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Recent Key Cases

Innocence is relative: Scott V Southern Pacific Mortgages Limited

Rosemary Scott was the last remaining appellant in the North East Property Buyers litigation. She resisted mortgage possession proceedings brought by Southern Pacific all the way to the Supreme Court, [...]

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Court of Appeal clarifies Nearest Relative role

A Nearest Relative is entitled to seek a discharge of a patient detained under section 3 Mental Health Act 1983. And the patient will be discharged unless the Responsible Clinician, [...]

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R (Lady Hart of Chilton) v Babergh District Council [2014] EWHC 3261 (Admin)

Nine out of 10 grounds of challenge to the grant of planning permission for industrial buildings close to Grade 1, Grade 2*  and Grade 2 listed buildings dismissed. Question of [...]

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Landlord defends £1m claim for damages arising out of fire in restaurant

Stratton v Patel [2014] EWHC 2677 (TCC) Restaurant premises were damaged by a fire and leaks which occurred during development works carried out above them by building contractors employed by [...]

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Cornerstone acts in eviction of protesters

London Borough of Newham v Focus E15 and others Bow County Court, 2 October 2014 A protest group known as Focus E15 occupied four void flats on the Carpenters Estate, [...]

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Secretary of State upholds windfarm refusal in Stratford on Avon

The Secretary of State has, agreeing with his Inspector’s report, today turned down an application for 4 wind turbines which were proposed to be sited close to the M40 and [...]

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Successful Listed Building Prosecution

A man who dismantled walls and removed timbers from a Grade II listed 18th century farmhouse, in breach of planning permission and listed building consent, has been fined £6,015 and [...]

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Summer-y Justice?

The heat goes to the head in the High Court dealing with Summary Reviews In two cases over the summer the High Court granted injunctions staying the effect of interim [...]

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Deliberate concealment of a breach of planning control by verbal responses to questions

David Lintott successfully appeared for Welwyn Hatfield BC in this application for a Planning Enforcement Order by Welwyn Hatfield BC at St Albans Magistrates Court on 15 August 2014. Richard [...]

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Silver v SSGLC [2014] EWHC 2729 (Admin)

Demolition may not implement planning permission The High Court has handed down a decision which should act as a warning to those seeking to implement a planning permission merely by [...]

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Land at Chapel Lane, Wymondham, Norfolk

WYMONDHAM ABBEY, (a Grade 1 Listed Building) saved from harmful development in spite of a 5 year housing land supply shortfall Land at  CHAPEL LANE, WYMONDHAM, NORFOLK Appeal Ref: APP/L2630/A/13/2196884 [...]

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Disabled, but not Vulnerable

In Kanu v London Borough of Southwark the Court of Appeal has considered the practical application of the case of Hotak v London Borough of Southwark to a case where [...]

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Call a Cab Ltd: Adoption of taxi controls finally upheld

The prosecution of Call a Cab Limited for operating a private hire vehicle without a licence has resulted in its conviction on return to the magistrates’ court. The case attracted [...]

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Local landscape protection policies trump lack of housing land supply in historic parkland housing appeal

Suffolk Coastal District Council have welcomed the decision on appeal to refuse planning permission for 25 houses in locally designated historic parkland on the outskirts of Yoxford in Suffolk, despite [...]

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The right amount of affordable housing: How much can an LPA reasonably require?

A significant appeal decision has been issued on how to assess the amount of affordable housing which a development can support. It will be of interest to developers and authorities [...]

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Fatal Blow Dealt to Battle Claim

In a judgment, 9 July 2014, the Planning Court (Lindblom J) rejected a judicial review brought by Mr Charles Jones against a decision by English Heritage not to add the [...]

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Secretary of State refuses permission for New Barnfield 380 tkpa RERF

The Secretary of State, adopting in substance the reasons given by his inspector, has refused planning permission for a substantial Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, with a capacity of 380,000 [...]

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Mortgage Repossession: Disposing of everything left behind.

