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Recent Key Cases

Avoiding a Limitation Act defence

A landlord is usually entitled to appropriate a tenant’s payments to a tenant’s oldest debt so as to avoid a Limitation Act defence.  Jon Holbrook explains why the Upper Tribunal [...]

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Werrett v Evesham & Pershore Housing Association Ltd [2015] EWHC 1060 (QB) The High Court has today rejected an attempt by a defendant of possession proceedings to appeal a decision [...]

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Over the Moon - Restrictive Covenants Within Building Scheme Upheld by High Court

The Chancery Division of the High Court has held that it could infer the existence of a building scheme on the ‘Moon Estate’ in Gerrards Cross and dismissed an application [...]

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Borough Traveller Injunction Finalised

On 16 March 2015 the High Court made permanent an interim injunction prohibiting 15 identified members of a travelling family from occupying any one of 26 parks within the London [...]

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Community Wind Farm Appeal Refused because of Heritage Impacts

The Secretary of State has dismissed an appeal against the refusal by Bolsover District Council to grant planning permission for one of the largest ever community run windfarms in England. [...]

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Supreme Court Judgment in Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Limited

The Supreme Court has given guidance on the approach to be taken to a defence to a possession claim which relies on the Equality Act 2010, disability discrimination. In Akerman-Livingstone [...]

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In defence of small licensees - Festac v London Borough of Islington

If you act for a large organisation – a pub or night club chain say – which has had trouble at one of its venues, an experienced licensing practitioner’s first [...]

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Agricultural building must be reasonably required in the Green Belt

The High Court Quashes a Planning Inspector’s decision in which he had found that for an agricultural building to be reasonably required in the Green Belt was contrary to the [...]

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Cornerstone Success in London Borough of Enfield Housing Act Appeal

The Court of Appeal holds that a relevant fact under s.191(2) of the Housing Act 1996 had to be an existing fact and could not be a belief in the [...]

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Planning Permission Secured for Large Residential Scheme in West Sussex

In an Appeal Decision issued on the 23rd February 2015, planning permission has been granted for a residential development of 268 houses on 12 hectares of green field land in [...]

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Cornerstone Barristers in First Local Plan Challenge to Reach the Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has today upheld Suffolk Coastal DC’s adopted core strategy, in the first local plan challenge to reach the Court of Appeal. SCDC’s core strategy had been [...]

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Cornerstone Represents Royal Borough in Traveller's Claim for Judicial Review

David Lintott, of Cornerstone Barristers, successfully appeared for the Defendant local planning authority. The Court dismissed the Claim for judicial review of a decision by the Defendant local planning authority [...]

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Cornerstone Success in London Borough of Croydon "Zambrano Carers" Appeal

David Lintott of Cornerstone Barristers successfully appeared for the Respondent local authority, the London Borough of Croydon, in the 2nd of four linked appeals dealing with “Zambrano carers”. The Court of [...]

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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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Latest News Stories

Gerard Forlin QC appears live on CNN News regarding the German Wings Air Crash

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The GPDO 2015

Today the 43 Parts of the General Permitted Development Order become 19, as the GPDO 1995 (in its much amended form) is revoked and replaced by the GPDO 2015 with [...]
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Manifesto Watch: Labour Takes on Betting Industry

The Labour Party has today opened up a new front in the war between town halls and the betting industry, by signalling extensive new powers to local authorities in curbing [...]
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Outcomes, Interveners and Timings in Planning Challenges

Judicial Review – Key legislative changes to be brought into force on the 13th April 2015 Summary The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (Commencement No. 1, Saving and Transitional [...]
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Cornerstone Barristers and Poppleston Allen Awarded National Licensing Training Tender

Leading licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen and Barristers Chambers Cornerstone Barristers will collaborate to deliver a national series of training courses for licensing councillors this year. It is the first time [...]
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Funeral of Anthony Scrivener QC

Tony’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 14 April at 3.00pm at the Seven Hills Crematorium, Ipswich, IP10 0FG. All are welcome. For those who are unable to attend, a [...]
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Tenancy deposit scheme overhauled by the Deregulation Act 2015 – Retrospectively!

On 26 March 2015 changes to the tenancy deposit scheme under the Deregulation Act 2015 came into force. These changes will give much comfort to private landlords seeking to evict [...]
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Planning Magazine: The Planning Law Survey 2015

Cornerstone Barristers is proud to note that 15 members of our Planning Group have achieved rankings in the 2015 Planning Magazine survey of the planning legal profession. James Findlay QC, [...]
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Australia and Cornerstone

Cornerstone Barristers is unique in having two QCs who are also admitted to practise in Australia. Philip Coppel QC studied and qualified in Australia and had an extensive federal practice [...]
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Substantial Changes to the GPDO

In one of his last ministerial acts of this Parliament Eric Pickles has made substantial changes to the GPDO. The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 comes [...]
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Safeskies Aviation Conference in Canberra Australia

Gerard Forlin QC has again been asked to do a keynote address at the Safeskies conference in Canberra, Australia in September 2015. This is one of the premier Aviation conferences [...]
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French Air Crash

Gerard Forlin QC has been consulted by C.N.N as an expert in Aviation law in relation to the recent catastrophic incident involving flight 4U9525 in France.

Anthony Scrivener QC

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our former colleague and Head of Chambers, Anthony Scrivener QC. He died peacefully following an illness. Tony  was called [...]
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Supreme Court Allows Appeal in TN v Westminster

The Supreme Court heard Titina Nzolameso’s appeal against Westminster Council on 17th March 2015, and took the unusual step of announcing on 19th March 2015 that it was allowing the [...]
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No Limits on Fines a "Game Changer"

Gerard Forlin QC, of Cornerstone Barristers, writes about unlimited fines for magistrates courts in the New Law Journal.

Accessing Information in the Planning Sphere: Viability Assessments

Two articles by Estelle Dehon, published in the Freedom of Information journal, explore recent decisions concerning access to commercially sensitive information in the planning sphere, and in particular to the [...]
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The Care Act 2014 - List of statutory instruments

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Major Court Fee Increase - Monday 9th March

In response to the Enhanced Court Fees Consultation, released on 16 January 2015, HMCTS has announced increases to court fees for claims over £10,000. Court fees are set to dramatically [...]
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