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Recent Key Cases

Long live the Conventional Monk

The Supreme Court has handed down an eagerly-awaited judgment in the appeal of Sims v Dacorum Borough Council (Respondent) and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Intervener)  [2014] [...]

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Lewisham, Newham and Cornerstone team win in Supreme Court

On 12th November, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the linked appeals of R(CN) v Lewisham LBC and R(ZH) v Newham LBC [2014] UKSC 62. At the centre of [...]

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Phillips v Francis appeal allowed - the £250 threshold applies ONLY to “sets” of qualifying works

Service Charge Consultation back on track Phillips v Francis appeal allowed – the £250 threshold applies ONLY to “sets” of qualifying works This morning, in a long-awaited judgment, [2014] EWCA [...]

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Court of Appeal dismisses Core Strategy and Judicial Review challenges based on reasonable alternatives, reasons, error of fact, interpretation of development plan policy, and the meaning of ‘playing field’

In a unanimous ruling (though with split reasoning) the Court of Appeal [Moore-Bick, Beatson, and Briggs LJJ] handed down judgement on Tuesday dismissing a challenge to the grant of planning [...]

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Planning balance weighs against Hempnall Wind Farm

In another success story for those resisting onshore wind farms, the Secretary of State yesterday dismissed an appeal against the refusal by South Norfolk Council to grant permission for a [...]

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Court Clarifies Correct Approach to Paragraph 14 NPPF

How does the presumption in favour of sustainable development, articulated in paragraph 14 of the NPPF, operate in practice? Should all developments that are “sustainable” in the sense of overall [...]

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Innocence is relative: Scott V Southern Pacific Mortgages Limited

Rosemary Scott was the last remaining appellant in the North East Property Buyers litigation. She resisted mortgage possession proceedings brought by Southern Pacific all the way to the Supreme Court, [...]

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Court of Appeal clarifies Nearest Relative role

A Nearest Relative is entitled to seek a discharge of a patient detained under section 3 Mental Health Act 1983. And the patient will be discharged unless the Responsible Clinician, [...]

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R (Lady Hart of Chilton) v Babergh District Council [2014] EWHC 3261 (Admin)

Nine out of 10 grounds of challenge to the grant of planning permission for industrial buildings close to Grade 1, Grade 2*  and Grade 2 listed buildings dismissed. Question of [...]

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Landlord defends £1m claim for damages arising out of fire in restaurant

Stratton v Patel [2014] EWHC 2677 (TCC) Restaurant premises were damaged by a fire and leaks which occurred during development works carried out above them by building contractors employed by [...]

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Cornerstone acts in eviction of protesters

London Borough of Newham v Focus E15 and others Bow County Court, 2 October 2014 A protest group known as Focus E15 occupied four void flats on the Carpenters Estate, [...]

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Secretary of State upholds windfarm refusal in Stratford on Avon

The Secretary of State has, agreeing with his Inspector’s report, today turned down an application for 4 wind turbines which were proposed to be sited close to the M40 and [...]

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Successful Listed Building Prosecution

A man who dismantled walls and removed timbers from a Grade II listed 18th century farmhouse, in breach of planning permission and listed building consent, has been fined £6,015 and [...]

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Summer-y Justice?

The heat goes to the head in the High Court dealing with Summary Reviews In two cases over the summer the High Court granted injunctions staying the effect of interim [...]

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Deliberate concealment of a breach of planning control by verbal responses to questions

David Lintott successfully appeared for Welwyn Hatfield BC in this application for a Planning Enforcement Order by Welwyn Hatfield BC at St Albans Magistrates Court on 15 August 2014. Richard [...]

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Silver v SSGLC [2014] EWHC 2729 (Admin)

Demolition may not implement planning permission The High Court has handed down a decision which should act as a warning to those seeking to implement a planning permission merely by [...]

