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Josef's practice at the Bar focuses on licensing, town and country planning, regulatory work and property including landlord and tenant. He is co-chair of the Cornerstone licensing team. 

He acts for and advises a wide range of local authorities, the licensed trade, developers, regulatory bodies, landlords and private individuals. He is also an accredited mediator, with particular expertise in mediating disputes in the public sector, particularly where they relate to planning or licensing.

Josef's practice at the Bar focuses on licensing, town and country planning, regulatory work and property including social housing.

He acts for and advises a wide range of local authorities, the licensed trade, private and social landlords, developers, regulatory bodies and private individuals.

Josef Cannon is a graduate of Kings College, London, and was called to the Bar by Lincolns Inn in 2002.

For Licensing, he is recognised as a leading junior in both the Legal 500 2015 and Chambers & Partners 2015, described in the former as "the instructing solicitor's dream counsel" and by Chambers as "very approachable and gets results...an impressive advocate".

In Planning the Legal 500 recognises him as a leading junior and describes him as "extremely knowledgeable and able to think on his feet". He has particular experience in residential development and housing land supply issues.

Josef also has experience of regulatory work (including significant experience prosecuting and defending environmental matters) and continues to be instructed by residential landlords in all aspects of social housing and homelessness law.

"This was an important case for us, and we have a highly satisfactory outcome. Our thanks go to Josef, instructed by Vanessa Blane at LGSS Law, who provided clear, timely, and expert advice that gave us the confidence to proceed" - Paul Bland BA (Hons) MRTPI, Head of Planning Services, East Northamptonshire Council

"Anyone needing a barrister in any of these fields (planning and licensing) need look no further. First-class barrister in first-class Chambers!" - Client

"Josef has great charisma and a wonderful style that proves very persuasive with committees." "He is a rising star in licensing and is comfortable either promoting or opposing applications." Chambers and Partners 2020

"Goes beyond what is required for the client - you can be assured of an excellent service". The Legal 500 2020

"He has an acute legal and forensic mind". The Legal 500 2020

"Mr Cannon is very approachable and has a relaxed attitude when talking to clients, which helps settle them in court." "A barrister who never gives up and is very tenacious, he adapts according to which tribunal he is in front of. He is very persuasive and people want to listen to him." Chambers and Partners 2019

"Excellent command of the subject area in his advocacy." The Legal 500 2018

"Bright, hardworking and highly effective." The Legal 500 2018

"He gives no-nonsense, practical advice, he bears in mind the economics of the situation, he's very good with clients, and he's always prepared to go the extra mile." Chambers & Partners 2018

"He's very personable, he's incredibly likeable, and the court warms to him. Whatever he does is effective."  Chambers & Partners 2018

"He has a calm demeanour and commands clients' full confidence." Legal 500 2017

"Good on his feet." Legal 500 2017

"He is an extremely effective cross-examiner." Chambers & Partners 2017

"He always provides a first-class service. He has the local knowledge, is politically aware and adds value." Chambers & Partners 2017

"Always very well prepared, but able to think on his feet should an unexpected or difficult issue arise." Legal 500 2016

"He is empathetic with clients and operators." Legal 500 2016

"He is very personable and pitches his case at the appropriate level." "He is good in front of both committees and courts."Chambers & Partners 2016

"He is extremely knowledgeable and able to think on his feet." Legal 500 2015

"Always goes the extra mile, and is the instructing solicitors' dream counsel." Legal 500 2015

Overview

Josef can provide advice, assistance and representation to businesses, to local groups and to members of the public in planning matters, in particular concerning enforcement notices, making representations about planning applications near your property, and dealing with defending prosecutions for planning offences.

Cases

The NPPF definition of ‘deliverable’ is not a closed list
18.06.2020
In a development which is likely to have major implications for the way in which local planning authorities go about calculating their five-year supply of housing land, the Secretary of....

Court of Appeal uphold Maldon’s approach to a previous planning permission
23.07.2019

Angus Bates v Maldon DC [2019] EWCA Civ 1272

....

Common sense approach to the ‘tilted balance’, as the sun begins to set on paragraphs 14 and 49
07.03.2018
In a welcome injection of common sense into the rumbling controversy about when, and how, the 'tilted balance' in paragraph 14 of the NPPF might apply, an Inspector in Chelmsford....

