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John Fitzsimons

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John accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers' work. As such, his practice encompasses Administrative & Public law, Planning & Environmental law, Information law, Inquests & Inquiries, Court of Protection, Regulatory law, Licensing and Housing. 

John regularly appears in a range of courts and inquiries both on his own and as a junior. He can also be instructed directly as a public access barrister.

John joined Chambers in September 2017 and is developing a versatile practice. He is regularly instructed by a wide variety of public and private clients including local authorities, central government and housing associations.

Before coming to the Bar, John worked at the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and as a paralegal in a leading Irish law firm. He interned at JUSTICE and the Court of Justice of the European Union and tutored Public Law and European Law to undergraduate and postgraduate law students.

John has a degree in Law and French from Trinity College Dublin and a BCL degree from the University of Oxford (Worcester College).

John enjoys volunteering and is always looking for new volunteering opportunities. He currently volunteers for the Bar Pro Bono Unit, the Environmental Law Foundation and Southwark Law Centre. He has previously volunteered for the Free Representation Unit, the Irish Innocence Project, the Voluntary Tuition Programme of Trinity College Dublin and Vocalise Prison Debating.

John is accredited for public access work. This means he can be instructed by anyone directly. Enquiries about this are welcomed.

Overview

John has a broad public law and judicial review practice. He has experience in advising both public bodies and private clients in this area. His public law work spans many of Chambers' practice areas including planning and environmental, licensing, inquests and inquiries, local government and information law. Further details of John's work in these areas of practice can be seen within the 'practice areas' tab on his profile. In brief, John's recent public law experience includes:

  • Appearing for the Appellant with Estelle Dehon in the Supreme Court in R(Fylde Coast Farms Ltd) v Fylde Borough Council UKSC 2019/0167 concerning the interpretation of provisions in the TCPA 1990 for challenging neighbourhood development plans and neighbourhood development orders.
  • Appearing for the successful Claimant in R(Wyeth-Price) v Guildford Borough Council and Bewley Homes [2020] EWHC 3355 (Admin) concerning a judicial review challenge raising heritage and flooding issues.
  • Representing the successful Claimant in R(Keating) v East Suffolk Council CO/4377/2020 concerning a judicial review for failure to properly carry out EIA in respect of a large poultry production unit.
  • Appearing for the Claimant in R(Burton and Dalby Parish Council) v Maldon DC CO/3299/2019 concerning a judicial review challenge raising heritage issues.
  • Instructed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in order to consider various legislative amendments required in the context of the Data Protection Bill 2018.
  • Instructed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in relation to further matters arising in respect of the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • Acting for a local authority, with Ashley Underwood QC, in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Acting for Uber, with Philip Kolvin QC, in Delta Merseyside and Uber Britannia Ltd v Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council [2018] EWHC 757 (Admin) where the Claimants successfully quashed the Council's 'predominant use' policy directed at private hire drivers.  
  • Acting for a local authority in a dispute concerning allotment land, led by Estelle Dehon, in Ramsgate Town Council v Thanet District Council [2018] EWHC 3042 (Ch)
  • Instructed by the Department of Communities and Local Government as part of the Grenfell Tower public inquiry 'junior junior' team.

Cases

Inadequate Environmental Impact Assessment in Intensive Chicken Farming
11.03.2021
The High Court has quashed a planning permission for an intensive chicken farming facility in Shadingfield, East Suffolk. In Keating v East Suffolk Council [CO/4377/2020] the Claimant applied for permission to....

How high the permission hurdle? or When is an argument not arguable?
01.04.2019

Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (Brecon and Radnor Branch) v Welsh Ministers, Powys County Council and Hendy Windfarm Ltd [2019] EWHC 621 (Admin)

....

News

NEW BRIEFING - Local authorities post COVID-19. All you need to know
01.07.2020
Local authorities have been instrumental in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and will play a pivotal role in the post-lockdown recovery. As a result, they are experiencing a surge in duties....

