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Cornerstone Barristers
Falcon Drive
CF10 4RU

Leading chambers in which excellence is achieved across a range of practice areas broadly related to public law and property, and through professional client service. With more than 50 barristers and offices in London, Birmingham and Cardiff, Cornerstone Barristers provides advice and representation in areas including administrative and public law, planning, property, housing, licensing, data protection, Court of Protection, health and social care, commercial and regulatory law. Clients include companies, central and local government, private developers, public development agencies and individuals.

The set: Chambers offers expertise at all levels of seniority, from QCs to newly qualified barristers, and at all levels of the court system, from County Court to the Supreme Court. Members are highly regarded and often involved in ground-breaking cases. They are not just legal experts but sector specialists, meaning that clients receive advice from, and are represented by, people who understand their perspective, their business and their challenges.

Types of work undertaken: The set’s expertise takes in the most lengthy, complex and high-profile cases, as well as more routine matters.

Planning and environment: As one of the leading planning sets, Cornerstone Barristers handles the full range of issues including high-profile infrastructure and other nationally important projects involving property, public and environmental law, compulsory purchase and compensation, minerals and waste, rights of way, highways, village greens and commons. Members handle major inquiries and advise on prominent developments, statutory challenges and judicial review.

Social housing: The set is well known for landlord and tenant law, homelessness, asylum, housing benefit fraud, possession claims, contested succession, unlawful subletting, anti-social behaviour and disrepair. Property: As well as advising and representing private and public-sector clients in relation to commercial and residential property, members act as mediators and arbitrators.

Public law and Judicial Review: The set defends and challenges public law decisions in many areas includ­ing planning, housing, highways, health and social care, Court of Protection, immigration, human rights, education and employment. Members take part in the most prominent public inquiries and inquests.

Licensing: The set drives professional development in this area by advising, training and educating across the whole field, including alcohol, entertainment, gambling and taxis, on behalf of licensing authorities, police, leading industry operators, trade associations and campaign and community groups.

Information law: The team has particular expertise in profiling, big data and Al, and brings both legal and technical knowledge to advising clients.

Health and social care: Members represent clients in the Court of Protection, the Administrative Court and the Supreme Court across the full spectrum of health and social care matters, including adult and child social care, mental capacity and mental health law.

Commercial: The set includes barristers with domestic business law practices encompassing contentious and non-contentious commercial and corporate work.

Regulatory law: In conjunction with a leading reputation in corporate manslaughter, the set provides a comprehensive service in consumer protection, trading standards, health and safety and environmental regulation.

CEO Clare
Senior Clerk Elliot
Joint Head of Chambers COPPEL QC, Philip (1994)
Joint Head of Chambers COSGROVE QC, Thomas (1994)
Member of Chambers LOWE QC, Mark (1972)
Member of Chambers UNDERWOOD QC, Ashley (1976)
Member of Chambers FINDLAY QC, James (1984)
Member of Chambers GASZTOWICZ QC, Steven (1981)
Member of Chambers KOLVIN QC, Philip (1985)
Member of Chambers FORLIN QC, Gerard (1984)
Member of Chambers BHOSE QC, Ranjit (1989)
Member of Chambers RUTLEDGE QC, Kelvin (1989)
Member of Chambers BEDFORD QC, Michael (1985)
Member of Chambers GROUND QC, Richard (1994)
Member of Chambers BUSCH QC, Lisa (2000)
Member of Chambers SHADAREVIAN QC, Paul (1984)
Member of Chambers HUTCHINGS QC, Matt (1993)
Member of Chambers STOKER, Graham (1977)
Member of Chambers ALBUTT, Ian (1981)
Member of Chambers CLAY, Jonathan (1990)
Member of Chambers MARSHALL, Paul (1991)
Member of Chambers GREEN, Robin (1992)
Member of Chambers GRANT, Edward (1994)
Member of Chambers EDWARDS, Martin (1995)
Member of Chambers PAGET, Michael (1995)
Member of Chambers LINTOTT, David (1996)
Member of Chambers BEGLAN, Wayne (1996)
Member of Chambers TOWNSEND, Harriet (1992)
Member of Chambers ROWLANDS, Catherine (1992)
Member of Chambers BEGLAN, Wayne (1996)
Member of Chambers BHOGAL, Kuljit (1999)
Member of Chambers LANE, Andrew (1999)
Member of Chambers DATTA, Shomik (2000)
Member of Chambers RANATUNGA, Asitha (2001)
Member of Chambers WELFARE, Damien (2001)
Member of Chambers ETIEBET, Peggy (2001)
Member of Chambers UNDERWOOD, Dean (2002)
Member of Chambers CANNON, Josef (2002)
Member of Chambers LAMBERT, Emmaline (2003)
Member of Chambers PARRY, Clare (2005)
Member of Chambers PARKHILL, Lee (2005)
Member of Chambers DEHON QC, Estelle (2006)
Member of Chambers OSCROFT, Jennifer (2006)
Member of Chambers KOHLI, Ryan (2006)
Member of Chambers WILLIAMS, Robert (2008)
Member of Chambers DRING, Emma (2009)
Member of Chambers WHITTINGTON, Zoe (2009)
Member of Chambers PAREKH, Ruchi (2010)
Member of Chambers PARKER, Jack (2011)
Member of Chambers HANSTOCK, Richard (2012)
Member of Chambers DR BOWES, Ashley (2013)
Member of Chambers CALZAVARA, Riccardo (2013)
Member of Chambers DU FEU, Ben (2013)
Member of Chambers LEWIN, Matt (2013)
Member of Chambers O'LEARY, Tara (2014)
Member of Chambers FITZSIMONS, John (2016)
Member of Chambers Dr FOWLES, Sam (2017)
Member of Chambers Dr WILLIAMS, Alex (2017)
Member of Chambers BUONO,
Member of Chambers CLAPP,

