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Matt Lewin

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Matt is a public law barrister, whose clients range from government department to parish councils.

His work includes advocacy in court and at public inquiries, investigations, reviews, training, public speaking and advisory work on a diverse range of public law issues, for clients across England and Wales. 

Matt is a public law barrister, whose clients range from government department to parish councils.

Having joined Cornerstone Barristers in 2014, Matt has developed a busy and diverse public law practice. 

In 2018, the Court of Appeal described his submissions as "excellent ... [made] with skill and moderation."

Before coming to the Bar, Matt worked for the London Borough of Camden and graduated with a First Class degree in English Literature.

He regularly volunteers his time and expertise as a legal adviser to Positive East, a charity in the east end of London supporting people with HIV,  regularly taking on cases with Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit) and supporting the Bar Mock Trial competition.

Matt regularly accepts instructions from individuals, organisations and residents' groups under the Bar's Direct Access scheme.

"I would just like to say a huge thank you for taking the time and effort to travel to Hereford today and supporting my case. I would also like to thank you for taking it on and all the hard work you put in, in such a short time."

"I am writing to sincerely thank you for your help regarding my mum's housing matter ... Thank you for your help at a very difficult time and the successful outcome. ... From the very first phone call to Cornerstone the service was outstanding at every stage."

"You have been so helpful, and wonderfully well-informed - very much appreciated."

"Just wanted to drop you a brief line to thank you very much for the advice. Just right and the Chief Executive was extremely impressed."

"Mr Lewin ... made excellent submissions ... with skill and moderation."

Lord Justice Lewison, Lomax v Gosport Borough Council [2018] EWCA Civ 1846

Overview

Matt has developed a thriving practice in Planning and Environmental Law.

His clients include English and Welsh local planning authorities, parish councils, developers and residents' associations.

Matt is experienced in representing clients at public inquiries and in High Court litigation.

His recent work includes:

  • a successful judicial review challenge on behalf of a nightclub to the grant of material change of use which would have resulted in the club's closure
  • planning inquiry on behalf of local planning authority resisting demolition of an 18th century building
  • advice for local planning authority on disclosure of viability assessments
  • planning inquiry on behalf of craft brewer challenging planning conditions which are more restrictive than premises licence conditions
  • advice for local planning authority on short-notice extension to conservation area boundaries
  • planning inquiry for Friends of the Earth opposing fracking in Lancashire

Cases

PSED breach sees estate regeneration scheme quashed
22.06.2018
In R (Buckley) v Bath and North East Somerset Council, the High Court has quashed an outline planning permission for a regeneration scheme because of a breach of the Public....

Landmark Court of Appeal judgment on use of publicly held land
16.04.2018
The Court of Appeal has given judgment in the long-awaited co-joined appeals of Timothy Jones v NHS Property Services Ltd & R(Lancashire County Council) v Secretary of State for Environment,....

Court of Appeal to define the scope of the Commons Act 2006
04.10.2017
The Court of Appeal (Jackson, Lindblom and Thirwall LJJ) will today begin to hear three days of argument in the co-joined appeals of Jones v NHS Property Services Ltd and....

Government grants permission for fracking in Lancashire
06.10.2016
In a landmark decision the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has today granted planning permission for shale gas fracking (hydraulic fracturing) at a site in Lancashire. The Secretary....

Court of Appeal to re-consider statutory incompatibility doctrine in village green cases
22.08.2016

Ashley Bowes has secured permission to appeal for Mr Tim Jones, a local resident, against the judgment of Mr Justice Gilbart in NHS Property Services Ltd v Surrey County Council [2016] EWHC 1715 (Admin.)

....

Historic Brixton nightclub saved – for now
19.05.2016

Planning permission to redevelop Brixton's legendary Club 414 for retail and flats was quashed by consent in the High Court yesterday by order of Mr Justice GIlbart.

....

Club wins Round 1 of legal fight to save Brixton Night Spot
18.12.2015
The legal challenge to Lambeth Council's decision to grant planning consent for controversial housing development that would lead to the closure of one of Brixton's best known night clubs has....

Local Government Lawyer: Nightclub owner wins permission
18.12.2015

Local Government Lawyer has reported the High Court decision to grant permission on all grounds to challenge the decision of Lambeth Council to grant consent for development which would have resulted in the closure of Club 414 in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton.

....