Secretary of State (belatedly) reveals thinking on a number of crucial housing land supply controversies
31.08.2016
Last week the Secretary of State published his decisions in respect of two appeals against refusals of planning permission for extensive housing development in the countryside beyond the Green Belt....

Right of residents of architect-designed self-build scheme to rely on restrictive covenants against extensions upheld by Upper Tribunal
11.07.2016

The Upper Tribunal has upheld the right of residents of a small architect-designed development built in the late 1980s and subject to restrictive covenants seeking to preserve its built form to rely on those covenants in resisting plans by one resident to extend her house.

....

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....

Housing Land Supply in the time of coronavirus
06.05.2020
ByJosef Cannon We are all trying to deal with new anxieties at the moment: can I function working from home with just one computer screen? Does the aesthetically pleasing but orthopaedically-harmful....

Planning enforcement during the lockdown – is mediation the solution?
04.05.2020
Due to the current Coronavirus lockdown, PINS has postponed all hearings and inquiries indefinitely. It isn't clear when they will be rescheduled, and even after lockdown ends, social distancing rules....

Planning Law Survey 2020 – Barristers at Cornerstone among the "most-admired"
30.03.2020
Several members of the Cornerstone Planning Team have been recognised in Planning Magazine's Planning Law Survey 2020. The annual survey reflects the views of over 200 solicitors, consultants, developers and council....

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....

Planning for new homes - the National Audit Office report
08.02.2019
Today the National Audit Office (NAO) published its report to MoHoCoLoGo, entitled Planning for new homes. It is an interesting review of the present state of things in the world....

NPPF2: A new planning rulebook, or more of the same?
25.07.2018
Yesterday, on the last day of the parliamentary term, the Government published a raft of new measures. For planners, the most significant were the new National Planning Policy Framework and associated....

For the Birds? The Habitats Regulations and the Licensing of Outdoor Festivals
24.05.2018
By Josef Cannon In a recent article in the Journal of Licensing, two experienced planning/licensing barristers published an interesting article on the potential application of the Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC) and....

The Editor speaks
21.05.2018
By Josef Cannon The Cornerstone team has as usual been busy across the leisure sector since the last newsletter. As Ben du Feu's round-up below indicates, our barristers have been instructed....

Music venues and their neighbours: Government’s plans to strike the right balance
18.01.2018
Introduction The Government has today announced plans to ensure that housing developers building new homes near music venues should be responsible for addressing noise issues, in a move to protect both....

Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter May 2017
24.05.2017
The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes... Editor's Note - Josef Cannon Leisure development in the Green Belt – not all fun and games? - Martin Edwards Licensing Uber: Better the devil you know?....

Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter February 2017
23.02.2017
The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes...

  • Editors note - Josef Cannon
  • 20:20 Vision - Philip Kolvin QC
  • One more round for minimum unit pricing of alcohol - Josef Cannon & Matt Lewin
  • When can premises....

  • Housing crisis at centre of proposed changes to NPPF
    10.12.2015
    Josef Cannon considers the proposals set out in the Government's recently published consultation document on the National Planning Policy Framework. Introduced with minimal fanfare (save for in the Daily Telegraph, which called....

    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.

    ....

    Events

    Zoom webinar series on Local Plans - Joint planning across authority lines
    16.07.2020


    Following on from the introduction to elements of local plans webinar, the Cornerstone planning team will host a series of webinars drilling down into many of the key elements of....

    Zoom webinar - Calculating housing land supply in the post-COVID era - 'deliverable' sites and other stories
    03.07.2020


    The debate about whether the definition of 'deliverable site' in the Glossary to the NPPF, and used for the purposes of calculating a five-year housing land supply, is a 'closed....

    Zoom webinar - Planning Enforcement Orders: Law and Practice
    25.06.2020


    Planning enforcement orders are a powerful - but heavily under-used - tool for local planning authorities wishing to take enforcement action. Joe Cannon and Alex Williams provide much-needed practical tips for....

    Zoom webinar - Planning enforcement during the lockdown: is mediation the solution?
    11.05.2020


    If you have responsibility for handling planning enforcement appeals, you will know that at present there is a standstill at PINS, with remote 'events' not being expected for six months.....

