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Recent Key Cases

Council Tax Exemptions for Charitable Housing Associations

Mr Justice Mostyn today handed down judgment in 3 appeals that were heard together – LB of Ealing v Notting Hill Housing Trust; Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea v [...]

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Important Decision for Design Policies of the NPPF and NPPG

Important decision on whether an acceptable scheme can be turned away in order to encourage a ‘better’ scheme in the light of the design policies of the National Planning Policy [...]

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In the eagerly awaited judgment in the case of Timmins and Lymn v Gedling Borough Council [2015] EWCA Civ 10, the Court of Appeal has partly clarified the interpretation of [...]

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Summary Reviews: when are licensed premises ‘associated with’ serious crime?

The High Court has today dismissed a challenge against the decision of the Metropolitan Police to bring summary review proceedings leading to the suspension and revocation of a licence for [...]

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Winning the wind farm war: Secretary of State refuses permission for Spring Farm Ridge wind farm

On 22 December 2014 the Secretary of State finally announced his decision to refuse planning permission for a commercial scale wind farm known as Spring Farm Ridge, located between Greatworth [...]

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s.289 TCPA 1990 appeal: An Inspector must consider the issues in the enforcement notice not what he or she thinks might be the issues

In Mohamed v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2014] EWHC 4045 (Admin) the local planning authority was concerned about the erection of a dwelling in the rear [...]

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No Duty to Review Institutional Abuse or Neglect R (Deeqa Mohammed) V Local Safeguarding Board for Islington

Cobb J 27/11/2014 Administrative Court In an important test case Cobb J has found that public bodies offering safeguarding services to children  are not obliged to investigate alleged institutional abuse [...]

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Not Like Cranmer: Changes to Test for Capacity to Consent to Sex A Local Authority V TB

INTRODUCTION Mostyn J has refined the approach of the courts to the question of what information a person must be able to understand if they are to be able to [...]

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No Bias against Double Glazing

The High Court has dismissed an appeal brought by the owner of a Grade II listed farmhouse, in which it was alleged that an Inspector had displayed bias against double [...]

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Spring Farm Ridge, Appeal by Broadview Energy Ltd., December 2014

Successfully defended South Northamptonshire Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a commercial scale wind farm (5 turbines, 125m to blade tip) at inquiry. The appeal was recovered by the [...]

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Lawfulness under the GPDO

The High Court has recently ruled on two aspects of the interpretation of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO). The first point is likely to be of relatively limited application, [...]

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Norwich Northern Distributor Road DCO Examination ends

The Examination into the DCO application for the 20 km dual carriageway Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) ended on 2 December 2014. The NDR is a £149 m highway scheme which [...]

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Bat challenge to housing growth rejected in South Devon

The High Court has rejected a challenge to the adoption of the Teignbridge Local Plan which promotes substantial housing growth in areas affected by the South Hams SAC, which hosts [...]

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Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) decided council not ransomed by shooting rights

Wednesday 3rd December 2014 saw the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) decide that the Acquiring Authority should not pay a ransom value for the shooting rights at a site they acquired for [...]

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Down and Out in Kensington and Chelsea?

The Borough’s Basement policy review takes another step towards adoption The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has received (2 December 2014) an eagerly awaited report from David Vickery, the [...]

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A possession order is always best: Cornerstone Barristers succeed in Supreme Court unlawful eviction case

Today the Supreme Court ruled, in Loveridge (AP) v Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Lambeth, (click here to see the judgment) that statutory damages for unlawful eviction are [...]

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Cherkley Campaign – end of the road.

On Thursday 27th November Aikens LJ upheld the decisions of Jay J (who, after a contested hearing, had refused permission for Judicial Review – [2014] EWHC 3291 (Admin)) and Sullivan LJ [...]

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Cornerstone Trio in Supreme Court Triple Whammy

Bryan McGuire QC, Matt Hutchings and Jennifer Oscroft are instructed to represent Shelter and Crisis in a Supreme Court intervention. In the three appeals of Johnson v Solihull, Hotak v [...]

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Latest News Stories

Ashley Underwood QC successful in obtaining leave for judicial review in relation to Omagh Bombing.

Michael Gallagher’s long standing campaign for a cross-border investigation into the Omagh bombing has resulted in the High Court ruling that the authorities were arguably in breach of their obligations to [...]
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Join Cornerstone Barristers at the 'Now and Next' IoL Licensing Events

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) in conjunction with Cornerstone Barristers present ‘Now & Next’ from 16th to 19th March aimed at everyone with an interest in licensing, including Licensing Officers, [...]
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Cornerstone Newsletter: Bringing You the Latest in Legal Developments

Click here for the latest legal developments in housing law, as well as commentary, guidance on statutory developments and upcoming cases. Edited by Andrew Lane.

Pickles Overrules Inspector Over Three Norfolk Turbines

For the second time in three years proposals for a major windfarm site in Norfolk have been turned down due to impacts on the historic landscape at Upper Vaunces Farm [...]
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Cornerstone on Antisocial Behaviour: The New Law Kuljit Bhogal

Cornerstone on Antisocial Behaviour: The New Law by Kuljit Bhogal.

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Supreme Court Live: Philip Kolvin QC faces Westminster City Council regarding Soho Sex Shops Fees

Supreme Court Live: Philip Kolvin QC faces Westminster City Council regarding Soho Sex Shops Fees Philip Kolvin QC is live in the Supreme Court today, acting for a number of [...]
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New Personal Licence Simple Form Published

Following months of uncertainty about the future of Personal Licences, the Government announced last year that it was shelving plans to abolish them altogether. However, in its Deregulation Bill (currently [...]
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Philip Coppel QC rejoins Cornerstone  

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Philip Coppel QC who joins Cornerstone Barristers from Landmark Chambers on 1 January 2015. This is something of a homecoming for Philip [...]
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Social Housing Fraud: Tenancy Audits

Social housing fraud is an increasing problem for social landlords with approximately 107,000 social housing homes being unlawfully occupied with a value of £178 million ...

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Cornerstone Double Triple Whammy at Supreme Court Today

Watch live coverage of a Supreme Court intervention which sees Kelvin Rutledge QC, Ashley Underwood QC and Catherine Rowlands acting for the Respondents, Solihull MBC and LB of Southwark in three appeals, with Bryan McGuire [...]
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Is The Forest of Dean Megabasement PD?

Mark Lowe QC was instructed to fight off the enforcement notice issued by the Forest of Dean DC requiring the demolition of this remarkable sports centre – 2 lane 10 [...]
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£20m fines may follow court guidance

Gerard Forlin QC is quoted in relation to the new consultation exercise.

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Local Government Lawyer - Challenging HSE enforcement notices

Gerard Forlin QC and Mike Appleby explain why there is now a greater scope for challenging prohibition and improvement notices and argue that the decision wether to appeal or not is [...]
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Martin Edwards joins Cornerstone

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Martin Edwards, a Planning and Environmental specialist who joins us from Thirty Nine Essex Street. Martin provides advocacy, strategic, tactical and legal [...]
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New closure order provisions in ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014 successfully pressed into action

Just a month after the new anti-social behaviour provisions came into force, they have already been pressed into action. West Midlands Police, represented by Jack Parker, today successfully obtained a [...]
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Supreme Court upholds notice to quit principles established in Monk

Following on from the Supreme Court’s decision in Sims v Dacorum Borough Council (Respondent) and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Intervener)[2014] UKSC 63 the successful team from [...]
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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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