Overview

Planning Inquiries

John regularly acts in planning inquiries both on his own and as a junior for Parish Councils, District Councils, Rule 6 parties and other private clients. He has experience of section 78 inquiries, enforcement inquiries and informal hearings. Some of his recent experience includes:

Section 78 Inquiries

  • Representing a Rule 6 party in a two week inquiry involving housing land supply, landscape and highways issues in which the Rule 6 Party, alongside the District Council, successfully resisted the appeal. 
  • Representing a District Council, with Dr Ashley Bowes, in a 6 day inquiry involving heritage and landscape issues in which he and Dr Bowes successfully resisted the proposed housing scheme, despite the existence of a housing land supply deficit.
  • Assisting Estelle Dehon in a two week planning inquiry involving housing land supply and heritage issues in which Estelle, acting for the local authority, successfully resisted a residential scheme of up to 200 units.

Enforcement Inquiries

  • Representing a Parish Council in a two week enforcement inquiry concerning a Gypsy/Traveller Caravan Site in which the Parish Council, alongside the District Council, successfully resisted the appeal.
  • Representing a District Council in a two day enforcement inquiry involving off-airport parking in which the District Council successfully resisted an appeal on Grounds (a) and (d). 
  • Representing an Appellant in a two day enforcement inquiry involving Ground (a) and Ground (d) appeals. 

Informal Hearings

  • Representing a District Council at an informal hearing in which the District Council successfully resisted an application to discharge a planning obligation. 

Court Experience

John has acted in a wide array of planning and environmental law matters. His recent Higher Courts judicial review experience includes:

  • Appearing for the Appellant with Estelle Dehon in the Supreme Court in R(Fylde Coast Farms Ltd) v Fylde Borough Council UKSC 2019/0167 concerning the interpretation of provisions in the TCPA 1990 for challenging neighbourhood development plans and neighbourhood development orders.
  • Appearing for the Claimant in R(Wyeth-Price) v Guildford Borough Council and Bewley Homes [2020] EWHC 3355 (Admin) concerning a challenge raising heritage and flooding issues.
  • Representing the Claimant in R(Keating) v East Suffolk Council CO/4377/2020 concerning a failure to properly carry out EIA in respect of a large poultry production unit.
  • Appearing for the Claimant in R(Burton and Dalby Parish Council) v Maldon DC  CO/3299/2019 concerning a challenge raising heritage issues. 

John's other recent planning experience includes:

  • Appearing for the Claimant in Waverley v Frankham QB 2020 002126 in an application for injunctive relief.
  • Prosecuting in the Magistrates' and Crown Court on behalf of a local authority for breach of condition notice.
  • Prosecuting in the Crown Court for breach of an enforcement notice
  • Defending a local authority in a two day appeal concerning a noise abatement notice,
  • Appearing for the Claimant with Estelle Dehon in Ramsgate Town Council v Thanet District Council [2018] EWHC 3042 (Ch) concerning the Allotments Acts 1908-1950. 
  • Conducting a local authority's first prosecution under the Health Act 2006 in relation to the use of Shisha pipes within an enclosed premises.
  • Acting for a defendant in an environmental prosecution concerning waste transfer notes.
  • Application under s116 Highways Act 1980 to 'stop-up' a highway.

Advisory Work

John regularly undertakes planning and environmental advisory work. Recent advisory work includes issues concerning:

- Noise abatement notices

- Unlawful delegation of powers

- Habitats regulations assessments

- Differences between C2 and C3 use and other instances of change of use

- Allotment land

- Application of s106 planning obligations

- Implementation of a forty year old planning permission

- Enforcement issues and variation of conditions

- Construction of ambiguous conditions and implied conditions

- Various GPDO matters

- Building Regulations

- Fracking

- Planning prosecutions

John regularly provides pro bono advice and assistance to the Environmental Law Foundation and his pro bono work with Southwark Law Centre often involves planning matters. 

Cases

Inadequate Environmental Impact Assessment in Intensive Chicken Farming
11.03.2021
The High Court has quashed a planning permission for an intensive chicken farming facility in Shadingfield, East Suffolk. In Keating v East Suffolk Council [CO/4377/2020] the Claimant applied for permission to....

Supreme Court hears R (on the application of Fylde Coast Farms Ltd) v Fylde Borough Council
08.03.2021
On 9 March 2021, the Supreme Court will hear R (on the application of Fylde Coast Farms Ltd) v Fylde Borough Council. The Court will consider the correct interpretation of....

