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Ben Du Feu

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Ben is a specialist in planning, licensing, and administrative and public law.

He acts for and advises a broad range of public authorities and private clients, including landlords, developers, the licensed trade and private individuals.

Ben accepts instructions in planning, licensing and administrative and public law. He acts for and advises a broad range of public authorities and private clients, including landlords, developers, the licensed trade and private individuals.

Ben graduated from University College, Durham, with a 1st class honours degree in Law and has a LLM in Environmental Law and Policy from University College London. He was called to the Bar in 2013 as a Lord Diplock scholar at Middle Temple.

Overview

Ben has experience in a broad range of housing law and property law. He regularly appears in and advises on possession claims against tenants and trespassers.

Ben acts on behalf of landlords in applications for injunctions whether for breach of tenancy agreements or to prohibit anti-social behaviour.

Ben often appears in the Magistrates' Court on behalf of local authorities whether as the prosecuting authority in a regulatory matter or as the applicant in proceedings for a closure order.
Ben has successfully assisted several clients in claims for possession orders against trespassers in the High Court.

Ben has advised and appeared on behalf of numerous local authorities in respect of homelessness appeals. Ben recently appeared on behalf of a local authority in respect of a challenge to their housing allocation policy, successfully arguing that the claim for judicial review should not be given permission.

News

Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - November 2016
03.11.2016
Contents The Editor speaks - Andy Lane When is an applicant "significantly" more vulnerable than ordinary vulnerable? - Emma Dring Recent housing developments The current state of play in the Mayor of London's housing....

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 – Kelvin Rutledge....

Overview

Ben advises and represents local authorities, responsible authorities, the licensed trade and objectors on matters premises licensing, gambling, sex venue licensing, taxis licensing and sport.

Ben spoke at the 2016 and 2017 Institute of Licensing National Training conference on topics including private nuisance, the relationship between licensing and planning law, and the role of the licensing authority.

News

Leisure Sector News Round-up
21.05.2018
By Ben Du Feu In the last year, Cornerstone's leisure team has been instructed in numerous high-profile cases, including the re-opening of the world-famous London club Fabric; Uber's legal challenge against....

Cornerstone Barristers appointed to the Gambling Commission’s panel
14.02.2018
Cornerstone Barristers has been appointed to the Gambling Commission's standing panel of barristers' chambers to provide legal advice and representation for an initial period of three years. The team will be....

Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling
31.10.2017

Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

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Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter May 2017
24.05.2017
The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes... Editor's Note - Josef Cannon Leisure development in the Green Belt – not all fun and games? - Martin Edwards Licensing Uber: Better the devil you know?....

Events

IoL: Now & Next Training in Bristol
25.05.2017


The 'Now & Next' course is aimed at everyone with an interest in licensing, including Licensing Officers, Police Officers, Councillors and legal advisors of the licensing committee. Each session will be....

Overview

Ben has a busy planning practice. He advises and acts in respect of a wide range of planning and highways matters including residential, retail and infrastructure schemes. He acts for both developers and local authorities. Ben has also a keen interest in planning enforcement work whether advisory work, on appeals or prosecutions.

2018

Ben represented the Roseacre Awareness Group at the reopened public inquiry into the proposed shale gas exploration works at Roseacre Wood. The fracking site is being promoted by Cuadrilla. RAG are opposed to the scheme on the basis of highways safety and suitability objections.

Ben is being led by Tom Cosgrove QC in a joined inquiry concerning two proposed housing sites in Chinnor. They are acting for South Oxfordshire District Council.

Ben was led by James Findlay QC in respect of a statutory challenge under s.288 of the TCPA 1990. The challenge was in respect of a planning permission obtained by their client on an appeal. They succeeded in arguing that permission to proceed on the challenge should be refused.

2017

Ben was led by Richard Ground QC at an inquiry into the proposed expansion of Cribbs Causeway outside of Bristol. The scheme proposed 80,000sq m of new town centre space. He and Richard acted on behalf of Bristol City Council who are opposed to the scheme on the basis of its retail impacts on the city centre, the availability of a sequentially preferable site and the highways impacts of the scheme.

Ben was led by Richard Ground QC in an inquiry into a proposal for 800 homes near Herne Bay. Ben and Richard acted on behalf of Canterbury City Council. The scheme raised issues of viability, highways safety and five-year housing land supply.

Ben also appeared in several interesting enforcement inquiries in respect of a diverse range of sites including HMOs, beds in sheds, farm yards and storage facilities.