Government to have final say on Lancashire fracking sites
27.11.2015
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government yesterday informed Lancashire County Council that the final decision on planning appeals concerning two fracking sites in Lancashire will be made....

Cornerstone Barristers instructed in Brixton nightclub judicial review
22.10.2015

Cornerstone Barristers' Jonathan Clay and Matt Lewin have been instructed by Louise Barron, owner of the legendary Club 414 in Brixton, in an attempt to save the club from closure after Lambeth Council granted planning permission for a change of use of the building from nightclub (sui generis) to A1 retail and residential.

....

Cornerstone Barristers instructed on major fracking planning appeals in Lancashire
28.09.2015

Four members of Cornerstone Barristers have been instructed in the UK's first planning appeals in respect of proposals to develop wells and associated works to carry out high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at two sites in Lancashire.

....

News

Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel
23.01.2019
We are proud to announce that the Attorney General has appointed Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin to the C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for a period of....

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....

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....

  • The Planner - We must do more to protect the night-time economy
    03.10.2016
    Matt Lewin has written an article for The Planner in which he considers how the planning system can be used to protect night time economies under threat from regeneration and....

    Brexit: Planning and the Environment Outside the EU
    06.07.2016
    The UK vote to leave the European Union raises significant questions around the potential impact on our domestic legislation. EU law is deeply embedded in our planning and environmental protection regimes.....

    Cornerstone Barristers Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016
    31.05.2016
    The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes: The Housing and Planning Act....

    Cornerstone Barristers in fracking inquiry underway in Lancashire
    09.02.2016
    The appeal brought by Cuadrilla against the decisions of Lancashire County Council to refuse planning permission for fracking developments in Lancashire has started this morning in Blackpool. Cornerstone Barristers' Estelle Dehon....

    Local Government Lawyer - Nightclub owner wins permission
    18.12.2015
    Local Government Lawyer has reported the High Court decision to grant permission on all grounds to challenge the decision of Lambeth Council to grant consent for development which would have....

    Court rulings send framework signals
    04.08.2014
    This article appeared in Planning Resource (subscription needed) on 25th July 2014. Several recent High Court cases involving housing proposals have considered the interpretation of paragraphs 14, 47 and 49 of....

    Overview

    Matt has detailed experience in virtually all areas of housing law - including landlord and tenant, homelessness and allocations.

    Before coming to the Bar he worked as a housing officer for the London Borough of Camden. He has also worked on secondment as an in-house lawyer for an ALMO in London.

    He has particular expertise on the Public Sector Equality Duty.

    Matt represented the local housing authority in the Court of Appeal in the case of Lomax v Gosport Borough Council [2018] EWCA Civ 1841, in which Lord Justice Lewison described his submissions as "excellent ... [made] with skill and moderation."

    Cases

    New Court of Appeal case on PSED and 'general housing circumstances'
    01.08.2018
    The Court of Appeal has set out a six-stage test for comparing the position of a disabled person with the "general circumstances prevailing in relation to housing" under section 177(2)....

    For the first time, Court of Appeal to consider section 177(2) of the Housing Act 1996 and the PSED
    25.07.2018
    Local housing authorities across the country are struggling in the face of a housing crisis. That fact forms part of the background to the case of Lomax v Gosport Borough....

    Council has "no case to answer" on EPA prosecution
    02.08.2017
    Matt Lewin has successfully defended the London Borough of Wandsworth on a private prosecution brought by an occupier of one of its properties under section 82 of the Environmental Protection....

    Is there always a public law defence to a possession claim brought by a public authority?
    27.02.2017
    Matt Lewin of Cornerstone Barristers has successfully represented the London Borough of Enfield in an application for summary judgment of a public law defence raised in a possession claim against....

    News

    Case update
    18.02.2019
    By Matt Lewin Homelessness Kannan v Newham London Borough Council [2019] EWCA Civ 57 The Public Sector Equality Duty continues to trip up reviewing officers. In this case, the Council's suitability review decision....

    Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel
    23.01.2019
    We are proud to announce that the Attorney General has appointed Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin to the C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for a period of....

    PSED: four things every decision-maker needs to know
    26.09.2018
    By Matt Lewin The latest homelessness case in the Court of Appeal – Lomax v Gosport BC [2018] EWCA Civ 1846 (incidentally, my first case in that court) – is a....

