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Lisa Busch QC

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Planning, environmental, local government, public (including human rights and equalities) and immigration law.


Lisa Busch is a leading advocate in planning, environmental, local government and public law. She represents central Government departments, local authorities and other public bodies, as well as private clients and residents' associations in inquiries and judicial review claims in all areas of her practice.

In 2017-2018 she acted for the Education and Skills Funding Agency in a series of inquiries concerning new free schools, reflecting her expertise in dealing with major and medium-scale infrastructure projects. She is experienced in dealing with the CIL Regulations, having acted for Waverly Borough Council in an examination into its CIL charging schedule in July 2018 and for Wealden District Council in an application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in a case involving the interpretation of the Regulations.

She regularly advises local authorities on all aspects of their powers and duties: recent cases include Cambridge CC v Traditional Cambridge Tours and others [2018] EWHC 1304 (QB); R (Harvey) v Ledbury Town Council [2018] EWHC 1151 (Admin); and R (Bewley Homes Pie) v Waverly BC [2017] 2 P & CR 19.

Contributing author to P. Cappel QC, Information Rights (Sweet & Maxwell, 2004); 'Ultra Vires Representations and Illegitimate Expectations', Public Law (Public Law, 2006).


Called to the Bar in 2000. Took silk in 2016. On the Attorney-General's A Panel (2012-2018), previously on C and B panels. Currently on the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel. Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Law at King's College, London (2007-2008) and Visiting Fellow in Human Rights Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (2001-2004). BPhil and Master of Studies in Legal Research (Oxford, 1997-98).


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


University of Western Australia (1995 BA Hons Philosophy and Law 1st class); Oxford University (1997 BPhil; 1998 Master of Studies in Law).


Literature, art, walking.

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

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

Lisa Busch QC - Cornerstone BarristersShe is remarkably good on matters which require a high intellectual input.

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Immigration (including business immigration)

Within: Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks

Lisa Busch QC - Cornerstone BarristersIntellectually she is second to none.

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Within: Planning

Cornerstone Barristers is ‘a solid, friendly and efficient chambers’, which has undergone impressive expansion of late. Lisa Busch QC joined from Landmark Chambers in January 2018, while Emmaline Lambert and Edward Grant arrived from Six Pump Court. Recent case highlights include Ashley Bowes acting in the Supreme Court case of Suffolk Coastal District Council v Hopkins Homes Ltd, and in Preston New Road Action Group & Frackman v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the first Court of Appeal challenge concerning the secretary of state’s decision to grant planning permission for fracking projects. In addition, Jack Parker acted in Oakley v South Cambridgeshire District Council, a significant case for planning committee decision making.

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