How high the permission hurdle? or When is an argument not arguable?
01.04.2019

Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (Brecon and Radnor Branch) v Welsh Ministers, Powys County Council and Hendy Windfarm Ltd [2019] EWHC 621 (Admin)

....

Housing scheme refused following Written Ministerial Statement for housing land supply in Oxfordshire
19.11.2018
A planning Inspector has dismissed an appeal concerning a proposed housing scheme of up to 245 dwellings on land in South Oxfordshire adjacent to Reading. The decision is of particular note....

Housing scheme refused in-spite of 3-year land supply
11.09.2017
Ashley Bowes and John Fitzsimons have successfully represented Braintree District Council to resist an appeal for 65 residential units at Finchingfield Road, Steeple Bumpstead, Essex. The Inspector accepted the Council's submission....

News

NEW BRIEFING - Local authorities post COVID-19. All you need to know
01.07.2020
Local authorities have been instrumental in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and will play a pivotal role in the post-lockdown recovery. As a result, they are experiencing a surge in duties....

New article: Journal of Licensing, Public nuisance in licensing
01.07.2019
Josef and John have published a new article on the Journal of Licensing, Public nuisance in licensing. The article seeks to provide a background to the law of public nuisance, both....

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

Overview

John has a busy data protection and information law practice. His recent experience includes:

Data Protection

  • Advising and assisting the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on various issues arising in respect of the Data Protection Bill 2018. As a result, he was subsequently instructed to provide assistance to DCMS in matters concerning the Data Protection Act 2018, including assisting with the implementation of changes to the Data Protection Act 2018 that will be necessitated by Brexit.
  • Advising a wide array of private and public bodies about the implications of GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 on their business practices. 
  • Advising private and public bodies about PECR and the interaction between PECR and GDPR for direct marketing purposes. 
  • Advising a variety of private and public bodies about liability and quantum issues in respect of personal data breaches and other potential breaches of data protection legislation.
  • Advising and assisting claimants in exercising their individual rights under GDPR, in particular, right to be forgotten, right to rectification and subject access rights. 
  • Reviewing privacy statements, data processing agreements and other contractual arrangements.
  • Advising public sector clients about the Law Enforcement Directive and the interaction between Part 2 and Part 3 DPA 2018.
  • Drafting responses to ICO investigations. 
  • Drafting written observations for the Court of Justice of the European Union with Philip Coppel QC in a preliminary reference matter considering the scope of the journalistic exemption within the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • Acting with Estelle Dehon in a four day multi-track trial involving a long running damages claim against a public body for alleged breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (Cooper v National Crime Agency). 
  • Providing training for a wide array of clients in both the private and public sectors on data protection. He also gives training for PDP both in the UK and in Ireland on PDP's Level 1 and Level 2 Data Protection courses. 

Information Law

John regularly advises clients about information law matters and has experience in representing clients in First-tier Tribunal appeals. John's recent experience includes:

  • Advising clients about reliance on various exemptions under FOIA.
  • Assisting clients in drafting Refusal Notices. 
  • Advising clients about the release of information under EIR.
  • Acting for clients in appeals before the First-tier Tribunal.
  • Providing training to public sector clients on FOIA and EIR.
  • Giving training on PDP's Level 1 FOI course. 

Publications

John regularly writes the case law update for the Freedom of Information Journal. He is also a contributing author to the leading texts on data protection and information law, namely "Information Rights" by Philip Coppel QC (Hart, 5th ed 2020) and "Data Protection: A Practical Guide to UK Law" by Peter Carey (Oxford, 6th ed 2020). 

News

New article: Case Update in the Freedom of Information Journal
23.03.2021
John Fitzsimons has written a piece highlighting points of interest from decisions of the Upper Tribunal and First-tier Tribunal from January 2021 in the Freedom of Infromation Journal. Read the piece....

John Fitzsimons highlights points of interest from decisions of the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in the Freedom of Information Journal
15.01.2021
In a new article published in the Freedom of Information Journal, John Fitzsimons highlights points of interest from decisions of the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in October 2020. To read....

New article: Case Update in the Freedom of Information Journal
21.07.2020
In this article published in the Freedom of Information Journal, Ruchi Parekh and John Fitzsimons highlight points of interest from information law decisions in April and May 2020.....