    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 Barristers Housing Newsletter August 2017
    22.08.2017
    The Cornerstone Housing NewsletterAugust 2017 includes...

  • The Editor speaks - Andrew Lane
  • Are housing associations public or private? - Catherine Rowlands
  • How can housing authorities respond to an emergency? - Matt Lewin
  • Unlawful sub-letting &....

  • 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 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 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....

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - November 2016
    03.11.2016
    Contents The Editor speaks - Andy Lane When is an applicant "significantly" more vulnerable than ordinary vulnerable? - Emma Dring Recent housing developments The current state of play in the Mayor of London's housing....

    Cornerstone Barristers Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016
    31.05.2016
    The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes: The Housing and Planning Act....

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - May 2016
    04.05.2016
    The latest edition of the Cornerstone Housing Newsletter includes: Message from the Heads of Team – Kuljit Bhogal and Kelvin Rutledge QC Hotak, Johnson & Kanu one year on – Kelvin Rutledge....

    Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter - July 2015
    23.07.2015
    The latest Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter includes...

  • Message from the Heads of Team - Kelvin Rutledge QC and Kuljit Bhogal
  • The Supreme Court's interpretation of vulnerability in Hotak, Kanu and Johnson- Matt....

  • 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....

    Fixed term/flexible tenancies seminar
    15.03.2017

    1
    The seminar will be aimed at lawyers who face the daunting prospect of getting to grips with the most radical shake-up of the secure tenancy regime since it was introduced....

    Overview

    Matt has a busy and growing practice in licensing and works in virtually all areas of licensable activity: alcohol, regulated entertainment, taxis, gambling, sexual entertainment venues and street trading.

    He is routinely instructed by licence holders, applicants, local authorities, the police and objectors.

    Matt advises and represents his clients at hearings before committees, appeal hearings at the magistrates' court and Crown Court and in prosecutions.

    Matt's recent licensing work includes:

    • representing licensing authority successfully resisting an appeal against revocation by a private hire driver implicated in (but not convicted of) sexual offence
    • representing premises licence holder in application for summary review following violent disorder over bank holiday weekend
    • planning appeal by craft brewer challenging planning conditions which are more restrictive than premises licence conditions
    • expert contributor to "Night Lives" report on reducing drug-related harm in the night time economy jointly produced by All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Reform, Durham University and The Loop

    Cases

    Historic Brixton nightclub saved – for now
    19.05.2016

    Planning permission to redevelop Brixton's legendary Club 414 for retail and flats was quashed by consent in the High Court yesterday by order of Mr Justice GIlbart.

    ....

    Club wins Round 1 of legal fight to save Brixton Night Spot
    18.12.2015
    The legal challenge to Lambeth Council's decision to grant planning consent for controversial housing development that would lead to the closure of one of Brixton's best known night clubs has....

    Local Government Lawyer: Nightclub owner wins permission
    18.12.2015

    Local Government Lawyer has reported the High Court decision to grant permission on all grounds to challenge the decision of Lambeth Council to grant consent for development which would have resulted in the closure of Club 414 in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton.

    ....

    News

    Licensing powers to tackle air pollution
    27.02.2019
    By Matt Lewin Since January, passengers taking a journey with Uber in London have been charged a "clean air fee" of 15p per mile. The money is earmarked towards helping drivers....

    Why Councils need to urgently double-check their policies on CCTV in taxis
    26.02.2019
    By Matt Lewin In August 2018, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) published a short guidance note on the use of CCTV cameras in licensed hackney carriages and private hire vehicles. Following....

    An exciting new era of taxi licensing reform
    26.02.2019
    By Matt Lewin It was as long ago as 1948, when the Town Police Clauses Act was a spritely 101 years old, that the Lord Chief Justice complained that taxi licensing....

    New taxi licensing laws to close the "cross-border" gap
    12.02.2019
    By Matt Lewin and Tara O'Leary Taxi and PHV licensing in England The government has today announced plans to introduce new legislation which will give licensing authorities greater powers to enforce standards....

    Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel
    23.01.2019
    We are proud to announce that the Attorney General has appointed Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin to the C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for a period of....

    The End of Zero-Tolerance Approach to Drugs in Licensed Premises?
    21.05.2018
    By Matt Lewin A report published in March by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform, Durham University, The Loop and Volte Face has called for drug safety testing....

    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....

