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About us

About us

Our Chambers 

We are a leading public law barristers chambers in which excellence is achieved across a range of practice areas. With more than fifty barristers and offices in London, Birmingham and Cardiff, we provide specialist legal advice and representation nationwide, in areas including administrative and public law, planning, property, housing, licensing, health and social care, commercial and regulatory law.

We offer expertise at all levels of seniority, from QCs to newly qualified barristers, and at all levels of the court system, from County Court to the Supreme Court.

Our barristers are highly regarded and are often involved in ground-breaking cases. They are not just legal experts but sector specialists, meaning that clients receive advice from- and are represented by people who understand their perspective, their business and their challenges.

Our clients come to us from different business sectors, including government, development, infrastructure, housing, leisure, energy and finance. Our barristers are experienced, therefore, representing clients with different needs: private companies, local authorities, public bodies and individuals. They can often be found acting for or against central or local government on a variety of complex issues.

How we work

Members of Cornerstone Barristers are self-employed, independent practitioners, sharing premises and administration, but not their practice's profits.

Cornerstone Barristers and its members are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and our members are listed on the BSB's Barristers' Register page. As required by the GDPR, our barristers and practicing pupils are individually registered with the ICO.

All our members have professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) as required by the BSB.

Members are supported by our team of clerks who are the point of contact for clients. They act on behalf of the barrister by providing fees estimates and budgets for each instruction.

Fees policy

Our members have an hourly rate for written work and advice, based on the market rates, which takes account of the barrister's seniority, expertise and the complexity of the case. However, our clerking team is open to discuss, where appropriate, alternative fee structures, including fixed or capped fees.

Fees for hearings will ordinarily take the form of a brief fee which is an agreed fixed amount to cover pre-hearing preparation and attendance in court on the first day of the hearing. We will charge a refresher fee for any subsequent days of the hearing (usually a fixed fee). Cornerstone Barristers members are willing to consider certain cases on a conditional fees or damages-based agreement basis.

VAT will be added where applicable. In some circumstances, expenses incurred by barristers will be charged upon agreement with the client. We are happy to provide VAT number(s) on request.

Professional, licensed access and public access clients are welcome to contact our team of clerks and request a quotation for the legal services we provide. Please contact clerks@cornerstonebarristers.com. We aim to reply within a few working days, certainly within 14 days.

Publications

Corporate Liability: Work related deaths and criminal prosecutions
Cornerstone on Councillors' conduct
Cornerstone on Planning Court
Cornerstone's Electoral Legislation 2016
Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy
Cornerstone on Social Housing Fraud
Cornerstone on Anti-Social Behaviour
Cornerstone on Information Law