2016

Ben assisted Richard Ground QC in an inquiry where they successfully opposed an application for a Strategic Rail Freight Terminal on behalf of Slough BC. The Secretary of State's decision was upheld by the High Court in Goodman Logistics v Secretary of State [2017] JPL 1115.

Cases

Major infrastructure and proportionality of contributions, the role of indemnities and delays in the appeal process
09.08.2018
On 6 August 2018, the Secretary of State rejected his Inspector's recommendation and granted outline planning permission for the development of a new mixed-use neighbourhood with up to 800 dwellings,....

Chinnor Conjoined Planning Inquiry
01.06.2018
Tom Cosgrove QC and Ben de Feu are currently appearing in a high profile inquiry considering conjoined appeals by persimmon homes and Cala Management Ltd on sites in and around....

News

Leisure Sector News Round-up
21.05.2018
By Ben Du Feu In the last year, Cornerstone's leisure team has been instructed in numerous high-profile cases, including the re-opening of the world-famous London club Fabric; Uber's legal challenge against....

Response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee's inquiry on fracking
24.04.2018
Some of our planning barristers have responded to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee's inquiry into planning guidance on fracking. You can read the response here.  Our barristers have extensive experience in....

Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter May 2017
24.05.2017
The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes... Editor's Note - Josef Cannon Leisure development in the Green Belt – not all fun and games? - Martin Edwards Licensing Uber: Better the devil you know?....

Overview

Ben has experience in a broad range of property law and social housing matters.

He regularly acts for landlords in claims for possession. This includes claims against trespassers in the High Court where there is a substantial risk of public disturbance or of serious harm to persons or property which property requires immediate attention.

Ben's social housing work encompasses the full spectrum of possession claims, applications for injunctions, closure orders, judicial review and s.204 appeals.

Cases

Commencing possession claims against trespassers in the High Court
04.10.2016
On 30 September 2016 the Chancery Division and the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court in London issued a new practice note. This note provides helpful guidance regarding the....

News

Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter May 2017
24.05.2017
The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes... Editor's Note - Josef Cannon Leisure development in the Green Belt – not all fun and games? - Martin Edwards Licensing Uber: Better the devil you know?....

Overview

Ben acts for and has advised a wide range of clients in matters concerning judicial reviews and statutory challenges.

News

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 – Kelvin Rutledge....

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Case

Major infrastructure and proportionality of contributions, the role of indemnities and delays in the appeal process

9th August 2018

On 6 August 2018, the Secretary of State rejected his Inspector's recommendation and granted outline planning permission for the development of a new mixed-use neighbourhood with up to 800 dwellings,....

Case

Chinnor Conjoined Planning Inquiry

1st June 2018

Tom Cosgrove QC and Ben de Feu are currently appearing in a high profile inquiry considering conjoined appeals by persimmon homes and Cala Management Ltd on sites in and around....

News

Leisure Sector News Round-up

21st May 2018

By Ben Du Feu In the last year, Cornerstone's leisure team has been instructed in numerous high-profile cases, including the re-opening of the world-famous London club Fabric; Uber's legal challenge against....

News

Response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee's inquiry on fracking

24th April 2018

Some of our planning barristers have responded to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee's inquiry into planning guidance on fracking. You can read the response here.  Our barristers have extensive experience in....

News

Cornerstone Barristers appointed to the Gambling Commission’s panel

14th February 2018

Cornerstone Barristers has been appointed to the Gambling Commission's standing panel of barristers' chambers to provide legal advice and representation for an initial period of three years. The team will be....

News

Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

31st October 2017

Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

....

News

Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter May 2017

24th May 2017

The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes... Editor's Note - Josef Cannon Leisure development in the Green Belt – not all fun and games? - Martin Edwards Licensing Uber: Better the devil you know?....

News

Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - November 2016

3rd November 2016

Contents The Editor speaks - Andy Lane When is an applicant "significantly" more vulnerable than ordinary vulnerable? - Emma Dring Recent housing developments The current state of play in the Mayor of London's housing....

Case

Commencing possession claims against trespassers in the High Court

4th October 2016

On 30 September 2016 the Chancery Division and the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court in London issued a new practice note. This note provides helpful guidance regarding the....

News

Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - May 2016

4th May 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 – Kelvin Rutledge....

EVENT

IoL: Now & Next Training in Bristol

25th May 2017

The 'Now & Next' course is aimed at everyone with an interest in licensing, including Licensing Officers, Police Officers, Councillors and legal advisors of the licensing committee. Each session will be....