  • The Planner - We must do more to protect the night-time economy
    03.10.2016
    Matt Lewin has written an article for The Planner in which he considers how the planning system can be used to protect night time economies under threat from regeneration and....

    Local Government Lawyer - Nightclub owner wins permission
    18.12.2015
    Local Government Lawyer has reported the High Court decision to grant permission on all grounds to challenge the decision of Lambeth Council to grant consent for development which would have....

    Local Government Lawyer - Nightclub owner seeks judicial review over permission for change of use
    02.11.2015
    Local Government Lawyer has reported on the decision by the owners of Club 414 in Brixton to bring a judicial review claim in relation to Lambeth Council's decision to grant planning permission for....

    Events

    IoL: Now & Next Training in Bristol
    25.05.2017


    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....

    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

    Matt's practice extends to a range of civil and commercial litigation matters. He has acted in successful restitutionary claims and claims for breach of contract and was recently instructed by a local authority as a junior in a six-day trial in the High Court.

    Matt is regularly instructed on applications for interim remedies, to advise, draft and appear at the hearing. Having spent some time on secondment to an in-house legal department, he has a strong grasp of the conduct of litigation, and is able to draft applications and claims from scratch, and at short notice, if required.

    Matt is an experienced prosecutor on behalf of local authorities. His recent cases have included:

    • flytipping offences
    • benefit and council tax fraud
    • social housing fraud
    • statutory nuisance prosecutions and defence
    • HMO offences

    Cases

    Cornerstone Barristers instructed in Brixton nightclub judicial review
    22.10.2015

    Cornerstone Barristers' Jonathan Clay and Matt Lewin have been instructed by Louise Barron, owner of the legendary Club 414 in Brixton, in an attempt to save the club from closure after Lambeth Council granted planning permission for a change of use of the building from nightclub (sui generis) to A1 retail and residential.

    ....

    News

    Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel
    23.01.2019
    We are proud to announce that the Attorney General has appointed Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin to the C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for a period of....

    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....

  • Overview

    Matt is regularly instructed to bring and defend public law challenges in the Administrative Court, across all of his practice areas: Housing; Health and Social Care; Planning and Environmental; and Licensing. Matt is experienced in drafting urgent applications and grounds at short notice.

    Among Matt's recent cases are:
    • R (O) v Lambeth LBC [2016] EWHC 937 (Admin): Matt was instructed by the Claimant in a challenge to a children in need assessment
    • R (Salwa) v Epsom and Ewell BC: Matt represented the successful local authority in a challenge to a refusal to provide interim accommodation pending review
    • R (Barron) v Lambeth LBC: Matt represented the Claimant and successfully quashed the grant of a planning permission which would have led to the loss of an historic Brixton nightclub

    Cases

    High Court rejects Councillor's unfairness challenge to sexual harassment finding as "unarguable"
    22.01.2019
    Following a renewed permission hearing in the High Court on Tuesday 15 January, former Devon County Council leader, Cllr Brian Greenslade, has again been refused permission to challenge a finding....

    Coventry City Councillor breached Code by failing to declare property interests
    14.11.2018
    Coventry City Council's Ethics Committee has found that Cllr Rois Ali breached its Code of Conduct for members by failing to disclose numerous property interests in Coventry within 28 days....

    Councillor refused permission in JR against sexual harassment finding
    13.11.2018
    A former leader of Devon County Council has been refused permission to proceed to a judicial review of the Council's decision to sanction him for sexual harassment of four Council....

    Coventry Councillor censured for racial abuse
    20.03.2017
    At a hearing on 17 March 2017, Coventry City Council's Ethics Committee found that Cllr Jaswant Singh Birdi had breached its members' Code of Conduct by racially abusing a shopkeeper....

    Club wins Round 1 of legal fight to save Brixton Night Spot
    18.12.2015
    The legal challenge to Lambeth Council's decision to grant planning consent for controversial housing development that would lead to the closure of one of Brixton's best known night clubs has....

    News

    Case update
    18.02.2019
    By Matt Lewin Homelessness Kannan v Newham London Borough Council [2019] EWCA Civ 57 The Public Sector Equality Duty continues to trip up reviewing officers. In this case, the Council's suitability review decision....

    Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel
    23.01.2019
    We are proud to announce that the Attorney General has appointed Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin to the C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for a period of....

