Set Profile > Cornerstone Barristers > Birmingham, England
Cornerstone Barristers Offices
12-22 Newhall Street
Cornerstone Barristers > The Legal 500 Rankings
Licensing Tier 1
Cornerstone Barristers is considered to be 'home to the leading licensing silk' – Philip Kolvin QC whose work includes a range of cases for Uber. He also acted for Haringey LB in R (Friends of Finsbury Park) v London Borough of Haringey in a case before the Court of Appeal over a challenge to councils allowing major festivals in parks. The set's members act for licensing authorities, national regulators, the police, industry operators, and community groups. James Findlay QC advises on areas including gambling (casinos and betting), taxi and private hire licensing as part of his broad public law practice and has advised a private hire company on a potential judicial review of a decision to refuse to license a base outside of London. Meanwhile, Ranjit Bhose QC is advising the dance music festival, We Are Festvl, on obtaining the grant of a long-term licence to operate an annual event.
Social housing Tier 1
Cornerstone Barristers is particularly well-known for acting for local authorities and housing associations in some of the most complex, groundbreaking cases impacting the social housing sphere. Its 'first-rate' members combine housing law knowledge with extensive expertise in related areas, such as the Children Act, adult social care, and immigration rights. Reflective of the set's involvement in high-profile cases, in 2018, Ranjit Bhose QC represented the London Borough of Haringey in Peters (on behalf of the ‘Stop the HDV Campaign Group’) v London Borough of Haringey & Lendlease Europe Holdings Limited, a judicial review claim challenging the lawfulness of the local authority entering into the proposed Haringey Development Vehicle; this is a multi-million pound 50-50 public-private partnership vehicle (the biggest local authority housing regeneration vehicle ever in the UK), which was to be used to regenerate Haringey’s housing estates. Also of note, Ryan Kohli acted as sole counsel to the appellant in the landmark Court of Appeal case of Paragon Housing Association v Neville, which concerned the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on warrant suspension applications. Chambers has been strengthened by the arrival of Riccardo Calzavara from Arden Chambers.
Environment Tier 2
Cornerstone Barristers is 'excellent on enforcement issues and has a wide variety of knowledgeable barristers suitable for a range of circumstances', notes one client. Another remarks that the set 'always provides exceptional service and appropriate levels of expertise'. Chambers is also noted for its 'friendly and approachable clerks who are always willing to assist'. Members have significant expertise in environmental law, particularly in the area of renewable energy development and related High Court challenges, often in tandem with their planning and public law practices. James Findlay QC handled a full day objection before the House of Commons Select Committee on behalf of the NFU on compensation and compulsory purchase issues along the line of the HS2a development. Estelle Dehon acted for the applicant in the leading case on the application of environmental impact assessment to fracking, Frackman v SSCLG and Cuadrilla, in the Court of Appeal.
Agriculture Tier 2
Data protection Tier 2
Planning Tier 3
An 'established set with a full range of counsel on planning matters, including some good upcoming juniors', Cornerstone Barristers cover a mix of work across projects, with a large number of instructions coming from local authorities. Mark Lowe QC and Jack Parker represented Hertfordshire County Council in a called-in inquiry over a waste-to-energy plant proposal designed to turn the entire county's waste into 33.5MW of energy. Robin Green represented Welwyn Hatfield District Council in a challenge to its decision to approve the construction of a crematorium, brought by a competitor. In housing, Wayne Beglan, represented Waverley Council in a planning inquiry concerning an application to build 1,800 homes on the former site of RAF Dunsfold, better known as the Top Gear test track.
Cornerstone Barristers has members active in matters concerning local and national democracy. Following the murder of Jo Cox MP, Philip Coppel QC defeated a challenge from the English Democrats over the Electoral Commission's decision to remove "Fighting for England!", one of the fringe right-wing party's registered descriptions. Matthew Lewin acted as an independent investigator for Durham County Council's standards committee after a town mayor was allegedly so inebriated at an event to commemorate the centenary of the conclusion of the First World War that he was stopped from lighting a memorial beacon as a safety risk.
