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Estelle Dehon

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A versatile public law lawyer with a broad practice, Estelle is recognised as a leading junior in environment and planning law (with particular expertise in climate change matters). She also practices in data protection and access to information law, election law and inquests.

Estelle is accredited for Public Access so that she can be instructed by anybody directly, and enquiries about this are welcomed.

Estelle is recognised in Chambers & Partners as a "first-rate" advocate who has "a wonderful manner with clients". She is a versatile public law lawyer practising in environment and planning law (with particular expertise in climate change matters), data protection and access to information law, election law and inquests.

Experience and Expertise
Estelle has considerable experience as a court and tribunal advocate, as well as representing parties at major planning inquiries. She appeared for Friends of the Earth in the six-week Lancashire fracking inquiry and is representing a well-known activist in the subsequent Court of Appeal fracking challenge. Estelle also has expertise in other areas of energy law, including solar and wind energy. In addition, Estelle appears regularly in judicial reviews and statutory appeals and successfully represented the SSCLG in the Court of Appeal in one of the leading planning enforcement cases: Miaris.

The other main area of Estelle's practice is data protection and access to information. She advises a wide range of clients, both in the public and private sector, in relation to data protection and access to information matters. She has particular interest and expertise in data protection, big data, profiling, artificial intelligence and machine learning, on which she has been providing training to the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing. Estelle also undertakes advocacy work in this area and has experience bringing and defending data breach compensation claims in the County and High Courts. She also recently represented the investigative journalist Stefania Maurizi before the Tribunal in her FOIA challenge concerning information relating to the extradition of Julian Assange.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): Estelle can provide a comprehensive advisory and training service to assist clients with GDPR readiness. She headed a team of junior barristers from Cornerstone providing advice to DCLG on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). She is also a member of the European Commission's Multistakeholder Expert Group on the GDPR, advising on the implementation of the regulation across Europe.

Estelle is lead trainer for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection and the Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information, both in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. She regularly delivers bespoke GDPR training in a number of jurisdictions, including the Channel Islands.

Before she came to the United Kingdom in 2001, Estelle worked at the South African Constitutional Court where she clerked for Justice Richard Goldstone. She was admitted to practice as an advocate in South Africa in March 2012.

Publications

Estelle is a contributing author to Peter Carey's forthcoming 5th edition of Data Protection (OUP) and is also a contributor to two other leading practitioner texts: Clayton and Tomlinson's The Law of Human Rights and Coppel's Information Law. She also contributed to two books in the Cornerstone series: Cornerstone on the Planning Court and Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct.

Conferences

Estelle regularly speaks at information law conferences.

At a recent high profile planning inquiry concerning fracking, Estelle's client remarked on her "excellent and hugely appreciated work". One of the residents' groups participating in the inquiry also noted that "Estelle [was] truly awesome. The points that [she] raised and the manner [she] did it in was nothing short of superb."

"She is a brilliant advocate, who has a presentation style liked by the court."  Legal 500 2017

"Intellectually outstanding and also pleasant and personable." Chambers & Partners 2017

"Her work rate is impressive, and her attention to detail and tenacity are equally so." Chambers & Partners 2017

"She is thorough, objective and provides sound legal advice." Legal 500 2016

"Her preparation is extremely thorough. She has got really good attention to detail and her advocacy is first-rate." "She has a wonderful manner with clients." Chambers & Partners 2016

Overview

Estelle is a member of the Attorney-General's C Panel. She regularly undertakes work in human rights and is a contributing editor of Clayton and Tomlinson's The Law of Human Rights (2nd edn). Judicial review is a significant part of Estelle's practice, and she is able to deliver to tight deadlines, with particular experience in drafting quickly and accurately in order to make urgent applications to the Administrative Court. She also frequently gives training in public law.

Estelle has experience in representing claimants in judicial reviews concerning community care, including age assessment disputes and challenging failures to provide continuing care. She has substantial experience in negotiating settlements in this area, including negotiations under Part 36 in relation to unlawful detention claims.

Estelle has a specialist practice in election law, and has represented both Petitioners and Returning Officers in challenges to the conduct of elections. She also has experience representing parties before the High Court and before Election Commissioners. She advises widely in the field of election law, most recently on the filling of casual vacancies in a parish council. Estelle has also advised and appeared for local councillors defending code of conduct complaints and has appeared before the Upper Tribunal in standards cases concerning action in an official capacity.

Estelle regularly advises and appears in matters concerning information law underthe Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. She has experience in appearing before the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights), and is a contributor to Coppel's Information Rights (4th edn).

Estelle undertakes inquest work, including death in custody inquests and an inquest touching a death in which medical negligence was in issue. She has experience in representing both families and government departments.


Human rights
Estelle is regularly involved in matters with a human rights aspect. Estelle regularly appears in the High Court and the Upper Tribunal on immigration matters and advises widely in the area. She has particular expertise in the intersection of immigration and human rights law. She also has experience in other matters such as:

  • The right to freedom of expression in the arena of intellectual property;
  • The right to private and family life in the arena of healthcare provision;
  • The human rights compliance of various proposed amendments to the court system in another jurisdiction;
  • The human rights compliance of various local authority decisions, including in the arena of community care;
  • The right to private and family life and the cultural rights of gypsy and traveler people in the arena of planning restrictions on the use of land.

Estelle has significant experience advising and appearing for local authorities in a wide range of matters. Her work in this area covers the full gamut of local authority law, from constitutional and vires issues to equality duties; from the conduct of elections to freedom of information and data protection issues. Estelle has particular experience in environmental protection matters, including conducting prosecutions in Magistrates' and Crown Courts.

Estelle also advises individuals in matters concerning freedom of information and data protection requests to local authorities and in challenging the conduct of elections.


Governance and powers
Estelle has significant experience advising local authorities in matters concerning constitutional and vires issues. She also has expertise in the area of equality duties and has a specialist practice advising and appearing in matters concerning the conduct of elections.

Estelle has extensive experience advising and appearing on behalf of local authorities and individuals in matters concerning the conduct of elected and co-opted members. Before the changes wrought by the Localism Act 2011, Estelle appeared in one of the leading cases on the meaning of acting in an official capacity. Since the new regime has been in place, local authorities and individuals are still in need of advice and representation in matters concerning standards of conduct, and Estelle is well-placed to assist.


Information law
Estelle regularly advises and appears in matters concerning Information Law, including freedom of information, data protection and environmental information. She has experience of appearing before the First-Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) and experience of pursuing and resisting damages claims in the High Court alleging breaches of the Data Protection Act.

Estelle is also experienced in providing training in information law, including having jointly run a workshop for journalists at a national newspaper on the use of the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations in investigative journalism. She is a contributor to Coppel's Information Rights (4th edn).

