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Recent Key Cases

A grown-up approach to age assessments
26.04.2016

The Court of Appeal has ordered that a young asylum seeker’s challenge to Croydon’s age assessment will be struck out or stayed unless he consents to an x-ray examination of ...

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Deliberate concealment of a breach of planning control by the design of building
21.04.2016

The Old Barn, White Lodge Farm, Bulls Lane, Brookman’s Park, Hatfield AL9 7AZ Ref: APP/C1950/C/14/3000358, APP/C1950/C/14/3000361 David Lintott successfully appeared for Welwyn Hatfield BC in three conjoined enforcement notice appeals ...

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BB,W,PP,U,Y and Z v Secretary of State for the Home Department
20.04.2016

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (“SIAC”) has delivered its long-awaited judgment in W Algeria and others. This controversial case concerns the safety on return to Algeria of the Appellants and ...

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R. (on the application of XPL Ltd) v Harlow Council [2016] EWCA Civ 378
19.04.2016

The Court of Appeal has upheld a breach of condition notice issued by Harlow Council in relation to the hours of operation of a sui generis coach depot. The relevant ...

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Licensing and Illegal Workers
14.04.2016

East Lindsey District Council v Abu Hanif (trading as Zara’s restaurant and takeaway)   In an important judgment in the High Court, a High Court Judge has restored a licensing ...

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You can't judicially review all housing association decisions
11.04.2016

Since the case of Weaver a number of public law and human rights challenges against housing associations have been brought.  But few if any reported cases have, until now, found ...

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Every dog has its day
11.04.2016

On Friday 7th April 2016 the UK’s largest brewer of craft beers, Brewdog, saw off an appeal against a grant of a licence for its new bar in Micklegate, in ...

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DCLG policy shift on Green Belt?
04.04.2016

On 31 March 2016 the Secretary of State granted outline planning permission for 1,500 units at Perrybrook, Brockworth, Gloucestershire. The land is within the Green Belt, and it was therefore ...

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Transcript now available in significant brownfield land judgment
30.03.2016

The transcript of the judgment of Charles George QC (sitting as Deputy High Court Judge) has now become available in Dartford Borough Council v SSCLG [2016] EWHC 635 (Admin.). The ...

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Matt and Jenny aim for Supreme three in a row
30.03.2016

In R(N) v Lewisham LBC [2015] AC 1259, Matt Hutchings and Jennifer Oscroft represented the successful local authorities. They convinced the Supreme Court that temporary housing for homeless applicants was not “occupied ...

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No duty to give reasons for a grant of planning permission in the Green Belt contrary to officer advice
29.03.2016

In the first case to examine whether a duty to give reasons for a grant of planning permission might arise following the abolition of the statutory requirement to do so ...

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Court of Appeal clarifies meaning of “policies for the supply of housing” at paragraph 49 NPPF
17.03.2016

In joined appeals Hopkins v SSCLG and Cheshire East DC v SSCLG [2016] EWCA Civ [168] the Court of Appeal considered the scope of paragraph 49 NPPF, which is engaged ...

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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: Investigation into Institutional Failures in the Anglican Church
16.03.2016

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, chaired by the Hon. Dame Lowell Goddard DNZM, has launched 13 investigations into a broad range of institutions. One of these is into ...

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Be wary of claimants who try to manipulate the High Court
14.03.2016

Local authorities often receive mandatory orders, made at short-notice on the papers, when the High Court is told that a family will be homeless without urgent ex parte relief. As ...

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Listed building challenges ruled Totally Without Merit
11.03.2016

Mr Justice Hickinbottom gave judgment yesterday in two related challenges to public law decisions of the Welsh Government concerning the Grade II* listed former North Wales Hospital, Denbigh. This stunning ...

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Herefordshire Council cleared of misfeasance allegations
26.02.2016

Herefordshire Council has been held to have acted lawfully in suspending referrals to Rosedale Care Home in Ross-on-Wye and advising and assisting its residents to move to other homes when, ...

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Step Changes Proposed to Summary Reviews
24.02.2016

Rory Clarke and Josef Cannon consider the implications of the recently proposed changes to the Summary Review procedure in the Licensing Act 2003. Reforms to the Summary Review procedure in the ...

