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Cornerstone Barristers
Cornerstone Barristers

Work Department

Local government; public law; social housing; landlord and tenant; property; property related negligence; licensing; civil litigation; Court of Protection.


Ranjit has a varied practice, with particular specialism in the following: local government; public law; social housing; landlord and tenant; property; property related negligence; licensing; civil litigation; Court of Protection. He has strong links with local authorities, major private sector landlords and developers, and registered providers.

In 2018 he has been successfully representing Uber in its appeal against the refusal of its London PHV licence; acting for Haringey at all stages of the multi-million pound public-private Haringey Development Vehicle LLP partnership, including successfully defeating a judicial review claim in R (Peters) v Haringey LBC  [2018] EWHC 192 (Admin); acting for a consortium of local authorities challenging the decision in Jones v LB Southwark on water re-selling.

Other recent cases include: Worthington v Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd (2018) (CA – harassment by housing associations); Re M (2018) (Court of Protection – alleged forced marriage); R. (Friends of Finsbury Park) v Haringey LBC (2017) (CA – hiring out of public parks, licencing); R (Muir) v Wandsworth BC (2017) (Admin – local authority powers and duties, parks); Fabric Nightclub (2016) (MC – licence revocation); Holley v Hillingdon LBC (2016) (CA – housing, human rights); Re: Pond House, Pond Place, London SW23 (2015) (UT – QLTAs and framework agreements); Sims v Dacorum DC (2014) (SC – housing and property, human rights); Evans v Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators (2014) (CA – easements over common land); Thompson v Oxford CC (2014) (CA – lap dancing); Superstrike v Rodriguez (2013) (CA – tenancy deposits); Bean Leisure v Leeds CC (2014) (Admin – lap dancing); Tachie v Welwyn Hatfield DC (2013) (Admin – public procurement, Teckal; contracting-out); Bristol CC Council v Digs (2014) (Admin – HMO licensing).

Called 1989 (Gray’s Inn); Silk 2012.




University College, Oxford (BA Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Licensing

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Ranjit Bhose QCCornerstone Barristers

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.

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Ranjit Bhose QCCornerstone BarristersAn excellent and well-respected silk.

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.

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Ranjit Bhose QCCornerstone 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.

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Ranjit Bhose QCCornerstone Barristers