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

Licensing Tier 1

A go-to set for complex or precedent-setting licensing cases, Cornerstone Barristers' team of clerks is also highlighted for being ‘one of the best’ for client service. The set handles cases nationally from those involving the taxi trade, alcohol and gambling to music and other entertainment venues or festivals. ‘Arguably the country’s leading licensing silk’, Philip Kolvin QC's cases include success on behalf of Uber London Ltd in its well-publicised licensing appeal. James Findlay QC and Ranjit Bhose QC each have wide-ranging experience of licensing issues in the private hire/ taxi services and night club sectors. Asitha Ranatunga acted for The London Borough of Haringey in defending its decision to refuse a new premises licence for an adult gaming centre, while the 'persuasive' and 'engagingJosef Cannon frequently deals with cases involving a serious criminal element.

Leading Silks

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone BarristersA top performer. One of the very best practitioners in the licensing field.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersQuite simply, a fantastic mind.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Josef Cannon - Cornerstone BarristersA depth of knowledge in the field of licensing enabling the provision of prompt, detailed and persuasive advice. A very good advocate - obtaining excellent results and with an ability to converse well with clients, putting them at ease.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Hanstock - Cornerstone BarristersI instruct him on matters that are a little different and require human qualities as well as professional capability.
Ranked: Tier 2
Asitha Ranatunga - Cornerstone BarristersPrepares meticulously and presents his case well. Uses his knowledge of licensing law to complement his environmental law practice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Local government (including rating law) Tier 1

Cornerstone Barristers is 'a great set to work with and has the range of barristers to cover the whole local government spectrum', with areas of expertise including local governance, public space protection orders and matters at the intersection of local government powers and social housing. Ranjit Bhose QC and Kuljit Bhogal represented the defendant in Dulgheriu v Ealing LBC concerning the council's imposition of a public spaces protection order to mitigate an anti-abortion picket of the Marie Stopes West London Centre; Bhose QC also represented the claimants in RB Kingston upon Thames v Moss, concerning the terms on which local authorities supply water to secure tenants. Robin Green represented Britwell Parish Council in a challenge to Slough Borough Council's decision to abolish it. Matthew Lewin has a niche practice in local government standards work, and also represented the defendant in Panton v Denchworth Parish Trustees, a case over the ownership of a village hall concluded by the Chancery division issuing Extended Civil Restraint Orders against the parish's former chairman and treasurer.

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, very good explaining matters to the lay client, masterly overview and command of this many-stranded matter.
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. He is forensic in his approach but entirely approachable, his legal analysis and application is swoon-inducing and his courtroom skills are a masterclass in advocacy. He is that rare blend of orchestra and conductor all at the same time.
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. He inspires confidence in the case and realism where appropriate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Shomik Datta - Cornerstone BarristersOne of his great advantages in the local government sector is his legal common law skills that give him the edge over competitors.He has an incisive approach to case management and identifies the important issues from the outset. He also has an uncanny way of seeing how a case will unfold.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jon Holbrook - Cornerstone BarristersAn impressive performer.
Ranked: Tier 3

Social housing Tier 1

Cornerstone Barristers has an outstanding track record representing housing associations and local authorities in groundbreaking cases that often involve an interplay between housing law and related areas, such as the Children Act, immigration rights, adult social care, among others. In 2019, Kelvin Rutledge QC and Andrew Lane represented the local authority at the Court of Appeal in R(Gullu) v London Borough of Hillingdon, which was a test case involving a challenge to Hillingdon's ten-year residency requirement in order to join its housing waiting list. Also notable was that Ranjit Bhose QC and Ruchi Parekh represented circa 20 local housing authorities (through the Local Government Association) at the High Court in RB Kingston-upon-Thames v Moss, which was a water re-selling test case the implications of which could mean that many housing associations and local authorities have to reimburse tenants for overcharges for the supply of water; the matter is now pending before the Court of Appeal.