    Zoom webinar - White Paper highlights
    30.04.2020


    Cornerstone Barristers' Josef Cannon and Emma Dring hosted a webinar on Thursday 30th April which discussed the key proposals from the policy paper, Planning for the Future published in March.

  • What....

  • Annual Planning Day 2019 - Practical Answers
    04.11.2019

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    Aimed at planning consultants and developers, the conference will specifically focus on providing practical answers to the biggest questions in planning law, as well as a look at what the....

    Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
    07.11.2016


    Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

    Overview

    Josef can provide advice, assistance and representation to businesses, to local groups and to members of the public in licensing matters, covering alcohol and regulated entertainment (pubs, bars etc), sex licensing (lapdancing clubs, sex shops etc) and taxi licensing.

    He has worked in the field of licensing for eight years and have represented many different clients, from local authorities through to nighclub operators, from residents of a street disturbed by a proposed club to Trading Standards and the Police. He brings a wealth of practical experience to his role and always tries to help clients find a solution which they are happy with - whether or not that means going to court (and often it does not!). He is often available at relatively short notice and always happy to travel anywhere in the country should it be required. Josef also knows that licensing often takes place out of 'normal' office hours and he is always flexible about when he is needed.

    Cases

    First s.53D interim steps appeal dismissed
    06.06.2017
    Bedford Borough Council have successfully resisted what is thought to be the first appeal under s.53D of the Licensing Act 2003, against a decision that an interim step of suspension....

    Is this the first Interim Steps appeal under the new s.53D?
    11.05.2017
    On 6 April 2017 the new s.53D of the Licensing Act 2003 came in to force. Intended to bring an end to the long-running debate about what happens to interim....

    Fabric
    22.11.2016
    The world-famous nightclub Fabric is once again to open its doors. The club was closed in September by Islington Council, as a result of deaths from drug overdoses at the club,....

    Step Changes Proposed to Summary Reviews
    24.02.2016

    Rory Clarke and Josef Cannon consider the implications of the recently proposed changes to the Summary Review procedure in the Licensing Act 2003.

    ....

    Breadth Of Discretion In Respect Of Applications For Minor Variations Under S.41a And B Licensing Act 2003 Considered And Confirmed
    11.04.2014
    Star Oyster Ltd and The Casino Ltd -v- Guildford Borough Council The proper approach to minor variations to premises licences under section 41A and 41B of the Licensing Act 2003 was....

    Lap dance no more: Courts affirm wide powers to refuse renewals
    27.03.2014

    R (Bean Leisure Trading A Limited) v Leeds City Council and R (Ruby May (1) Ltd) v Leeds City Council [2014] EWHC 878 (Admin) Thompson v Oxford City Council [2014] ...

    ....

    Admin Court decision confirms breadth of discretion when deciding sex establishment licences; and extent of duty to give reasons.
    19.03.2013
    novemberoctoberseptemberaugustjulyjunemayaprilmarchfebruaryjanuary In a judgment that will be of great assistance to licensing authorities, a judge of the High Court dismissed an application for judicial review against a refusal to grant a....

    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....

    Contact tracing for licensed premises: what you need to know
    25.06.2020
    On Tuesday 23 June, the Prime Minister announced that the Government intends to 'unlock' significant aspects of the lockdown with effect from 4 July 2020. Among the business allowed to re-open....

    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....

    For the Birds? The Habitats Regulations and the Licensing of Outdoor Festivals
    24.05.2018
    By Josef Cannon In a recent article in the Journal of Licensing, two experienced planning/licensing barristers published an interesting article on the potential application of the Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC) and....

    The Editor speaks
    21.05.2018
    By Josef Cannon The Cornerstone team has as usual been busy across the leisure sector since the last newsletter. As Ben du Feu's round-up below indicates, our barristers have been instructed....

    Joe speaking at the Institute of Licensing
    09.03.2018
    Following his recent qualification as a mediator, in March Joe will be speaking to three regional meetings of the Institute of Licensing (IoL) about the benefits and potential for mediation....

    Cornerstone Barristers appointed to the Gambling Commission’s panel
    14.02.2018
    Cornerstone Barristers has been appointed to the Gambling Commission's standing panel of barristers' chambers to provide legal advice and representation for an initial period of three years. The team will be....

