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Cornerstone Barristers

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

James Findlay QC

Tel:
Work 020 7242 4986
Email:
Cornerstone Barristers (Cornerstone Barristers)

Work Department

Planning and environment; licensing; local government law.

Position

Specialist in planning and environment, compulsory purchase, licensing and local government law in both England & Wales and Scotland.  Also undertakes a wide range of contract/commercial work.

In last 10 years Supreme Court cases include Multilink Leisure Developments v North Lanarkshire Council (lease interpretation), Morge v Hampshire (resisting interim relief application), Welwyn Hatfield v SOSCLG (deceit and planning), Tesco Stores Ltd v Dundee City Council (interpretation of policy and sequential test), Uprichard v Scottish Ministers (local plan challenge) and Trump v Scottish Ministers (implied conditions). Numerous other related Court cases in both jurisdictions.

Likewise numerous planning inquiries, including recent significant experience in windfarms, waste to energy facilities and acted for Guildford Borough Council promoting its local plan.

Licensing work at all levels in both jurisdictions.

James advises on all aspects of local authority law, including governance, elections, highways and procurement.

Career

Called England and Wales 1984; Queen’s Council (England and Wales) 2008; admitted Scotland 2008; Joint Head of Chambers (Cornerstone Barristers) 2011-14; Standing Junior to Scottish Ministers (2013); Chair of Scottish Planning Local Government and Environmental Bar Group 2015.

Member

Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA); Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA); National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA); UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA).

Education

Magdalene College, Cambridge.


London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

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

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersHe is in the premier division for public and planning law.

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Environment

Within: Environment – Leading silks

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersSignificant windfarm experience at inquiry and appeal.

Within: Environment

Cornerstone Barristers is ‘a strong set in planning and environmental law’. In Wealden District Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, James Findlay QC represented Lewes District Council, with judgment carrying wide implications for incorrect assessment of air quality assessment. In the Court of Appeal, Estelle Dehon has been involved in Frackman v SSCLG and Cuadrilla, now the leading case on the application of environmental impact assessment to fracking.

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Licensing

Within: Licensing – Leading silks

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersVery knowledgeable, commercial and very user friendly.

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Planning

Within: Planning – Leading silks

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersA breadth of experience, with particular expertise in healthcare.

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