Schrems II – Say goodbye to the EU-US Privacy Shield
17.07.2020
Yesterday, the European Court of Justice handed down its eagerly anticipated judgment in Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland and Max Schrems (Case C-311/18). The decision will come as a....

NEW BRIEFING - Local authorities post COVID-19. All you need to know
01.07.2020
Local authorities have been instrumental in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and will play a pivotal role in the post-lockdown recovery. As a result, they are experiencing a surge in duties....

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....

Information Law – Guidance in the COVID-19 era
16.04.2020
By John Fitzsimons There has been plenty of guidance and other information published over the past few weeks to assist clients with managing data protection issues and we thought it may....

New article: Case Update in the Freedom of Information Journal
14.02.2020
In this article published in the Freedom of Information Journal, Ruchi Parekh and John Fitzsimons highlight points of interest from decisions of the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal in....

Events

Zoom webinar - GDPR 2 years on - Lessons learned and practical tips for compliance
22.06.2020


The Cornerstone Information Law team has been at the forefront of advising private and public sector clients in overcoming the challenges posed by GDPR implementation. Our experience suggests that there remain....

Seminar: Understanding data protection (GDPR) and surveillance in social housing
14.03.2018

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With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25th May 2018, it is important for those involved in social housing to be aware of their obligations and....

Overview

John has a particular interest in inquests and inquiries. He regularly acts for interested persons and supports witnesses in giving evidence at inquests.

Some particular highlights of his recent experience include:

Inquests

  • Acting for a local authority in a ten-day Article 2 inquest concerning issues relating to mental health act assessments, psychiatric care and police pursuits.
  • Acting for a local authority in a five-day inquest concerning training of care staff, a fall from a hoist and subsequent safeguarding inquiries. 
  • Acting for a local authority in an inquest concerning a death in a local authority care home.
  • Acting for a local authority in an inquest concerning a death of someone in receipt of social care.
  • Assisting Estelle Dehon, acting on behalf of a local authority, at a two-day Article 2 inquest involving the death of a minor under police protection powers.

Inquiries

  • Acting for a local authority responsible for various safeguarding matters at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Instructed as a 'junior junior' for the Department of Communities and Local Government in relation to the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry.

Overview

John has a broad range of experience in housing law matters.

He regularly appears on behalf of landlords in possession claims against tenants and trespassers. His housing experience also extends to drafting proceedings and advising clients on prospects of success, particularly in the context of s204 homelessness appeals. He has represented clients successfully in a variety of trials concerning matters such as tenancy fraud and succession. 

John also has experience acting on behalf of landlords in applications for injunctions whether for breach of tenancy agreements or to prohibit anti-social behaviour and he has more general experience in landlord and tenant disputes concerning service charges and housing licensing matters. 

Although the majority of John's housing work is for  private and social landlords, he has successfully represented tenants and licensees and is registered for such work with the Legal Aid Agency. He is happy to consider requests for pro bono assistance in housing matters and has provided pro bono housing assistance to Advocate. 

John also sits as a non-executive director on the board of Innisfree Housing Association. 

News

New Statutory Guidance on Data Sharing
19.02.2021
By John Fitzsimons In December 2020 the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘the ICO”) published its new Data Sharing Code of Practice. The Code aims to provide practical guidance for organisations about sharing....

NEW BRIEFING - Local authorities post COVID-19. All you need to know
01.07.2020
Local authorities have been instrumental in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and will play a pivotal role in the post-lockdown recovery. As a result, they are experiencing a surge in duties....

Sex for Rent: CPS Guidance indicates prosecutions are possible following campaign by Peter Kyle MP, assisted by Cornerstone Barristers
22.01.2019
In September 2018 a team from Cornerstone Barristers provided legal advice to Peter Kyle MP concerning the phenomenon of sex for rent, whereby landlords offer free or discounted accommodation in....

The Editor speaks
29.03.2018
It will not surprise anybody to hear that this has been a busy period for all those involved in housing. On a personal level, that has included a successful appearance....

Cornerstone Housing Newsletter May 2017
04.05.2017
The Cornerstone Housing Newsletter includes...

