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Cornerstone Barristers, Thomas Cosgrove QC, London, ENGLAND

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Thomas Cosgrove QC

Work 020 7242 4986
Cornerstone Barristers (Cornerstone Barristers)

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Planning and public law


Leading planning and public law barrister appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017. His work typically entails leading multi-disciplinary teams of experts in relation to development and infrastructure projects as well as providing early tactical advice and written/oral advocacy at inquiries or in court. Tom aims to add value to his clients’ work and deliver a very high quality service drawing on his extensive experience across a range of sectors.

Tom provides an unstuffy approach that understands his clients and their needs, providing them with clear and comprehensible advice. He has extensive experience of planning inquiries and related high court statutory challenges. Tom acts for both private clients (including several of the leading housing developers) and planning authorities. He has recently been involved in major planning inquiries concerning residential schemes in England and advising private clients on strategic planning in the context of emerging local plans and infrastructure projects.

Tom is regularly instructed in relation to major proposals concerning heritage assets and large scale commercial developments. He has a wealth of experience of large scale renewable energy proposals and of promoting and resisting development proposals in countryside areas of outstanding natural beauty, national parks and the green belt. Tom regularly appears in the higher courts.

Editor and co-author of Cornerstone on the Planning Court.


Called 1994, Inner Temple.


Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA); Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)


St Edwards School; Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1993 BA Hons Law; 1997 MA); Evan Lewis-Thomas Law Scholar 1993.


Golf, fly-fishing, cricket, painting.

London Bar


Within: Planning ‚Äď 2017 silks

Tom Cosgrove QC - Cornerstone Barristers ‚ÄėA 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.‚Äô

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