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John Fitzsimons

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2016
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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 after completing pupillage under the supervision of Andy Lane, Dean Underwood, Estelle Dehon and Philip Coppel QC. He is now developing a versatile practice encompassing all areas of Chambers' work. He is regularly instructed by a wide variety of public and private clients including local authorities, central government.

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 is a Bar Pro Bono Unit volunteer and has previously volunteered with 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

Cases

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)

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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

Cases

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

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....

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

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

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

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....

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

    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....

    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: 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....