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Cornerstone Barristers
2-3 GRAY'S INN SQUARE
LONDON
WC1R 5JH
England

London Bar > Licensing Tier 1

Cornerstone Barristers is noted for being ‘excellent’ when it comes to licensing matters, with a focus on representing operators in disputes concerning gambling, sex shops, alcohol, public entertainment and private hire. In Uber London Limited v Transport for London & United Trade Action Group & APCU & Transopco Limited, Ranjit Bhose KC led Josef Cannon, acting on behalf of Uber in proceedings questioning whether the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 requires a licensed operator to enter a contract as a principal with a passenger who has booked a journey. Asitha Ranatunga represented Bessington Investments in an objection to One World Festival’s application for a new premises license.

Leading Juniors

Josef CannonCornerstone BarristersIncredibly approachable advocate, with a style committees appreciate. Has achieved great results in very challenging circumstances.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard HanstockCornerstone BarristersRichard understands his brief and has the ability to explain clearly the nature of the licensing regime and what a successful appeal can and cannot do. He is rated highly as an advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Asitha RanatungaCornerstone BarristersAsitha is extremely efficient with his and his clients' time preparing for hearings.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

Excellent.’

‘Favoured provider.

Clerking

‘Excellent. I work closely with Daniel Gatt and George Regan especially.

Work highlights

    London Bar > Local government (including rating law) Tier 1

    Considered a ‘ go-to set for local government property law issues’ by one client, Cornerstone Barristers barristers represent over 300 local authorities, often in judicial reviews. Local government specialist Kelvin Rutledge KC has a wide ranging practice and has appeared in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in the past year for social housing related issues. On the junior side, Andrew Lane recently acted in Stephen Gleeson v Welwyn Hatfield BC, a case which hinged on a novel argument relating to intentional homelessness.

    Rising stars

    Matthew LewinCornerstone BarristersHe has great expertise and knowledge and a broad local government practice.
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Silks

    Ranked: Tier 2
    Philip Coppel KCCornerstone BarristersVery clever and very good at explaining matters to the lay client. He has a masterly overview and command of many-stranded matters.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Kelvin Rutledge KCCornerstone BarristersKelvin is the alchemist of legal complexity and dedication – his ability to condense globalised legal complexities into entirely digestible and persuasive nutrition for judges is exquisite.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    James Findlay KCCornerstone BarristersJames’ attention to detail is second to none and always responds to queries immediately. He is a go to QC for any local government matter. Quite simply a fantastic legal mind.
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Leading Juniors

    Kuljit BhogalCornerstone BarristersKuljit’s knowledge and expertise in antisocial behaviour has been the driving force behind solving difficult issues for local authorities.’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Testimonials

    Set

    Cornerstone are my go-to set for local government property law issues.’      

    ‘Very strong on public law generally, particularly local government.’ 

    ‘Good strength in depth of cover.’

    Clerking

    ‘They continue to offer a great service.’

    ‘Very helpful and understand public sector.’      

    ‘Clerks as always are exemplary; they are personable and efficient, providing a prompt service and are always willing to help. Daniel Gatt rates a mention. He has proven invaluable identifying the appropriate counsel to instruct on a number of local authority matters.’      

    London Bar > Social housing Tier 1

    Cornerstone Barristers is a ‘leading set in the area of housing’. In Bankole-Jones v Watford BC, Catherine Rowlands argued for Watford Borough Council on the issue whether someone who is homeless and sleeping rough is by that fact “vulnerable” and therefore in priority need for the purposes of section 189 of the Housing Act 1996. In Croydon LBC v Kalonga, Riccardo Calzavara   - ultimately successfully - represented Croydon council first in the High Court, then the Court of Appeal and finally the Supreme Court, where he was led by Kelvin Rutledge KC, on the question of how authorities can recover possession against fixed-term tenants, and the proper construction of forfeiture clauses in fixed-term secure tenancies.  In June 2022, Lindsay Johnson joined from Doughty Street Chambers.

