Emma Dring > Cornerstone Barristers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cornerstone Barristers

Work Department

Administrative and public law; planning; housing; licensing.


Emma is regularly instructed in High Court planning cases, both as junior counsel and sole counsel, in addition to continuing inquiry and advisory work. In addition to her existing public and private clients, Emma is on the Attorney General’s C panel and receives instructions on behalf of the Secretary of State.

Emma undertakes a full range of planning work, but has the following specific area of expertise:

Heritage – she has been instructed by Historic England and English Heritage on a number of occasions in recent years, to advise and also to provide representation in High Court proceedings. She has been involved in recent important cases on ‘setting’ and on the interpretation of chapter 12 NPPF.

Local plans – Emma has represented clients in four examinations in public in recent years (two for objectors and two for local planning authorities). She has also been involved as junior counsel in four High Court local plan challenges.

Enforcement/lawfulness – Emma has a particular interest in and experience of advising on these issues and regularly provides written advice.

In addition to her planning work, Emma continues to accept instructions in other areas of chambers expertise, including social housing and licensing and general public law.

 Contributor to Cornerstone on the Planning Court and Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct.


Called 2009, Lincoln’s Inn.


Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA); Institute of Licensing; Social Housing Law Association (SHLA); Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA).


Amery Hill School; University of Sussex (2006 LLB (Hons) first class); Cambridge University (2008 LLM (Hons) first class).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Emma Dring  – Cornerstone Barristers