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Isabella Buono

Called
2017
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020 7421 1807
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*** Isabella has been appointed as the Judicial Assistant to the President of the UK Supreme Court, Lord Reed, for the 2020-21 legal year. She will return to chambers in August 2021. ***

Isabella became a member of Cornerstone Barristers in October 2019, after completing pupillage under the supervision of Emma Dring, Philip Coppel QC and Estelle Dehon.

She is building a broad public law practice across all of Chambers' core areas. Alongside her practice, Isabella teaches European Union Law at St Edmund's College, Cambridge.

Isabella read law as an undergraduate at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where she received a number of prizes and scholarships for academic performance. In her second year, she was awarded a starred first and ranked third out of all second year law students at the University.

Isabella then read for the BCL at St John's College, Oxford, where she focused on public law and human rights and was awarded the Daniel Slifkin Scholarship. She completed her professional education at BPP Law School in London, with the benefit of Lord Denning and residential scholarships from Lincoln's Inn.

Isabella has taught European Union Law at various colleges of the University of Cambridge since 2017. She continues to teach at St Edmund's College, alongside her practice.

Before coming to the Bar, Isabella worked as a Research Assistant at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. Her role was primarily to assist the Centre's Expert Working Group on the (then) EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which brought together senior academics, parliamentarians and other experts at regular meetings in Parliament to discuss and alleviate the rule of law issues that the Bill raised.

"I instructed Isabella on a matter at very short notice and I was hugely impressed by her" - Helen Monaghan, Planning Lawyer, Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council

Overview

Isabella is building a broad planning and environmental law practice, covering a full range of court, inquiry and advisory work.

Her recent inquiry experience includes:

  • Citroen Site, Brentford: Acting for Hounslow LBC at a three-week call-in inquiry into a London tall buildings scheme (mixed-use redevelopment including 441 residential flats in 5 buildings up to 18 storeys in height), led by Ed Grant. The inquiry focused on the impact that the development would have on a number of important heritage assets, including the Kew Gardens World Heritage Site.
  • Land North of Wicken Road, Newport: Acting for the successful local planning authority at a 5-day inquiry into proposed residential development in the countryside (up to 74 dwellings), led by Estelle Dehon. The application raised heritage, landscape and planning policy issues.

Her recent and ongoing work in the higher courts includes:

  • R (Science Museum, British Museum and V&A Museum) v Hammersmith & Fulham LBC (ongoing): Acting for the local planning authority in a challenge to its discharge of conditions attached to the permission for the redevelopment of the Olympia Exhibition Centre, led by Tom Cosgrove QC.
  • R (Fews Lane Consortium Ltd) v South Cambridgeshire District Council (ongoing): Resisting a challenge to the Council's discharge of conditions attached to permission for a residential development, led by James Findlay QC.
  • R (Fews Lane Consortium Ltd) v South Cambridgeshire District Council (ongoing): Resisting a challenge to the Council's scheme of delegation for planning matters, led by James Findlay QC.
  • R (Thornton) v Oil and Gas Authority (ongoing): Acting, as second junior to Marc Willers QC (of Garden Court Chambers) and Estelle Dehon, in a strategic challenge to the OGA's regulation of changes of control of corporate entities holding petroleum licences. The claim is the first to focus on the potential exposure of the taxpayer to the considerable financial cost of decommissioning onshore fracking sites.
  • Chalfont St Peter Parish Council v Holy Cross Sisters Trustees [2019] EWHC 1128 (QB): As a pupil, assisting Philip Coppel QC and Asitha Ranathunga in successfully defending an order of nuns against a claim brought in unlawful means conspiracy for an alleged multi-million pound planning fraud. The claim was heard at a two-week trial in the High Court.

Isabella also appears in the lower courts in a range of planning and environmental law matters, including:

  • Civil injunctions in the County Court, e.g. restraining the residential occupation of agricultural land and requiring the removal of caravans and related debris.
  • Criminal prosecutions in the magistrates' court, e.g. for breaches of Enforcement Notices and Community Protection Notices.

Examples of Isabella's recent instructions for written work include:

  • Advising a local planning authority in relation to a Definitive Map Modification Order.
  • Advising a local planning authority in relation to its prosecution of directors of companies in breach of Enforcement Notices.
  • Writing representations to the Information Commissioner's Office on behalf of a land promoter, following a local planning authority's failure to disclose information about the allocation of sites in its Regulation 18 Local Plan (led by Tom Cosgrove QC).
  • Advising a local authority in relation to ministerial Air Quality Directions and charging Clean Air Zones (led by Tom Cosgrove QC).