Rising stars

Riccardo Calzavara - Cornerstone BarristersRiccardo has boundless enthusiasm and a real capacity for hard work. He is 100% reliable and has a real understanding of social housing law.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone BarristersHis quality of legal advice is allied to pragmatism and good people skills.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kelvin Rutledge QC - Cornerstone BarristersKelvin has an encyclopaedic and enviable knowledge of housing law and its inter-relation with other areas of law, including community care and the Court of Protection. These qualities make him an excellent housing lawyer. He is equally an experienced, authoritative and persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Andrew Lane - Cornerstone BarristersFiercely intelligent, a formidable opponent, yet friendly, down to earth and approachable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dean Underwood - Cornerstone BarristersAn excellent barrister - very calm, possibly as a result of his preparation, which is always second to none. Knows his onions and never lets you down.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jon Holbrook - Cornerstone BarristersJon is very calm and assured. He has a great wealth of legal knowledge and is able to convey complex issues clearly. He is friendly and approachable and I have always felt cases are in "safe hands" when Jon is instructed.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ryan Kohli - Cornerstone BarristersRyan is meticulous in his preparation and has a tremendous confidence, which he brings across in both his written work and advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Lintott - Cornerstone BarristersVery astute, knowledgeable and dependable. His level of experience and application of the law is exemplary, as are his customer service skills. His delivery and presentation before the bench on litigation is of the highest quality. His advice is always easy to comprehend and rational.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kuljit Bhogal - Cornerstone BarristersShe is extremely personable and a pleasure to be against. A strong advocate who fights hard for her clients, whilst retaining the integrity that one would expect from a member of the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jennifer Oscroft - Cornerstone BarristersExperienced in homelessness cases and social housing litigation involving issues over lawfulness of allocation schemes, applicants' immigration status and discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.
Ranked: Tier 3
Wayne Beglan - Cornerstone BarristersAlways a pleasure to work with - extremely adept in putting the client at ease no matter what the situation. Very knowledgeable with a deep passion for his work.
Ranked: Tier 4
Catherine Rowlands - Cornerstone BarristersExceptional advocacy on paper and on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 4

Agriculture

Leading Juniors

Dr Ashley Bowes - Cornerstone BarristersAshley has a detailed knowledge of common land law which, combined with his similarly excellent knowledge of property and planning law, leads to the ability to provide excellent holistic advice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Data protection

Leading Silks

Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone BarristersHis knowledge of the area is unrivalled. He is strong on litigation strategy and undaunted by difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone BarristersDogged, hardworking and very good at seeing the bigger picture.
Ranked: Tier 3

Environment Tier 3

Cornerstone Barristers has 'particular expertise in prosecutions for local authorities of environmental offences and planning prosecutions', and clients remark that it is 'an excellent set with strong and well-established teams in planning and environmental law'. Members have significant expertise in environmental matters, particularly those concerning renewable energy development, strategic environmental assessments, environmental impact assessments, and habitats regulations. Its junior ranks are particularly strong and Estelle Dehon is well known for judicial reviews and inquiries challenging fracking, coal mining, oil drilling and gas acidisation projects. Her recent work includes a challenge to the controversial development of four poultry buildings to house more than 1.5 million chickens per year. Clients also remark on the set's 'helpful and responsive set of clerks'.

Leading Silks

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersAn excellent silk whose attention to detail is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone BarristersShe is passionate about environmental issues and is without doubt one of the very best juniors and an articulate advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Harriet Townsend - Cornerstone BarristersA very diligent and thoughtful barrister, always with one eye on overall litigation strategy and the client’s commercial objectives.
Ranked: Tier 2
Clare Parry - Cornerstone BarristersOne of the set’s star performers, she is regularly involved in high-profile inquiries and judicial reviews.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dr Ashley Bowes - Cornerstone BarristersHe is one of the best environmental lawyers of his generation - his knowledge of the law and his analytical skills are most impressive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Clay - Cornerstone BarristersHe is extremely persuasive, knowledgeable and likeable, and he is able to cut through complex matters and provide clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Property litigation

Leading Silks

Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone BarristersHis ability to articulate arguments in a persuasive and coherent manner is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Shomik Datta - Cornerstone BarristersHis best value is making clients feel at ease and to prepare and present cases in a way in which courts find it easy to understand and to adjudicate upon.
Ranked: Tier 3
Dean Underwood - Cornerstone BarristersHis drafting skills are second to none and the same can be said for his ability to clearly express oral arguments.
Ranked: Tier 4

Court of Protection and community care

Leading Silks

Kelvin Rutlegde QC - Cornerstone BarristersHas a good eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Lee Parkhill - Cornerstone BarristersA persuasive and confident advocate, his knowledge and experience in respect of Court of Protection litigation is outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 4

Zoë Whittington - Cornerstone Barristers ‘Always approachable, makes contact quickly and keeps you up to date with how things are progressing. Advocacy is excellent and has superb knowledge of the subject matter.

