier 1

Dean Underwood - Cornerstone BarristersHe is very good, thorough and reliable

Ranked: tier 1

David Lintott - Cornerstone BarristersHe has a particular strength in homelessness litigation, where he has appeared in a number of leading cases at the Court of Appeal

Ranked: tier 2

Jon Holbrook - Cornerstone BarristersHis experience includes possession cases involving Human Rights Act defences, homelessness and allocations (including the immigration aspects) and disrepair-related matters

Ranked: tier 2

Kuljit Bhogal - Cornerstone BarristersShe is certainly one of the most formidable juniors.

Ranked: tier 2

Jennifer Oscroft - Cornerstone BarristersSpecialises in public law challenges of decisions to decisions of social landlords

Ranked: tier 3

Ryan Kohli - Cornerstone BarristersAn excellent, up-and-coming barrister; he is well-prepared and attentive in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Rowlands - Cornerstone BarristersShe primarily represents local authorities in housing law matters, with particular expertise in homelessness law

Ranked: tier 4

Shomik Datta - Cornerstone BarristersMainly represents landlords and registered providers in possession claims and succession claims, as well as homelessness appeals and disrepair cases

Ranked: tier 4

Wayne Beglan - Cornerstone BarristersHe has in-depth knowledge of the law and good personal skills

Ranked: tier 4

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