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Cornerstone Barristers

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

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Cornerstone Barristers is β€˜a top-class set’ for judicial review and local government work and, in particular, β€˜a preferred choice’ for social housing matters. It also provides β€˜a comprehensive planning and environmental offering’, β€˜great strength in depth in the licensing field’, and β€˜a good selection of barristers available at various levels of call’. The clerks are praised as β€˜very helpful’, delivering β€˜a responsive and attentive service’; β€˜on the occasion that a barrister of choice is not available, they always find an excellent replacement’. Senior clerk Ben Connor β€˜always goes out of his way to help’ and β€˜responds very well whenever barristers are needed at extremely short notice’. Other names to note on the staff side include chief executive Elizabeth Woodman and deputy senior clerk Elliot Langdorf. 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 set that solicitors can β€˜turn to regularly with cases involving local authority or social housing concerns’. In one particularly standout case, Mark Lowe QC was successful in acting for the council in a judicial review of a neighbourhood plan that was challenged on the basis of a conflict with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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

Mark Lowe QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Able to use his vast experience to craft wider strategic advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He understands the real issues of election law and always provides practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Instils confidence in his clients.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2016 silks

Richard Ground QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Very thorough, but approachable and refreshingly informal when it’s appropriate.’

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

Jon Holbrook - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜His attention to detail is impeccable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Damien Welfare - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Personable and technically astute.’

Ranked: tier 4

Dean Underwood - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He is wedded to the sector; a social housing machine.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robin Green - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A methodical researcher, a calm and commanding advocate, and a wise, dependable ally.’

Ranked: tier 4

Wayne Beglan - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Always meets tight deadlines and provides excellent advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Paul Marshall - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A very bright and hardworking barrister with a good client manner.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Environment
Environment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers is β€˜a very friendly set of chambers’, where members are β€˜quick on their feet’. James Findlay QC acted for Donald Trump in Trump v Scottish Ministers, a challenge to permission granted for offshore windfarms, which also raised an important point about implied conditions.

Environment – Leading silks

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He has a modern approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Lowe QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A leading expert in the field of solar energy.’

Ranked: tier 3
Environment – 2016 silks

Michael Bedford QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He is very experienced in issues relating to infrastructure consenting and roads.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Ground QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He has great understanding of the facts and interpretation of law.’

Ranked: tier 1
Environment – Leading juniors

Harriet Townsend - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜She provides efficient and practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜She is a brilliant advocate, who has a presentation style liked by the court.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Health and safety
Health and safety – Leading silks

Gerard Forlin QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He maintains a busy practice with an international angle.’

Ranked: tier 2
Health and safety – Leading juniors

Emmaline Lambert - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜She swiftly turns around excellent paperwork in urgent circumstances.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He is undaunted by challenging cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Licensing
Licensing – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers is β€˜a first-rate chambers with first-class barristers, who specialise in licensing’. Six members were involved in the successful appeal against the revocation of Fabric nightclub’s licence, and head of chambers Philip Kolvin QC acted for the licensees in R (Hemming and others) v Westminster City Council, which went to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice, concerning the legality of charging up-front licence fees.

Licensing – Leading silks

Philip Kolvin QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He is a lateral thinker, and is very knowledgeable but also commercial.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜An exceptional barrister, who is super-confident in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜His advice is always clear and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 2
Licensing – Leading juniors

Asitha Ranatunga - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜An approachable barrister, who has an excellent manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Josef Cannon - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He has a calm demeanour and commands clients’ full confidence.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Planning
Planning – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers is β€˜a preferred planning set, which is run very efficiently’. Four members were instructed by parties challenging proposals for Lancashire fracking sites, and new silk Tom Cosgrove QC was sole counsel for the planning authority in France v Kensington and Chelsea RBC, resisting a multi-party judicial review challenge brought by the French government concerning development works at a neighbouring property to the French embassy.

