Riccardo Calzavara > Cornerstone Barristers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cornerstone Barristers

Work Department

Public law and judicial review; local government; social housing


Riccardo advises, drafts, and represents clients of all types particularly in the practice areas listed above. He accepts instructions to appear in all courts and tribunals and has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court. He has appeared in a number of high-profile and test cases, and more than 35 reported cases in the higher courts.

He is on the Attorney General’s and the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panels of Counsel.

Recent notable cases include Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2022] 2 WLR 592, SC; R (Kalonga) v Croydon LBC [2022] EWCA Civ 670; Stanley v Welwyn Hatfield BC [2021] HLR 12, CA; and Ralph v Ralph [2021] EWCA Civ 1106, showing the breadth of his practice from homelessness through judicial review to property law.


Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)

Social Housing Law Association (SHLA)

Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA)


BA (Hons.) Industrial Economics: Upper Second Class

MA Philosophy: Distinction

Graduate Diploma in Law: Commendation

Bar Professional Training Course: Outstanding

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Social housing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Riccardo CalzavaraCornerstone Barristers ‘Riccardo’s advocacy is smooth and his delivery in court is one of complete control and precision and attention to fine detail – and this is down to his meticulous preparation.’

Cornerstone Barristers is a ‘leading set in the area of housing’. In Bankole-Jones v Watford BC, Catherine Rowlands argued for Watford Borough Council on the issue whether someone who is homeless and sleeping rough is by that fact “vulnerable” and therefore in priority need for the purposes of section 189 of the Housing Act 1996. In Croydon LBC v Kalonga, Riccardo Calzavara   – ultimately successfully – represented Croydon council first in the High Court, then the Court of Appeal and finally the Supreme Court, where he was led by Kelvin Rutledge KC, on the question of how authorities can recover possession against fixed-term tenants, and the proper construction of forfeiture clauses in fixed-term secure tenancies.  In June 2022, Lindsay Johnson joined from Doughty Street Chambers.