    Music venues and their neighbours: Government’s plans to strike the right balance
    18.01.2018
    Introduction The Government has today announced plans to ensure that housing developers building new homes near music venues should be responsible for addressing noise issues, in a move to protect both....

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling
    31.10.2017

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

    ....

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter May 2017
    24.05.2017
    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes... Editor's Note - Josef Cannon Leisure development in the Green Belt – not all fun and games? - Martin Edwards Licensing Uber: Better the devil you know?....

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter February 2017
    23.02.2017
    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes...

  • Editors note - Josef Cannon
  • 20:20 Vision - Philip Kolvin QC
  • One more round for minimum unit pricing of alcohol - Josef Cannon & Matt Lewin
  • When can premises....

  • Cornerstone Barristers appointed by Metropolitan Police to panel of Counsel
    01.03.2013
    Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that the following members have been appointed by the Metropolitan Police to a panel of counsel to represent and advise them in licensing matters. These....

    Events

    IoL: Now & Next Training in London
    18.05.2017

    1
    The 'Now & Next' course is aimed at everyone with an interest in licensing, including Licensing Officers, Police Officers, Councillors and legal advisors of the licensing committee. Each session will be....

    IoL: Now & Next Training in Manchester
    16.05.2017


    The 'Now & Next' course is aimed at everyone with an interest in licensing, including Licensing Officers, Police Officers, Councillors and legal advisors of the licensing committee. Each session will be....

    Overview

    Much of Josef's practice in the areas of licensing, planning, housing and judicial review involve questions of public law. He appears in courts of all levels litigating public law matters and advises on a broad range of public law questions and advises and represents both claimants and respondents in judicial review cases, particularly involving local authorities, and where the subject matter is related to his core areas of practice. Often his practice brings together questions of both public and private law and the breadth of his practice means he is in a good position to accommodate that requirement.

    Cases

    Court of Appeal uphold Maldon’s approach to a previous planning permission
    23.07.2019

    Angus Bates v Maldon DC [2019] EWCA Civ 1272

    ....

    Secretary of State (belatedly) reveals thinking on a number of crucial housing land supply controversies
    31.08.2016
    Last week the Secretary of State published his decisions in respect of two appeals against refusals of planning permission for extensive housing development in the countryside beyond the Green Belt....

    Licensing Act 2003 appeals: is JR available if time is short?
    29.07.2016

    Can judicial review be used to get a quicker decision than appealing to the Magistrates' Court in a Licencing Act 2003 case?

    What are the obligations on a sub-committee in terms of reading supporting documentation?

    ....

    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....

    Crown Prosecution Service drops prosecutions against Extinction Rebellion protesters
    28.11.2019

    R (Jones and others) v The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police [2019] EWHC 2957 (Admin)

    ....

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter February 2017
    23.02.2017
    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes...

  • Editors note - Josef Cannon
  • 20:20 Vision - Philip Kolvin QC
  • One more round for minimum unit pricing of alcohol - Josef Cannon & Matt Lewin
  • When can premises....

  • Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2016
    01.02.2016
    The latest Cornerstone Housing newsletter includes:

  • The death of the social rented sector? Selective thoughts on the Housing and Planning Bill – Ranjit Bhose QC 
  • Private registered providers: back to the private sector? Emma....

  • Housing crisis at centre of proposed changes to NPPF
    10.12.2015
    Josef Cannon considers the proposals set out in the Government's recently published consultation document on the National Planning Policy Framework. Introduced with minimal fanfare (save for in the Daily Telegraph, which called....

    Events

    Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
    07.11.2016


    Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

    Overview

    Josef retains a busy civil practice, covering most aspects of civil litigation from contractual disputes through employment matters to injunctions, arbitrations and boundary disputes.

    Arbitration & mediation
    Josef is experienced in arbitration, having advised in a number of cases and recently appeared as junior in a multi-million pound commercial arbitration involving a local authority.

    Land and property disputes
    Although the majority of Josef's experience in respect of land and property is either housing-related or planning related, he also has experience of advising and representing parties in property disputes including issues over boundaries and rights of way. he is regularly instructed in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals.