Cases

R(Ozoemene) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 2167
13.12.2013
Challenge to the SSHD's refusal to grant British passports to three Nigerian nationals. The court held that it was not for SSHD to establish the claimants' case for them, but....

R(S) v SSHD (Admin Court)
13.11.2013
Challenge to the lawfulness of the SSHD's decision concerning the Claimant's age and to disperse him; interim measures granted and claim then settled with SSHD paying the Claimant's costs....

Buckinghamshire County Council v Mann
14.12.2012
Crown Court Newton hearing; fire safety prosecution....

R(A) v SSHD and LB Croydon
15.11.2012
Challenge to lawfulness of age assessment and dispersal decision; granted permission and claim then settled, with LA required to pay costs after a contested costs hearing in the High Court....

Buckinghamshire CC v Brazil
14.09.2012
Fly-tipping prosecution; jury trial....

Roberts V Blunt (Re: Local Government Elections For Appleby Ward Of North West Leicestershire DC) [2012] EWHC 481 (QB)
14.01.2012
Election petition pursued by way of case stated. Estelle appeared for the Petitioner. The petition was eventually withdrawn and the Court clarified that the requirement in the Election Petition Rules....

Roberts v Blunt (Re: Local Government Elections for Appleby Ward of North West Leicestershire DC) [2012] EWHC 481 (QB)
14.01.2012
Election petition pursued by way of case stated. Estelle appeared for the Petitioner. The petition was eventually withdrawn and the Court clarified that the requirement in the Election Petition Rules....

R (Condliff) v North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust [2011] EWCA Civ 910, [2012] 1 All ER 689
27.07.2011
Examines the interface between Article 8 and the provision of medical treatment See full text of case....

MC v Standards Committee of LB Richmond [2011] UKUT 232 (AAC)
14.06.2011
Meaning of acting in an official capacity as a councillor See full text of case....

May v Easterbrook
14.01.2010
Election petition; mistaken declaration of result....

Miller V Bull (Returning Officer Of Herefordshire Council) [2009] EWHC 2640 (QB), [2010] WLR 1861
28.10.2009
Election petition pursued by way of case stated. Estelle appeared for the returning officer. The court held that, where an election petition would be struck out for failure only to....

R (Seabrook Warehousing Ltd) v Revenue and Customs [2009] EWHC 1742 (Admin), [2009] All ER (D) 163 (Jul)
16.07.2009
Challenge to regulations abolishing excise duty drawback, raising issues of the requirement for consultation and EU free movement of goods See full text of case....

Brett v Information Commissioner [2009] UKIT EA_2008_0098 (21 August 2009)
21.06.2009
Tribunal challenge to the Information Commissioner's decision to uphold the FCO's decision to refuse to provide personal information concerning Carmen Proetta. The Tribunal partially upheld the IC's decision, but ordered....

Aehmed V Afzal & Anor [2008] EWHC B5 (QB)
02.04.2008
Election petition tried by Commissioner in constituency over a period of several weeks. Challenge concerned alleged intimidation at polling stations and lies in electoral material. Estelle appeared as junior counsel....

News

Estelle Dehon Appointed to European Commission Expert Group on the GDPR
25.09.2017
Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that Estelle Dehon has been appointed as a member of the European Commission's Expert Group on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to support....

Entry Into Force of the Paris Agreement – Legally Binding Climate Commitments and Brexit
04.11.2016
Estelle Dehon comments on the coming into force of the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force today, 4 November 2016. It is a significant moment. For....

Estelle Dehon advises at City Hall
06.05.2016
As counting gets underway for the Mayoral Election, Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers will be at City Hall giving on-the-spot election advice to the Greater London Returning Officer (GLRO). The GLRO....

Overview

Estelle has extensive experience advising and appearing for those challenging decisions in the community care field, in particular age assessments and leaving care provisions. She able to deliver to tight deadlines and has experience in drafting quickly and accurately in order to make urgent out-of-hours applications.

Cases

R(M) v LB Croydon (Admin Court)
01.12.2012
Challenge to lawfulness of Pathway Plan; granted permission and then settled, with costs paid on an indemnity basis.....

R(G) v SSHD & Birmingham City Council (Admin Court)
15.10.2012
Interim measures granted in age assessment claim....

R(U) v LB Croydon & SSHD (Admin Court)
15.09.2012
Challenge to age assessment and decision to detain Claimant granted permission and then settled, with damages paid for unlawful detention.....

Overview

Estelle has experience advising in regulatory matters, including concerning Warning Notices issued by the Pensions Regulator. In the area of general contract law, Estelle has experience of drafting pleadings, advising on contractual interpretation and litigating contract claims. She has familiarity with defending bankruptcy orders, and has been involved with VAT Duty Drawback Litigation. Estelle also regularly advises and acts in employment matters, particularly concerning unfair dismissal and discrimination.

Estelle regularly advises and appears for individuals on a public access basis in civil law claims, including contractual disputes, county court disputes concerning rights of way and bankruptcy matters.

Cases

White v Kings Gardens Freehold Ltd
01.12.2012
Age discrimination, retirement....

Olotu v Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
01.11.2012
Constructive dismissal....

Graham v Governing Body of Newlands Girls' School
01.10.2012
Constructive dismissal....

Woods v DSG Ltd
01.09.2012
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Magic Studio Ltd v French Food Ltd
01.01.2012
Contract claim....

Overview

Estelle has significant experience in planning and environmental matters. In the field of environmental law, Estelle acts for Friends of the Earth in opposing the applications to frack in Lancashire. She regularly advise and appears on behalf of local authorities in matters involving the EIA Directive and the Habitats Directive and has particular expertise in public inquiries concerning the wind turbines and solar farms.

Chambers & Partners 2016 ranks Estelle as an "Up and Coming" individual in planning, commenting that "Her preparation is extremely thorough. She has got really good attention to detail and her advocacy is first-rate." "She has a wonderful manner with clients."

At a recent high-profile planning inquiry concerning fracking, Estelle's client remarked on her "excellent and hugely appreciated work". One of the residents' groups participating in the inquiry also noted that "Estelle [was] truly awesome. The points that [she] raised and the manner [she] did it in was nothing short of superb."

Estelle's planning and enforcement practice encompasses both Planning Court and inquiry work. She regularly advises and appears in statutory appeals and planning-related judicial reviews, and has experience of such a matter reaching the Supreme Court (for more detail click on the Cases tab).

Estelle's inquiry work is wide-ranging, and has included:

  • a 6 day inquiry concerning an application for 56 dwellings on greenfield land, where sustainability was in issue (landscape; transport; biodiversity) and where there was a dispute on five year housing land supply and on the Council's approach to housing provision in its Core Strategy;
  • a 5 day call-in inquiry concerning a multi-million pound commercial development in the green belt, promoted by a development corporation;
  • a 4 day inquiry concerning an outline application for permission for up to 170 dwellings and associated infrastructure, at which five year housing land supply and effect on education provision are in issue;
  • a 4 day enforcement inquiry concerning an industrial site situated near to residences, at which noise and vibration were in issue.