Having taught EU law at the University of Cambridge for the last three years, Isabella is particularly well-placed to advise on the EU-derived elements of planning and environmental law, such as the Habitats Regulations, the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, and the Environmental Information Regulations.

Her work at the Bingham Centre focused on how these kinds of measure will continue to apply following the UK's exit from the EU on 31 January 2020, and how they will apply once the implementation period comes to an end on 31 December 2020.

Cases

Called-in inquiry at Citroen Site
21.01.2020
A public inquiry started on 14 January in respect of the so called 'Citroen Site', a site within the Great West Corridor in Brentford. The proposal is for a tall building....

News

Cornerstone Barristers Planning Bulletin - Issue 2
14.04.2020
Welcome to the second edition of the Cornerstone Planning Bulletin, a digestible summary of planning law and practice to help all those with an interest in the planning system to....

Events

Zoom webinar - A practical guide to giving evidence at planning inquiries
18.06.2020


Cornerstone Barristers invite you to our latest planning webinar. Aimed at experts across all fields, in both the public and private sectors, we will offer training on:

  • Your duties as an expert....

  • Overview

    Isabella welcomes instructions in all aspects of public law and judicial review.

    She has been instructed as a junior in a number of claims for judicial review (set out in the 'Planning and Environment' section of her profile, above). She has experience of acting for both claimants and defendants in this context.

    Isabella has a particular interest in public law claims with an EU law dimension, having taught the undergraduate course in EU law at various colleges of the University of Cambridge over the last three years. Before coming to the Bar, Isabella also spent a year as a Research Assistant at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, where her work focused on the legislation which now governs the relationship between UK and EU law: the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

    She assisted with the drafting of briefing papers which were widely cited in both Houses of Parliament, dealing with such matters as the status of the new body of retained EU law, the status of post-Brexit CJEU case law, and the future of claims for Francovich damages against the State.

    Isabella is also the author of the volume of Atkin's Court Forms on Trespass to the Person, which deals with claims for unlawful detention brought against the Home Office and claims for unlawful arrest against the police.

    Cases

    Called-in inquiry at Citroen Site
    21.01.2020
    A public inquiry started on 14 January in respect of the so called 'Citroen Site', a site within the Great West Corridor in Brentford. The proposal is for a tall building....

    News

    Isabella Buono appointed as Judicial Assistant to the President of the UK Supreme Court
    06.08.2020
    We are delighted to announce that Isabella Buono has been appointed as the Judicial Assistant to the President of the UK Supreme Court, Lord Reed, for the 2020-21 legal year.....

    Remote meetings: FAQs
    17.04.2020

    Here we will post short answers to some frequently asked questions that have emerged from our two webinars on remote meetings on 8 April 2020 and 20 April 2020.

    ....

    Overview

    Isabella has experience of a wide range of information law issues under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2018, the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

    She has advised clients on, and drafted pleadings for, claims arising from data breaches committed by both public and private bodies. She has also drafted written submissions to the ICO.

    As a pupil, Philip Coppel QC and John Fitzsimons in drafting their written observations to the CJEU in a preliminary reference concerning the compatibly of s. 32 of the Data Protection Act 1998 with the Data Protection Directive and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (C-687/18 SY v Associated Newspapers Ltd).

    Isabella is a contributing author to the leading practitioner's text in this area: Philip Coppel QC, Information Rights: A Practitioners' Guide to Data Protection, Freedom of Information and other Information Rights (5th ed). Her chapters deal primarily with exemptions under FOIA and the EIR, as well as changes to the data protection regime post-Brexit.

    News

    Article in Freedom of Information Journal
    25.03.2021
    Isabella Buono analyses three recent decisions for answers to one of FOI’s most enduring questions: "when is a private body a public body?" in the Freedom of Information Journal. Read the....

    Case Update in the Freedom of Information Journal
    25.01.2021
    Isabella Buono has written a piece discussing the changes to the environmental information regime that kicked in upon the expiry of the Brexit transition period  in the Freedom of Infromation....