    Regulatory law
    Josef has acted in a large number of appeals against Abatement Notices under the Environmental Protection Act 1990; he also prosecutes and defends in the magistrates and crown courts, often in cases involving public authorities. He is also appears regularly in benefit fraud, planning and licensing matters for and against local authorities. He has also appeared at inquests on health and safety matters. He appeared (successfully) in Wandsworth LBC v Rashid [2009] EWHC 1844 (Admin), concerning the local authority's waste enforcement policy and abuse of process.

    News

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter February 2017
    23.02.2017
    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes...

  • Editors note - Josef Cannon
  • 20:20 Vision - Philip Kolvin QC
  • One more round for minimum unit pricing of alcohol - Josef Cannon & Matt Lewin
  • When can premises....

  • 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

    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.

    Licensed Premises: Law & Practice

    30th June 2013

    Contributor to Licensed Premises: Law & Practice (Bloomsbury, 2013), a highly practical guide to the licensed industry. It clearly explains, through the use of case studies, practical tools and strategic policy advice, how the licensing regime, allied to other statutory and voluntary schemes, can be used to develop a more sustainable, diverse leisure economy.

    Click here for further information.

    Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning & Regeneration

    1st September 2010

    Contributor to "Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning & Regeneration" (2nd edition), which charts the terrain of gambling law simply and succinctly for both licensing and planning professionals.
    The second edition includes important new material:
    * Commentary on major issues, including split premises, skills with prize machines and house prize competitions.
    * New regulatory material, including up-dated regulations, Guidance and Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice.
    * New case law, including on provisional statements, appeals, costs and bias.
    * New text on Planning Policy Statement 4 and the Community Infrastructure Levy.
    * A new chapter on problem gambling by Professor Mark Griffiths.
    * New tables and figures to explain and simplify the law.

    Click here for further information.

    Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning and Regeneration

    23rd August 2007

    In partnership with the Institute of Licensing, Cornerstone Barristers has produced a new publication: Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning and Regeneration (General Editor: Philip Kolvin).

    The book is designed to abbreviate and simplify the new law of gambling. It is intended for easy reading by both officers and members involved in licensing and allied fields such as planning and regeneration. It is the only book which will draw the important links between planning and licensing and which involves experts from across all the relevant disciplines. Writers include Philip Kolvin QC, Mark Lowe QC, Rory Clarke, Michael Bedford, Josef Cannon and Clare Parry.

    Other writers include Institute Vice Chair Professor Colin Manchester (Professor of Licensing Law, University of Warwick), Professor Peter Collins (a leading expert in gambling and regeneration), planning expert Andy Arrick of Roger Tym & Partners, Jeremy Phillips (who edits Patersons) and William Hill Chief Executive David Harding. We are hoping that it will become a standard reference work in its field.

    We do hope that you will take advantage of this offer before it ends. Further information on the book is set out below, together with an order form.

    Click here for further details.

    Reviews include:

    "An excellent account of the framework of the new Act", and "strongly recommended". Roy Light, a professor of law UWE and a barrister at St John's Chambers, Bristol, writing in Solicitor's Journal

    "A testimony to the changed landscape and the lifting of local authority regulation to a higher plane. Wearing the badge of the Institute of Licensing, as it does, this volume is as much an advertisement for the new order as it is a valuable contribution to modern gambling knowledge." The Licensing Review [70], July 2007

    "In this timely and extremely important new book, Philip Kolvin and his team cut through this enormous piece of legislation with a light narrative style, incisive comments and useful practical applications. The book is suitable for anyone with any involvement with the new legislation, whether they are from the licensing authority, planning authority, gambling industry or responsible authorities or interested parties. Technical matters are clearly explained, the practical aspects of application and challenge are clarified and the use of the various licences and permissions is detailed and comprehensible. For a book to succeed, it must be both useful and accessible, and "Gambling for local authorities: licensing, planning and regeneration" seems set to succeed on both levels. It is highly recommended." James Button, PH Law

    "Kolvin's book provides answers for the many challenges facing local authorities under the new legislation. It is a good advert for the legal profession." Dr. Mark Griffiths, Professor of Gambling Studies, Nottingham Trent University

    Josef is an experienced and effective trainer. He regularly travels across the country training councillors, licensing officers and other lawyers on the licensing environment (including the sex entertainment venue licensing and taxi regimes). Between 2010 and 2012 he co-ordinated and delivered the Certificate of Licensing Law course at the University of Westminster.

    He can provide tailored training sessions, from large scale seminars to practical workshops.