Estelle also has experience in infrastructure work, and assisted in preparing the DCO application into the first road scheme to be designated under section 35 of the Planning Act 2008 as a project of national significance.

Green belt and countryside
Estelle has extensive experience appearing in statutory appeals, judicial reviews and public inquiries concerning green belt and countryside issues. She successfully appeared as sole counsel for a local authority in a 5 day call-in inquiry concerning a multi-million pound commercial development in the green belt, in which the investigation of alternative brownfield sites was a key issue. She has also dealt with matters involving European Protected species, nature conservation, and the landscape and visual impacts of proposals in countryside locations including areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Historic environment
Estelle has conducted a prosecution under the Listed Buildings Act 1990 and regularly conducts training on the use of the Proceeds of Crime Act in planning enforcement. Estelle also has experience advising and appearing in court concerning the duty under section 66 of the Listed Buildings Act 1990. She successfully appeared for a local authority in a statutory appeal in which a decision of an Inspector granting permission for a controversial wind turbine was quashed, because the Inspector failed to comply with his statutory duty to have special regard to the desirability of preserving the setting of a number of heritage assets which would have been harmed by the turbine.

Cases

High Court clarifies meaning of residential curtilage
23.06.2017
Estelle Dehon and Ashley Bowes have successfully represented the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government and Test Valley Borough Council respectively, in the most recent consideration by the....

Fracking cases to be heard by Court of Appeal
08.06.2017
Jackson LJ has granted Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackman permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal. Dove J had previously dismissed their challenges to the Secretary....

High Court dismisses challenges to fracking in Lancashire
12.04.2017
Judgment was handed down today in the High Court challenge to the first decision by the Secretary of State concerning hydraulic fracturing. The challenge was brought by two claimants: a....

Government’s approval for high volume hydraulic fracturing challenged in Court
14.03.2017
Today sees the beginning of three days of legal argument in the co-joined cases of Preston New Road Action Group v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and....

Government grants permission for fracking in Lancashire
06.10.2016
In a landmark decision the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has today granted planning permission for shale gas fracking (hydraulic fracturing) at a site in Lancashire. The Secretary....

Government to have final say on Lancashire fracking sites
27.11.2015
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government yesterday informed Lancashire County Council that the final decision on planning appeals concerning two fracking sites in Lancashire will be made....

Permission granted in fracking judicial review
23.10.2015

Permission has been granted to a local residents group to bring a judicial review claim challenging Lancashire County Council's planning approval for a monitoring array, designed to monitor seismic activity and water quality, proposed as part of Cuadrilla's exploration for shale gas in Roseacre, Lancashire. Estelle Dehon represented the group (Roseacre Awareness Group) and its Chair, Elizabeth Warner.

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Cornerstone Barristers instructed on major fracking planning appeals in Lancashire
28.09.2015

Four members of Cornerstone Barristers have been instructed in the UK's first planning appeals in respect of proposals to develop wells and associated works to carry out high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at two sites in Lancashire.

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Effects of Fracking on the Rural Economy
23.07.2015

The possible legal ramifications relating to fracking operations have been brought into sharp relief by the recent release of an unredacted version of a report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra) 

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Fracking in Lancashire: planning applications
18.06.2015

On 18 and 19 June, Estelle Dehon will represent Friends of the Earth at two meetings of Lancashire County Council's Development Control Committee concerning fracking in Fylde, Lancashire

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High Court Clarifies Extent Of Ground (F) In Enforcement Appeals
08.06.2015

In the absence of a ground (a) appeal, can the Secretary of State consider under ground (f) alone the planning merits of "lesser steps" which amount to an alternative scheme or to under-enforcement?

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No Bias against Double Glazing
17.12.2014

The High Court has dismissed an appeal brought by the owner of a Grade II listed farmhouse, in which it was alleged that an Inspector had displayed bias against double gazed windows, and that this was a reflection of a wider prejudice on the part of planning officers and planning inspectors against the installation of such windows in listed buildings. Estelle Dehon defended the appeal on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (SSCLG).

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Norwich Northern Distributor Road DCO Examination ends
05.12.2014

The Examination into the DCO application for the 20 km dual carriageway Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) ended on 2 December 2014. The NDR is a £149 m highway scheme which will provide connections between the northern radials of Norwich (including the A1067 and the A140) and the A47(T) at Postwick so unlocking housing and employment growth in the northern suburbs and improving the connectivity of Norwich International Airport.

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Court Clarifies Correct Approach To Paragraph 14 NPPF
28.10.2014
How does the presumption in favour of sustainable development, articulated in paragraph 14 of the NPPF, operate in practice? Should all developments that are "sustainable" in the sense of overall....

Successful Listed Building Prosecution
18.09.2014
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....

Silver v SSGLC [2014] EWHC 2729 (Admin)
08.08.2014
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 carrying....

Walsall MBC v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & ors [2013] EWCA Civ 370; [2013] JPL 1183
26.02.2014
The Court of Appeal upheld the rule that where a High Court Judge refuses leave to appeal under s. 289(6) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against the....

North Norfolk District Council v SSCLG and Mack [2014] EWHC 279 (Admin)
17.02.2014
Renewables vs Heritage Assets - High Court Reiterates Importance of Statutory Duty to Preserve Listed Buildings and their Settings North Norfolk District Council v SSCLG and Mack [2014] EWHC 279 (Admin) The....

Postwick Hub Improvement Scheme (8 January 2014)
08.01.2014
Decision and report concerning Side Roads and Slip Roads Orders to enable the implementation of the £19m Postwick Hub Improvement Scheme on the A47 at Norwich Link to the news....

Court Of Appeal Clarifies Powers Of Sale Of Allotments
18.11.2013
The Court of Appeal has clarified the powers available to local authorities to sell "field garden" allotments (allotments inclosed under the Inclosure Act 1845, which are required to be held....

Court of Appeal clarifies powers of sale of allotments
18.11.2013
The Court of Appeal has clarified the powers available to local authorities to sell "field garden" allotments (allotments inclosed under the Inclosure Act 1845, which are required to be held....

Court of Appeal declines to overturn rule that no right of appeal lies against refusal of leave to appeal Planning Inspector’s decision on a s. 174 enforcement notice appeal
08.02.2013

Mark Lowe QC, Estelle Dehon and Jack Parker have appeared in the Court of Appeal in Walsall MBC and Dartford BC v The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Vodafone Limited and Telefonica Limited [2013].

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Allotment status clarified
28.01.2013

The High Court (Chancery Division) has given judgment in a case brought by two allotment holders in which the Court was asked to determine which of two inconsistent powers of sale applied to the allotments in Burstow.

