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Recent Key Cases

Court of Appeal gives guidance on destination of County Court "costs only" appeals
26.05.2016

(1) Ian Handley and anr v Lake Jackson Solicitors (A Firm)/ (2) Vanda Lopes v London Borough of Croydon/ (3) Christie Owen & Davies Limited v Awan [2016] EWCA Civ ...

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Lexis PSL: Interpreting the scope of planning conditions
26.05.2016

Wayne Beglan has written an article for Lexis PSL on the decision in R (on the application of XPL Ltd) v Harlow Council, which concerned the issuing of a breach ...

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Ashley Underwood QC instructed in Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland
24.05.2016

Ashley Underwood QC has been instructed on behalf of a Core Participant in the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland. The Inquiry is about to commence an investigation into the ...

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Historic Brixton nightclub saved – for now
19.05.2016

Planning permission to redevelop Brixton’s legendary Club 414 for retail and flats was quashed by consent in the High Court yesterday by order of Mr Justice GIlbart. The planning permission, controversially ...

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Affordable housing policy exclusions small sites, and vacant building credit
16.05.2016

  On Wednesday 11th May the Court of Appeal allowed the Government’s appeal on all four grounds against Mr Justice Holgate’s judgment in West Berkshire District Council and Reading Borough ...

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Council lawfully refused to consider post-enforcement notice planning application.
13.05.2016

The High Court has refused permission for a developer to bring judicial review proceedings against South Cambridgeshire District Council’s decision to refuse to consider a planning application. The application sought ...

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Proportionality is not for the Court on an application for judicial review of a local planning authority's decision to take direct action
12.05.2016

Eastwood v The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (10/05/16) [2016] EWCA Civ 437 Arden, Floyd, Sales LJJ  David Lintott successfully appeared for the Respondent local planning authority. The Court ...

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St Ives Neighbourhood Plan second homes restrictions: Cornerstone Barristers instructed in JR Challenge
10.05.2016

Following the referendum on the St Ives Neighbourhood Plan, which received the support of 83% of residents, a representative of the development industry has challenged the decision by Cornwall Council ...

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Secretary of State dismisses appeal for 650 homes at Leckampton, Cheltenham
09.05.2016

The Secretary of State agreed with his Inspector that the harm (principally to the valued landscape and transport network) would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the “substantial” benefits of the scheme. ...

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High Court applies Denton principles in Council Tax Reduction appeal
09.05.2016

In Turner v South Cambridgeshire DC [2016] EWHC 1017 (Admin), the Administrative Court dismissed an appeal against a decision by the Valuation Tribunal for England to uphold a decision by ...

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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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Latest News Stories

Cornerstone Barristers' Charity Bike Ride
26.05.2016

This weekend Cornerstone Barristers will be cycling the English/Welsh border to raise funds for Meadow House Hospice. Starting at the most northerly point near Chester, the team will be cycling 180 miles ...
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Estelle Dehon discusses Yorkshire fracking proposals on BBC Radio 5 Live
25.05.2016

Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live about the decision by North Yorkshire County Council’s planning committee to grant approval for plans to frack for ...
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Local Government Lawyer: Book Review - Cornerstone on the Planning Court
18.05.2016

Local Government Lawyer has published a review of Cornerstone on the Planning Court; the first guide of its kind to analyse the procedures and work of the Planning Court which ...
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Kuljit Bhogal commended at Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2016
16.05.2016

Kuljit Bhogal of Cornerstone Barristers received a special commendation from the judges in the Professions category for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2016 which took place at the Hilton Park Lane ...
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Cornerstone’s Electoral Legislation 2016 now on sale
16.05.2016

Cornerstone’s Electoral Legislation 2016 by Philip Coppel QC of Cornerstone Barristers is now available to purchase. The guide is the first comprehensive single-volume collection of the numerous laws governing the ...
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Philip Coppel QC interviewed on the One Show
16.05.2016

Philp Coppel QC has been interviewed on the BBC One Show about a campaign to save local pubs from closure. Philip has been advising on a successful planning appeal to ...
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Gerard Forlin QC acts in major Falklands miss-fishing quota case
11.05.2016

International lawyer Gerard Forlin QC has been involved in a major case in the Falklands concerning miss-fishing by a Spanish company. After many months and various submissions on complicated issues ...
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Practical Law: A View from the Bar
10.05.2016

Michael Bedford QC, assisted by Gary Dolan, has written an article for the newly launched Practical Law Planning Column “A View from the Bar”. In this column, Michael considers whether planning obligations are ...
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Estelle Dehon advises at City Hall
06.05.2016

As counting gets underway for the Mayoral Election, Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers will be at City Hall giving on-the-spot election advice to the Greater London Returning Officer (GLRO). The GLRO ...
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Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - May 2016
04.05.2016

The latest edition of the Cornerstone Housing Newsletter includes: Message from the Heads of Team – Kuljit Bhogal and Kelvin Rutledge QC Hotak, Johnson & Kanu one year on – ...
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Gerard Forlin QC interviewed on World Day for Safety and Health at Work
04.05.2016

Gerard Forlin QC has taken part in an interview for Sky on World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Gerard talks about the everyday health and safety issues that ...
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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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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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Archbold Review: Gerard Forlin QC comments on new sentencing guidelines
24.04.2016

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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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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