Kelvin Rutledge KC > Cornerstone Barristers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cornerstone Barristers


Public law; local government; housing; community care.


Local Government specialist with expertise in a wide range of areas including social housing, adult community care services, children’s services, governance, powers and duties of local authorities, land acquisition/disposal, finance, elections and some planning.

Kelvin appears mostly in judicial review/appeal cases but also inquests. Has related expertise in human rights, discrimination and EU law. Is also a highly experienced and knowledgeable property lawyer. Has appeared in some of the most significant community care and housing cases in the last decade.

He has extensive advocacy experience including UK Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

Notable cases include: Slough v M (residential care, definition of care and attention); McDonald v RB Kensington and Chelsea (care assessments, resources, human rights and equality duties); Powell v Hounslow LBC (possession claims and human rights); Hotak v Southwark (definition of priority need); Maries v Merton LBC (local authority land development); Haque v Hackney LBC (homelessness and public sector equality duty); Menon v Herefordshire (misfeasance in public office); Gullu v Hillingdon LBC (social housing allocations); Summers v Richmond LBC (public space protection orders}, and Pinto v Merton LBC  (interpretation of a planning permission).

Kelvin was called to the Bar in 1989 (Middle Temple); Silk 2013; Visiting Fellow University of Essex.


Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA).


University of Essex (LLB Hons); University of London (LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Kelvin Rutledge KCCornerstone Barristers

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Silks)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.

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.

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Kelvin Rutledge KCCornerstone BarristersA leading silk in the housing field.

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.