    PSED: four things every decision-maker needs to know
    26.09.2018
    By Matt Lewin The latest homelessness case in the Court of Appeal – Lomax v Gosport BC [2018] EWCA Civ 1846 (incidentally, my first case in that court) – is a....

    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 Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016
    31.05.2016
    The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes: The Housing and Planning Act....

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - May 2016
    04.05.2016
    The latest edition of the Cornerstone Housing Newsletter includes: Message from the Heads of Team – Kuljit Bhogal and Kelvin Rutledge QC Hotak, Johnson & Kanu one year on – Kelvin Rutledge....

    Local Government Lawyer - Nightclub owner wins permission
    18.12.2015
    Local Government Lawyer has reported the High Court decision to grant permission on all grounds to challenge the decision of Lambeth Council to grant consent for development which would have....

    Local Government Lawyer - Nightclub owner seeks judicial review over permission for change of use
    02.11.2015
    Local Government Lawyer has reported on the decision by the owners of Club 414 in Brixton to bring a judicial review claim in relation to Lambeth Council's decision to grant planning permission for....

    Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter - July 2015
    23.07.2015
    The latest Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter includes...

  • Message from the Heads of Team - Kelvin Rutledge QC and Kuljit Bhogal
  • The Supreme Court's interpretation of vulnerability in Hotak, Kanu and Johnson- Matt....

  • Overview

    Matt has a busy practice in information law, covering data protection, Freedom of Information and the Environmental Information Regulations.

    He regularly advises and provides training for public authorities on their obligations under FOIA and EIR. He provides commentary for Lexis Nexis on these subjects and is a Level 1 trainer on Freedom of Information.

    Matt is also a data protection specialist and was part of the Cornerstone team that advised the Government on the preparation of the new Data Protection Act 2018.

    Matt represents companies, individuals in data protection litigation and has been busy throughout much of the last few years advising organisations on implementating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

    News

    Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel
    23.01.2019
    We are proud to announce that the Attorney General has appointed Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin to the C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for a period of....

    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

    Matt has a particular expertise in local government law.

    His practice encompasses almost everything local authorities do. His principal areas of work include:

    • planning
    • licensing
    • social housing
    • information law

    Matt has developed a niche practice in local government standards. He is an experienced external investigator into complaints of misconduct against elected members.

    He is regularly instructed to advise monitoring officers on standards and governance issues.

    He was junior counsel for Devon County Council in a challenge to the Council's decision to sanction its former leader for sexual harassment of council staff.

    Cases

    High Court rejects Councillor's unfairness challenge to sexual harassment finding as "unarguable"
    22.01.2019
    Following a renewed permission hearing in the High Court on Tuesday 15 January, former Devon County Council leader, Cllr Brian Greenslade, has again been refused permission to challenge a finding....

    News

    Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel
    23.01.2019
    We are proud to announce that the Attorney General has appointed Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin to the C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for a period of....

    Birmingham Post - Are data protection officers a bulwark against online crime?

    25th May 2017

    Matt Lewin has written a column for the Birmingham Post on the impact of General Data Protection Regulation on companies and the role of a data protection officer. Click here to read the full article.

     

    The Planner - We must do more to protect the night-time economy

    3rd October 2016

    Matt Lewin has written an article for The Planner in which he considers how the planning system can be used to protect night time economies under threat from regeneration and permitted development in town centres. Click here to read the full article.

    Journal of Licensing - EU Court has not called last orders for minimum alcohol pricing (No. 14)

    1st March 2016

    Local Government Lawyer - Nightclub owner wins permission

    18th December 2015

    Local Government Lawyer has reported the High Court decision to grant permission on all grounds to challenge the decision of Lambeth Council to grant consent for development which would have resulted in the closure of Club 414 in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton.

    Jonathan Clay and Matt Lewin of Cornerstone Barristers are acting on behalf of the manager of Club 414.

    Read the full article here.

    Local Government Lawyer - Nightclub owner seeks judicial review over permission for change of use

    2nd November 2015

    Local Government Lawyer has reported on the decision by the owners of Club 414 in Brixton to bring a judicial review claim in relation to Lambeth Council's decision to grant planning permission for a change of building use.

    Jonathan Clay and Matt Lewin of Cornerstone Barristers have been instructed to bring the claim on behalf of the owners.