    Leading Silks

    Ranked: Tier 1
    Kelvin Rutledge KCCornerstone BarristersA leading silk in the housing field.
    Ranked: Tier 2

    Leading Juniors

    Andrew LaneCornerstone BarristersAndrew provides good, strong advice and speaks in a way clients understand easily.
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Kuljit BhogalCornerstone BarristersKuljit is a superb counsel - her advice is thorough and knowledgeable. Her advocacy skills are excellent: she delivers with assuredness, resilience and eloquence.
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Lindsay Johnson – Cornerstone BarristersA junior with encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. He is always appreciated by the judiciary for his knowledge.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Sarah SalmonCornerstone BarristersShe is simply exceptional.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ryan KohliCornerstone BarristersRyan is hard-working, imaginative and never anything less than 100% prepared. His advocacy conveys a real sense of authority, and is not afraid to tackle difficult factual or legal arguments.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Alexander CampbellCornerstone BarristersAlex’s advocacy is faultless. He applies a very practical and realistic approach when instructed, which, matched with his excellent technical ability, make him an excellent barrister.
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Riccardo CalzavaraCornerstone Barristers ‘Riccardo’s advocacy is smooth and his delivery in court is one of complete control and precision and attention to fine detail – and this is down to his meticulous preparation.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Matthew FeldmanCornerstone BarristersA consummate professional with an engaging manner.'
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘A very highly regarded top set of chambers in the housing and local government field. Very professional, approachable, dedicated and friendly team to work with.’

    ‘An extremely competent set with some of the leading barristers in the field.’

    ‘Cornerstone Barristers has real strength in depth from the most junior through to silk level.’

    ‘Excellent for local government law – particularly housing and licensing.’

    ‘Cornerstone Barristers is excellent at providing first class barristers. Their annual housing conference is a highlight in the housing sector.’

    Clerks

    ‘Clerks provide an excellent service: extremely personable and friendly. No task is too small for them to undertake. They are efficient, providing a prompt service and are always willing to help.’

    London Bar > Environment Tier 3

    Cornerstone Barristers is ‘a good planning set, one of the strongest in this area and is particularly well-known for doing local authority work’. One client remarks that ‘there is strength and depth in the environmental team; with good experience across a range of high-profile and leading High Court claimant cases’. Members frequently handle matters involving green belt and countryside issues, the historic environment, fracking, energy and renewables, habitats and species protection, and waste. New silk Estelle Dehon KC is ‘well-known to be one of the leading counsel on climate cases, with an an astounding breadth of knowledge and handle of the detail’. In R (Finch & Weald Action Group) v Surrey County Council & Horse Hill Developments Ltd, she is handling the first climate-based judicial review challenge to a grant of permission for commercial oil production. Experienced junior Jonathan Clay is adept in town and country planning matters.

    Leading Silks

    James Findlay KCCornerstone Barristers ‘He exhibits an authoritative advocacy style without being pushy, and provides clear, pragmatic advice.’
    Ranked: Tier 4

    2022 Silks

    Estelle Dehon KCCornerstone Barristers ‘A determined and tenacious advocate, whose oral and written advocacy is nuanced, well-reasoned and highly effective and whose grasp of the law consistently impresses.’

    Leading Juniors

    Harriet TownsendCornerstone Barristers ‘A very intelligent barrister who quickly grasps the complex issues surrounding a matter, she is methodical, intuitive, composed and sharp.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Jonathan ClayCornerstone Barristers ‘He has an excellent manner with clients, his advice is clear concise and explained in a direct way which is understood by lay clients.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ruchi Parekh - Cornerstone Barristers ‘A diligent barrister with impressive planning expertise, she has an exceptional command of the law, is extremely strategic, and gives clear, comprehensive advice.’
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘One of the strongest sets in this area.’

    ‘Cornerstone is a good planning set. They are particularly well-known for doing local authority work.’

    ‘A very strong set in my area of work – planning and environment. Counsel generally available, although clearly very busy. Cornerstone’s annual case law update is about the best among the planning/environmental law chambers.’

    Clerking

    ‘Always responsive and easy to work with.’

    ‘Clerks are very responsive. Daniel Gatt is good to work with; very responsive and takes a practical view matter such as negotiating fees.’

    ‘Clerks are effective and approachable.’

