Charging for Housing Act licences: the far-reaching consequences of Gaskin
16th August 2018
Dean Underwood considers the Divisional Court's recent decision in R (Gaskin) v Richmond-upon-Thames LBC  EWHC 1996 (Admin) and its implications for local housing authorities nationwide.
On 31 July 2018, the....
A new deal for housing? Long-awaited Social Housing Green Paper published today
14th August 2018
The Social Housing Green Paper, A new deal for social housing, has finally been published and will be open for consultation until 6 November 2018. Andy Lane and Dean Underwood....
Norton your nelly!
30th November 2017
Court of Appeal rejects starter tenant's policy-breach complaints
On Tuesday 28 November 2017, the Court of Appeal delivered judgment in Ahern v Southern Housing Group Ltd  EWCA Civ 1934, an....
Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter August 2017
22nd August 2017
The Cornerstone Housing NewsletterAugust 2017 includes...
The Editor speaks - Andrew Lane
Are housing associations public or private? - Catherine Rowlands
How can housing authorities respond to an emergency? - Matt Lewin
Unlawful sub-letting &....
Unlawful sub-letting & the abuse of social housing
7th August 2017
High court overturns SPO and gives unprecedented UPO guidance
Poplar HARCA v (1) Begum (2) Rohim  UKHC 2040 (QB)
"... it is not compassionate to allow profiteering fraudsters indefinitely to continue to occupy....
London Borough of Waltham Forest v Tuitt: When is a house not a house?
14th November 2016
In the prosecution of three offences under Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004, Thames Magistrates' Court has held that each of the flats in a converted mid-terrace house is....
Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - August 2016
1st August 2016
The latest edition of the Cornerstone Housing Newsletter includes:
The Editor speaks...– Andy Lane
Through the looking glass, darkly: housing law in a post – Brexit UK – Dean Underwood
Recent Housing Developments – Andy Lane
Dean Underwood and Clarke Willmott consider future housing law and policy at House of Lords
7th July 2016
Yesterday afternoon, Dean Underwood joined leading solicitors and key clients Clarke Willmott LLP at the House of Lords to discuss current and future issues in housing law and policy.
Cornerstone Barristers Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016
31st May 2016
The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes:
The Housing and Planning Act....
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....
Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 - Presentations
3rd March 2016
Presentations from the Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 are now available to view on the newly launched Local Government Law.tv platform.
Click the links below to view previews of the videos.
Key developments in Housing....
Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2016
1st February 2016
The latest Cornerstone Housing newsletter includes:
The death of the social rented sector? Selective thoughts on the Housing and Planning Bill – Ranjit Bhose QC
Private registered providers: back to the private sector? Emma....
Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - October 2015
29th November 2015
The latest Cornerstone Housing Newsletter includes...
Annual Housing Conference 2015 – Dean Underwood
Recent Housing Developments – Andrew Lane
Out of borough placements: a time for policy review? – Kelvin Rutledge QC
Dean Underwood of Cornerstone Barristers to be next Chair of SHLA
18th November 2015
We are pleased to announce that Dean Underwood of Cornerstone Barristers has been appointed Chair of the Social Housing Law Association, with effect from 1st January 2016.
Dean is a leading junior....
Thomson Reuters: LLG Housing Seminar blog
25th September 2015
Andrew Lane and Dean Underwood presented on anti-social behaviour
Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter - July 2015
23rd July 2015
The latest Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter includes...
Message from the Heads of Team - Kelvin Rutledge QC and Kuljit Bhogal
The Supreme Court's interpretation of vulnerability in Hotak, Kanu and Johnson- Matt....
No second bite at the cherry - High Court rejects back door challenge to capacity decision
20th April 2015
Werrett v Evesham & Pershore Housing Association Ltd  EWHC 1060 (QB)
The High Court has rejected an attempt by a defendant of possession proceedings to appeal a decision not to....
Supreme Court upholds notice to quit principles established in Monk
24th November 2014
Following on from the Supreme Court's decision in Sims v Dacorum Borough Council (Respondent) and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Intervener) UKSC 63 the successful team from Cornerstone Barristers representing the local authority – Ranjit Bhose QC, Andrew Lane, and Dean Underwood – talk to Lexis Nexis about the issues arising from the case and its likely impact.
Long live the Conventional Monk
13th November 2014
The Supreme Court has handed down an eagerly-awaited judgment in the appeal of Sims v Dacorum Borough Council (Respondent) and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Intervener)  UKSC 63.
