Set Profile > Cornerstone Barristers > London, England

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

Licensing Tier 1

Powerhouse set Cornerstone Barristers remains a leader in licensing, specialising in acting for operators involved in licensing disputes related to gambling, alcohol, sex shops, and taxi and private hire licensing. In Uber London Limited v Transport for London and LTDA, Ranjit Bhose QC was instructed by Uber in its successful appeal against TfL's 2019 decision not to renew its Private Hire Vehicle Operator’s licence in London. James Findlay QC acted for LB of Waltham Forest in Hussain v LB of Waltham Forest, an HMO licensing case in the Upper Tribunal, which concerned whether the local authority had the right to consider spent convictions for lying about gas safety certificates. Asitha Ranatunga represented the Metropolitan Police in its objection to We Are FSTVL’s application for a new 10-year premises licence in Barking & Dagenham.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
James Findlay QCCornerstone Barristers 'He is approachable, his advice is clear and concise, and he works with the client to achieve the desired outcome.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Josef Cannon - Cornerstone BarristersExcellent, thoughtful manner in front of committees. Stays calm and make key points well.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Hanstock - Cornerstone BarristersWe all love Richard. Nothing fazes him and our cases, some of which involve very difficult personalities, are dealt with using wit, charm and humour.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Cornerstone is our preferred set. ‘

Clerking

‘Excellent. I rate Daniel Gatt very highly.’

‘Excellent clerking. Dan Gatt is a standout clerk.’

Local government (including rating law) Tier 1

Noted for its ‘excellent strength in depth in most, if not all, areas of local government and public sector law‘, Cornerstone Barristers is a prominent set in social housing, community care, planning, licensing, electoral law and environmental law matters. Matthew Feldman joined from 42 Bedford Row, bringing expertise in business rates, housing and judicial review law. Ranjit Bhose QC represented Hertsmere BC in a Court of Appeal decision concerning the circumstances in which local authorities may retrospectively ratify previous unlawful decisions. Matt Hutchings QC continues to act for LB Camden in The West End Project (a transport scheme in Bloomsbury, the headline aspect of which is to ban motor cars from Tottenham Court Road), in a statutory challenge brought by United Trade Action Group and Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association.

Rising stars

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

Leading Silks

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone BarristersAn excellent and well-respected silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone 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
James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersJames' attention to detail is second to none and always responds to queries immediately. He is my go to QC for any local government matter. Quite simply a fantastic legal mind.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kelvin Rutledge QC - Cornerstone 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 3

Leading Juniors

Kuljit Bhogal - Cornerstone BarristersVery helpful in terms of helping the council to prepare its case. Good at dealing with all the witnesses involved in the case. A fine advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robin Green - Cornerstone BarristersHe is professional and supportive with an understanding of the challenges officers face in local government. He is able to grasp the issues of a case quickly and advise accordingly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Shomik Datta - Cornerstone BarristersHe is intellectually sharp and able to cut through the waffle and arguments to get to the crux of the matter and communicate the relevant issues to the client and the court in a straight forward way regardless of the complexity of the matter.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘They are always our first choice for both quality and value for money.’

‘I have always found Cornerstone to be a very good, intellectually sharp set of chambers. You feel there is a good level of knowledge and expertise available at chambers.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are all very good and easy to deal with. Sam Collins is always helpful and engaging.’

‘All the clerks are competent and helpful.’

‘Always friendly and accommodating – the Clerks do what they say they are going to do when they say they are going to do it.’

Social housing Tier 1

'One of the best known housing sets' Cornerstone Barristers  has a formidable reputation for cases concerning social housing law, including niche aspects regarding the traveller encampments. In 2021, Wayne Beglan acted in Anderson v Basildon DC, a key Court of Appeal case regarding the circumstances in which local authorities can successfully obtain interim mandatory injunction orders ejecting travellers from land they are currently on. In Adesotu v Lewisham LBC, Dean Underwood represented Lewisham LBC regarding the issue whether the County Court has jurisdiction to determine claims of alleged disability and indirect discrimination under ss.15, 19 and 29 Equality Act 2010 in a homelessness appeal under s.204 Housing Act 1996. Sarah Salmon joined from Field Court Chambers.

