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Cornerstone Barristers

Work Department

Public law, local government, planning and environment, information, housing and licensing law.


Ruchi has a broad public law practice specialising in local government, planning and environment, information, housing and licensing law. She is instructed by a wide range of private and public sector clients, including local and central government and other regulatory bodies. She can also be instructed directly as a public access barrister.

Recent and ongoing notable cases include:

  • Acting for a consortium of London boroughs in a test case challenging the decision in Jones v London Borough of Southwark on water-reselling (Royal Borough of Kingston v Moss)
  • Defending the lawfulness of a proposed development vehicle to deliver housing regeneration (Peters v London Borough of Haringey)
  • Representing the Electoral Commission in one of the first statutory appeals against the imposition of a variable monetary penalty in the County Court
  • Appearing in the Court of Appeal in Powell v Dacorum Borough Council which clarified the scope of the public sector equality duty in cases of individual decision-making
  • Advising the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation into domestic law (as part of the Cornerstone team)
  • Acting for a local authority in a two-week planning inquiry successfully resisting retail development in the setting of a conservation area.

Prior to coming to the bar, Ruchi worked as a legal officer at JUSTICE, where she led the civil justice program. Her previous experience also includes human rights litigation in domestic courts in eastern Europe and southern and eastern Africa, and the European Court of Human Rights, while working at Interights.


Ruchi has an LLM from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded a Public Service Fellowship, and an LLB (First Class Honours) from the London School of Economics, where she won several prizes including two for best overall performance in the year. Ruchi was awarded the Stephen Chapman Scholarship from Inner Temple.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Ruchi Parekh  – Cornerstone Barristers ‘Ruchi is very clever, a superb advocate who can see the bigger picture and key points in a case. Ruchi’s advocacy is concise, focused, and very impressive.’

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Ruchi Parekh Cornerstone Barristers ‘A diligent barrister with impressive planning expertise, she has an exceptional command of the law, is extremely strategic, and gives clear, comprehensive advice.’