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R (Health and Safety Executive) v Wolverhampton City Council [2012] UKSC 34, [2012] 1 WLR 2264 (SC)
18.07.2012
Modification/revocation of planning permission See full text of case....

Aylesbury Vale DC v SSCLG [2012] EWHC 993 (Admin), [2012] JPL 1254
10.05.2012
S288, building in the open countryside....

Dartford BC v SSCLG & Vodafone Ltd [2012] EWHC 1756 (Admin)
10.05.2012
Statutory appeal; mobile phone mast; permitted development....

News

Anti-fracking campaigner launches Court of Appeal challenge against Government decision to approve fracking in Lancashire
08.05.2017
Environmental campaigner, Gayzer Frackman, has launched a legal challenge in the Court of Appeal against the Government's decision to approve fracking at Preston New Road, near Little Plumpton, Lancashire. The four....

LexisPSL - Green belt land versus housing needs
14.02.2017
Estelle Dehon has authored an article for LexisPSL which looks at whether the release of land on Sutton Coldfield's green belt to build new homes will signal the release of other....

Entry Into Force of the Paris Agreement – Legally Binding Climate Commitments and Brexit
04.11.2016
Estelle Dehon comments on the coming into force of the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force today, 4 November 2016. It is a significant moment. For....

Brexit: Planning and the Environment Outside the EU
06.07.2016
The UK vote to leave the European Union raises significant questions around the potential impact on our domestic legislation. EU law is deeply embedded in our planning and environmental protection regimes.....

Estelle Dehon discusses Yorkshire fracking proposals on BBC Radio 5 Live
25.05.2016
Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live about the decision by North Yorkshire County Council's planning committee to grant approval for plans to frack for....

Cornerstone Barristers in fracking inquiry underway in Lancashire
09.02.2016
The appeal brought by Cuadrilla against the decisions of Lancashire County Council to refuse planning permission for fracking developments in Lancashire has started this morning in Blackpool. Cornerstone Barristers' Estelle Dehon....

LexisNexis Webinar - Regulatory aspects of fracking
29.01.2016
Estelle Dehon and Ashley Bowes have co-presented a webinar on fracking regulation and planning law for LexisNexis.   The webinar provides practical guidance on a range of issues including:

  • The licensing regime....

  • The Guardian and BBC News: Roseacre Wood fracking row
    26.10.2015
    Estelle Dehon is quoted in articles from The Guardian and BBC News on the granting of permission to a local residents group to bring a judicial review challenging Lancashire county....

    Wales Planning Law Update
    20.10.2015
    On Monday 19th October the Cornerstone Planning Team presented a Wales Planning Law Update at our Wales office at One Caspian Point. The day consisted of a morning seminar for Local....

    Cornerstone on the Planning Court
    01.09.2015

    Cornerstone on the Planning Court, the definitive guide to the new Planning Court produced by Cornerstone Barristers, is now available to buy online and in book shops.

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    Practice Update – Appealing a Section 289 decision to the Court of Appeal
    20.07.2015

    An enforcement notice appeal under section 289 TCPA 1990 is a second appeal, and so it was thought that the provisions of CPR 52.1.4 (reflecting section 55 of the Access to Justice Act 1999) applied and a decision of the High Court could only be appealed if the Court of Appeal determined that the appeal raised an important point of principle or practice or there was some other compelling reason for the Court of Appeal to hear the appeal.

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    Major Road Improvement for Norwich
    17.01.2014

    The Secretary of State for Transport has made Side Roads and Slip Roads Orders to enable the implementation of the £19 m Postwick Hub Improvement Scheme on the A47 at Norwich. The scheme will unlock employment and housing land at Postwick but was opposed by local businesses and residents because of the extra delays it would cause to existing highway users. After a four week Inquiry held in July 2013 the Secretary of State has accepted the Inspector's recommendations in favour of the scheme in a decision made on 8 January 2014.

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    Overview

    Estelle is a member of Chambers' Inquest Team. She has experience appearing for interested persons in inquests into death following medical treatment and Article 2 inquests concerning deaths in prison. She has appeared for the family and for the Ministry of Justice.

    Estelle has also undertaken work arising from inquests, including:

    • representing a coroner in a claim under section 13 Coroners Act 1988 for an inquisition to be quashed and a new investigation undertaken;
    • representing a coroner in judicial review proceedings arising from an ongoing inquest.

    Cases

    HM Coroner For Isle Of Wight V HM Prison Service (1 April 2015)
    07.04.2015
    Successful claim under section 13 Coroners Act 1988 by the coroner for an order quashing the inquisition touching the death of AB, and requiring the coroner to hold a fresh....

    R(Nettlefold) v HM Coroner for East Sussex (25 March 2014)
    07.04.2015

    Securing directions for the release of a body. Estelle appeared for the coroner.

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    Inquest touching the death of SO'C (St Pancras Coroner's Court)
    07.04.2015
    Article 2 inquest following death in prison. Estelle appeared for the Ministry of Justice.....

    Inquest touching the death of AC (Surrey Coroner's Court)
    07.04.2015
    Article 2 inquest following death in prison. Estelle appeared for the Ministry of Justice.....

    Inquest touching the death of CD (Southwark Coroner's Court)
    07.04.2015
    Inquest following the death of a man receiving 24 hour care at home. Estelle appeared for the family of CD.....

    Overview

    Estelle has experience of both High Court and inquiry work concerning renewables, in particular wind and solar energy. She successfully appeared for a local authority challenging a grant of planning permission by an Inspector where a wind turbine would cause harm to the setting of listed buildings. She has also appeared for local authorities and interested parties in inquiries concerning turbines and wind farms, including appearing for the Ministry of Defence in a controversial nine month inquiry into three wind farms in Northumberland.

    Estelle also has experience in matters concerning fracking, in particular high-volume hydraulic fracturing. She represented Friends of the Earth at two meetings of Lancashire County Council's Development Control Committee concerning fracking in Fylde, Lancashire. The meetings considered representations from opponents and supporters of two planning applications by Cuadrilla to develop new sites in Fylde to explore for shale gas by drilling, hydraulically fracturing (fracking) and testing the flow of gas. Planning officers had recommended that permission be granted on one site (Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, Fylde West) and refused on the other (Roseacre Wood, Roseacre, Fylde East). Lancashire County Council refused both applications.

    At a recent high-profile planning inquiry concerning fracking, Estelle's client remarked on her "excellent and hugely appreciated work". One of the residents' groups participating in the inquiry also noted that "Estelle [was] truly awesome. The points that [she] raised and the manner [she] did it in was nothing short of superb."

    Cases

    Fracking cases to be heard by Court of Appeal
    08.06.2017
    Jackson LJ has granted Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackman permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal. Dove J had previously dismissed their challenges to the Secretary....

    High Court dismisses challenges to fracking in Lancashire
    12.04.2017
    Judgment was handed down today in the High Court challenge to the first decision by the Secretary of State concerning hydraulic fracturing. The challenge was brought by two claimants: a....