    Journal of Licensing - Devolving taxi and private hire vehicle licensing powers to Wales (No. 13)

    1st November 2015

    Matt regularly provides training to clients on public law issues. Recent topics have included the GDPR and the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. He runs the PDP Freedom of Information Level 1 training.

    News: Licensing

    Licensing powers to tackle air pollution

    27th February 2019

    By Matt Lewin Since January, passengers taking a journey with Uber in London have been charged a "clean air fee" of 15p per mile. The money is earmarked towards helping drivers....

    News: Licensing

    Why Councils need to urgently double-check their policies on CCTV in taxis

    26th February 2019

    By Matt Lewin In August 2018, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) published a short guidance note on the use of CCTV cameras in licensed hackney carriages and private hire vehicles. Following....

    News: Licensing

    An exciting new era of taxi licensing reform

    26th February 2019

    By Matt Lewin It was as long ago as 1948, when the Town Police Clauses Act was a spritely 101 years old, that the Lord Chief Justice complained that taxi licensing....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing

    Case update

    18th February 2019

    By Matt Lewin Homelessness Kannan v Newham London Borough Council [2019] EWCA Civ 57 The Public Sector Equality Duty continues to trip up reviewing officers. In this case, the Council's suitability review decision....

    News: Licensing

    New taxi licensing laws to close the "cross-border" gap

    12th February 2019

    By Matt Lewin and Tara O'Leary Taxi and PHV licensing in England The government has today announced plans to introduce new legislation which will give licensing authorities greater powers to enforce standards....

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

    Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel

    23rd January 2019

    We are proud to announce that the Attorney General has appointed Riccardo Calzavara and Matt Lewin to the C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown for a period of....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Local Government

    High Court rejects Councillor's unfairness challenge to sexual harassment finding as "unarguable"

    22nd January 2019

    Following a renewed permission hearing in the High Court on Tuesday 15 January, former Devon County Council leader, Cllr Brian Greenslade, has again been refused permission to challenge a finding....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Inquests and Inquiries

    Coventry City Councillor breached Code by failing to declare property interests

    14th November 2018

    Coventry City Council's Ethics Committee has found that Cllr Rois Ali breached its Code of Conduct for members by failing to disclose numerous property interests in Coventry within 28 days....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review

    Councillor refused permission in JR against sexual harassment finding

    13th November 2018

    A former leader of Devon County Council has been refused permission to proceed to a judicial review of the Council's decision to sanction him for sexual harassment of four Council....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing

    PSED: four things every decision-maker needs to know

    26th September 2018

    By Matt Lewin The latest homelessness case in the Court of Appeal – Lomax v Gosport BC [2018] EWCA Civ 1846 (incidentally, my first case in that court) – is a....

    Case: Housing

    New Court of Appeal case on PSED and 'general housing circumstances'

    1st August 2018

    The Court of Appeal has set out a six-stage test for comparing the position of a disabled person with the "general circumstances prevailing in relation to housing" under section 177(2)....

    Case: Housing

    For the first time, Court of Appeal to consider section 177(2) of the Housing Act 1996 and the PSED

    25th July 2018

    Local housing authorities across the country are struggling in the face of a housing crisis. That fact forms part of the background to the case of Lomax v Gosport Borough....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    PSED breach sees estate regeneration scheme quashed

    22nd June 2018

    In R (Buckley) v Bath and North East Somerset Council, the High Court has quashed an outline planning permission for a regeneration scheme because of a breach of the Public....

    News: Licensing

    The End of Zero-Tolerance Approach to Drugs in Licensed Premises?

    21st May 2018

    By Matt Lewin A report published in March by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform, Durham University, The Loop and Volte Face has called for drug safety testing....

    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....

    Case: Planning and Environment, Property

    Landmark Court of Appeal judgment on use of publicly held land

    16th April 2018

    The Court of Appeal has given judgment in the long-awaited co-joined appeals of Timothy Jones v NHS Property Services Ltd & R(Lancashire County Council) v Secretary of State for Environment,....

    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....

    News: Licensing

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

    31st October 2017

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

    ....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Court of Appeal to define the scope of the Commons Act 2006

    4th October 2017

    The Court of Appeal (Jackson, Lindblom and Thirwall LJJ) will today begin to hear three days of argument in the co-joined appeals of Jones v NHS Property Services Ltd and....

