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Recent Key Cases

Supreme Court consider compensation under the Building Act 1984
23.06.2016

The Supreme Court has today heard an appeal by Hastings Borough Council, represented by Steven Gasztowicz QC and Jack Parker (and earlier by Clare Parry), against a decision that it ...

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No Proportionality Assessment in Private Sector Possession Claims
15.06.2016

The Supreme Court has today issued a landmark ruling which decisively prevents residential tenants and other occupiers in the private sector from raising article 8 defences to possession proceedings brought ...

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Major music festival granted licence
10.06.2016

Philip Kolvin QC today secured a licence for a major music festival, the Boomtown Festival near Winchester. The licence permits events to take place to 4 a.m. with a capacity ...

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High Court rules that Wireless 2016 to go ahead
09.06.2016

The High Court has today held that the 2016 Wireless Festival can go ahead in Finsbury Park on 8 – 10 July, next month. After a 2 day judicial review ...

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Cornerstone and Gosschalks team in Court of Justice of the European Union
02.06.2016

On 1 June 2016,  the Court of Justice of the European Union heard argument in the case of Hemming, the leading case on licensing fees.  The Supreme Court referred the ...

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Coroner orders reopening of Birmingham pub bombings inquests
01.06.2016

The senior coroner overseeing the investigation into the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings has ruled that the inquests into the deaths of 21 people as a result of the bombings should ...

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Philip Kolvin QC appears in Court of Justice of the European Union
01.06.2016

The European Court will today hear the case of Hemming, the leading case on licensing fees. The case, which has been referred to the European Court by the Supreme Court, ...

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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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Latest News Stories

Matthew Hutchings of Cornerstone Barristers appointed to Junior Counsel to the Crown A Panel
24.06.2016

Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that Matt Hutchings has been appointed to Junior Counsel to the Crown – A Panel. Matt’s appointment will last for a period of five years. To discuss ...
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Head of Cornerstone Barristers warns of legal uncertainty ahead
24.06.2016

Reacting to the Brexit decision, Philip Kolvin QC said: “The Brexit debate has been emotive and political. The consequences for  our legal system have barely figured in it. But EU-inspired ...
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Archbold Review: Hubble, Bubble, Fines and Trouble
22.06.2016

In the second part of an article on the new Sentencing Council Definitive Guidelines on Health and Safety offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene offences, Gerard Forlin QC provides practical ...
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Inside Housing: Housing associations could be vulnerable to judicial review if they refuse to sell tenants the homes they are living in under the extended Right to Buy
22.06.2016

Inside Housing has published an article which considers a legal opinion by Kelvin Rutledge QC and Ashley Bowes. The legal opinion commissioned by Future Housing Review, states that there is ...
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Freedom of Information Journal: Personal data in FOIA/ EIRs requests — changes and developments
06.06.2016

Damien Welfare has authored an article for the Freedom of Information Journal which looks at the application of the personal data exemption to information requests and the potential impacts of ...
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LexisPSL: Queen's Speech 2016 - neighbourhood planning
02.06.2016

Wayne Beglan has authored an article for LexisPSL on the key points of interest for local government practitioners in the Queen’s Speech. In particular, Wayne looks at governance and the extent ...
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Estates Gazette: Code red for green belt
01.06.2016

In this week’s Planning Notes column in Estates Gazette, Martin Edwards looks at green belt policy under the National Planning Policy Framework and, in particular, recent Court of Appeal cases ...
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Cornerstone Barristers' Charity Bike Ride
31.05.2016

Over the bank holiday weekend Cornerstone Barristers cycled the English/Welsh border to raise funds for Meadow House Hospice. Starting at the most northerly point near Chester, the team cycled 180 miles and ...
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Cornerstone Barristers Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016
31.05.2016

The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes: The Housing and Planning ...
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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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