Shomik Datta > Cornerstone Barristers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cornerstone Barristers

Work Department

Property; landlord and tenant; commercial disputes.


Shomik is a property and commercial litigator with two decades of experience. A highly regarded practitioner, his client base includes large PLCs, property developers, local authorities, registered providers and high net-worth individuals. Examples of his recent cases include enforcement of a £15m restoration obligation relating to the largest open-cast mine in Europe, which went to the Court of Appeal on issues of construction; the first Court of Appeal case to consider the Council Tax Scheme and recovery of putative overpayments; numerous disputes between employers and former employees concerning restrictive covenants and confidentiality provisions; right of light disputes concerning developments in Milton Keynes and Winchester; advising upon several applications to modify or remove freehold restrictive covenants to permit development; and telecommunications code disputes.


Called 2000 by Gray’s Inn. Formerly head of Property and Commercial Group at 42 Bedford Row. Joined Cornerstone in January 2013.


Functional Bengali.


Property Bar Association (PBA); Social Housing Law Association (SHLA).


Loughborough Grammar School; Magdalen College, Oxford (MA Jurisprudence); Inns of Court School of Law (BVC).


Shomik often attempts to play, but is now more comfortable watching, cricket, football and a variety of more arcane sports. He has an avid interest in all forms of music, and is slave to two daughters.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Shomik DattaCornerstone Barristers

London Bar > Property litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Shomik DattaCornerstone BarristersShomik’s ability to grasp the difficult issue in long running cases is fantastic. He is very adept at putting the client at ease and inspiring confidence in them.