Health and safety Tier 4
Property litigation Tier 4
Commercial litigation Tier 5
The ‘go-to’ set for social housing matters, Cornerstone Barristers is ‘renowned for its breadth of public sector work’; is ‘very strong on homelessness law’; and a leading set for licensing matters. ‘They not only have leading counsel in all areas of public sector, but a good range of senior juniors, junior juniors, and an exceptional group of newly qualified barristers too.’ Solicitors praise the set’s business structure which ‘makes them much more flexible and their approach to collaborative working with solicitors is pioneering’. ‘You always feel as though your instruction is the only one that counts and that your business is the most important, whether it is for a small matter or large.’ The ‘superb’ clerking team is led by Elliot Langdorf, who is ‘excellent at finding solutions’. Alex Hill and Naomi Bridge are ‘always professional and will make you feel like your business is their most valued and most important’; Justin Callaghan is ‘a delight to work with’. In recent chambers news, Steven Gasztowicz QC has been appointed deputy High Court judge in both the Queen's Bench and Chancery Divisions; public law juniors Lee Parkhill and Riccardo Calzavara joined from 7BR and the dissolved Arden Chambers respectively; Clare Bello, formerly of 4 Paper Buildings, is the set’s new CEO. Offices in: London, Birmingham, and Cardiff
Cornerstone Barristers > Firm Profile
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 & 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 & 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 & 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.
|Joint Head of Chambers||COPPEL QC, Philip (1994)||email@example.com|
|Joint Head of Chambers||COSGROVE QC, Thomas (1994)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||LOWE QC, Mark (1972)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||UNDERWOOD QC, Ashley (1976)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||FINDLAY QC, James (1984)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||GASZTOWICZ QC, Steven (1981)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||KOLVIN QC, Philip (1985)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||FORLIN QC, Gerard (1984)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||BHOSE QC, Ranjit (1989)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||RUTLEDGE QC, Kelvin (1989)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||BEDFORD QC, Michael (1985)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||GROUND QC, Richard (1994)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||BUSCH QC, Lisa (2000)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||SHADAREVIAN QC, Paul (1984)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||HUTCHINGS QC, Matt (1993)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||STOKER, Graham (1977)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||ALBUTT, Ian (1981)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||CLAY, Jonathan (1990)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||HOLBROOK, Jon (1991)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||MARSHALL, Paul (1991)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||GREEN, Robin (1992)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||GRANT, Edward (1994)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||EDWARDS, Martin (1995)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||PAGET, Michael (1995)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||LINTOTT, David (1996)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||BEGLAN, Wayne (1996)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||TOWNSEND, Harriet (1992)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||ROWLANDS, Catherine (1992)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||BEGLAN, Wayne (1996)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||BHOGAL, Kuljit (1999)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||LANE, Andrew (1999)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||DATTA, Shomik (2000)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||RANATUNGA, Asitha (2001)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||WELFARE, Damien (2001)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||ETIEBET, Peggy (2001)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||UNDERWOOD, Dean (2002)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||CANNON, Josef (2002)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||LAMBERT, Emmaline (2003)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||PARRY, Clare (2005)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||PARKHILL, Lee (2005)|
|Member of Chambers||DEHON, Estelle (2006)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||OSCROFT, Jennifer (2006)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||KOHLI, Ryan (2006)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||WILLIAMS, Robert (2008)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||DRING, Emma (2009)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||WHITTINGTON, Zoe (2009)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||PAREKH, Ruchi (2010)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||PARKER, Jack (2011)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||HANSTOCK, Richard (2012)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||DR BOWES, Ashley (2013)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||CALZAVARA, Riccardo (2013)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||DU FEU, Ben (2013)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||LEWIN, Matt (2013)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||O'LEARY, Tara (2014)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||FITZSIMONS, John (2016)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||Dr FOWLES, Sam (2017)||email@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||Dr WILLIAMS, Alex (2017)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Member of Chambers||BUONO, Isabellaemail@example.com|
|Member of Chambers||CLAPP, Rowanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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