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Cornerstone Barristers

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Birmingham, Cardiff, London

Ranjit Bhose QC

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Cornerstone Barristers (Cornerstone Barristers)

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Local government; public law; social housing; landlord and tenant; property; property related negligence; licensing; civil litigation; Court of Protection.


Ranjit has a varied practice, with particular specialism in the following: local government; public law; social housing; landlord and tenant; property; property related negligence; licensing; civil litigation; Court of Protection. He has strong links with local authorities, major private sector landlords and developers, and registered providers.

In 2018 he has been successfully representing Uber in its appeal against the refusal of its London PHV licence; acting for Haringey at all stages of the multi-million pound public-private Haringey Development Vehicle LLP partnership, including successfully defeating a judicial review claim in R (Peters) v Haringey LBC  [2018] EWHC 192 (Admin); acting for a consortium of local authorities challenging the decision in Jones v LB Southwark on water re-selling.

Other recent cases include: Worthington v Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd (2018) (CA – harassment by housing associations); Re M (2018) (Court of Protection – alleged forced marriage); R. (Friends of Finsbury Park) v Haringey LBC (2017) (CA – hiring out of public parks, licencing); R (Muir) v Wandsworth BC (2017) (Admin – local authority powers and duties, parks); Fabric Nightclub (2016) (MC – licence revocation); Holley v Hillingdon LBC (2016) (CA – housing, human rights); Re: Pond House, Pond Place, London SW23 (2015) (UT – QLTAs and framework agreements); Sims v Dacorum DC (2014) (SC - housing and property, human rights); Evans v Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators (2014) (CA - easements over common land); Thompson v Oxford CC (2014) (CA - lap dancing); Superstrike v Rodriguez (2013) (CA - tenancy deposits); Bean Leisure v Leeds CC (2014) (Admin - lap dancing); Tachie v Welwyn Hatfield DC (2013) (Admin - public procurement, Teckal; contracting-out); Bristol CC Council v Digs (2014) (Admin - HMO licensing).

Called 1989 (Gray's Inn); Silk 2012.




University College, Oxford (BA Hons).

London Bar


Within: Leading Silks

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

Within: Licensing

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.

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Property litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone Barristers ‘ Distinguished through the quality of legal advice, pragmatism and good people skills. ’

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Social housing

Within: Leading Silks

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone Barristers ‘ His quality of legal advice is allied to pragmatism and good people skills ’

Within: Social housing

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.

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