Planning – Leading silks

Mark Lowe QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He is a leading expert in the field of solar energy and his advice is tailored to commercial needs.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He has a collaborative approach, which clients appreciate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜If the case involves original and creative thinking or the mastery of an obscure regulatory regime, he is ideal.’

Ranked: tier 4
Planning – 2016 silks

Michael Bedford QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He has a great ability to focus on important details while catering to clients’ needs.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Ground QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A very good counsel in court and appeal settings.’

Ranked: tier 1
Planning – 2017 silks

Paul Shadarevian QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Highly recommended for CPO-related work.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Cosgrove QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Recommended in disputes involving government-related projects.’

Ranked: tier 1
Planning – Leading juniors

Asitha Ranatunga - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He has an excellent manner and is able to reassure clients even in the face of an uphill struggle.’

Ranked: tier 3

Harriet Townsend - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Well liked by clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Josef Cannon - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robin Green - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He explains points in a way that clients can understand.’

Ranked: tier 3

Emmaline Lambert - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜She is helpful, practical and down to earth, with expert knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Grant - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He has expertise in representing local planning authorities and developers.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ian Albutt - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Recommended for planning inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Clay - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Recommended for his knowledge of the Town and Country Planning Act.’

Ranked: tier 4

Martin Edwards - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Highly recommended for public inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading silks

Gerard Forlin QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Excellent on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Property litigation and agriculture
Property litigation – Leading silks

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜His advice is always very well thought out, commercial and easily digestible.’

Ranked: tier 4
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Dean Underwood - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Specialises in landlord and tenant matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Shomik Datta - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He is versatile and has an easy and persuasive manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Cornerstone Barristers is β€˜a top-class set’ for judicial review and local government work and, in particular, β€˜a preferred choice’ for social housing matters. It also provides β€˜a comprehensive planning and environmental offering’, β€˜great strength in depth in the licensing field’, and β€˜a good selection of barristers available at various levels of call’. The clerks are praised as β€˜very helpful’, delivering β€˜a responsive and attentive service’; β€˜on the occasion that a barrister of choice is not available, they always find an excellent replacement’. Senior clerk Ben Connor β€˜always goes out of his way to help’ and β€˜responds very well whenever barristers are needed at extremely short notice’. Other names to note on the staff side include chief executive Elizabeth Woodman and deputy senior clerk Elliot Langdorf. Offices in: London, Birmingham, Cardiff

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

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers is a β€˜very accommodating set; if your preferred barrister is not available, the clerks are always able to suggest alternatives of a similar calibre’. Six members appeared before the Supreme Court in Johnson v Solihull MBC, the leading case on homelessness of recent times. Kelvin Rutledge QC and Ryan Kohli acted in the Court of Appeal in Hackney v Haque, which concerned the steps a decision maker in a statutory housing review has to take in order to demonstrate compliance with s149 of the Equality Act 2010.

Social housing – Leading silks

Kelvin Rutledge QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He pulls successful results from unwinnable cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜His advice is always very well thought out, commercial and easily digestible.’

Ranked: tier 2
Social housing – Leading juniors

Andrew Lane - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He simplifies the law and court process and puts clients and witnesses at ease.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dean Underwood - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He gets results, and his friendly and down-to-earth manner make him a client favourite.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jon Holbrook - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He has a well-deserved reputation as a leading housing junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Lintott - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A fantastic practitioner, who is utterly unflappable and always happy to act as a sounding board.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jennifer Oscroft - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜One of the most thorough and easy-to-work-with barristers.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kuljit Bhogal - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Highly recommended for homelessness cases and matters involving mental health and Equality Act points.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ryan Kohli - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜A robust and tenacious advocate, who is able to represent difficult positions.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Rowlands - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 4

Shomik Datta - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜He is versatile, and has an easy manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Wayne Beglan - Cornerstone Barristers β€˜Helpful and reliable.’

Ranked: tier 4

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