    Work highlights

      London Bar > Planning Tier 3

      The ‘fantastic range of barristers’ at Cornerstone Barristers use their ‘excellent skills and expertise in the planning law field’ to advise a variety of clients on a full scope of cases. The chambers utilises its extensive sector knowledge of public law, energy, property, and local government law to bolster its planning offering. Michael Bedford KC acted for Suffolk CC in the Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station DCO Examination, concerning the eponymous power plant. In addition to this, Richard Ground KC successfully represented Twickenham Studios in the Twickenham Film Studios Arlington Works Planning Inquiry regarding a scheme which endangered the future of the historic film studio. Thomas Cosgrove KC successfully defended a judicial review claim for Mid Suffolk DC regarding an attempt which sought to quash planning permission for a 300-dwelling scheme in Ewans v Mid Suffolk DCWayne Beglan  acted for Hackney Council in a series of  cases which involved a judicial review, an appeal to the Court of Appeal, and an eight day planning inquiry appeal; the string of matters ultimately concerned prohibitory and mandatory injunctions against art installations which were installed at commercial premises.  

      Rising stars

      John Fitzsimons  – Cornerstone Barristers 'John is knowledgeable, with good judgment; his advocacy is clear and concise. He is easy to work with and puts clients at ease.'  
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Leading Silks

      Ranked: Tier 3
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Michael Bedford KC –Cornerstone Barristers ‘Michael is very well prepared for conferences and hearings. He has a no nonsense approach, knows how to pitch the case at examination hearings, and has a great eye for detail.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Thomas Cosgrove KC –Cornerstone Barristers 'Tom's advocacy is calm, considered, and to the point. He is excellent at instilling confidence in clients and has a very realistic view of prospects and outcomes.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Paul Shadarevian KC –Cornerstone Barristers 'Paul provides excellent advocacy for the council. He is very clear in his approach and has an unhurried and authoritative style of advocacy.'
      Ranked: Tier 4

      2022 Silks

      Estelle Dehon KC – Cornerstone Barristers ‘Estelle is superb; She often represents individuals and communities up against difficult odds and well-funded opponents and has an impressive record of success. Her advocacy is top-notch and she is a pleasure to work with.’

      Leading Juniors

      Wayne Beglan  –Cornerstone Barristers 'Wayne is always calm, measured and impeccably prepared. In terms of advocacy, Wayne is on the right side of confident and builds a good rapport with inspectors and judges.'
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Edward Grant  –Cornerstone Barristers 'Ed is thorough, tenacious and precise.  His advocacy is direct, he is surgical in cross-examination, and he instils clients with confidence and trust.'
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Jonathan Clay  – Cornerstone Barristers ‘Jonathan has a great strength in being able to look past the details at the overall goal and then to re-examine those minutiae to achieve the desired result. He also has an exceptional ability to lead a team from within, with his friendly and approachable manner.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Emmaline Lambert  – Cornerstone Barristers 'Emmaline is very organised and always delivers on time. She is very personable, with a robust but friendly and supportive manner. Her cross examination is perfectly judged, incisive, and unflinching. Emmaline's closing statements are the stuff of legends; they are clear and passionate, delivered in her own inimitable style.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Asitha Ranatunga  – Cornerstone Barristers 'Asitha is somebody who can provide excellent advice and finds pragmatic solution to the most complicated problem. He is very robust with his advocacy and leaves no stones unturned in his preparation for hearings. His advice is thorough and complete.'   
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Jack Parker  – Cornerstone Barristers 'Jack is excellent to work with due to his ability to quickly assess the case and set out arguments for the inquiry. Jack works well with all witnesses and enables them to feel at ease, particularly in preparation for cross-examination.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Harriet Townsend  – Cornerstone Barristers 'Harriet is a very intelligent barrister who quickly grasps the complex issues surrounding a matter. She is methodical and intuitive and able to set out issues and solutions in a way which is accessible to a variety of disciplines including the legal team.  Harriet's advocacy is composed and sharp. She is able to navigate to the heart of a matter, taking all parties with her in an exceptionally clear way.'
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Robert Williams  – Cornerstone Barristers ‘Rob has a very strong attention to detail, and a critical eye for inquiry evidence.  He can assimilate complex technical data and present it as compelling and persuasive arguments.  Rob has an extraordinary ability to give confidence to seasoned and new expert witnesses at appeal, and he can galvanise a team around an argument.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ruchi Parekh  – Cornerstone Barristers 'Ruchi is very clever, a superb advocate who can see the bigger picture and key points in a case. Ruchi's advocacy is concise, focused, and very impressive.'
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Clare Parry  – Cornerstone Barristers ‘Clare is understated excellence – no courtroom theatrics, just an intellectual force to be reckoned with. She is patient with clients and a careful assessor of risk, but has X-ray vision for strengths and weaknesses of the other side’s case and will go for the jugular.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ben Du Feu  – Cornerstone Barristers 'Ben is a committed, talented and impressive barrister. He is an impressive advocate who is incisive, clear, and well-rounded in his legal advice. His pleadings get straight to the point and argue the case persuasively and coherently. He is a pleasure to work with and has a professional and disciplined attitude. '
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘Cornerstone have a good group of barristers with excellent skills and expertise in the planning law field. I would not hesitate to instruct any of their specialists in this field.’