  • The Editor Speaks - Andy Lane
  • The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: opportunities, challenges - Matt Lewin
  • Contracting  out Homelessness decisions - Peggy Etiebet
  • Funding for Supported Housing: Lost between the....

  • Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2017
    06.02.2017
    The Editor Speaks - Andy Lane   The Housing and Planning Act 2016 Update - Tara O'Leary Homelessness Reduction Bill update 2016/17 - Matt Lewin Neighbourhood Planning Bill 2016/17 - Liam Wells Recent Housing....

    Events

    Seminar: Understanding data protection (GDPR) and surveillance in social housing
    14.03.2018

    1
    With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25th May 2018, it is important for those involved in social housing to be aware of their obligations and....

    Overview

    John accepts instructions in all areas of licensing law. Some of his experience to date includes:

    • Acting with Philip Kolvin QC in Delta Meryside and Uber Britannia Ltd v Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council [2018] EWHC 757 (Admin), in which he and Philip acted for Uber and successfully quashed the Council's 'predominant use' policy directed at private hire drivers.
    • Assisting Philip Kolvin QC in drafting written submissions on Article 49 TFEU in the case of Rostrun v Guildford Borough Council [2017] EWHC 3141 (Admin), in which Philip acted for the successful local authority in resisting a taxi driver's appeal.
    • Advising potential applicants for gambling licences about the requirements for such applications. 
    • Advising about the scope of disclosure obligations involved in regulatory investigations conducted by the Gambling Commission's Panel.
    • Providing training to Licensing Committee members on taxi licensing and premises licensing issues. 
    • Successfully acting for a local authority in defending an appeal against the suspension of a premises licence. 
    • Successfully acting for a SEV in an application for renewal of a licence. 
    • Successfully acting for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in resisting an appeal against its revocation of a licence.
    • Assisting Philip Kolvin QC with a wide-ranging review of employment practices within the taxi and private hire industry for a well-known private hire company.

    John also provides pro bono support and advice to street traders through his membership of Southwark Law Centre's pro bono panel of barristers. In particular,  he has advised traders who have been relocated in the Peckham Rye Station redevelopment and Elephant and Castle shopping centre redevelopment. 

    Cases

    Taxi licensing policy quashed
    08.02.2018
    On Wednesday 7th February, the High Court quashed Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council's intended use policy for private hire drivers. The case will be of interest to licensing authorities and industry....

    News

    NEW BRIEFING - Local authorities post COVID-19. All you need to know
    01.07.2020
    Local authorities have been instrumental in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and will play a pivotal role in the post-lockdown recovery. As a result, they are experiencing a surge in duties....

    New article: Journal of Licensing, Public nuisance in licensing
    01.07.2019
    Josef and John have published a new article on the Journal of Licensing, Public nuisance in licensing. The article seeks to provide a background to the law of public nuisance, both....

    Uber case law update
    27.02.2019
    By Riccardo Calzavara Uber, founded in San Francisco in 2009 and operating in London since 2012, is ubiquitous. Since then, it has been the subject of significant judicial consideration in a....

    Sex for Rent: CPS Guidance indicates prosecutions are possible following campaign by Peter Kyle MP, assisted by Cornerstone Barristers
    22.01.2019
    In September 2018 a team from Cornerstone Barristers provided legal advice to Peter Kyle MP concerning the phenomenon of sex for rent, whereby landlords offer free or discounted accommodation in....

    Overview

    John often appears on behalf of local authorities in the Court of Protection and he provides advice on the full range of mental capacity law including best interests, welfare applications and deprivations of liberty. He also has experience in the Court of Protection dealing with complex property and affairs matters. 

    His Court of Protection practice is complemented by his in depth knowledge and experience of social housing matters and social care issues, particularly those that arise in the context of his work in inquests. 

    John accepts instructions from all parties that may appear before the Court of Protection including local authorities, statutory agencies, health and social care providers, family members and individuals. 

    Some of his recent instructions include:

    • Responding to s21A applications on behalf of local authorities
    • Contested applications for deputyship of both property and affairs and welfare
    • Applications to revoke P's LPA on the basis that the attorney is not acting in P's best interests 

    John also appears in other welfare proceedings relating to adults, including applications for forced marriage protection orders in the Family Division. 