    Information Rights by Philip Coppel QC will be published this month
    18.05.2020
    On 28 May Hart Publishing will be publishing the latest edition of Information Rights by Philip Coppel QC. Retaining the position it has held since first publication, the fifth edition of this....

    Events

    Zoom webinar - Data Protection and FOI/EIR requests – coming out of lockdown - Your Questions Answered
    09.09.2020


    This webinar is designed for local authorities, or other public bodies, which may face a backlog of subject access or FOI/EIR requests, as the lockdown begins to ease. Since April, the....

    Overview

    Isabella welcomes instructions in all areas of licensing law. Her recent work includes successfully resisting an application to reopen a taxi licence appeal in the magistrates' court.

    Overview

    Isabella has a busy housing practice. She regularly acts for local authorities and housing associations in County Court possession hearings. She also has experience of obtaining anti-social behaviour injunctions, as well as committal orders following their breach.

    Overview

    Isabella acts as a part-time consultant to a solicitors' firm specialising in commercial litigation and professional negligence claims. In that capacity, she is working on a large number of claims brought against conveyancing solicitors in relation to the toxic ground rent scandal.

    As a pupil, Isabella also undertook a short secondment to a solicitors' firm specialising in wills, probate and trusts matters, during which time she gained experience of taking witness statements in preparation for civil trials. She also assisted Philip Coppel QC and Asitha Ranathunga in a two-week civil conspiracy trial in the High Court: Chalfont St Peter Parish Council v Holy Cross Sisters Trustees [2019] EWHC 1128 (QB)

    In her own right, Isabella has represented a successful defendant/counterclaimant in a breach of contract trial in the County Court.

    Isabella's publications as at 20 May 2020

    20th May 2020

    • Contributor to Philip Coppel, Information Rights: A Practitioners' Guide to Data Protection, Freedom of Information and other Information Rights (5 edn, Hart, forthcoming 2020): Chapters 5 (exemptions: general principles), 6 (prejudice and the public interest), 7 (data protection: post-EU membership), 20 (the right to information), 29 (exemptions: investigation, audit, law enforcement and the courts) and 35 (exemptions: contempt of court).
    • Author, Trespass to the Person (2019), Atkin's Court Forms, Vol. 40(1).
    • Author, Costs in Judicial Review Proceedings: Determining Success (2018), 23(3) Judicial Review 145.
    • Co-author with A Taylor, Mass Surveillance in the CJEU: Forging a European Consensus (2017) 76(2), Cambridge Law Journal 250.

    News: Information Law

    Article in Freedom of Information Journal

    25th March 2021

    Isabella Buono analyses three recent decisions for answers to one of FOI’s most enduring questions: "when is a private body a public body?" in the Freedom of Information Journal. Read the....

    News: Information Law

    Case Update in the Freedom of Information Journal

    25th January 2021

    Isabella Buono has written a piece discussing the changes to the environmental information regime that kicked in upon the expiry of the Brexit transition period  in the Freedom of Infromation....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review

    Isabella Buono appointed as Judicial Assistant to the President of the UK Supreme Court

    6th August 2020

    We are delighted to announce that Isabella Buono has been appointed as the Judicial Assistant to the President of the UK Supreme Court, Lord Reed, for the 2020-21 legal year.....

    News: Information Law

    Information Rights by Philip Coppel QC will be published this month

    18th May 2020

    On 28 May Hart Publishing will be publishing the latest edition of Information Rights by Philip Coppel QC. Retaining the position it has held since first publication, the fifth edition of this....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Local Government

    Remote meetings: FAQs

    17th April 2020

    Here we will post short answers to some frequently asked questions that have emerged from our two webinars on remote meetings on 8 April 2020 and 20 April 2020.

    ....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Cornerstone Barristers Planning Bulletin - Issue 2

    14th April 2020

    Welcome to the second edition of the Cornerstone Planning Bulletin, a digestible summary of planning law and practice to help all those with an interest in the planning system to....

    News: Local Government

    Virtual meetings are the new reality

    3rd April 2020

    By James Findlay QC, Ruchi Parekh and Isabella Buono The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday made Regulations to ensure local authorities can conduct business during the....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment

    Called-in inquiry at Citroen Site

    21st January 2020

    A public inquiry started on 14 January in respect of the so called 'Citroen Site', a site within the Great West Corridor in Brentford. The proposal is for a tall building....