      ‘Cornerstone Barristers have always been my go to, having worked with a variey of barristers within the chambers, each assisting with different aspects of planning and being able to support whichever case they are required.’

      ‘The level of experience amongst it members is very impressive.  I have had the opportunity to work with other barristers in the same chambers and have found them to all be knowledgeable and approachable.’

      ‘Cornerstone has a fantastic range of barristers, from silks to junior juniors, who are regularly instructed in some of the biggest and notable planning cases.’

      Clerking

      ‘The clerks are all friendly, very approachable and efficient.’

      ‘The clerks at Cornerstone are particularly strong in their communication, and have always ensured a timely response.’

      Work highlights

        London Bar > Administrative law and human rights Tier 4

        Cornerstone Barristers ‘hosts a number of very good barristers in this area’ advising both private and public sector organisations involved in public law cases. Members regularly appear in a variety of courts in high profile cases of strategic importance. Philip Coppel KC acted in Heathrow Airport Limited v Information Commissioner, a case examining whether Heathrow Airport is a “public authority” for the purposes of the environmental information regime.

        2022 Silks

        Estelle Dehon KCCornerstone Barristers 'Estelle is very experienced and hugely knowledgeable in planning and environmental judicial review. The fact that she represents both claimants and defendants is a real strength.'

        Testimonials

        Set

        ‘Cornerstone hosts quite a number of very good barristers in this area.’    

        Clerking

        ‘Always responsive and easy to work with.’    

        London Bar > Data protection

        Leading Silks

        Philip Coppel KCCornerstone BarristersPhilip is the barrister any client would be lucky to have on their team. His advice is clear and pragmatic. His advocacy is persuasive and well structured.
        Ranked: Tier 2

        2022 Silks

        Estelle Dehon KCCornerstone BarristersA highly experienced data protection expert who delivers practical compliance advice and excellent strategy on breach-handling.

        London Bar > Health and safety

        Leading Silks

        Gerard Forlin KCCornerstone BarristersGerard is a great advocate, brilliant with juries, and good with clients.
        Ranked: Tier 2

        London Bar > Property litigation

        Leading Silks

        Ranjit Bhose KCCornerstone BarristersRanjit is a superb advocate, his case preparation is second to none and he has an uncanny ability to immediately recall page numbers for specific documents in massive trial bundles.
        Ranked: Tier 2

        Leading Juniors

        Shomik DattaCornerstone BarristersShomik’s ability to grasp the difficult issue in long running cases is fantastic. He is very adept at putting the client at ease and inspiring confidence in them.
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Ranked: Tier 4

        London Bar > Aviation

        London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

        Leading Juniors

        Lee ParkhillCornerstone BarristersAn excellent barrister. His knowledge of his subject areas is incredible, and he conveys complex information in a clear manner that professional and lay clients understand.
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Peggy Etiebet - Cornerstone BarristersShe is an articulate and forceful barrister in court, with particular expertise at dealing with complex Court of Protection matters involving mental health.
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Alexander CampbellCornerstone Barristers  ‘Alexander is really strong on case preparation, presenting excellent written arguments that are to the point and persuasive.’
        Ranked: Tier 5

        London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

        Leading Silks

        Gerard Forlin KCCornerstone BarristersA very strong and persuasive advocate, who fights every step of the way to get the best for the families.
        Ranked: Tier 4

        London Bar > Agriculture

        Leading Juniors

        Ashley BowesCornerstone BarristersAshley is highly knowledgeable in his field. He is very thorough and skilled when it comes to identifying and distilling the key issues from a large amount of information.
        Ranked: Tier 2

        London Bar > Commercial litigation

        Leading chambers in which excellence is achieved across a range of practice areas broadly related to public law and property, and through professional client service. With more than 50 barristers and offices in London, Birmingham and Cardiff, Cornerstone Barristers provides advice and representation in areas including administrative and public law, planning, property, housing, licensing, data protection, Court of Protection, health and social care, commercial and regulatory law. Clients include companies, central and local government, private developers, public development agencies and individuals.