Ranked: Tier 4
Peggy Etiebet - Cornerstone BarristersAn excellent advocate who knows the law inside out and who is a joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

Planning Tier 3

Cornerstone Barristers has 'a good range of practitioners who are experienced in local authority work', with 'strength and depth at all levels and covering all of the key areas of planning and infrastructure work'. Richard Ground QC represented Tendring District Council in an enforcement case against over 50 inhabitants of chalets, all of whom were litigants in person, who occupied them all year despite a ban on them staying for extended periods in the winter months. Also of note, Ground QC, along with rising star Ben Du Feu, secured an injunction to stop a referendum on a neighbourhood plan in the Mendips. Unled, Robin Green represented the claimant in R (McLennan) v Medway Council, in which the High Court found that the local authority was irrational to have ignored that a development would obstruct a neighbour's solar panels, while Edward Grant successfully represented the London Borough of Hounslow in defeating a proposal by the Duke of Northumberland to build on existing allotments and replace them over a Grade 1-listed Capability Brown landscape in Syon Park.

Rising stars

Ben Du Feu - Cornerstone BarristersBen put in an impressive performance. He demonstrated a complete mastery of his brief, was extremely thorough, cross-examined with skill and persistence and produced detailed and well argued closing submissions. Ben struck me as a mature performer for one still relatively junior.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Mark Lowe QC - Cornerstone BarristersHe is a heavyweight practitioner at the planning Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Bedford QC - Cornerstone BarristersMichael is forensic in his consideration of key risk issues. Expert in consideration of traffic assessments and strategic case making for highways schemes Calm, concise and unflappable in advocacy Written advice is clear, thorough and gets to the nub of the issue with practical advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Thomas Cosgrove QC - Cornerstone BarristersA superb silk for planning matters.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersA high quality silk. Very responsive to queries. He is thoughtful, measured and calm approach.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Ground QC - Cornerstone BarristersExcellent command of complex detail. Engaged and enthusiast, creating a strong team ethos. Strong sense to commitment to the cases. Respectful and encouraging of expert witnesses. Hard working and able to motivate strong performance from team as a whole. Good humour contributing to high morale. Polite and incisive cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lisa Busch QC - Cornerstone BarristersA heavyweight QC with a first-class legal brain.
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Shadarevian QC - Cornerstone BarristersA very knowledgeable and approachable professional that works well with his clients. He understands the brief and asks the pertinent questions promptly. His working style is inclusive, taking a forensic approach to tasks, is good at scoping and resolving problems and importantly he delivers results on time.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Wayne Beglan - Cornerstone BarristersHe has a robust style, making points clearly and effectively, but lightened by the use of gentle humour, in keeping with the modern approach to advocacy preferred by most planning inspectors.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Clay - Cornerstone Barristers Jonathan is able to cut through complex matters to provide clear and understandable advice whilst being extremely client-friendly and always providing excellent client care.
Ranked: Tier 2
Edward Grant - Cornerstone BarristersEd is a superb barrister who is one of the strongest juniors practising in the field currently. He is superb cross examiner and also builds excellent relationships with the Judiciary. I would highly recommend him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robin Green - Cornerstone BarristersRobin brings a balanced and principled approach to his written and oral advocacy. He is tenacious in his oral submissions but within a presentational style that is both moderate and courteous. He has excellent judgment which enables him to craft cross examination and oral submissions in an attractive and orderly manner that immediately engages the attention and sympathy of the court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ashley Bowes - Cornerstone BarristersHis technical expertise is really strong and he is one of the few top planning bar specialists. He was formerly a lecturer at the University of Surrey and his book on planning is a key text. Added to this is real practical experience. Ashley was a local councillor for some years. He offers well thought-out advice and is strategically strong. He develops a good rapport with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Josef Cannon - Cornerstone BarristersJo is a first rate member of the planning Bar. He is personally charming, polite and courteous to a fault. However that belies a stunning ability as both an advocate and a lawyer. He combines an ability to get inspectors on side with charm and then receptive to his intellectually superb approach to both court work and inquiries.
Ranked: Tier 3
Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone BarristersEstelle is top-notch. She is 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. She is good-natured, responsive and easy to work with and quickly builds trust and rapport with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emmaline Lambert - Cornerstone BarristersMs Lambert is very knowledgeable, approachable and personable. I look forward to being able to work with Ms Lambert as I know my case will in safe hands and I know how thorough her advice is. I like her fair but firm style of advocacy in court, too.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jack Parker - Cornerstone BarristersJack is a very impressive advocate with a clear understanding of his case which comes through expertly in submissions. Thorough understanding of planning law. Very approachable and easy to work with. His calm and confident persona puts clients at ease and manages to produce the results required! Definitely my barrister of choice!
Ranked: Tier 3
Asitha Ranatunga - Cornerstone BarristersAsitha is a consistently reliable junior, who can be trusted to have complete mastery of the detail in any given case. He has a calm manner in court and in conference, and he was very popular with our clients under what were, for the clients, very difficult circumstances.
Ranked: Tier 3
Harriet Townsend - Cornerstone BarristersA highly competent barrister and always our first point of call for planning advice. Her honest and clear advice has been invaluable to me and my team. She approaches each matter comprehensively, with an enquiring mind and clear communication at all times. She balances her fierce intelligence with kindness and good humour and is always a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Lintott - Cornerstone BarristersAn absolute star. I have never lost a case with David on board. He is calm and unflappable, and kind in his stance whether this be at court or in inquiries and particularly in any cross examination, so he tends to get more out the witness than they might otherwise give, or be more fuller in their answers than is helpful to their own case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Clare Parry - Cornerstone BarristersShe is tireless in her pursuit of results for her clients. In the Higher Courts she is more than a match for any silk, and she has a well established public law practice in planning and local government circles.
Ranked: Tier 4
Robert Williams - Cornerstone Barristersery Intelligent, articulate, very good with clients, and ability to focus on points that matter and deal with matters practically. My planning junior of preference. Stands out in a crowded field.
Ranked: Tier 4

Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 4

Members of Cornerstone Barristers are 'experts in judicial review because of the broad local government practices that many barristers have', and also handles a broader range of public law work away from its local government connections, such as election law. Philip Coppel QC represented the Electoral Commission in defending judicial reviews concerning alleged breaches of spending rules on the part of Vote Leave and Darren Grimes – the first brought by the Good Law Project (an organisation founded by Jolyon Maugham QC) concerning the commission's decision not to launch an investigation; the second brought by Grimes and Vote Leave, concerning the commission's decision to announce its investigation.

Leading Silks

Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone BarristersVery prompt, approachable, succinct and to the point, while thinking ‘out of the box’ - solutions-focused.
Ranked: Tier 2
James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersJames is very productive, astonishingly so. One gets cogent considered advice very quickly even when I know that he is busy with other things. I have found him good with clients. He is well respected by the courts and very persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Kuljit Bhogal - Cornerstone BarristersShe brings great personal dedication to her work and really puts her heart and soul into her cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Estelle Dehon - Cornerstone BarristersEstelle is an excellent barrister with a keen appreciation of the law and a fine attention to detail in all that she does. Estelle 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 4

Aviation

Leading Silks

Gerard Forlin QC - Cornerstone BarristersInformative and extremely knowledgeable; tenacious but always with the utmost respect. He is approachable both from a solicitor and client point of view. He is good with clients explaining processes and his way of thinking and reasoning for decisions or plans of action.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commercial litigation

Leading Juniors

Paul Marshall - Cornerstone BarristersExtremely personable and a joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 5

Set overviews: England and Wales

Cornerstone Barristers has offices in London, Birmingham, and Cardiff, offering expertise in licensing, local government, and social housing, to name but a few. In recent news, the set has announced the launch of a new arbitration service, Kuljit Bhogal was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court, and Matthew Feldman who joins the set from 42 Bedford Row.

Testimonials

Clerks:

‘Clerks at Cornerstone are personable and pleasant to talk to. They are reliable and offer strong client care. Elliot Langdorf leads the clerks’ room and does a sterling job and Sam Collins is certainly on his way.’

‘Clerks at Cornerstone are very helpful and consistently go the extra mile to assist.’

‘Elliot Langdorf is very helpful and responsive and takes a realistic approach to fees. The clerks generally are excellent in my experience.’

‘I have found all clerks to be approachable and very helpful, also very willing to assist where an urgent instruction might be required.’

‘Sam Collins is excellent: friendly, responsive and understands client needs.’

‘Service from the clerking team (led by the fantastic senior clerk Elliot) is brilliant. Every single one of them is friendly, knowledgeable and always able to deal with any queries I have. In particular, I would like to mention team leaders Sam Collins and Daniel Gatt, who are incredible at their job and who have gone out of their way to assist on many occasions. They are friendly, accommodating and have a deep knowledge of Chambers’ practice areas.Elliot is exactly what I would expect and want from a Senior Clerk in Chambers. Professional with personality, he has the knack of being able to match the right barrister to any case. In my view, the standard of Clerking has only improved under his leadership.’

