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Recent Key Cases

Breadth of discretion in respect of applications for Minor Variations under s.41a and B Licensing Act 2003 considered and confirmed

Star Oyster Ltd and The Casino Ltd -v- Guildford Borough Council The proper approach to minor variations to premises licences under section 41A and 41B of the Licensing Act 2003 [...]

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Inspector dismisses appeals over East Devon homes

A planning inspector has rejected three out of four appeals against a council’s refusal of plans for nearly 300 homes in East Devon. The homes were all proposed around the [...]

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Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice must change.

The Court of Appeal has just decided an important issue about AMHP consultation with a nearest relative prior to ‘sectioning’ under section 11(4) Mental Health Act 1983 In TW v [...]

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Houses in Multiple Occupation: when is a storey not a storey?

Bristol City Council v Digs (Bristol) Limited [2014] EWHC 869 (Admin) When deciding whether an HMO is subject to mandatory licensing under Part 2 Housing Act 2004, EHOs have to [...]

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Lap dance no more: Courts affirm wide powers to refuse renewals

R (Bean Leisure Trading A Limited) v Leeds City Council and R (Ruby May (1) Ltd) v Leeds City Council [2014] EWHC 878 (Admin) Thompson v Oxford City Council [2014] [...]

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Da Rocha and Another v Mortgage Express Ltd and Another

The Court of Appeal has just considered the duties of a mortgage company when dealing with a mortgagor’s personal possessions left in a property after repossession. In da Rocha and [...]

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Challenge to Bristol Rovers move away from Memorial Ground rejected

The Administrative Court, sitting in Bristol has rejected an application to quash planning permission for the redevelopment of Bristol Rover’s Memorial Ground for a supermarket, which redevelopment would allow it [...]

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R (Mawusi) v (1) Cambridge City Council, (2) Cambridge Constabulary (3) Cambridge Business Against Crime

Business Against Crime Schemes: Second Bite The High Court has rejected a renewed challenge by a person excluded from business premises in Cambridge, following an oral hearing. In its judgment, [...]

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$1.9 million damages awarded to Matt Hutchings’s client in commercial claim

Matt Hutchings acted for Virulite LLC which recovered damages of US$1.9 million after a 10-day trial. The case concerned termination of an agreement for the exclusive US distribution of the [...]

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Barnwell Manor Wind Energy Ltd v E.Northants DC, English Heritage, National Trust & SSCLG

[2014] EWCA Civ 137 Court of Appeal rejects Barnwell Manor wind farm appeal, upholds the statutory duty to give considerable weight to preserving the setting of listed buildings. Today the [...]

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North Norfolk District Council v SSCLG and Mack [2014] EWHC 279 (Admin)

Renewables vs Heritage Assets – High Court Reiterates Importance of Statutory Duty to Preserve Listed Buildings and their Settings North Norfolk District Council v SSCLG and Mack [2014] EWHC 279 [...]

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Suffolk Coastal DC's core strategy upheld by High Court

In a judgment handed down on 6th February 2014, the High Court has dismissed a legal challenge brought by NANT (a local residents’ action group) against Suffolk Coastal District Council’s [...]

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Challenge to Essex Waste Station rejected.

Lindblom J has rejected a challenge by Mr and Mrs Hockley to a waste transfer station (“WTS”) in Great Dunmow, Essex. The Claimants challenged Essex County Council’s (“ECC”) decision that [...]

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RC v CC v X Local Authority [2014] EWHC 131 (COP)

The President of the Family Division has given important guidance about the correct approach to disclosure of documents containing personal information in Court of Protection proceedings involving an adult who [...]

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Solihull Metropolitan Council v Shamina Khan: Court of Appeal, 28th January 2014

In a decision handed down today by the Court of Appeal (Rafferty LJ, Beatson LJ and Sir Robin Jacob) Solihull MBC , represented by  Catherine Rowlands of Cornerstone Barristers, has won an [...]

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Mills v GDC [2014] EWHC 89 (Admin) – 24.1.14

High Court confirms regulatory body correct to erase practitioner for conduct that was dishonest so as to maintain public confidence in the profession Mrs Justice Patterson has dismissed a High [...]

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Scottish Widows Pc & others v Cherwell District Council & others [2013] EWHC 3968 (Admin)

The High Court has dismissed a challenge by two town centre landowners, Scottish Widows PLC and Aegon UK Property Fund Ltd, against a decision by Chiltern District Council to permit [...]