        The set: Chambers offers expertise at all levels of seniority, from KCs to newly qualified barristers, and at all levels of the court system, from County Court to the Supreme Court. Members are highly regarded and often involved in ground-breaking cases. They are not just legal experts but sector specialists, meaning that clients receive advice from, and are represented by, people who understand their perspective, their business and their challenges.

        Types of work undertaken: The set’s expertise takes in the most lengthy, complex and high-profile cases, as well as more routine matters.

        Planning and environment: As one of the leading planning sets, Cornerstone Barristers handles the full range of issues including high-profile infrastructure and other nationally important projects involving property, public and environmental law, compulsory purchase and compensation, minerals and waste, rights of way, highways, village greens and commons. Members handle major inquiries and advise on prominent developments, statutory challenges and judicial review.

        Social housing: The set is well known for landlord and tenant law, homelessness, asylum, housing benefit fraud, possession claims, contested succession, unlawful subletting, anti-social behaviour and disrepair. Property: As well as advising and representing private and public-sector clients in relation to commercial and residential property, members act as mediators and arbitrators.

        Public law and Judicial Review: The set defends and challenges public law decisions in many areas includ­ing planning, housing, highways, health and social care, Court of Protection, immigration, human rights, education and employment. Members take part in the most prominent public inquiries and inquests.

        Licensing: The set drives professional development in this area by advising, training and educating across the whole field, including alcohol, entertainment, gambling and taxis, on behalf of licensing authorities, police, leading industry operators, trade associations and campaign and community groups.

        Information law: The team has particular expertise in profiling, big data and Al, and brings both legal and technical knowledge to advising clients.

        Health and social care: Members represent clients in the Court of Protection, the Administrative Court and the Supreme Court across the full spectrum of health and social care matters, including adult and child social care, mental capacity and mental health law.

        Commercial: The set includes barristers with domestic business law practices encompassing contentious and non-contentious commercial and corporate work.

        Regulatory law: In conjunction with a leading reputation in corporate manslaughter, the set provides a comprehensive service in consumer protection, trading standards, health and safety and environmental regulation.

        DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
        CEO Clare Bellocbello@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Senior Clerk Elliot Langdorfelangdorf@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Joint Head of Chambers COPPEL KC, Philip (1994)philipc@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Joint Head of Chambers COSGROVE KC, Thomas (1994)tomc@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers FINDLAY KC, James (1984)jamesf@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers GASZTOWICZ KC, Steven (1981)sg@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers FORLIN KC, Gerard (1984)gerardf@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers BHOSE KC, Ranjit (1989)ranjitb@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers RUTLEDGE KC, Kelvin (1989)kelvinr@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers BEDFORD KC, Michael (1985)michaelb@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers GROUND KC, Richard (1994)richardg@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers BUSCH KC, Lisa (2000)lbusch@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers SHADAREVIAN KC, Paul (1984)ps@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers HUTCHINGS KC, Matt (1993)matth@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers DEHON KC, Estelle (2006)estelled@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers STOKER, Graham (1977)grahams@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers ALBUTT, Ian (1981)iana@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers CLAY, Jonathan (1990)jclay@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers MARSHALL, Paul (1991)paulm@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers ROWLANDS, Catherine (1992)catheriner@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers TOWNSEND, Harriet (1992)htownsend@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers GREEN, Robin (1992)rgreen@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers GRANT, Edward (1994)egrant@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers EDWARDS, Martin (1995)medwards@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers FELDMAN, Matthew (1995)mfeldman@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers PAGET, Michael (1995)michaelp@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers LINTOTT, David (1996)dlintott@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers BEGLAN, Wayne (1996)wayneb@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers BEGLAN, Wayne (1996)wayneb@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers JOHNSON, Lindsay (1997)ljohnsons@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers BHOGAL, Kuljit (1999)kuljitb@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers LANE, Andrew (1999)andrewl@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers DATTA, Shomik (2000)shomikd@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers RANATUNGA, Asitha (2001)aranatunga@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers PETER, Natasha (2001)npeter@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers ETIEBET, Peggy (2001)peggye@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers UNDERWOOD, Dean (2002)deanu@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers CANNON, Josef (2002)jcannon@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers LAMBERT, Emmaline (2003)elambert@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers PARRY, Clare (2005)clarep@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers PARKHILL, Lee (2005)lparkhill@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers OSCROFT, Jennifer (2006)jennyo@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers KOHLI, Ryan (2006)ryank@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers SALMON, Sarah (2007)ssalmon@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers WILLIAMS, Robert (2008)robertw@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers DRING, Emma (2009)emmad@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers WHITTINGTON, Zoe (2009)zoew@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers PAREKH, Ruchi (2010)ruchip@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers CAMPBELL, Alexander (2010)acampbell@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers CANTOR, Alistair (2011)acantor@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers PARKER, Jack (2011)jackp@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers HANSTOCK, Richard (2012)richardh@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers DU FEU, Ben (2013)bend@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers Dr BOWES, Ashley (2013)ashleyb@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers LEWIN, Matt (2013)matthewl@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers CALZAVARA, Riccardo (2013)rcalzavara@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers O'LEARY, Tara (2014)tarao@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers FITZSIMONS, John (2016)johnf@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers Dr WILLIAMS, Alex (2017)awilliams@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers Dr FOWLES, Sam (2017)sfowles@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers CLAPP, Rowan (2018)rclapp@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers DAVIES, Olivia (2016)odavies@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers Dr LIENEN, Christina (2019)clienen@cornerstonebarristers.com
        Member of Chambers BARBER, Jack (2019)jbarber@cornerstonebarristers.com
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        Ian Albutt photo Ian Albuttlan Albutt was called to the Bar in 1981. His practice encompasses…
        Jack  Barber photo Jack Barber
        Michael Bedford photo Michael BedfordMichael has an extensive practice covering all aspects of the development process…
        Wayne Beglan photo Wayne Beglan
        Verity Bell photo Verity Bell
        Kuljit Bhogal photoMs Kuljit BhogalHousing; local government; administrative and public law; Court of Protection
        Ranjit Bhose photo Ranjit Bhose
        Ashley Bowes photoDr Ashley Bowes
        Lisa Busch photo Lisa BuschLisa Busch is a leading advocate in planning, environmental, local government and…
        Riccardo Calzavara photo Riccardo Calzavara
        Josef Cannon photo Josef CannonActive in all areas of licensing with a particular specialism in SEV…
        Alistair Cantor photo Alistair Cantor
        Rowan Clapp photo Rowan ClappRowan is developing a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ work.…
        Jonathan Clay photo Jonathan ClayJonathan’s practice covers all aspects of planning and environmental control, housing, renewable…
        Philip Coppel photo Philip Coppel
        Thomas Cosgrove photo Thomas CosgroveLeading planning and public law barrister appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017. His…
        Shomik Datta photo Shomik DattaShomik is a property and commercial litigator with two decades of experience.…
        Olivia Davies photo Olivia Davies
        Estelle Dehon photo Estelle DehonPublic law; environment and planning; data protection. A versatile public law lawyer,…
        Emma Dring photo Emma DringEmma is regularly instructed in High Court planning cases, both as junior…
        Ben Du Feu photo Ben Du Feu
        Martin Edwards photo Martin Edwards
        Peggy Etiebet photo Peggy EtiebetPeggy’s strong practice in social housing is complemented by her expertise in…
        Matthew Feldman photo Matthew Feldman
        James Findlay photo James FindlaySpecialist in planning and environment, compulsory purchase, licensing and local government law…
        John Fitzsimons photo John FitzsimonsJohn is a public law barrister whose practice encompasses a wide range…
        Gerard Forlin photo Gerard ForlinSpecialist in health and safety; corporate manslaughter: disaster litigation; aviation: railways; fire;…
        Sam Fowles photoDr Sam FowlesSam is a public lawyer. He regularly acts in all levels of…
        Steven Gasztowicz photo Steven GasztowiczUndertakes property and commercial work such as ownership disputes and fraud claims…
        Edward Grant photo Edward GrantEd is an experienced barrister specialising in planning law, noted for his…
        Robin Green photo Robin GreenRobin specialises in planning and environment: local government law: public law and…
        Richard Ground photo Richard GroundRichard appeared in recent large Planning Inquiries including. Cribbs Causeway major called…
        Richard Hanstock photo Richard HanstockPublic law; infomation law; licensing; regulatory. 
        Matt Hutchings photo Matt HutchingsMatt has appeared in the leading public law cases R(N) v Lewisham (article 8…
        Ryan Kohli photo Ryan KohliAdministrative and public law: Ryan has extensive experience representing government departments and…
        Emmaline Lambert photo Emmaline LambertEmmaline specialises in planning, environmental, public law and regulatory crime. She appears…
        Andrew Lane photo Andrew Lane
        Matt Lewin photo Matt LewinMatt is a public lawyer. His practice has a particular focus on…
        Christina Lienen photoDr Christina Lienen
        David Lintott photo David LintottDavid is a public law specialist working primarily in areas of local…
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        As a firm committed to diversity and equality, Mathys & Squire actively supports the diverse make-up of its members and staff. To this end, the firm has appropriate policies and procedures in place across recruitment; training and professional development; reward and remuneration, to foster a working environment that supports this goal. Mathys & Squire’s policies, which are monitored and regularly reviewed by the management board, are free of discrimination on the grounds of race (including colour, nationality and ethnic origin), disability, gender reassignment, age, sexual orientation, sex, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and/or belief. Mathys & Squire is proud to be an employer of choice, and promote a workplace that is diverse, inclusive and welcoming. Staff come from a wide range of nationalities, educational backgrounds and cultural heritages.