The principles of equal opportunity and diversity are a fundamental part of Cornerstone Barristers’ philosophy and are essential to our success as a thriving set. It is our unequivocal policy not to discriminate against anyone, either directly or indirectly, on grounds of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, maternity or paternity, disability, religion or belief, age, part-time, fixed-term or contractual status, or on any other irrelevant or irrational basis.

In particular, Chambers is committed to ensuring that it selects pupils, tenants and employees without discrimination, that discriminatory considerations play no part in the allocation of work within chambers, and that we do not accept instructions from solicitors who seek to select Counsel on a discriminatory basis. We endeavour to treat everyone, both inside and outside Chambers, with attention, courtesy, respect and consideration. We also aim to ensure that our pupillage, work experience, employment and membership opportunities are open and accessible to all based on individual qualities and personal merit.

Each year we host a small number of visits from pupils in state sixth forms who are interested in a career at the bar.  The visits involve a tour of legal London and our Chambers and there is an opportunity to meet barristers and take part in a simple advocacy exercise. These visits are funded by the Anthony Scrivener education fund.

CLIENT: Elizabeth Smith
COMPANY/FIRM: Uttlesford District Council
TESTIMONIAL: “Cornerstone Barristers are our Chambers of choice.  We have always had a first-class service from its members and we have never had to look elsewhere because of an inability to assist us.

The Clerks are all extremely helpful and on occasions have gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist us.

I would thoroughly recommend them.”

CLIENT: Jo Smith
COMPANY/FIRM: Mid Kent Legal Services – Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
TESTIMONIAL: “Cornerstone Barristers is the complete package. Clerks who understand their client’s needs and will move everything to make sure they are met. Barristers who are outstanding in their field. Highly knowledgeable, quick to grasp the facts and the ability to see solutions where they haven’t been identified before – A professional service from start to finish with competitive fees that have kept us coming back for more time and time again. I would have no hesitation in recommending Cornerstone to represent your client (unless they are against us, of course!)”

CLIENT: Ian Chai
COMPANY/FIRM: Francis Wilks & Jones Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: “I have instructed Cornerstone Barristers for many years now. From the juniors to silks, I have had consistent, excellent drafting, advocacy and tactical skills in cases ranging from the County Court to the Court of Appeal. The clerks are also fantastic and go the extra mile. A seamless operation.”

CLIENT: Linda Trembath
COMPANY/FIRM: Tendring District Council
TESTIMONIAL: “Cornerstone Chambers, aka 2-3 GIS, have pulled out the stops this last year and really feel like part of our team.  Frequently, and at very short notice, barristers have both been found and agreed to assist us and all, clerks and barristers alike, have provided a sterling, and importantly, reliable service.  That extra resource, our team extension if you like, has been there to support us through more unusually tough times this year than we care to remember.”

CLIENT: Jo Sterakides
COMPANY/FIRM: London Borough of Hackney
TESTIMONIAL: “I regularly use Cornerstone. They are my go to chambers and usually my first choice. This is not just because of the excellent selection of barristers available, but also because of the incredible service that I receive from the clerks there. The clerks are knowledgeable, friendly and professional, and go out of their way to assist in any way they can. Any barrister recommendation for cases are spot on and they are always contactable, which to me is very helpful. Head clerk Elliot and his team leaders have in my view, improved the service of chambers even during the pandemic”