The Court of Appeal has just considered the duties of a mortgage company when dealing with a mortgagor’s personal possessions left in a property after repossession. When a mortgagee repossesses [...]

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Latest News Stories

Cornerstone headline sponsors of the Institute of Licensing

Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to be Headline Sponsors of the Institute of Licensing National Training Event for 2014

New grounds for recovering possession under The anti-social behaviour, crime and policing Act 2014: social landlords are you ready?

This article sets out the major changes brought in by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 as far as it relates to residential possession proceedings. Andrew Lane Please [...]
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Vulnerability and priority need: triple whammy in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court, which was already considering the case of Hotak v Southwark LBC will also consider, in a three day hearing, whether permission should be granted in the case [...]
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Housing Newsletter October 2014

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Paul Shadarevian has been appointed as legal advisor

Paul Shadarevian has been appointed as legal advisor to the consortium of developers regenerating Purfleet Town Centre for 2500 houses and a new UK studio and production complex for the [...]
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Supreme Court to consider unlawful eviction

Next week Michael Paget will be appearing in the Supreme Court for Mr Loveridge. He was a secure tenant who was unlawfully evicted by his landlord, Lambeth LBC. The appeal [...]
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Emma Dring presenting YP Delegates on the Green Belt

RTPI Young Planners: “We are delighted to confirm Emma Dring to present YP delegates on the Green Belt. The Green Belt is under more pressure than ever, from proposals for [...]
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Gerard Forlin QC speaking at 6th CSR Conference in Singapore

Gerard Forlin QC is speaking at the 6th Singapore CSR Conference entitled ‘CSR for Sustinable Growth Balancing Profit, People and Planet’ 15th-17th October 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel [...]
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Ashley Underwood QC has been formally appointed to the Bar of Northern Ireland

Chambers are delighted to announce that Ashley Underwood QC has been formally appointed to the Bar of Northern Ireland. His appointment will be effective from 24 October 2014. Ashley regularly [...]
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Regulator is scrutinising health, safety and transparency of sector (Inside Housing, 26th September 2014).

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has published its second annual review of consumer standard regulation and management. The HCA’s regulatory framework sets objectives for social landlords on four consumer [...]
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New Joint Heads of the Housing Team

Cornerstone Barristers is delighted to announce that Kelvin Rutledge QC and Kuljit Bhogal have been elected as joint heads of the Housing Team.  The Team would like to express its [...]
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Friend, Not Foe - Gerard Forlin QC, International Business Review, Sept 2014

Friend, Not Foe Throughout the history of business, there have been cases where individuals violate regulations or commit crimes in the course of trying to gain an advantage for their [...]
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Peggy Etiebet returns to Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers are delighted that Peggy is returning to full-time practice after her sabbatical to play water polo with the Great Britain Water Polo team. Called up by the national [...]
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Social Housing Fraud: Tenancy Audits (Practical Law)

The following note, published in Practical Law on 25th July 2014, covers what a tenancy audit should contain and investigating possible tenancy fraud following an audit. To read full article, [...]
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Court rulings send framework signals

This article appeared in Planning Resource (subscription needed) on 25th July 2014. Several recent High Court cases involving housing proposals have considered the interpretation of paragraphs 14, 47 and 49 [...]
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Andrew Lane & Dean Underwood join Cornerstone Barristers

We are delighted to announce that the highly regarded housing and public law specialists and leading juniors Andrew Lane and Dean Underwood have joined Cornerstone Barristers from Hardwicke. Both are [...]
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No more ASBIs, ASBOs, CRASBOs…

The final draft of the statutory guidance for frontline professionals was published by the Home Office on 21st July 2014 .  The guidance covers the: –       Civil injunctions for non-housing [...]
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New Head of Chambers for Cornerstone  

Cornerstone Barristers is delighted to announce that our new Head of Chambers is Philip Kolvin QC, who takes over from Mary Cook and James Findlay QC with immediate effect. We wish [...]
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