    Government’s approval for high volume hydraulic fracturing challenged in Court
    14.03.2017
    Today sees the beginning of three days of legal argument in the co-joined cases of Preston New Road Action Group v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and....

    Government grants permission for fracking in Lancashire
    06.10.2016
    In a landmark decision the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has today granted planning permission for shale gas fracking (hydraulic fracturing) at a site in Lancashire. The Secretary....

    Government to have final say on Lancashire fracking sites
    27.11.2015
    The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government yesterday informed Lancashire County Council that the final decision on planning appeals concerning two fracking sites in Lancashire will be made....

    Permission granted in fracking judicial review
    23.10.2015

    Permission has been granted to a local residents group to bring a judicial review claim challenging Lancashire County Council's planning approval for a monitoring array, designed to monitor seismic activity and water quality, proposed as part of Cuadrilla's exploration for shale gas in Roseacre, Lancashire. Estelle Dehon represented the group (Roseacre Awareness Group) and its Chair, Elizabeth Warner.

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    Cornerstone Barristers instructed on major fracking planning appeals in Lancashire
    28.09.2015

    Four members of Cornerstone Barristers have been instructed in the UK's first planning appeals in respect of proposals to develop wells and associated works to carry out high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at two sites in Lancashire.

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    Effects of Fracking on the Rural Economy
    23.07.2015

    The possible legal ramifications relating to fracking operations have been brought into sharp relief by the recent release of an unredacted version of a report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra) 

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    Double ‘no’ to fracking – Lancashire County Council refuses Cuadrilla’s two planning applications
    20.07.2015

    Lancashire County Council has refused two applications for fracking at sites in Lancashire – one refusal (Preston New Road, Little Plumpton) against officer recommendation.

    ....

    Fracking in Lancashire: planning applications
    18.06.2015

    On 18 and 19 June, Estelle Dehon will represent Friends of the Earth at two meetings of Lancashire County Council's Development Control Committee concerning fracking in Fylde, Lancashire

    ....

    North Norfolk District Council v SSCLG and Mack [2014] EWHC 279 (Admin)
    17.02.2014
    Renewables vs Heritage Assets - High Court Reiterates Importance of Statutory Duty to Preserve Listed Buildings and their Settings North Norfolk District Council v SSCLG and Mack [2014] EWHC 279 (Admin) The....

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    LexisPSL - Heavy metal: exploring measures to reduce exposure to mercury
    19.07.2017
    Estelle Dehon looks at the provisions of the Minamata Convention for an article published by LexisPSL. Estelle considers the objectives of the convention which aims to protect  Estelle considers the objectives of....

    Anti-fracking campaigner launches Court of Appeal challenge against Government decision to approve fracking in Lancashire
    08.05.2017
    Environmental campaigner, Gayzer Frackman, has launched a legal challenge in the Court of Appeal against the Government's decision to approve fracking at Preston New Road, near Little Plumpton, Lancashire. The four....

    The Oil and Gas Authority Becomes an Independent Regulator
    04.10.2016
    As of 1 October 2016, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) became the independent regulator for offshore and onshore oil and gas operations in the United Kingdom. The Cornerstone Hydrocarbon....

    Estelle Dehon discusses Yorkshire fracking proposals on BBC Radio 5 Live
    25.05.2016
    Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live about the decision by North Yorkshire County Council's planning committee to grant approval for plans to frack for....

    Cornerstone Barristers in fracking inquiry underway in Lancashire
    09.02.2016
    The appeal brought by Cuadrilla against the decisions of Lancashire County Council to refuse planning permission for fracking developments in Lancashire has started this morning in Blackpool. Cornerstone Barristers' Estelle Dehon....

    LexisNexis Webinar - Regulatory aspects of fracking
    29.01.2016
    Estelle Dehon and Ashley Bowes have co-presented a webinar on fracking regulation and planning law for LexisNexis.   The webinar provides practical guidance on a range of issues including:

  • The licensing regime....

  • Freedom of Information: Divining the public interest

    1st August 2016

    Estelle Dehon has written an article for the Freedom of Information Journal explaining the important factors to be considered when applying the public interest balancing test. Estelle considers the nature of public interest in disclosure and the framework of tribunal and court decisions within which decision makers can operate to discern and evaluate the factors relevant to the public interest in disclosure.

    Click here to read the full article.

    Estelle Dehon discusses Yorkshire fracking proposals on BBC Radio 5 Live

    25th May 2016

    Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live about the decision by North Yorkshire County Council's planning committee to grant approval for plans to frack for shale gas near to Kirby Misperton. Estelle discussed the legal implications of the decision and the possibility of judicial review.

    Estelle was recently instructed in relation to the fracking inquiry concerning Lancashire County Council's decision to refuse planning permission for fracking developments in Lancashire earlier this year.

    LexisNexis Webinar: Regulatory aspects of fracking

    29th January 2016

    Estelle Dehon and Ashley Bowes have co-presented a webinar on fracking regulation and planning law for LexisNexis. The webinar provides practical guidance on a range of issues including:

    • The licensing regime with the Department for Energy and Climate Change and Environmental permitting
    • The planning process and policy
    • Environmental Impact Assessments – at both permitting and planning stages
    • Monitoring

    Estelle and Ashley regularly advise on major energy infrastructure projects and are currently acting in a series of planning appeals concerning highly contentious fracking sites in Lancashire.

    To view the webinar, register on the LexisNexis website.

    The Guardian and BBC News: Roseacre Wood fracking row

    26th October 2015

    Estelle Dehon is quoted in articles from The Guardian and BBC News on the granting of permission to a local residents group to bring a judicial review challenging Lancashire county council's decision to allow seismic monitoring equipment at proposed drilling sites. Estelle Dehon represented Roseacre Awareness Group and its Chair, Elizabeth Warner.

    The hearing was also reported on by Drill or Drop.com

    Cornerstone on the Planning Court

    1st September 2015

    Cornerstone on the Planning Court, the definitive guide to the new Planning Court produced by Cornerstone Barristers, is now available to buy online and in book shops.

    Edited by Tom Cosgrove and written by members of the Cornerstone Planning Team, the guide is the first of its kind to analyse the procedures and work of the Planning Court which was introduced in April 2014.

    Designed to be practical and accessible, it is the essential reference for all those who are involved in bringing or defending claims in the Court, and those who have an interest in the broad range of claims that now fall within the Court's remit. The guide will be of particular use to those instructing solicitors and barristers in planning related matters such as planning consultancies, development companies, pressure groups and individuals, as well as solicitors, professional planning bodies and local authorities.

    Contributors to Cornerstone on the Planning Court include Michael Bedford QC, Josef Cannon, Estelle Dehon, Emma Dring, James Findlay QC, Robin Green, Mark Lowe QC, Jack Parker, Clare Parry, Asitha Ranatunga and Robert Williams.