Golds V Henson  EWHC (QB)
31st July 2013
Dean represented the respondent in her former landlord's appeal against liability for an unlawful eviction. Dean persuaded the court to exercise its rarely-used power under CPR 52.9 to set aside....
Sims v Dacorum Borough Council  EWCA Civ 12;  All ER (D) 172 (Jan); (2013) 157(4) SJLB 43
31st January 2013
Dean Underwood and Andrew Lane represented the local authority in its successful defence of Court of Appeal proceedings. Mr Sims challenged the compatibility of the common law rule in Hammersmith....
Henson V Blackwood & Blackwood  August LAG 26
31st August 2012
Dean acted on behalf of the former tenant of a private landlord in her claim for damages for harassment and distress caused when she and her young daughter were evicted....
Oxford City Council V Basey  EWCA Civ 115;  3 All ER 71;  HLR 22; (2012) 109(9) LSG 16;  All ER (D) 94 (Feb)
31st July 2012
Dean was led in this appeal from the Upper Tribunal by Hardwicke's Arthur Moore. The appeal concerned the meaning of "sheltered accommodation" in Schedule 1 to the Housing Benefit Regulations....
R (George) V Hammersmith & Fulham LBC  EWHC 210 (Admin);  All ER (D) 124 (Apr);  June LAG 36
30th June 2012
Dean successfully defended the local authority against a challenge to the "Discretionary tenancy" section of its allocation policy and, more particularly, to a decision by the local authority not to....
Aiyedogbon V Best Move Estate Agent Ltd  June LAG 35
30th June 2012
Dean represented the former tenant of a professional landlord in his claim for damages for harassment and distress caused by his unlawful eviction from residential premises. Dean recovered damages and....
Howard V Stanton  EWCA Civ 1481;  All ER (D) 201 (May);  March LAG 23
31st May 2012
Dean represented a former assured shorthold tenant, Mrs Howard, in a successful second appeal to the Court of Appeal. Mrs Howard's former landlord, Ms Stanton, had appealed an order made....
Brough V (1) Law (2) Child Support Enforcement Commission  EWCA Civ 1932;  1 WLR 1021;  PTSR 897;  1 FLR 375;  Fam.Law. 11; The Times 07.11.11
27th February 2012
The appeal concerned the proper construction of provisions in the Child Support Act 1991 governing the termination of maintenance assessments in respect of qualifying children and, more particularly, whether the....
JB V (1) Oxford City Council V (2) Secretary Of State For Work And Pensions  UKUT 136 (AAC) Upper Tribunal
31st July 2011
Dean represented the respondent local authority in this appeal before the Upper Tribunal. The appeal concerned the meaning of "sheltered accommodation" in Schedule 1 to the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006....
West Kent Housing Association V Grant, Tunbridge Wells County Court, July 2011
11th July 2011
Dean acted for the housing association in its successful application to have public law and human rights defences to a possession claim dismissed summarily in accordance with Manchester City Council....
30th March 2011
A successful appeal before the Social Security Commissioner considering the correct approach to determining whether an overpayment of benefits caused by official error is recoverable under Regulation 99(2) of the....
Sheppard V Community Housing Association  EWHC (QB)
30th July 2008
In two separate but related matters in the Queen's Bench Division, Dean defended an application to transfer county court proceedings between the parties to the High Court and a claim....
Bruce v Woods  February LAG p30
27th February 2007
A harassment claim arising from a long-lasting 'nasty neighbour' dispute. Dean acted on behalf of the claimants, who recovered damages exceeding £18,000.....
Sanctuary Housing Association V Darnel  EWHC (QB)
31st July 2006
An appeal against a county court decision not to make a possession order in a claim brought on grounds of rent arrears. The appeal concerned the proper application of Cumming....
Dovetail Estates Ltd V Mazrekaj  March LAG P28
31st March 2006
An accelerated possession claim dismissed for abuse of process. The claim concerned the proper application of Lower Street Properties v Jones  28 HLR 877 and Mannai Investments Co Ltd....
Cornerstone Barristers Housing Conference 2018
2nd October 2018
Hosted by the Cornerstone Housing Team, the conference will provide a thorough analysis of the latest developments in housing law and policy, as well as practical advice on a wide....
Seminar - Public law defences to possession claims
6th June 2018
This seminar seeks to explain and explore the myriad public law and discrimination challenges often seen in defences to residential possession claims brought on discretionary and/or mandatory grounds.
It is aimed....