Rising stars

Riccardo CalzavaraCornerstone Barristers 'He is very proactive, provides sound, thorough and timely advice, and fights the corner of the client but is always realistic.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Andrew Lane - Cornerstone BarristersAndy always gives direct and realistic advice and is excellent in cross-examination and putting submissions clearly and precisely.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dean Underwood - Cornerstone BarristersDean is hands-on, pragmatic, friendly and loved by clients. His preparation is second to none and he leaves no stones un-turned when finding solutions and particularly during cross examination.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kuljit Bhogal - Cornerstone BarristersA fountain of knowledge on the law of anti-social behaviour and local government functions, duties, and powers. Generous and supportive of junior members of the Bar, which is of the utmost importance to the Bar's culture and development.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah Salmon - Cornerstone BarristersSarah is a talented barrister with an intuitive feel for the intricacies of housing law and civil procedure. Sarah’s quality of drafting and advocacy are some of the best I have seen.
Ranked: Tier 2
Wayne Beglan - Cornerstone BarristersTruly excellent - totally in command of the papers, exemplary in drafting, alive to procedural tactics and with an enviable facility to establish a quick rapport with lay clients when explaining legal complexities and practical implications.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ryan Kohli - Cornerstone BarristersRyan is a very careful, methodical and effective advocate. He is a bold advocate, not afraid to persist with difficult arguments even when facing a reluctant judiciary.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Catherine Rowlands - Cornerstone BarristersHighly knowledgeable about the law, effective and persuasive as an advocate and very responsive to needs of local authorities.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Feldman - Cornerstone BarristersMatthew is particularly forthright in his advocacy and is adept at developing and advancing cases to secure the best outcome for the client. He can assess the course a case needs to take, and steer it past obstacles that might arise with steadfast persuasiveness.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Cornerstone Barristers are very professional and have excellent expertise in specific areas and a variety of professionals to choose from at all levels in Social Housing law. This makes it a very attractive chambers in Social Housing law, especially for those practising for Landlords. All of the barristers I have worked with there have always given the time to explain and discuss matters in further detail wherever necessary.’

‘Well versed, with a range of highly knowledgeable advocates.’

‘Cornerstone is a great set with some real quality. They regularly put on very well received training, they are the authors of some very good publications, we rely on heavily including ‘Cornerstone on Anti-social Behaviour’ and Cornerstone on Social Housing Fraud.’

‘Known for acting for local authorities and social landlords. One of the best known housing sets.’

‘The chambers have a wide range of counsel with excellent facilities.’

Clerks

‘The clerks are friendly, ever ready to help, they go over and above to assist. Elliot Langdorf, George Regan, Daniel Gatt and Chelsea Thomas are an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Great clerks, very friendly and always prepared to find a solution.’

‘Exceptional and ever ready to assist – George, Elliot and Dan.’

‘All of the clerks that I have dealt with at Cornerstone Barristers are very helpful, very pleasant and very organised. The clerks that I have dealt with most recently are Daniel Gatt, George Regan and Chelsea Thomas who have always been very responsive and accommodating of my requirements.’

‘All the Clerks are responsive and efficient. In particular I have found Sam Collins to be extremely helpful. They have never let me down and will try and help in any way they can’

Agriculture

Leading Juniors

Ashley Bowes - Cornerstone BarristersAshley is, in a word, excellent and is rightly regarded as a top planning specialist at the Bar. Ashley's encyclopedic knowledge of the law is hugely impressive, but that is combined with an ability to deliver advice in a way that is tailored to the needs of each individual client. Ashley is my go-to for any planning matters. A real team player.
Ranked: Tier 2

