Catherine Rowlands > Cornerstone Barristers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cornerstone Barristers

Work Department

Administrative and public law; social housing; Court of Protection.


Catherine is a public law specialist with special expertise in housing, care and related issues. She represents local authorities in particular, dealing with complex cases relating to homelessness and allocations, children in need, possession claims and judicial review of decisions of local authorities.

Her recent cases have included challenges to the decisions of local authorities as to the care given to applicants with no recourse to public funds and in urgent cases; ground-breaking appeals to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal on the question of vulnerability in the context of homelessness, and County Court appeals on the application of that caselaw; the law relating to assessments of age disputed minors; public law defences to possession claims; challenges to the effectiveness of Notices to Quit.

Catherine regularly appears in the Court of Protection and advises on ordinary residence disputes between local authorities. Her reported cases include the leading authorities on successions, human rights and joint tenancies, and costs in judicial review cases. 

She was called to the Bar in 1992 (Gray’s Inn). Recorder. 


French, German.


Social Housing Law Association (SHLA); Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA).


Stocksbridge School; King’s College London; Université de Paris I (1991 LLB (Hons) 2(1), Maitrise en droit privé, mention bien).


Walking, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Catherine RowlandsCornerstone Barristers

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.