‘The clerks are extremely professional in the telephone manner but also easy to talk to on any matter and they all complement each other, Elliot Landorff, Chelsea Thomas, Daniel Gatt, Justin Cunningham, George Regan, Issac Maynard-Smith, have been extremely helpful when Ive been looking for an advocate to present my work.’

Set:

‘Between them, the members of the housing team form an impressive arsenal of skill, knowledge and expertise.’

‘Cornerstone are an excellent set with many barristers very experienced in public law.’

‘Cornerstone Barristers as a whole are one of the best sets I have ever worked with in my legal career. They offer excellent training courses (including useful and very relevant webinars during the Covid-19 Pandemic), the quality of barristers and the work they produce is outstanding. There has always been counsel available to talk to me on matters, even when I haven’t instructed. They are my go to set with any issues which require counsel and I have recommended them to others.’

Cornerstone Chambers is an excellent set. They have been able to provide good counsel at short notice on complex matters. There hasn’t yet been a social housing matter that, as a set, they have not been able to respond to and provide an excellent service.’

‘Cornerstone have a great depth of knowledge and provide great resources and training for us, as well as very professional and able legal services.’

‘Good strength-in-depth in the area of private sector housing and licensing litigation with a range of Counsels available to take on cases of varying complexity.’

‘I have worked both with and against barristers at Cornerstone for many years. They are strongly and diversely represented at all levels of practice.’

‘I have worked with many barristers at Cornerstone over the years covering a whole and wide range of civil and commercial litigation and property matters. Chambers has a great reputation and I never hesitate to recommend.’

‘The leading licensing set in the country, with an extremely personable set of legal professionals.’

‘The set is very good in the local government field and has some excellent junior barristers coming through.’

Very professional, very personable and a pleasure to work with. Very good at advising on the best strategy for a case, and honest and candid about the likelihood of success and the weaknesses in any case.’

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 HOLBROOK, Jon (1991) jonh@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 QC photo Michael Bedford QC 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 QC photo Ranjit Bhose QC
Dr Ashley Bowes  photo Dr Ashley Bowes
 Lisa Busch QC photo Lisa Busch QC 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…
Dr Rowan Clapp  photo Dr 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 QC photo Philip Coppel QC
 Thomas Cosgrove QC photo Thomas Cosgrove QC 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 QC photo James Findlay QC 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 QC photo Gerard Forlin QC 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 QC photo Steven Gasztowicz QC 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 QC photo Richard Ground QC Richard appeared in recent large Planning Inquiries including. Cribbs Causeway major called…
 Richard Hanstock  photo Richard Hanstock Public law; infomation law; licensing; regulatory. 
 Jon Holbrook  photo Jon Holbrook Jon acts mostly for by local authorities, other public bodies and landlords.…
 Matt Hutchings QC photo Matt Hutchings QC 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 QC photo Philip Kolvin QC 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
 Matt Lewin  photo Matt Lewin Matt is a public lawyer. His practice has a particular focus on…
 David Lintott  photo David Lintott David is a public law specialist working primarily in areas of local…
 Mark Lowe QC photo Mark Lowe QC Mark took silk in 1996. He is a leading silk in the…
 Paul Marshall  photo Paul Marshall Commercial litigation/dispute resolution. Financial services litigation, bank mis-selling of regulated financial products…
 Jennifer Oscroft  photo Jennifer Oscroft Public law and judicial review, social housing, homelessness, community care, Court of…
 Tara O’Leary  photo Tara O’Leary
 Michael Paget  photo Michael Paget
 Ruchi Parekh  photo Ruchi Parekh
 Jack Parker  photo Jack Parker
 Lee Parkhill  photo Lee Parkhill
 Clare Parry  photo Clare Parry
 Asitha Ranatunga  photo Asitha Ranatunga
 Catherine Rowlands  photo Catherine Rowlands
 Kelvin Rutledge QC photo Kelvin Rutledge QC Public law; local government; housing; community care.
 Paul Shadarevian QC photo Paul Shadarevian QC Planning and environment.
 Graham Stoker  photo Graham Stoker Leading senior junior in the area of planning law; advises and appears…
 Harriet Townsend  photo Harriet Townsend Planning; environmental law; local government; property.
 Dean Underwood  photo Dean Underwood
 Ashley Underwood QC photo Ashley Underwood QC
 Damien Welfare  photo Damien Welfare Data protection and freedom of information; local government administration, powers and constitutional…
 Zoë Whittington  photo Zoë Whittington
 Robert Williams  photo Robert Williams
Dr Alex Williams  photo Dr Alex Williams Alex is a seasoned public lawyer with a broad and busy practice…