Property litigation

Leading Silks

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone BarristersRanjit has an almost supernatural ability to absorb and retain information contained within massive trial bundles. Without doubt the most impressive and thorough trial preparation of any counsel I have worked with over the last 35 years.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 3
Dean Underwood - Cornerstone BarristersGood quality advice and submissions in court.
Ranked: Tier 4

Health and safety

Leading Silks

Gerard Forlin QC - Cornerstone Barristers'Gerard is very knowledgeable in this particular field and is very thorough in his advice. He is good with clients and reacts to what they say.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Data protection

Leading Juniors

Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone BarristersA highly experienced data protection expert who delivers practical compliance advice and excellent strategy on breach-handling.
Ranked: Tier 3

Environment Tier 3

Cornerstone Barristers is a ‘helpful and supportive set with positive, polite and friendly people’. Clients note that it is ‘one of the top planning sets in London and is has a strong environmental law team’. The set has a long track record in environmental law due to its prominent planning and public law practices. Its members have particular expertise in green belt and countryside matters, energy and renewables, fracking, minerals, waste, habitats and species protection. Estelle Dehon has carved out a reputation as a leading junior in matters concerning climate change and challenges to the extractive industries. She recently acted for local group South Lakeland Against Climate Change – Toward Transition (SLACC) in connection with the hotly-contested proposed West Cumbria coalmine, which is one of the UK’s most high-profile environmental cases.

Leading Silks

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersHe is very persuasive in court, always well prepared and calm under pressure, with a very measured and yet warm style.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone BarristersA determined and tenacious advocate, whose oral and written advocacy is nuanced, well-reasoned and highly effective.
Ranked: Tier 1
Harriet Townsend - Cornerstone BarristersShe has the ability to understand quickly and completely the complex issues involved, and she provides thorough and confident advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Dr Ashley Bowes - Cornerstone BarristersHe has a delightful straightforwardness in his presentation and is clear-thinking and powerful in court.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Clay - Cornerstone BarristersHe works well under pressure and has a relaxed manner which clients appreciate, and a pragmatic approach when that is called for.
Ranked: Tier 4
Clare Parry - Cornerstone BarristersShe has a strong public law practice, particularly in planning and environmental matters, and performs well.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Cornerstone have a strong environment law team.’

‘Cornerstone has an excellent reputation and is one of the 4 or 5 top planning sets in London.’

‘A strong set in this area. Able to quickly find a junior to bring on board to assist.’

‘Cornerstone Barristers is always on hand to assist with quotes, allocate the relevant barrister to a case and there has never been any difficulties with availability.’

‘A helpful and supportive set with positive, polite and friendly people.’

Clerks

‘Sam Collins is responsive and easy to work with. My dealings with the clerking team have been limited but they strike me a professional and knowledgeable and efficient.’

‘A strong clerk service. Very quick response to queries raised. Able to assist with financial planning throughout the life of the case. Good links with the court and with clerks from other sets for communication where necessary.’

‘The clerks are approachable, friendly and hardworking. I have personally worked a lot with Daniel Gatt and highly recommend him. Daniel will always phone or email to check how a matter is progressing, always provides fee quotes within a quick timeframe and goes up and above to represent the barristers he works for.’

‘All clerks dealt with are friendly and helpful. Sam Collins is main point of contact and I enjoy working with him. Generally very positive.’

‘The clerks were helpful and service was good.’

Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

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
Lee Parkhill - Cornerstone 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 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Aviation

Leading Silks

Gerard Forlin QC - Cornerstone BarristersA ferocious advocate who leaves no stone unturned, Gerard has an incredible capacity to assimilate volumes of complex and complicated evidence and understand the issues. He has a lovely client manner and fights for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Planning Tier 3

