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Recent Key Cases

Residential appeals dismissed on 5-year housing land supply and impact on non-designated heritage asset issues

Land at Boxbury Hill, Midsomer Norton, Somerset BS39 7SL and Land at Abbotts Farm Close, Paulton, Somerset, BS39 7TA Appeal ref nos: APP/F0114/A/14/ 2215930 & 2214596 Martin Edwards successfully appeared for [...]

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Fresh from the Judgment in Hotak v London Borough of Southwark; Kanu v London Borough of Southwark; Johnson v Solihull MBC [2015] UKSC 30  last Wednesday the Supreme Court have [...]

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Listed farmstead and associated agricultural land protected from harmful urban sprawl

Land East of Littleworth Lane, Partridge Green, West Sussex RH13 8JB Appeal Ref: APP/Z3825/A/14/2219076, 12/05/15 David Lintott successfully appeared for Horsham District Council in this s.78 planning appeal. Christopher Boyle [...]

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Cornerstone note Supreme Court homelessness judgment

Summary The Supreme Court has this morning handed down judgment in three conjoined appeals – Hotak v London Borough of Southwark; Kanu v London Borough of Southwark; Johnson v Solihull [...]

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Hemming – Supreme Court judgment answers questions and raises others

The sex fee wars are set to continue following the long-awaited ruling of the Supreme Court. The Court has cast doubt on the legality of Westminster City Council’s charging regime [...]

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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 rejected an attempt by a defendant of possession proceedings to appeal a decision not [...]

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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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Latest News Stories

Gerard Forlin QC invited by the US Ambassador to London

Gerard Forlin QC was invited to the home of the US Ambassador to London. He was proposed by Federal Express to attend the event of the Business Council of International [...]
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Get on your bike...

Cornerstone Barristers will once again be taking on the challenge of cycling for Meadow House. For those who are unaware, Meadow House is the hospice who cared for Peter Miller, [...]
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Anthony Scrivener QC Memorial

The memorial service giving thanks for the life and work of Anthony Scrivener QC will take place on Wednesday 1 July at 5.00pm at the Chapel, Lincoln’s Inn and afterwards [...]
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Practical ways to overcome obstacles to planning permission

Mary Cook, Martin Edwards and Clare Parry feature in The Planner Magazine this month.

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Housing Newsletter - May 2015

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Gerard Forlin QC acts for Lockheed Martin

Gerard Forlin QC recently acted for the American Global Corporation Lockheed Martin, in court in England.


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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.

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