    For further information on Cornerstone on the Planning Court or to purchase a copy, click here.

    Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct

    1st September 2015

    Edited by Philip Kolvin QC, Head of Cornerstone Barristers, and written by members of Chambers, Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct identifies and explains the standards that govern the conduct of those elected to Local Government in England and Wales.

    Contributors to Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct include: James Findlay QC, Philip Coppel QC, Robin Green, Harriet Townsend, Wayne Beglan, Damien Welfare, Estelle Dehon, Ryan Kohli, Robert Williams, Emma Dring, Zoe Whittington, Jack Parker and Matt Lewin.

    The book has been designed as a readable, practical guide for all those involved in local government, including officers, councillors, monitoring officers and lawyers.

    With the foreword kindly contributed by Cllr David Sparks, the Chairman of the Local Government Association, topics considered within the guide include:

    • The standards regime
    • Councillors' conduct and decision-making
    • Complaints procedure
    • Challenging council decisions
    • Offences

    Reviews include:

    Cornerstone Barristers has produced a "book which is not only extremely useful from a professional standpoint, but it is also eminently readable." It "is not just a handy reference book to Councillors' conduct: it is an indispensable guide and should be the first port of call when questions arise." James Button and Co-Bulletin

    The publication"skilfully navigates its way through the dense and dangerous jungle of intervening statutory, guidance, caselaw and other foliage from the former Standards Board regime (following the Donnygate scandal) to the present slimmed-down but imperfect present." Nicholas Dobson, a Consultant with Freeths LLP writing for Local Government Lawyer

    Click here to purchase a copy.

    Philip Kolvin QC discusses the issues confronting local councillors and the need for a consistent approach to standards of conduct in an interview with Bloomsbury Professional.

    Information Rights - Law and Practice (4th edn, Hart Publishing, 2014)

    2nd May 2014

    Contributing author to Coppel's Information Rights: Law and Practice (4th edn, Hart Publishing, 2014).  Author of chapter on The Influence of the European Convention on Human Rights on Information Rights.

    Click here for further details.

    Local Government Lawyer - When a house is (arguably) not a home

    27th February 2013

    When does the use of a dwelling house for commercial holiday lettings amount to a material change of use? Ian de Prez and Estelle Dehon explain the background to a key ruling by the Court of Appeal.

    For full article, please click here.

    Education and the Courts (3rd edn, Jordans, 2012)

    1st November 2012

    Contributing author, McManus Education and the Courts (3rd edn, Jordans, 2012): chapters on Independent Schools and Universities.

    Click here for further information.

    The Law of Human Rights (2nd edn, Oxford University Press, 2009)

    29th March 2012

    Contributing editor, Clayton and Tomlinson The Law of Human Rights (2nd edn, Oxford University Press, 2009).

    Click here for further information.

    Engendering Accountability: The Prosecution of Gender Crimes Under International Law

    21st September 2003

    R Goldstone and E Dehon "Engendering Accountability: The Prosecution of Gender Crimes Under International Law" (2004) 19(1) New England Journal of Public Law 121.

    Click here for further information.

    Directors' Disqualification (Lexis, 2012)

    9th December 1998

    Contributing author, Mithani Directors' Disqualification (Lexis, 2012): division on Human Rights.

    Click here for further information.

    Estelle is a member of the following:

    • UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA). Estelle spoke at the UKELA Annual Conference in Edinburgh in 2014
    • Planning and Environmental Bar Association
    • Administrative Bar Law Association

    News

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

    31st October 2017

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

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    Estelle Dehon Appointed to European Commission Expert Group on the GDPR

    25th September 2017

    Cornerstone Barristers is pleased to announce that Estelle Dehon has been appointed as a member of the European Commission's Expert Group on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to support....

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    LexisPSL - Heavy metal: exploring measures to reduce exposure to mercury

    19th July 2017

    Estelle Dehon looks at the provisions of the Minamata Convention for an article published by LexisPSL. Estelle considers the objectives of the convention which aims to protect  Estelle considers the objectives of....

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    High Court clarifies meaning of residential curtilage

    23rd June 2017

    Estelle Dehon and Ashley Bowes have successfully represented the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government and Test Valley Borough Council respectively, in the most recent consideration by the....

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    Fracking cases to be heard by Court of Appeal

    8th June 2017

    Jackson LJ has granted Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackman permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal. Dove J had previously dismissed their challenges to the Secretary....

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    Anti-fracking campaigner launches Court of Appeal challenge against Government decision to approve fracking in Lancashire

    8th May 2017

    Environmental campaigner, Gayzer Frackman, has launched a legal challenge in the Court of Appeal against the Government's decision to approve fracking at Preston New Road, near Little Plumpton, Lancashire. The four....

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    High Court dismisses challenges to fracking in Lancashire

    12th April 2017

    Judgment was handed down today in the High Court challenge to the first decision by the Secretary of State concerning hydraulic fracturing. The challenge was brought by two claimants: a....

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    Government’s approval for high volume hydraulic fracturing challenged in Court

    14th March 2017

    Today sees the beginning of three days of legal argument in the co-joined cases of Preston New Road Action Group v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and....

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    LexisPSL - Green belt land versus housing needs

    14th February 2017

    Estelle Dehon has authored an article for LexisPSL which looks at whether the release of land on Sutton Coldfield's green belt to build new homes will signal the release of other....

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    Entry Into Force of the Paris Agreement – Legally Binding Climate Commitments and Brexit

    4th November 2016

    Estelle Dehon comments on the coming into force of the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force today, 4 November 2016. It is a significant moment. For....

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    Government grants permission for fracking in Lancashire

    6th October 2016

    In a landmark decision the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has today granted planning permission for shale gas fracking (hydraulic fracturing) at a site in Lancashire. The Secretary....

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    The Oil and Gas Authority Becomes an Independent Regulator

    4th October 2016

    As of 1 October 2016, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) became the independent regulator for offshore and onshore oil and gas operations in the United Kingdom. The Cornerstone Hydrocarbon....

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    Brexit: Planning and the Environment Outside the EU

    6th July 2016

    The UK vote to leave the European Union raises significant questions around the potential impact on our domestic legislation. EU law is deeply embedded in our planning and environmental protection regimes.....

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    Estelle Dehon discusses Yorkshire fracking proposals on BBC Radio 5 Live

    25th May 2016

    Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live about the decision by North Yorkshire County Council's planning committee to grant approval for plans to frack for....

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    Estelle Dehon advises at City Hall

    6th May 2016

    As counting gets underway for the Mayoral Election, Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers will be at City Hall giving on-the-spot election advice to the Greater London Returning Officer (GLRO). The GLRO....