Cornerstone Barristers advises a range of clients throughout various stages of a planning case. Its planning expertise is complemented by in-depth sector knowledge in related areas including public law, property, energy and local government law. Richard Ground QC successfully represented Hounslow council in Starbones Ltd v Secretary of State, a High Court challenge following a public inquiry into the proposal for the Chiswick Curve, which would be West London's tallest building if constructed. Also of note, Philip Coppel QC, along with Asitha Ranatunga represented Uttlesford District Council in a dispute after its refusal to grant permission for enabling Stansted Airport’s development to allow an increase in passenger throughput. On issues concerning landscape and heritage, Thomas Cosgrove QC succeeded in winning an appeal for Hunstowe Land Ltd for a major housing development in Braintree, which fell in open countryside and was contrary to policy. Unled, Ashley Bowes represented the initial claimant in R (Corbett) v Cornwall Council which dealt with a fundamental planning legislation principle: when a is proposal ‘in accordance with’ the development plan for the purposes of s38(6) Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 – it is now the leading authority on these issues; James Findlay QC - who is also a Scottish advocate and a member of Terra Firma Chambers in Edinburgh - acted for Cornwall County Council.

Leading Silks

Michael Bedford QCCornerstone Barristers 'Michael is easy to work with, and able to see the macro-picture but also quick to grasp the detail. He is personable and quick to get stuck in.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Cosgrove QCCornerstone Barristers 'Masterful appreciation of the key issues and extremely effective in presenting the case. Incisive in cross-examination and able to pull together the key points in a thorough but concise closing speech.'
Ranked: Tier 3
James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersJames is a senior planning barrister that others would rather be with than against.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Ground QC - Cornerstone BarristersRichard advises with clarity and speaks with authority as an advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lisa Busch QC - Cornerstone BarristersShe is very professional, leading large teams of experts in complicated planning inquiries in a way that gave the teams confidence.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Wayne Beglan - Cornerstone BarristersIntelligent, experienced and very capable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ashley Bowes - Cornerstone BarristersAshley provides excellent advice at short notice and he communicates his advice very clearly both in writing and verbally. Ashley is highly professional, very sharp and he is extremely thorough with an excellent eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone BarristersDiligent and easy to work with, particularly on thorny issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward GrantCornerstone Barristers 'He has a remarkable ability to quickly grasp complex issues, his attention to detail is excellent and he will always go the extra mile to assist.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Robin GreenCornerstone Barristers 'Robin is very impressive in court: his calm and authoritative approach is very effective and persuasive and the judge listens when he speaks. He has a convincing argument to justify every action taken and an answer to any question posed. He is never rattled or stumped.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Josef CannonCornerstone Barristers 'He's a real people person - very approachable and easy to work with, with a good sense of humour, and very popular with clients. He makes you feel like part of the team when cases are in court. He has an inclusive approach which is really appreciated. He is persuasive without being unnecessarily adversarial.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Emmaline LambertCornerstone Barristers 'An extremely good advocate who takes account of all the relevant factors, taking the time to ensure she is well educated and up to speed with pertinent issues. She is easy to work with and helps to put the consultant team at ease during examination but applies appropriate pressure during cross-examination.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Asitha RanatungaCornerstone Barristers 'Very robust, pragmatic and quick on his feet. Seems to be able always to find a workable solution especially when a situation doesn’t look good. Exceeds expectation, leaves no stone unturned and has a very good understanding of the client’s needs.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Harriet Townsend - Cornerstone BarristersAble to understand quickly and completely the complex issues involved, and a thorough and confident advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert Williams - Cornerstone BarristersHe is one of the best planning appeal barristers I have ever instructed. Particularly impressive in his mastery of the detail of complex planning applications, and willing to argue and win the difficult points. Consistently pragmatic advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emma DringCornerstone Barristers 'Very hardworking with an excellent legal brain. Quick to get to the heart of a case and tenacious. A real star at the planning bar.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Du FeuCornerstone Barristers 'Ben is fantastic. He is always very well prepared. His advice is careful, measured and insightful and his work is very thorough. He is also very receptive to ideas. He is just an all-round fantastic barrister and one to watch out for.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Clerking

‘All of the clerks that I have dealt with at Cornerstone Barristers are very helpful, very pleasant and very organised.’

Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 4

Cornerstone Barristers has a 'good and well-deserved reputation in public law', and is active in a number of high-profile cases. Philip Coppel QC is representing Heathrow Airport Limited in a dispute with the Information Commissioner, concerning issues of whether the airport operator is a public authority. Kuljit Bhogal has specific expertise in public spaces protection orders, including representing Wycombe DC in the first appeal against one to be heard by the High Court, which found that a fine for drinking a supposedly non-alcoholic beverage from a branded lager can was valid. In a high-profile judicial review, Estelle Dehon represented the claimants in a proposed challenge to the decision to use an algorithm to grade the 2020 A-level cohort in England, which proposed to downgrade over 40% of teacher assessments in favour of calculations based on previous years' results; the government reversed course.

Leading Silks

Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone BarristersPhilip is a real pleasure to work with. He is bright, enthusiastic and great with clients
Ranked: Tier 2
James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersVery persuasive in court. He is always well prepared and calm under pressure. Very measured and yet warm.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone BarristersEstelle always presents her arguments in an articulate and persuasive fashion, whether in court or in conference. She also has the ability to put her professional and lay clients at ease, inspiring confidence in all that work with her.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kuljit Bhogal - Cornerstone BarristersShe brings great personal dedication to her work and really puts her heart and soul into her cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Cornerstone are a chambers with a good and well-deserved reputation in public law, environmental law and planning law.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are very good and always friendly and helpful.’

Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Paul Marshall - Cornerstone BarristersOutstanding in his commercial practice.
Ranked: Tier 5