    News

    NEW BRIEFING - Local authorities post COVID-19. All you need to know
    01.07.2020
    Local authorities have been instrumental in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and will play a pivotal role in the post-lockdown recovery. As a result, they are experiencing a surge in duties....

    New Statutory Guidance on Data Sharing

    22nd February 2021

    John Fitszimons has written an article for the Housing Newsletter looking at the ICO's new data sharing Code of Practice which provides practical advice to businesses and organisations on how to carry out responsible data sharing.

    The article looks at some of the practical questions that this raises for local housing authorities and social housing providers in dealing with their tenants' information and managing their properties.

    Read the article HERE.

    FOI case update

    31st January 2021

    John Fitzsimons has written a piece highlighting points of interest from decisions of the Upper Tribunal and First-tier Tribunal from January 2021 in the Freedom of Infromation Journal.

    Read the piece HERE.

    Recent decisions of the Information Commissioner and Tribunals

    15th January 2021

    In a new article published in the Freedom of Information Journal, John Fitzsimons highlights points of interest from decisions of the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in October 2020.

    Recent decisions of the Information Commissioner and Tribunals

    1st October 2020

    In a new article published in the Freedom of Information Journal, John Fitzsimons highlights points of interest from decisions of the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in August and September 2020.

    Recent decisions of the Information Commissioner and Tribunals

    1st July 2020

    In a new article published in the Freedom of Information Journal, John Fitzsimons highlight points of interest from decisions of the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal in June and July.

    Recent decisions of the Information Commissioner and Tribunals

    1st May 2020

    In this article published in the Freedom of Information Journal, Ruchi Parekh and John Fitzsimons highlight points of interest from decisions of the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal in the last three months.

    Recent decisions of the Information Commissioner and Tribunals

    1st February 2020

    In this article published by PDP Journals, Ruchi Parekh and John Fitzsimons highlight points of interest from decisions of the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal in December 2019.

    Public nuisance in licensing

    1st July 2019

    Josef and John have published a new article on the Journal of Licensing, Public nuisance in licensing. 

    The article seeks to provide a background to the law of public nuisance, both in its wider context and within the context of licensing. It seeks to assist decision-makers and applicants to understand how best to approach public nuisance issues in a licensing context. In doing so, it will also examine the more recent arrival of the agent of change principle in the planning context and consider how this and other matters may affect licensing in the future. 

    The article can be purchased on the Journal of Licensing website

    John is a member of JUSTICE, UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA), the Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA), the Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA), the Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA) and the Social Housing Law Association (SHLA).

    He is a member of Lincoln's Inn and is a recipient of the Inn's Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lord Denning Scholarship, Buchanan prize and Hubert Greenland Scholarship.

    News: Information Law

    New article: Case Update in the Freedom of Information Journal

    23rd March 2021

    John Fitzsimons has written a piece highlighting points of interest from decisions of the Upper Tribunal and First-tier Tribunal from January 2021 in the Freedom of Infromation Journal. Read the piece....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment

    Inadequate Environmental Impact Assessment in Intensive Chicken Farming

    11th March 2021

    The High Court has quashed a planning permission for an intensive chicken farming facility in Shadingfield, East Suffolk. In Keating v East Suffolk Council [CO/4377/2020] the Claimant applied for permission to....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Supreme Court hears R (on the application of Fylde Coast Farms Ltd) v Fylde Borough Council

    8th March 2021

    On 9 March 2021, the Supreme Court will hear R (on the application of Fylde Coast Farms Ltd) v Fylde Borough Council. The Court will consider the correct interpretation of....

    News: Housing

    New Statutory Guidance on Data Sharing

    19th February 2021

    By John Fitzsimons In December 2020 the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘the ICO”) published its new Data Sharing Code of Practice. The Code aims to provide practical guidance for organisations about sharing....

    News: Information Law

    John Fitzsimons highlights points of interest from decisions of the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in the Freedom of Information Journal

    15th January 2021

    In a new article published in the Freedom of Information Journal, John Fitzsimons highlights points of interest from decisions of the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in October 2020. To read....

    News: Information Law

    New article: Case Update in the Freedom of Information Journal

    21st July 2020

    In this article published in the Freedom of Information Journal, Ruchi Parekh and John Fitzsimons highlight points of interest from information law decisions in April and May 2020.....