        The firm’s recruitment process reaches out to a wide range of universities, while the interview style adopted across all teams throughout the hiring process is designed to allow individuals to relax and perform to their best ability. Maintaining a best practice, supportive environment where all Mathys & Squire staff can develop and reach their full potential is paramount.

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        CLIENT: Elizabeth Smith
        COMPANY/FIRM: Uttlesford District Council
        TESTIMONIAL: “Cornerstone Barristers are our Chambers of choice. We have always had a first-class service from its members and we have never had to look elsewhere because of an inability to assist us.
        The Clerks are all extremely helpful and on occasions have gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist us.
        I would thoroughly recommend them.”


        CLIENT: Jo Smith
        COMPANY/FIRM: Mid Kent Legal Services – Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
        TESTIMONIAL: “Cornerstone Barristers is the complete package. Clerks who understand their client’s needs and will move everything to make sure they are met. Barristers who are outstanding in their field. Highly knowledgeable, quick to grasp the facts and the ability to see solutions where they haven’t been identified before – A professional service from start to finish with competitive fees that have kept us coming back for more time and time again. I would have no hesitation in recommending Cornerstone to represent your client (unless they are against us, of course!)”


        CLIENT: Ian Chai
        COMPANY/FIRM: Francis Wilks & Jones Solicitors
        TESTIMONIAL: “I have instructed Cornerstone Barristers for many years now. From the juniors to silks, I have had consistent, excellent drafting, advocacy and tactical skills in cases ranging from the County Court to the Court of Appeal. The clerks are also fantastic and go the extra mile. A seamless operation.”


        CLIENT: Linda Trembath
        COMPANY/FIRM: Tendring District Council
        TESTIMONIAL: “Cornerstone Chambers, aka 2-3 GIS, have pulled out the stops this last year and really feel like part of our team. Frequently, and at very short notice, barristers have both been found and agreed to assist us and all, clerks and barristers alike, have provided a sterling, and importantly, reliable service. That extra resource, our team extension if you like, has been there to support us through more unusually tough times this year than we care to remember.”


        CLIENT: Jo Sterakides
        COMPANY/FIRM: London Borough of Hackney
        TESTIMONIAL: “I regularly use Cornerstone. They are my go to chambers and usually my first choice. This is not just because of the excellent selection of barristers available, but also because of the incredible service that I receive from the clerks there. The clerks are knowledgeable, friendly and professional, and go out of their way to assist in any way they can. Any barrister recommendation for cases are spot on and they are always contactable, which to me is very helpful. Head clerk Elliot and his team leaders have in my view, improved the service of chambers even during the pandemic”