Richard Ground KC > Cornerstone Barristers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cornerstone Barristers

Work Department

Planning, compulsory purchase, local government, town and village greens, judicial review and environment.


Richard appeared in recent large Planning Inquiries including.

  • Cribbs Causeway major called in inquiry into very substantial retail expansion. Four QCs appeared at Inquiry.
  • South Oxfordshire housing inquiry which involved a detailed housing land supply argument where Richard’s clients were successful.
  • Bramshill Mansion and Registered Park inquiry. This was substantial inquiry over 5 weeks involving 3 QCs into highly significant and complicated applications for very sensitive Grade I heritage assets where Richard appeared for Historic England.
  • Chiswick Curve. This was recovered jurisdiction inquiry into the tallest proposed building in West London at 32 storeys. This was a 4-week inquiry with very significant effects on large parts of West London.
  • R (oao Cotham school) v Bristol City Council [2018] EWHC 1022 (Admin) Richard’s clients successfully challenged decision to register village green.


Called 1994, Inner Temple.


Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA); Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA); National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA)


St Paul’s School; St John’s College, Cambridge (1992 MA Cantab).


Tennis, family.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Ground KC – Cornerstone Barristers

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.