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Cornerstone Barristers

Work Department

Social housing; public law; property.


Andy has been at the forefront of the Social Housing Bar for many years. He is regularly instructed by local authorities, private registered providers and the leading private solicitors firms in this area on the full range of social housing issues both in respect of litigation and policy/regulatory issues.

Additionally, he works in the public law field, whether that be free-standing challenges (such as homelessness appeals or judicial reviews) or as part of existing proceedings (for example, public sector equality duty and s. 11 Children Act 2004 defences to possession claims).

Andy is known for his instinctive client care skills, thorough knowledge of the law, tactical awareness and exceptional advocacy skills. His recent appearances in the higher courts include Salix Homes v Mantato [2019] 1 WLR 3609, Powell v Dacorum Borough Council [2019] HLR 21, Adam v City of Westminster [2019] HLR 15, Gullu v LB Hillingdon/Ward v LB Hillingdon [2019] HLR 30 and Hertfordshire County Council v Davies [2020] EWHC 838 (QB). 

Andy is an established speaker at seminars and conferences. He is the author of Cornerstone on Social Housing Fraud and has set up a blog to encourage the free flow of information on this topic.

He was called in 1999.


Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH); Social Housing Law Association (SHLA); Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA).


Manchester United.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Lane  – Cornerstone Barristers

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 Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew LaneCornerstone BarristersAndrew provides good, strong advice and speaks in a way clients understand easily.