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    Cornerstone Barristers in fracking inquiry underway in Lancashire

    9th February 2016

    The appeal brought by Cuadrilla against the decisions of Lancashire County Council to refuse planning permission for fracking developments in Lancashire has started this morning in Blackpool. Cornerstone Barristers' Estelle Dehon....

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    LexisNexis Webinar - Regulatory aspects of fracking

    29th January 2016

    Estelle Dehon and Ashley Bowes have co-presented a webinar on fracking regulation and planning law for LexisNexis.   The webinar provides practical guidance on a range of issues including:
  • The licensing regime....

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    Government to have final say on Lancashire fracking sites

    27th November 2015

    The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government yesterday informed Lancashire County Council that the final decision on planning appeals concerning two fracking sites in Lancashire will be made....

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    The Guardian and BBC News: Roseacre Wood fracking row

    26th October 2015

    Estelle Dehon is quoted in articles from The Guardian and BBC News on the granting of permission to a local residents group to bring a judicial review challenging Lancashire county....

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    Permission granted in fracking judicial review

    23rd October 2015

    Permission has been granted to a local residents group to bring a judicial review claim challenging Lancashire County Council's planning approval for a monitoring array, designed to monitor seismic activity and water quality, proposed as part of Cuadrilla's exploration for shale gas in Roseacre, Lancashire. Estelle Dehon represented the group (Roseacre Awareness Group) and its Chair, Elizabeth Warner.

    ....

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    Wales Planning Law Update

    20th October 2015

    On Monday 19th October the Cornerstone Planning Team presented a Wales Planning Law Update at our Wales office at One Caspian Point. The day consisted of a morning seminar for Local....

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    Cornerstone Barristers instructed on major fracking planning appeals in Lancashire

    28th September 2015

    Four members of Cornerstone Barristers have been instructed in the UK's first planning appeals in respect of proposals to develop wells and associated works to carry out high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at two sites in Lancashire.

    ....

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    Cornerstone on the Planning Court

    1st September 2015

    Cornerstone on the Planning Court, the definitive guide to the new Planning Court produced by Cornerstone Barristers, is now available to buy online and in book shops.

    ....

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    Effects of Fracking on the Rural Economy

    23rd July 2015

    The possible legal ramifications relating to fracking operations have been brought into sharp relief by the recent release of an unredacted version of a report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (Defra) 

    ....

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    Practice Update – Appealing a Section 289 decision to the Court of Appeal

    20th July 2015

    An enforcement notice appeal under section 289 TCPA 1990 is a second appeal, and so it was thought that the provisions of CPR 52.1.4 (reflecting section 55 of the Access to Justice Act 1999) applied and a decision of the High Court could only be appealed if the Court of Appeal determined that the appeal raised an important point of principle or practice or there was some other compelling reason for the Court of Appeal to hear the appeal.

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    Double ‘no’ to fracking – Lancashire County Council refuses Cuadrilla’s two planning applications

    20th July 2015

    Lancashire County Council has refused two applications for fracking at sites in Lancashire – one refusal (Preston New Road, Little Plumpton) against officer recommendation.

    ....

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    Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct

    26th June 2015

    Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct, the definitive guide to local government standards, produced by Cornerstone Barristers, goes on sale today.

    ....

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    Fracking in Lancashire: planning applications

    18th June 2015

    On 18 and 19 June, Estelle Dehon will represent Friends of the Earth at two meetings of Lancashire County Council's Development Control Committee concerning fracking in Fylde, Lancashire

    ....

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    High Court Clarifies Extent Of Ground (F) In Enforcement Appeals

    8th June 2015

    In the absence of a ground (a) appeal, can the Secretary of State consider under ground (f) alone the planning merits of "lesser steps" which amount to an alternative scheme or to under-enforcement?

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    Government approves nationally important road scheme

    3rd June 2015

    The Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR), the first road scheme to be designated under section 35 of the Planning Act 2008 as a project of national significance, has been authorised by the Secretary of State for Transport on 2 June 2015.

    ....

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    HM Coroner For Isle Of Wight V HM Prison Service (1 April 2015)

    7th April 2015

    Successful claim under section 13 Coroners Act 1988 by the coroner for an order quashing the inquisition touching the death of AB, and requiring the coroner to hold a fresh....

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    R(Nettlefold) v HM Coroner for East Sussex (25 March 2014)

    7th April 2015

    Securing directions for the release of a body. Estelle appeared for the coroner.

    ....

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    Inquest touching the death of SO'C (St Pancras Coroner's Court)

    7th April 2015

    Article 2 inquest following death in prison. Estelle appeared for the Ministry of Justice.....

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    Inquest touching the death of AC (Surrey Coroner's Court)

    7th April 2015

    Article 2 inquest following death in prison. Estelle appeared for the Ministry of Justice.....

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    Inquest touching the death of CD (Southwark Coroner's Court)

    7th April 2015

    Inquest following the death of a man receiving 24 hour care at home. Estelle appeared for the family of CD.....

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    No Bias against Double Glazing

    17th December 2014

    The High Court has dismissed an appeal brought by the owner of a Grade II listed farmhouse, in which it was alleged that an Inspector had displayed bias against double gazed windows, and that this was a reflection of a wider prejudice on the part of planning officers and planning inspectors against the installation of such windows in listed buildings. Estelle Dehon defended the appeal on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (SSCLG).

    ....

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    Norwich Northern Distributor Road DCO Examination ends

    5th December 2014

    The Examination into the DCO application for the 20 km dual carriageway Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) ended on 2 December 2014. The NDR is a £149 m highway scheme which will provide connections between the northern radials of Norwich (including the A1067 and the A140) and the A47(T) at Postwick so unlocking housing and employment growth in the northern suburbs and improving the connectivity of Norwich International Airport.

    ....

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    Court Clarifies Correct Approach To Paragraph 14 NPPF

    28th October 2014

    How does the presumption in favour of sustainable development, articulated in paragraph 14 of the NPPF, operate in practice? Should all developments that are "sustainable" in the sense of overall....

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    Successful Listed Building Prosecution

    18th September 2014

    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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    Silver v SSGLC [2014] EWHC 2729 (Admin)

    8th August 2014

    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 carrying....

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    Walsall MBC v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & ors [2013] EWCA Civ 370; [2013] JPL 1183

    26th February 2014

    The Court of Appeal upheld the rule that where a High Court Judge refuses leave to appeal under s. 289(6) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against the....

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    North Norfolk District Council v SSCLG and Mack [2014] EWHC 279 (Admin)

    17th February 2014

    Renewables vs Heritage Assets - High Court Reiterates Importance of Statutory Duty to Preserve Listed Buildings and their Settings North Norfolk District Council v SSCLG and Mack [2014] EWHC 279 (Admin) The....