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 QCs 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
CEO Clare Bello cbello@cornerstonebarristers.com
Senior Clerk Elliot Langdorf elangdorf@cornerstonebarristers.com
Joint Head of Chambers COPPEL QC, Philip (1994) philipc@cornerstonebarristers.com
Joint Head of Chambers COSGROVE QC, Thomas (1994) tomc@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers LOWE QC, Mark (1972) markl@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers UNDERWOOD QC, Ashley (1976) aunderwood@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers FINDLAY QC, James (1984) jamesf@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers GASZTOWICZ QC, Steven (1981) sg@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers KOLVIN QC, Philip (1985) philipk@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers FORLIN QC, Gerard (1984) gerardf@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers BHOSE QC, Ranjit (1989) ranjitb@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers RUTLEDGE QC, Kelvin (1989) kelvinr@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers BEDFORD QC, Michael (1985) michaelb@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers GROUND QC, Richard (1994) richardg@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers BUSCH QC, Lisa (2000) lbusch@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers SHADAREVIAN QC, Paul (1984) ps@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers HUTCHINGS QC, Matt (1993) matth@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 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 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 TOWNSEND, Harriet (1992) htownsend@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers ROWLANDS, Catherine (1992) catheriner@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers BEGLAN, Wayne (1996) wayneb@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) ar@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers WELFARE, Damien (2001) damienw@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)
Member of Chambers DEHON, Estelle (2006) estelled@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers OSCROFT, Jennifer (2006) jennyo@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers KOHLI, Ryan (2006) ryank@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 PARKER, Jack (2011) jackp@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers HANSTOCK, Richard (2012) richardh@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers DR BOWES, Ashley (2013) ashleyb@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers CALZAVARA, Riccardo (2013) rcalzavara@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers DU FEU, Ben (2013) bend@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers LEWIN, Matt (2013) matthewl@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 FOWLES, Sam (2017) sfowles@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers Dr WILLIAMS, Alex (2017) awilliams@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers BUONO, Isabella ibuono@cornerstonebarristers.com
Member of Chambers CLAPP, Rowan rclapp@cornerstonebarristers.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ian Albutt  photo Ian Albutt lan Albutt was called to the Bar in 1981. His practice encompasses…
 Michael Bedford photo Michael Bedford Michael has an extensive practice covering all aspects of the development process…
 Wayne Beglan  photo Wayne Beglan
Ms Kuljit Bhogal  photo Ms Kuljit Bhogal Housing; local government; administrative and public law; Court of Protection
 Ranjit Bhose photo Ranjit Bhose
Dr Ashley Bowes  photo Dr Ashley Bowes
 Lisa Busch photo Lisa Busch Lisa Busch is a leading advocate in planning, environmental, local government and…
 Riccardo Calzavara  photo Riccardo Calzavara
 Josef Cannon  photo Josef Cannon Active in all areas of licensing with a particular specialism in SEV…
 Rowan Clapp photo Rowan Clapp Rowan is developing a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ work.…
 Jonathan Clay  photo Jonathan Clay Jonathan’s practice covers all aspects of planning and environmental control, housing, renewable…
 Philip Coppel photo Philip Coppel
 Thomas Cosgrove photo Thomas Cosgrove Leading planning and public law barrister appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017. His…
 Shomik Datta  photo Shomik Datta Shomik is a property and commercial litigator with two decades of experience.…
 Estelle Dehon  photo Estelle Dehon Public law; environment and planning; data protection. A versatile public law lawyer,…
 Emma Dring  photo Emma Dring Emma 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 Etiebet Peggy’s strong practice in social housing is complemented by her expertise in…
 James Findlay photo James Findlay Specialist in planning and environment, compulsory purchase, licensing and local government law…
 John Fitzsimons  photo John Fitzsimons John is a public law barrister whose practice encompasses a wide range…
 Gerard Forlin photo Gerard Forlin Specialist in health and safety; corporate manslaughter: disaster litigation; aviation: railways; fire;…
Dr Sam Fowles  photo Dr Sam Fowles Sam is a public lawyer. He regularly acts in all levels of…
 Steven Gasztowicz photo Steven Gasztowicz Undertakes property and commercial work such as ownership disputes and fraud claims…
 Edward Grant  photo Edward Grant Ed is an experienced barrister specialising in planning law, noted for his…
 Robin Green  photo Robin Green Robin specialises in planning and environment: local government law: public law and…
 Richard Ground photo Richard Ground Richard appeared in recent large Planning Inquiries including. Cribbs Causeway major called…
 Richard Hanstock  photo Richard Hanstock Public law; infomation law; licensing; regulatory. 
 Matt Hutchings photo Matt Hutchings Matt has appeared in the leading public law cases R(N) v Lewisham (article 8…
 Ryan Kohli  photo Ryan Kohli Administrative and public law: Ryan has extensive experience representing government departments and…
 Philip Kolvin photo Philip Kolvin Philip Kolvin QC has specialised in licensing and regulatory law for 20…
 Emmaline Lambert  photo Emmaline Lambert Emmaline specialises in planning, environmental, public law and regulatory crime. She appears…
 Andrew Lane  photo Andrew Lane
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The principles of equal opportunity and diversity are a fundamental part of Cornerstone Barristers’ philosophy and are essential to our success as a thriving set. It is our unequivocal policy not to discriminate against anyone, either directly or indirectly, on grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, maternity or paternity, disability, religion or belief, age, part-time, fixed-term or contractual status, or on any other irrelevant or irrational basis.

In particular, Chambers is committed to ensuring that it selects pupils, tenants and employees without discrimination, that discriminatory considerations play no part in the allocation of work within chambers, and that we do not accept instructions from solicitors who seek to select Counsel on a discriminatory basis. We endeavour to treat everyone, both inside and outside Chambers, with attention, courtesy, respect and consideration. We also aim to ensure that our pupillage, work experience, employment and membership opportunities are open and accessible to all based on individual qualities and personal merit.

Each year we host a small number of visits from pupils in state sixth forms who are interested in a career at the bar.  The visits involve a tour of legal London and our Chambers and there is an opportunity to meet barristers and take part in a simple advocacy exercise. These visits are funded by the Anthony Scrivener education fund.


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”