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High Court in Northern Ireland to decide whether Omagh bomb hearing will be held in secret
24.02.2016

The High Court of Justice in Ireland will today hear an application for judicial review relating to the Omagh bombing with took place in Ireland in 1998; in what will ...

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Latest News Stories

Hillsborough Inquest Verdict
26.04.2016

After an inquest lasting over 2 years, the longest in UK history, the jury in the Hillsborough inquests has now delivered its verdict. The jury was required to answer 14 ...
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Archbold Review: Gerard Forlin QC comments on new sentencing guidelines
26.04.2016

The Archbold Review has published the first of a two-part article by leading global regulatory expert Gerard Forlin QC on the new Sentencing Council Definitive Guidelines on Health and Safety Offences, ...
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Philip Kolvin QC speaks at world’s largest conference on music and the urban environment
26.04.2016

Philip Kolvin QC, Head of Cornerstone Barristers, and renowned licensing expert, is speaking at the annual Music Cities Convention, which is taking place on May 18th in Brighton. Philip will ...
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Kuljit Bhogal shortlisted for Asian Women of Achievement Award
20.04.2016

Kuljit Bhogal of Cornerstone Barristers has been shortlisted in the Professions category for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2016 which will take place in London on Tuesday 12 May 2016. The ...
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Local Government Lawyer - Book Review: Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct
18.04.2016

Local Government Lawyer has published a review of Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct; a practical guide for all those involved in local government, including officers, councillors,  monitoring officers and lawyers. The ...
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LexisPSL: Peabody - a public body?
15.04.2016

In an interview with LexisPSL, Jon Holbrook explains why the Administrative Court decided in the case of R (on the application of Macleod) v Governors of the Peabody Trust that ...
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Daily Telegraph: Protected green belt could be developed after minister's ruling
13.04.2016

Ashley Bowes has been quoted in an article in the Daily Telegraph about a landmark ruling which saw the Communities Secretary give permission for the development of 1,500 new homes on ...
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Local Government Lawyer: A growing reluctance to quash?
01.04.2016

Martin Edwards has written an article for Local Government Lawyer looking at recent planning decisions and the apparent reluctance to quash planning permissions even in cases where an acknowledged legal ...
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Reckless bankers to face possible prosecution
23.03.2016

As of 7 March 2016, senior managers in UK banks, building societies or Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) designated investment firms can face up to 7 years in jail and / ...
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New Law Journal: Reckless bankers could go to jail
21.03.2016

Gerard Forlin QC has commented on the introduction of the new Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) for an article in New Law Journal. Under the new regime, senior bankers could ...
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Estates Gazette: Quicker to bring but harder to win?
21.03.2016

Martin Edwards has written a column for Estates Gazette in which he looks at the extent to which the Planning Court has made planning permission challenges more efficient and some of ...
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Parliamentary Inquiry into Prostitution 
21.03.2016

A team from Cornerstone Barristers is advising a national feminist organisation appearing in an inquiry into prostitution. The Home Affairs Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into prostitution, and in ...
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Local Government Lawyer: What now for selective licensing?
17.03.2016

Local Government Lawyer has published an article by Tara O’Leary on the latest developments in relation to selective licensing, including the end of borough-wide schemes and the Govnerment’s “20/20” rule. ...
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Gerard Forlin QC participating in Bar Council Mission to Seoul and Shanghai
11.03.2016

Gerard Forlin QC has been selected to participate in the Bar Council Mission to Seoul, South Korea and Shanghai, China, from 4-7 April. The Mission, led by Chairman of the ...
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Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 - Presentations
03.03.2016

Presentations from the Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 are now available to view on the newly launched Local Government Law.tv platform. Click the links below to view previews of the videos. Key developments ...
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Sir Anthony Hidden QC
01.03.2016

The funeral of Sir Anthony Hidden QC will be held at noon on Wednesday 2nd March at St. Mary's church, Wimbledon.

Journal of Planning & Environmental Law: Confidential information in planning applications
22.02.2016

Philip Coppel QC has written an article for the March edition of the Journal of Planning & Environmental Law on the use and disclosure of confidential information in planning applications. ...
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Estates Gazette: Neighbours or Nimbys?
22.02.2016

Martin Edwards has written a piece for the Estates Gazette planning notes column on a recent case involving a neighbourhood plan and how it scuppered a developer’s residential scheme on ...
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