Lisa specialises in planning, environmental, local government, and public law (including human rights and equalities). She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2000 and took silk in 2016.
Before taking silk, Lisa was on the Attorney-General’s A Panel of Counsel (having previously been on the B and C Panels) representing public bodies in some of their most high-profile and challenging cases. She was also on the Panel of Counsel established by the Equality and Human Rights Commission between 2015 and 2018. She has been consistently recommended in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in her areas of practice.
- Planning and Environment
Lisa Busch KC is a leading advocate in planning and environmental law. She has been recommended in these areas of the law for many years in Chambers and Partners UK and Legal 500, where she is described as having “a very detailed knowledge of the law relating to environmental and planning cases”, and as “extremely effective in cross-examination”.
Having been on the Attorney-General’s Panel of Counsel for over a decade, Lisa has acted on a regular basis for Government departments and other public bodies on a wide range of planning and environmental law matters in statutory and non-statutory judicial review claims and in public inquiries. Lisa also acts in planning and environmental law cases for local authorities, individual claimant and residents’ organisations. She has appeared in numerous reported cases, and many of her cases have received widespread media publicity.
Lisa is experienced in dealing with cases involving EIA development, as well as challenges brought under other EU legislation, such as the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive, the Air Quality Directive, the Waste Framework Directive and the Habitats and Birds Directives. Her practice encompasses work on a significant number of major infrastructure projects, and she is described in the Directories as an “expert on the planning aspects of large infrastructure projects”.
Between 2013 and 2016, she was part of the team of Counsel acting for the DfT and HS2 in the HS2 House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry. She has represented Highways England on various road transport infrastructure projects, and local authorities and residents’ groups challenging the expansion of airports in England. In addition, she deals regularly with cases involving residential and retail development, waste disposal facilities, renewable energy facilities (including windfarms) and energy from waste facilities. Most recently she has acted for the Secretary of State for Education promoting new free schools and academies in public inquiries.
Lisa is experienced in dealing with town and village greens and rights of way. She has a niche practice in water law, including matters such as the powers and duties of marine and navigation authorities, environmental impacts of marine development, public rights of navigation on waterways in England and Wales and flooding and flood defence work in rural and urban areas. She is also experienced in dealing with gypsy/traveller cases, including those featuring equality and human rights issues.
For a representative selection of Lisa’s cases and inquiries, click on the “Cases” heading on this page.
- Environment Agency successfully resists challenge to HS2 tunnelling19 Nov 2021
- Planning permission granted for new Free School, despite conflict with the development plan31 Mar 2021
- Land at Sheen Way Playing Fields, Sheen Way, Wallington Sutton SM6 APP/PF870/W/325089128 Sep 2020
- Station Forecourt, Weeley Railway Station, Clacton Road, Essex APP/P1560/C/18/320484201 May 2019
- Cornerstone Barristers achieves record results in Chambers UK Bar Directory 2024 for Planning and Environment24 Oct 2023
- Cornerstone Planning Team recommended as a leading set for planning in The Legal 500 2024 guide05 Oct 2023
- High Court considers judicial review of HS2 tunnel under the Chilterns27 Oct 2021
- Cornerstone Planning Day 2021 – Tickets available20 Sep 2021
- Planning for schools: Latest appeal decision18 May 2021
- Public Law and Judicial Review
Lisa has appeared in numerous high profile public law cases, both as a silk and junior, having served on the Attorney-General’s C, B and A Panels between 2005 and 2016, and on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Counsel between 2015 and 2018. She has been described in Chambers & Partners as a “highly experienced advocate who is very good in judicial review work” and “really excellent … a very good public lawyer …”; as well as “phenomenally good in court. As clever as they get and personable”.
As Panel Counsel, Lisa acted for a wide range of Government Departments, including the Home Office, Department for Education, Department for Transport, Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government and others. She also acts in judicial review claims for non-governmental public bodies, local authorities and individuals.
For a representative selection of Lisa’s cases, please see the list of “Cases” on this page.
- Court of Appeal Overturns 39 Convictions Following “Biggest Miscarriage of Justice in History”23 Apr 2021
- In the matter of a reference by the Criminal Cases Review Commission between Josephine Hamilton (and 40 others) (Appellants) v Post Office Ltd (Respondent)23 Mar 2021
- R (YQ (as litigation friend to FQ)) v London Borough of Barnet24 Aug 2020
- MDZ (Bangladesh) v Secretary of State for the Home Department06 Jun 2018
- Local Government
Lisa Busch KC is a leading advocate in local government law. She has been recommended in this area of law for many years in the legal directories, where she is described as a “very experienced and persuasive barrister” and “intellectually second to none”. She acts for a wide range of local authorities in judicial review claims, planning and environmental law cases, education, health and community care, and other local government matters. Lisa is also very experienced in dealing with human rights and equality issues in the context of local government law, and is renowned for her skill in dealing with politically sensitive cases in a tactful and humane way, making her an extremely effective local government advocate.
For a representative selection of Lisa’s cases, please see the “Cases” section on this page.
- R (YQ (as litigation friend to FQ)) v London Borough of X24 Aug 2021
- Stoke Poges Campus, School Lane, Bucks SL2 4Q1 APP/N0410/W/20/326472327 Apr 2021
- Application by Queensgate Bow UK Holdco Limited Kensington Forum Hotel, 97 Cromwell Road, London SW7 4DN19 Mar 2021
- Lawfulness of proposed academy conversion17 Feb 2021
- In the matter of a proposed claim for judicial review between R (AS (acting as an alternative person for FS)) v London Borough of X and others29 Jan 2021
- R (X) v Mid-Sussex District Council CO/4624/202005 Jan 2021
- School admission appeals – the new virtual reality?03 Apr 2020
- Gluck v (1) Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (2) Crawley Borough Council  EWCA Civ 175631 Jan 2020
- School transport services for disabled pupils03 Dec 2019
- X County Council v Local Government Ombudsman13 Sep 2019
- Cambridge City Council v Traditional Cambridge Tours Ltd  EWHC 1304 (Admin),  WLUK 503,  LLR 458 Cambridge City Council v Traditional Cambridge Tours Ltd  EWHC 1304 (Admin),  WLUK 503,  LLR 45825 May 2018
- R (Harvey) v Ledbury Town Council  EWHC 1151 (Admin)15 May 2018
- DS (by his Litigation Friend, the Official Commissioner) v (1) Kent County Council and (2) Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group (Case No. 13007824)21 Jan 2018
- Save Wornington College v (1) Kensington and Chelsea College and (2) The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea12 Dec 2017
- R (Bewley Homes plc and others) v (1) Waverley Borough Council and (2) Farnham Town Council  2 P&CR 1928 Jun 2017