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Philip Kolvin

Ben Du Feu

Called
2013
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020 7242 4986
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Ben accepts instructions in planning, licensing, property, housing, and general 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, property, housing, and general 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 regularly acts on behalf of landlords in applications for injunctions whether for breach of tenancy agreements or to prohibit anti-social behaviour.

Ben regularly 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

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 advised on and acted in respect of a wide range of planning and highways matters including residential, retail and infrastructure schemes. He has also a keen interest in planning enforcement work. 

Ben has been led by Richard Ground QC in several substantial public inquiries. One concerned an application for 800 homes, which raised issues of viability, highways and five year housing land supply. Another concerned a proposal for a major expansion of a large out of town retail site. 

Ben is also being led by Tom Cosgrove QC in respect of a large scale office development in London, which raises issues including heritage impacts, design and daylight. 

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 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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  • PEBA
  • UKELA

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....