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Cornerstone Barristers

2-3 GRAY'S INN SQUARE, LONDON, WC1R 5JH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7242 4986
Fax:
Fax 020 7405 1166
DX:
316 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.cornerstonebarristers.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Cornerstone Barristers is ‘a go-to set for planning, environmental and public law matters’, and ‘one of the best housing law chambers, with a good range of quality barristers’. The ‘very responsive, helpful and organised’ clerks are also commended for providing ‘service of a very high standard’. Recent changes in the team saw Paul Cray move to 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens and Ben Connor return to chambers as senior clerk, having previously clerked at the set between 2000 and 2003. Connor is ably assisted by deputy senior clerk Elliot Langdorf, who is ‘charming, very personable and extremely helpful’, while ‘understanding the needs of local authorities’. 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 is a ‘brilliant chambers’ with ‘really good barristers’ and ‘clearly a strong planning law team’.

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

Mark Lowe QC - Cornerstone BarristersVery experienced in the field.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone BarristersA tireless and passionate advocate and a major player in the specialist FOIA arena.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersHe is technically excellent and leaves the client knowing they have the best man on their side.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – New silks

Richard Ground QC - Cornerstone BarristersExcellent in guiding the team to a well thought-through strategy.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Jon Holbrook - Cornerstone BarristersHe displays impeccable attention to detail and is always well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 3

Damien Welfare - Cornerstone BarristersAble to take on large, complex matters with ease; a joy to instruct.’

Ranked: tier 4

Dean Underwood - Cornerstone BarristersA very able and approachable counsel.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robin Green - Cornerstone BarristersVery impressive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Wayne Beglan - Cornerstone BarristersIn demand among local authorities.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Paul Marshall - Cornerstone BarristersA strong advocate and a very good lawyer.

Ranked: tier 5

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Environment
Environment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Cornerstone Barristers

Providing ‘a very high standard of serviceCornerstone Barristers is ‘a good set with significant public law expertise’. Members’ strengths lie in renewable energy development and related High Court challenges, environmental impact assessments, and habitat regulations.

Environment – Leading silks

Mark Lowe QC - Cornerstone BarristersVery experienced.

Ranked: tier 3

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersHe is an excellent leader with an advocacy style liked by the court and the client.

Ranked: tier 4
Environment – New silks

Michael Bedford QC - Cornerstone BarristersExpert on the interface between environmental law and planning, with a focus on larger inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Ground QC - Cornerstone BarristersExcellent to work with – very thorough but approachable.’

Ranked: tier 1
Environment – Leading juniors

Harriet Townsend - Cornerstone BarristersA wonderful barrister, who is calm, fabulous with clients, fiercely bright and a great advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone BarristersShe is thorough, objective and provides sound legal advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Health and safety
Health and safety – Leading silks

Gerard Forlin QC - Cornerstone BarristersA very engaging and vastly experienced advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

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IT and telecoms (including data protection)
Data protection – Leading silks

Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone BarristersA matchless knowledge of existing case law and ingenuity in developing the law further.

Ranked: tier 2

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Licensing
Licensing – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers has ‘strength in depth’ when it comes to licensing and clients ‘can always rely on chambers’ for securing top-quality counsel. Philip Kolvin QC was involved in the Hemming Supreme Court case concerning overcharging of licence fee charges by Westminster City Council. Members are typically instructed by licensing authorities, national regulators, the police, industry operators and community groups.

Licensing – Leading silks

Philip Kolvin QC - Cornerstone BarristersRemains the standard-bearer of licensing silks.

Ranked: tier 1

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersLiked by the court and the client.

Ranked: tier 3

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone BarristersA firm favourite.

Ranked: tier 3
Licensing – Leading juniors

Asitha Ranatunga - Cornerstone BarristersHe provides exceptionally clear and concise advice, and is a joy to work with.

Ranked: tier 2

Josef Cannon - Cornerstone BarristersHe is empathetic with clients and operators.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Planning
Planning – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers is ‘a fantastic, well-organised set, with clerks who are always willing to help out when they can.Mark Lowe QC represented a consortium of Buckinghamshire authorities before the House of Commons Select Committee considering the HS2 Bill. Other members successfully acted for a local authority in securing the rejection of four onshore wind farms in Wales.