    • Institute of Licensing (IoL)
    • Planning and Environment Bar Association (PEBA)
    • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)

    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: Licensing, Information Law

    Contact tracing for licensed premises: what you need to know

    25th June 2020

    On Tuesday 23 June, the Prime Minister announced that the Government intends to 'unlock' significant aspects of the lockdown with effect from 4 July 2020. Among the business allowed to re-open....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    The NPPF definition of ‘deliverable’ is not a closed list

    18th June 2020

    In a development which is likely to have major implications for the way in which local planning authorities go about calculating their five-year supply of housing land, the Secretary of....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Housing Land Supply in the time of coronavirus

    6th May 2020

    ByJosef Cannon We are all trying to deal with new anxieties at the moment: can I function working from home with just one computer screen? Does the aesthetically pleasing but orthopaedically-harmful....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Planning enforcement during the lockdown – is mediation the solution?

    4th May 2020

    Due to the current Coronavirus lockdown, PINS has postponed all hearings and inquiries indefinitely. It isn't clear when they will be rescheduled, and even after lockdown ends, social distancing rules....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Planning Law Survey 2020 – Barristers at Cornerstone among the "most-admired"

    30th March 2020

    Several members of the Cornerstone Planning Team have been recognised in Planning Magazine's Planning Law Survey 2020. The annual survey reflects the views of over 200 solicitors, consultants, developers and council....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review

    Crown Prosecution Service drops prosecutions against Extinction Rebellion protesters

    28th November 2019

    R (Jones and others) v The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police [2019] EWHC 2957 (Admin)

    ....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment

    Court of Appeal uphold Maldon’s approach to a previous planning permission

    23rd July 2019

    Angus Bates v Maldon DC [2019] EWCA Civ 1272

    ....

    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....

    News: Planning and Environment, Housing

    Planning for new homes - the National Audit Office report

    8th February 2019

    Today the National Audit Office (NAO) published its report to MoHoCoLoGo, entitled Planning for new homes. It is an interesting review of the present state of things in the world....

    News: Planning and Environment

    NPPF2: A new planning rulebook, or more of the same?

    25th July 2018

    Yesterday, on the last day of the parliamentary term, the Government published a raft of new measures. For planners, the most significant were the new National Planning Policy Framework and associated....

    News: Planning and Environment, Licensing

    For the Birds? The Habitats Regulations and the Licensing of Outdoor Festivals

    24th May 2018

    By Josef Cannon In a recent article in the Journal of Licensing, two experienced planning/licensing barristers published an interesting article on the potential application of the Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC) and....

    News: Planning and Environment, Licensing

    The Editor speaks

    21st May 2018

    By Josef Cannon The Cornerstone team has as usual been busy across the leisure sector since the last newsletter. As Ben du Feu's round-up below indicates, our barristers have been instructed....

    News: Licensing

    Joe speaking at the Institute of Licensing

    9th March 2018

    Following his recent qualification as a mediator, in March Joe will be speaking to three regional meetings of the Institute of Licensing (IoL) about the benefits and potential for mediation....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Common sense approach to the ‘tilted balance’, as the sun begins to set on paragraphs 14 and 49

    7th March 2018

    In a welcome injection of common sense into the rumbling controversy about when, and how, the 'tilted balance' in paragraph 14 of the NPPF might apply, an Inspector in Chelmsford....

    News: Licensing

    Cornerstone Barristers appointed to the Gambling Commission’s panel

    14th February 2018

    Cornerstone Barristers has been appointed to the Gambling Commission's standing panel of barristers' chambers to provide legal advice and representation for an initial period of three years. The team will be....

    News: Planning and Environment, Licensing

    Music venues and their neighbours: Government’s plans to strike the right balance

    18th January 2018

    Introduction The Government has today announced plans to ensure that housing developers building new homes near music venues should be responsible for addressing noise issues, in a move to protect both....

    News: Licensing

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

    31st October 2017

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

    ....

    Case: Licensing

    First s.53D interim steps appeal dismissed

    6th June 2017

    Bedford Borough Council have successfully resisted what is thought to be the first appeal under s.53D of the Licensing Act 2003, against a decision that an interim step of suspension....