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    Major Road Improvement for Norwich

    17th January 2014

    The Secretary of State for Transport has made Side Roads and Slip Roads Orders to enable the implementation of the £19 m Postwick Hub Improvement Scheme on the A47 at Norwich. The scheme will unlock employment and housing land at Postwick but was opposed by local businesses and residents because of the extra delays it would cause to existing highway users. After a four week Inquiry held in July 2013 the Secretary of State has accepted the Inspector's recommendations in favour of the scheme in a decision made on 8 January 2014.

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    Postwick Hub Improvement Scheme (8 January 2014)

    8th January 2014

    Decision and report concerning Side Roads and Slip Roads Orders to enable the implementation of the £19m Postwick Hub Improvement Scheme on the A47 at Norwich Link to the news....

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    R(Ozoemene) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2013] EWHC 2167

    13th December 2013

    Challenge to the SSHD's refusal to grant British passports to three Nigerian nationals. The court held that it was not for SSHD to establish the claimants' case for them, but....

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    Court Of Appeal Clarifies Powers Of Sale Of Allotments

    18th November 2013

    The Court of Appeal has clarified the powers available to local authorities to sell "field garden" allotments (allotments inclosed under the Inclosure Act 1845, which are required to be held....

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    Court of Appeal clarifies powers of sale of allotments

    18th November 2013

    The Court of Appeal has clarified the powers available to local authorities to sell "field garden" allotments (allotments inclosed under the Inclosure Act 1845, which are required to be held....

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    R(S) v SSHD (Admin Court)

    13th November 2013

    Challenge to the lawfulness of the SSHD's decision concerning the Claimant's age and to disperse him; interim measures granted and claim then settled with SSHD paying the Claimant's costs....

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    Attorney General's Panel Appointments

    20th February 2013

    Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that Catherine Rowlands and Clare Parry have been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel with effect from 1 March 2013. Their appointments....

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    Court of Appeal declines to overturn rule that no right of appeal lies against refusal of leave to appeal Planning Inspector’s decision on a s. 174 enforcement notice appeal

    8th February 2013

    Mark Lowe QC, Estelle Dehon and Jack Parker have appeared in the Court of Appeal in Walsall MBC and Dartford BC v The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Vodafone Limited and Telefonica Limited [2013].

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    Allotment status clarified

    28th January 2013

    The High Court (Chancery Division) has given judgment in a case brought by two allotment holders in which the Court was asked to determine which of two inconsistent powers of sale applied to the allotments in Burstow.

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    Cornerstone Barristers welcomes three new tenants.

    14th January 2013

    Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to welcome three new tenants. Estelle Dehon is a public, planning, environmental and commercial specialist formerly of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square. Shomik Datta has a common law practice....

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    Buckinghamshire County Council v Mann

    14th December 2012

    Crown Court Newton hearing; fire safety prosecution....

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    White v Kings Gardens Freehold Ltd

    1st December 2012

    Age discrimination, retirement....

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    R(M) v LB Croydon (Admin Court)

    1st December 2012

    Challenge to lawfulness of Pathway Plan; granted permission and then settled, with costs paid on an indemnity basis.....

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    R(A) V SSHD And LB Croydon

    15th November 2012

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    R(A) v SSHD and LB Croydon

    15th November 2012

    Challenge to lawfulness of age assessment and dispersal decision; granted permission and claim then settled, with LA required to pay costs after a contested costs hearing in the High Court....

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    Olotu v Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

    1st November 2012

    Constructive dismissal....

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    R(G) v SSHD & Birmingham City Council (Admin Court)

    15th October 2012

    Interim measures granted in age assessment claim....

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    Graham v Governing Body of Newlands Girls' School

    1st October 2012

    Constructive dismissal....

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    R(U) v LB Croydon & SSHD (Admin Court)

    15th September 2012

    Challenge to age assessment and decision to detain Claimant granted permission and then settled, with damages paid for unlawful detention.....

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    Buckinghamshire CC v Brazil

    14th September 2012

    Fly-tipping prosecution; jury trial....

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    Woods v DSG Ltd

    1st September 2012

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    R (Health and Safety Executive) v Wolverhampton City Council [2012] UKSC 34, [2012] 1 WLR 2264 (SC)

    18th July 2012

    Modification/revocation of planning permission See full text of case....

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    Aylesbury Vale DC v SSCLG [2012] EWHC 993 (Admin), [2012] JPL 1254

    10th May 2012

    S288, building in the open countryside....

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    Dartford BC v SSCLG & Vodafone Ltd [2012] EWHC 1756 (Admin)

    10th May 2012

    Statutory appeal; mobile phone mast; permitted development....

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    Roberts V Blunt (Re: Local Government Elections For Appleby Ward Of North West Leicestershire DC) [2012] EWHC 481 (QB)

    14th January 2012

    Election petition pursued by way of case stated. Estelle appeared for the Petitioner. The petition was eventually withdrawn and the Court clarified that the requirement in the Election Petition Rules....

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    Roberts v Blunt (Re: Local Government Elections for Appleby Ward of North West Leicestershire DC) [2012] EWHC 481 (QB)

    14th January 2012

    Election petition pursued by way of case stated. Estelle appeared for the Petitioner. The petition was eventually withdrawn and the Court clarified that the requirement in the Election Petition Rules....

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    Magic Studio Ltd v French Food Ltd

    1st January 2012

    Contract claim....

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    R (Condliff) v North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust [2011] EWCA Civ 910, [2012] 1 All ER 689

    27th July 2011

    Examines the interface between Article 8 and the provision of medical treatment See full text of case....

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    MC v Standards Committee of LB Richmond [2011] UKUT 232 (AAC)

    14th June 2011

    Meaning of acting in an official capacity as a councillor See full text of case....

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    May v Easterbrook

    14th January 2010

    Election petition; mistaken declaration of result....

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    Miller V Bull (Returning Officer Of Herefordshire Council) [2009] EWHC 2640 (QB), [2010] WLR 1861

    28th October 2009

    Election petition pursued by way of case stated. Estelle appeared for the returning officer. The court held that, where an election petition would be struck out for failure only to....

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    R (Seabrook Warehousing Ltd) v Revenue and Customs [2009] EWHC 1742 (Admin), [2009] All ER (D) 163 (Jul)

    16th July 2009

    Challenge to regulations abolishing excise duty drawback, raising issues of the requirement for consultation and EU free movement of goods See full text of case....

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    Brett v Information Commissioner [2009] UKIT EA_2008_0098 (21 August 2009)

    21st June 2009

    Tribunal challenge to the Information Commissioner's decision to uphold the FCO's decision to refuse to provide personal information concerning Carmen Proetta. The Tribunal partially upheld the IC's decision, but ordered....

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    Aehmed V Afzal & Anor [2008] EWHC B5 (QB)

    2nd April 2008

    Election petition tried by Commissioner in constituency over a period of several weeks. Challenge concerned alleged intimidation at polling stations and lies in electoral material. Estelle appeared as junior counsel....