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Land at Chapel Lane, Wymondham, Norfolk

WYMONDHAM ABBEY, (a Grade 1 Listed Building) saved from harmful development in spite of a 5 year housing land supply shortfall Land at  CHAPEL LANE, WYMONDHAM, NORFOLK Appeal Ref: APP/L2630/A/13/2196884 [...]

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Disabled, but not Vulnerable

In Kanu v London Borough of Southwark the Court of Appeal has considered the practical application of the case of Hotak v London Borough of Southwark to a case where [...]

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Latest News Stories

Penalty hike for health & safety - New Law Journal

Gerard Forlin QC comments on a new sentencing guidelines in New Law Journal.

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Tougher sentences proposed for health and safety, food safety offences - Local Government Lawyer

Large organisations convicted of the most serious health and safety and food safety offences could face significantly increased sentences, under proposals put out for consultation by the Sentencing Guidelines Council. [...]
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Cornerstone Barristers ranked in Chambers UK 2015

Cornerstone Barristers were delighted to be ranked with no fewer than 54 individual barrister rankings in the latest edition of Chambers UK 2015. Testimonials about Cornerstone include: “It is a [...]
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Anti-Social Behaviour - the New Reforms

Andrew Lane's joint article with Daniel Skinner from Batchelors Solicitors on Anti-Social Behavior.

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Anti-Social Behaviour – the new reforms - Local Government Lawyer

“In this first of two articles Andrew Lane looks forward to the introduction of a number of new ASB “tools” introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014.” [...]
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Cornerstone headline sponsors of the Institute of Licensing

Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to be Headline Sponsors of the Institute of Licensing National Training Event for 2014

New grounds for recovering possession under The anti-social behaviour, crime and policing Act 2014: social landlords are you ready?

This article sets out the major changes brought in by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 as far as it relates to residential possession proceedings. Andrew Lane Please [...]
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Vulnerability and priority need: triple whammy in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court, which was already considering the case of Hotak v Southwark LBC will also consider, in a three day hearing, whether permission should be granted in the case [...]
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Housing Newsletter October 2014

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Paul Shadarevian has been appointed as legal advisor

Paul Shadarevian has been appointed as legal advisor to the consortium of developers regenerating Purfleet Town Centre for 2500 houses and a new UK studio and production complex for the [...]
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Supreme Court to consider unlawful eviction

Next week Michael Paget will be appearing in the Supreme Court for Mr Loveridge. He was a secure tenant who was unlawfully evicted by his landlord, Lambeth LBC. The appeal [...]
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Emma Dring presenting YP Delegates on the Green Belt

RTPI Young Planners: “We are delighted to confirm Emma Dring to present YP delegates on the Green Belt. The Green Belt is under more pressure than ever, from proposals for [...]
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Gerard Forlin QC speaking at 6th CSR Conference in Singapore

Gerard Forlin QC is speaking at the 6th Singapore CSR Conference entitled ‘CSR for Sustinable Growth Balancing Profit, People and Planet’ 15th-17th October 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel [...]
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Ashley Underwood QC has been formally appointed to the Bar of Northern Ireland

Chambers are delighted to announce that Ashley Underwood QC has been formally appointed to the Bar of Northern Ireland. His appointment will be effective from 24 October 2014. Ashley regularly [...]
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Regulator is scrutinising health, safety and transparency of sector (Inside Housing, 26th September 2014).

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has published its second annual review of consumer standard regulation and management. The HCA’s regulatory framework sets objectives for social landlords on four consumer [...]
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New Joint Heads of the Housing Team

Cornerstone Barristers is delighted to announce that Kelvin Rutledge QC and Kuljit Bhogal have been elected as joint heads of the Housing Team.  The Team would like to express its [...]
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Friend, Not Foe - Gerard Forlin QC, International Business Review, Sept 2014

Friend, Not Foe Throughout the history of business, there have been cases where individuals violate regulations or commit crimes in the course of trying to gain an advantage for their [...]
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Peggy Etiebet returns to Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers are delighted that Peggy is returning to full-time practice after her sabbatical to play water polo with the Great Britain Water Polo team. Called up by the national [...]
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