    News: Planning and Environment, Property, Licensing

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter May 2017

    24th May 2017

    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes... Editor's Note - Josef Cannon Leisure development in the Green Belt – not all fun and games? - Martin Edwards Licensing Uber: Better the devil you know?....

    Case: Licensing

    Is this the first Interim Steps appeal under the new s.53D?

    11th May 2017

    On 6 April 2017 the new s.53D of the Licensing Act 2003 came in to force. Intended to bring an end to the long-running debate about what happens to interim....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment, Housing, Property, Licensing, Commercial and Regulatory

    Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter February 2017

    23rd February 2017

    The Cornerstone Leisure Newsletter includes...
  • Editors note - Josef Cannon
  • 20:20 Vision - Philip Kolvin QC
  • One more round for minimum unit pricing of alcohol - Josef Cannon & Matt Lewin
  • When can premises....

  • Case: Property, Licensing

    Fabric

    22nd November 2016

    The world-famous nightclub Fabric is once again to open its doors. The club was closed in September by Islington Council, as a result of deaths from drug overdoses at the club,....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment

    Secretary of State (belatedly) reveals thinking on a number of crucial housing land supply controversies

    31st August 2016

    Last week the Secretary of State published his decisions in respect of two appeals against refusals of planning permission for extensive housing development in the countryside beyond the Green Belt....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review

    Licensing Act 2003 appeals: is JR available if time is short?

    29th July 2016

    Can judicial review be used to get a quicker decision than appealing to the Magistrates' Court in a Licencing Act 2003 case?

    What are the obligations on a sub-committee in terms of reading supporting documentation?

    ....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Right of residents of architect-designed self-build scheme to rely on restrictive covenants against extensions upheld by Upper Tribunal

    11th July 2016

    The Upper Tribunal has upheld the right of residents of a small architect-designed development built in the late 1980s and subject to restrictive covenants seeking to preserve its built form to rely on those covenants in resisting plans by one resident to extend her house.

    ....

    Case: Licensing

    Step Changes Proposed to Summary Reviews

    24th February 2016

    Rory Clarke and Josef Cannon consider the implications of the recently proposed changes to the Summary Review procedure in the Licensing Act 2003.

    ....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2016

    1st February 2016

    The latest Cornerstone Housing newsletter includes:
  • The death of the social rented sector? Selective thoughts on the Housing and Planning Bill – Ranjit Bhose QC 
  • Private registered providers: back to the private sector? Emma....

  • News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment

    Housing crisis at centre of proposed changes to NPPF

    10th December 2015

    Josef Cannon considers the proposals set out in the Government's recently published consultation document on the National Planning Policy Framework. Introduced with minimal fanfare (save for in the Daily Telegraph, which called....

    News: Planning and Environment

    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.

    ....

    Case: Licensing

    Breadth Of Discretion In Respect Of Applications For Minor Variations Under S.41a And B Licensing Act 2003 Considered And Confirmed

    11th April 2014

    Star Oyster Ltd and The Casino Ltd -v- Guildford Borough Council The proper approach to minor variations to premises licences under section 41A and 41B of the Licensing Act 2003 was....

    Case: Licensing

    Lap dance no more: Courts affirm wide powers to refuse renewals

    27th March 2014

    R (Bean Leisure Trading A Limited) v Leeds City Council and R (Ruby May (1) Ltd) v Leeds City Council [2014] EWHC 878 (Admin) Thompson v Oxford City Council [2014] ...

    ....

    Case:

    "Copper's Nose" gets double punch from Cornerstone Barristers

    24th September 2013

    Ipswich police faced an uphill task when they appealed the decision of Ipswich Borough Council to allow an extension of hours to the premises licence of one of the town's principal night time venues, Revolution.

    ....

    Case: Licensing

    Admin Court decision confirms breadth of discretion when deciding sex establishment licences; and extent of duty to give reasons.

    19th March 2013

    novemberoctoberseptemberaugustjulyjunemayaprilmarchfebruaryjanuary In a judgment that will be of great assistance to licensing authorities, a judge of the High Court dismissed an application for judicial review against a refusal to grant a....

    News: Licensing

    Cornerstone Barristers appointed by Metropolitan Police to panel of Counsel

    1st March 2013

    Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that the following members have been appointed by the Metropolitan Police to a panel of counsel to represent and advise them in licensing matters. These....