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Tachie (and others) v Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council [2013] EWHC 3972 (QB)

Procurement lawyers rest easy: High Court confirms ALMOs are Teckal compliant. In a judgment that will be welcomed by all local authorities, Mr Justice Jay has so held. In Tachie [...]

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Latest News Stories

Charity Cycle Ride in memory of Peter Miller.
14.04.2014

On the 25th April 2014, barristers and staff from Cornerstone will embark on a 3 day charity cycle ride from our Cardiff office to our London office (188 miles) in [...]
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Gerard Forlin QC speaking at McGill University Conference on International Aviation Law & Insurance
10.04.2014

Please click here to see the full programme.

New Planning Court grants permission in first case
08.04.2014

The new Planning Court opened its doors yesterday (click here for James Findlay QC’s news article from Friday 4th April 2014), to hear a renewed application for permission to apply [...]
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Philip Kolvin representing Sheffield CC in the Inquests into the Hillsborough disaster
08.04.2014

Philip Kolvin QC is representing Sheffield City Council in the Inquests into the Hillsborough disaster. The jury is currently hearing portraits of those who died from members of their families. [...]
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Cornerstone welcomes new Director of Client Services
07.04.2014

Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to welcome Jonathan Maskew as their new Director of Client Services. Jonathan will be in overall charge of practice and client management, working alongside our CEO [...]
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Planning Court opens for business on Monday 7th April
04.04.2014

Courtesy of new CPR54.21 and PD54E the Planning Court gets going on 7th April under the control of Lindblom J.  Its coverage is wide and includes effectively all Judicial Reviews [...]
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Michael Paget joins Cornerstone Barristers
17.03.2014

Cornerstone Barristers is delighted to welcome Michael Paget, who joins us from Garden Court Chambers. Michael is a Housing, Property Litigation and Public Law specialist. Chief Executive Warren Foot says [...]
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Westminster Council to face Soho sex shops at Supreme Court - The Lawyer 13th March 2014
13.03.2014

Westminster City Council is taking its fight against Soho’s sex shops to the Supreme Court, despite being refused permission at the Court of Appeal (CoA) last year. Landmark Chambers’ Natalie Lieven [...]
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Bus lane JRs have reached their stop
07.03.2014

Challenges to two decisions authorising Traffic Regulation Orders in Norwich have been refused permission for judicial review in a reserved judgment which followed an oral hearing lasting three hours (see [...]
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Supreme Court to hear homelessness challenge
07.03.2014

R(CN) v Lewisham LBC and R(ZH) v Newham LBC have been listed to be heard by the Supreme Court in April. The Appellants seek to overturn Mohamed v Manek and RB Kensington and [...]
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Divisional Court rejects challenge to Azelle Rodney Report
06.03.2014

The Divisional Court has refused permission for a judicial review challenge to the Azelle Rodney Report. That report followed the public inquiry into the death of Azelle Rodney, who was [...]
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Councillor ends judicial review claim over standards committee finding - Local Government Lawyer
04.03.2014

Wednesday 28th February 2014. A councillor has withdrawn his judicial review claim against East Staffordshire Borough Council over an adverse finding of its standards committee in 2012. Cllr Andrew Riley’s [...]
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Does the former North Wales Hospital have a future?
03.03.2014

BBC2 included the Grade II* listed hospital, set in the beautiful Welsh countryside just outside Denbigh, in the first Episode of the new series of Permission Impossible. Harriet Townsend acts [...]
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Treasury Panel Counsel success
27.02.2014

We are delighted to announce that Hugh Flanagan has been appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Counsel. He will take up the appointment, which is for a period [...]
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Cornerstone in the Supreme Court
24.02.2014

On 3rd-5th March 2014 the Supreme Court will hear the appeal in the final leg of the North East Property Buyers litigation, Scott v Southern Pacific Mortgages Limited. Can  a [...]
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Corporate Liability: Work Related Deaths & Criminal Prosecutions by Gerard Forlin QC
19.02.2014

Corporate Liability: Work Related Deaths and Criminal Prosecutions, Third Edition, is the only book to provide, in a single source, an expert analysis of the legal practice and procedure in [...]
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Delay in ECJ ruling on PCO regime limits effect of failure finding - Commission v UK C-530/11, 13th February 2014.
17.02.2014

Summary:  UK found to be in breach of Directive provisions requiring environmental proceedings not to be prohibitively expensive but no ruling on reciprocal caps and no comment on the efficacy [...]
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Success in controversial wind turbine challenge
14.02.2014

The High Court has quashed a decision of an Inspector granting permission for a controversial wind turbine, which was to be situated in a sensitive part of Norfolk. The wind [...]
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