Planning – Leading silks

Mark Lowe QC - Cornerstone BarristersExperienced in HS2 matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersAn excellent leader with an advocacy style liked by the court and the client.

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone BarristersA very high-calibre lawyer, at the top of his game.’

Ranked: tier 4
Planning – New silks

Michael Bedford QC - Cornerstone BarristersA class act.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Ground QC - Cornerstone BarristersSolicitors very much enjoy working with him.

Ranked: tier 1
Planning – Leading juniors

Mary Cook - Cornerstone BarristersHer ability to plot a course through complex planning issues is excellent and rarely (if ever) bettered.’

Ranked: tier 1

Asitha Ranatunga - Cornerstone BarristersRecommended for local authority representation.

Ranked: tier 3

Harriet Townsend - Cornerstone BarristersAn excellent advocate at public inquiries; she sees the wood from the trees.’

Ranked: tier 3

Josef Cannon - Cornerstone BarristersAlways very well prepared, but able to think on his feet should an unexpected or difficult issue arise.

Ranked: tier 3

Robin Green - Cornerstone BarristersVery calm, well prepared and thorough, and very generous with his time.

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Cosgrove - Cornerstone BarristersHe is incisive, gets to the heart of the issue very quickly and is a very good cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Albutt - Cornerstone BarristersHighly experienced in planning inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Clay - Cornerstone BarristersStrong in actions for developers and local authorities where natural and heritage assets are at play.’

Ranked: tier 4

Martin Edwards - Cornerstone BarristersStrong on local government matters.

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Shadarevian - Cornerstone BarristersProvides excellent tactical advice with pinpoint accuracy.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading silks

Gerard Forlin QC - Cornerstone BarristersA great court performer and charmer.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Property litigation
Property litigation – Leading silks

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone BarristersHe is incredibly good with clients and a must-see on his feet – a real spark of excellence.’

Ranked: tier 4
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Dean Underwood - Cornerstone BarristersHe provides exceptional client care and very clear advice – no sitting on the fence.

Ranked: tier 4

Shomik Datta - Cornerstone BarristersHis ability to grasp facts at a moment’s notice is extremely impressive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Lane - Cornerstone BarristersHe has a great eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Cornerstone Barristers is ‘a go-to set for planning, environmental and public law matters’, and ‘one of the best housing law chambers, with a good range of quality barristers’. The ‘very responsive, helpful and organised’ clerks are also commended for providing ‘service of a very high standard’. Recent changes in the team saw Paul Cray move to 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens and Ben Connor return to chambers as senior clerk, having previously clerked at the set between 2000 and 2003. Connor is ably assisted by deputy senior clerk Elliot Langdorf, who is ‘charming, very personable and extremely helpful’, while ‘understanding the needs of local authorities’. 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 is ‘a great set, containing great personalities and vast expertise at all levels’. Members typically act for local authorities and arm’s-length external organisations (ALEOs) in a range of social housing matters from anti-social behaviour issues to homelessness. Kelvin Rutledge QC represented the London Borough of Southwark in Hotak.

Social housing – Leading silks

Kelvin Rutledge QC - Cornerstone BarristersA tough and excellent advocate, who is easy to work with as part of a team.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone BarristersExtremely bright but practical too.

Ranked: tier 3
Social housing – Leading juniors

Andrew Lane - Cornerstone BarristersWithout doubt, one of the best social housing juniors out there.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dean Underwood - Cornerstone BarristersHe gives clients immediate confidence in his abilities.

Ranked: tier 1

Jon Holbrook - Cornerstone BarristersHe has a well-deserved reputation as a social housing junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jennifer Oscroft - Cornerstone BarristersAlways calm, however poor the case looks.

Ranked: tier 3

Kuljit Bhogal - Cornerstone BarristersVery effective in dealing with difficult litigants in person.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Rowlands - Cornerstone BarristersA safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Lintott - Cornerstone BarristersExtremely articulate and down to earth.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ryan Kohli - Cornerstone BarristersAn effective oral advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Shomik Datta - Cornerstone BarristersRated very highly in all aspects of his work.’

Ranked: tier 4

Wayne Beglan - Cornerstone BarristersVery able to grasp the situation and provide commercially sensible advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

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