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Cornerstone Barristers, Asitha Ranatunga, London, ENGLAND

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Asitha Ranatunga

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

Work Department

Public law; planning and environment law; licensing.

Career

Asitha specialises in planning and environment, and licensing law. Within those fields, his practice incorporates related administrative and public law work. He regularly appears at public inquiries, hearings, and before the Higher Courts.

His clients include developers and individuals as well as local authorities and residents' groups. Asitha provides strategic and legal advice across a range of sectors including development (residential, retail, and leisure), infrastructure (renewable energy and highways), and regulatory control (environmental enforcement).

Asitha recently appeared at planning inquiries for Uttlesford DC and Huntingdonshire DC successfully defending their decisions to refuse edge of village residential schemes (Appeals by Catesby Estates Ltd. for 55 units and Abbey Properties Ltd. for 63 units), and subsequently at permission stage in s.288 challenges.

Asitha is also involved (led by Wayne Beglan) in defending the challenges to Waverley DC's Local Plan. In Licensing, Asitha has considerable experience of contested appeals acting for the trade as well as defending licensing authority decisions.

He recently acted for Islington Council on appeal defending the Council's decision to restrict the hours of operation of an established pub in the Angel Stress Area following noise and disturbance complaints.

Asitha brings approachability and pragmatism to all of his work and draws on more than 15 years' experience at the Bar. He is consistently ranked as a leading junior in the main guides to the profession.

Contributor to Cornerstone on the Planning Court and Licensed Premises: Law and Practice (Kolvin, 2nd edition).

Called 2001 (Inner Temple).

Member

Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA); Institute of Licensing; Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA); UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA).     

Education

Pembroke College, Cambridge; (MA, MPhil Classics); Bristol Grammar School.

Leisure

Cricket and travel.


London Bar

Licensing

Within: Leading Juniors

Asitha Ranatunga - Cornerstone Barristers‘Great interpersonal skills and has the ability to understand and interpret clients' requirements.’

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Planning

Within: Leading Juniors

Asitha Ranatunga - Cornerstone BarristersWhen cross-examining, he establishes a rapport with the witness, allowing him to extract concessions on key points.

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