    News: Information Law

    Schrems II – Say goodbye to the EU-US Privacy Shield

    17th July 2020

    Yesterday, the European Court of Justice handed down its eagerly anticipated judgment in Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland and Max Schrems (Case C-311/18). The decision will come as a....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment, Housing, Licensing, Information Law, Court of Protection, Health and Social Care, Local Government

    NEW BRIEFING - Local authorities post COVID-19. All you need to know

    1st July 2020

    Local authorities have been instrumental in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and will play a pivotal role in the post-lockdown recovery. As a result, they are experiencing a surge in duties....

    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: Information Law

    Information Law – Guidance in the COVID-19 era

    16th April 2020

    By John Fitzsimons There has been plenty of guidance and other information published over the past few weeks to assist clients with managing data protection issues and we thought it may....

    News: Information Law

    New article: Case Update in the Freedom of Information Journal

    14th February 2020

    In this article published in the Freedom of Information Journal, Ruchi Parekh and John Fitzsimons highlight points of interest from decisions of the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal in....

    News: Planning and Environment, Licensing

    New article: Journal of Licensing, Public nuisance in licensing

    1st July 2019

    Josef and John have published a new article on the Journal of Licensing, Public nuisance in licensing. The article seeks to provide a background to the law of public nuisance, both....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment

    How high the permission hurdle? or When is an argument not arguable?

    1st April 2019

    Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (Brecon and Radnor Branch) v Welsh Ministers, Powys County Council and Hendy Windfarm Ltd [2019] EWHC 621 (Admin)

    ....

    News: Licensing

    Uber case law update

    27th February 2019

    By Riccardo Calzavara Uber, founded in San Francisco in 2009 and operating in London since 2012, is ubiquitous. Since then, it has been the subject of significant judicial consideration in a....

    News: Housing, Licensing

    Sex for Rent: CPS Guidance indicates prosecutions are possible following campaign by Peter Kyle MP, assisted by Cornerstone Barristers

    22nd January 2019

    In September 2018 a team from Cornerstone Barristers provided legal advice to Peter Kyle MP concerning the phenomenon of sex for rent, whereby landlords offer free or discounted accommodation in....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Housing scheme refused following Written Ministerial Statement for housing land supply in Oxfordshire

    19th November 2018

    A planning Inspector has dismissed an appeal concerning a proposed housing scheme of up to 245 dwellings on land in South Oxfordshire adjacent to Reading. The decision is of particular note....

    News: Planning and Environment

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

    24th April 2018

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

    News: Housing

    The Editor speaks

    29th March 2018

    It will not surprise anybody to hear that this has been a busy period for all those involved in housing. On a personal level, that has included a successful appearance....

    Case: Licensing

    Taxi licensing policy quashed

    8th February 2018

    On Wednesday 7th February, the High Court quashed Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council's intended use policy for private hire drivers. The case will be of interest to licensing authorities and industry....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Housing scheme refused in-spite of 3-year land supply

    11th September 2017

    Ashley Bowes and John Fitzsimons have successfully represented Braintree District Council to resist an appeal for 65 residential units at Finchingfield Road, Steeple Bumpstead, Essex. The Inspector accepted the Council's submission....

    News: Housing

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter May 2017

    4th May 2017

    The Cornerstone Housing Newsletter includes...
  • The Editor Speaks - Andy Lane
  • The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: opportunities, challenges - Matt Lewin
  • Contracting  out Homelessness decisions - Peggy Etiebet
  • Funding for Supported Housing: Lost between the....

  • News: Housing, Property

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2017

    6th February 2017

    The Editor Speaks - Andy Lane   The Housing and Planning Act 2016 Update - Tara O'Leary Homelessness Reduction Bill update 2016/17 - Matt Lewin Neighbourhood Planning Bill 2016/17 - Liam Wells Recent Housing....

    New article: Case Update in the Freedom of Information Journal

    23rd March 2021

    John Fitzsimons has written a piece highlighting points of interest from decisions of the Upper Tribunal and First-tier Tribunal from January 2021 in the Freedom of Infromation Journal. Read the piece....