    News: Housing

    Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter August 2017

    22nd August 2017

    The Cornerstone Housing NewsletterAugust 2017 includes...
  • The Editor speaks - Andrew Lane
  • Are housing associations public or private? - Catherine Rowlands
  • How can housing authorities respond to an emergency? - Matt Lewin
  • Unlawful sub-letting &....

  • Case: Housing

    Council has "no case to answer" on EPA prosecution

    2nd August 2017

    Matt Lewin has successfully defended the London Borough of Wandsworth on a private prosecution brought by an occupier of one of its properties under section 82 of the Environmental Protection....

    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?....

    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....

  • Case: Public Law and Judicial Review

    Coventry Councillor censured for racial abuse

    20th March 2017

    At a hearing on 17 March 2017, Coventry City Council's Ethics Committee found that Cllr Jaswant Singh Birdi had breached its members' Code of Conduct by racially abusing a shopkeeper....

    Case: Housing

    Is there always a public law defence to a possession claim brought by a public authority?

    27th February 2017

    Matt Lewin of Cornerstone Barristers has successfully represented the London Borough of Enfield in an application for summary judgment of a public law defence raised in a possession claim against....

    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....

  • 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....

    News: Housing

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - November 2016

    3rd November 2016

    Contents The Editor speaks - Andy Lane When is an applicant "significantly" more vulnerable than ordinary vulnerable? - Emma Dring Recent housing developments The current state of play in the Mayor of London's housing....

    Case: Planning and Environment,

    Government grants permission for fracking in Lancashire

    6th October 2016

    In a landmark decision the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has today granted planning permission for shale gas fracking (hydraulic fracturing) at a site in Lancashire. The Secretary....

    News:

    The Oil and Gas Authority Becomes an Independent Regulator

    4th October 2016

    As of 1 October 2016, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) became the independent regulator for offshore and onshore oil and gas operations in the United Kingdom. The Cornerstone Hydrocarbon....

    News: Planning and Environment, Licensing

    The Planner - We must do more to protect the night-time economy

    3rd October 2016

    Matt Lewin has written an article for The Planner in which he considers how the planning system can be used to protect night time economies under threat from regeneration and....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Court of Appeal to re-consider statutory incompatibility doctrine in village green cases

    22nd August 2016

    Ashley Bowes has secured permission to appeal for Mr Tim Jones, a local resident, against the judgment of Mr Justice Gilbart in NHS Property Services Ltd v Surrey County Council [2016] EWHC 1715 (Admin.)

    ....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Brexit: Planning and the Environment Outside the EU

    6th July 2016

    The UK vote to leave the European Union raises significant questions around the potential impact on our domestic legislation. EU law is deeply embedded in our planning and environmental protection regimes.....

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

    Cornerstone Barristers Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016

    31st May 2016

    The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes: The Housing and Planning Act....

    Case: Planning and Environment, Licensing

    Historic Brixton nightclub saved – for now

    19th May 2016

    Planning permission to redevelop Brixton's legendary Club 414 for retail and flats was quashed by consent in the High Court yesterday by order of Mr Justice GIlbart.

    ....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - May 2016

    4th May 2016

    The latest edition of the Cornerstone Housing Newsletter includes: Message from the Heads of Team – Kuljit Bhogal and Kelvin Rutledge QC Hotak, Johnson & Kanu one year on – Kelvin Rutledge....

    News: Planning and Environment,

    Cornerstone Barristers in fracking inquiry underway in Lancashire

    9th February 2016

    The appeal brought by Cuadrilla against the decisions of Lancashire County Council to refuse planning permission for fracking developments in Lancashire has started this morning in Blackpool. Cornerstone Barristers' Estelle Dehon....

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

    Local Government Lawyer - Nightclub owner wins permission

    18th December 2015

    Local Government Lawyer has reported the High Court decision to grant permission on all grounds to challenge the decision of Lambeth Council to grant consent for development which would have....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment, Licensing

    Club wins Round 1 of legal fight to save Brixton Night Spot

    18th December 2015

    The legal challenge to Lambeth Council's decision to grant planning consent for controversial housing development that would lead to the closure of one of Brixton's best known night clubs has....

    Case: Planning and Environment, Licensing, Health and Social Care

    Local Government Lawyer: Nightclub owner wins permission

    18th December 2015

    Local Government Lawyer has reported the High Court decision to grant permission on all grounds to challenge the decision of Lambeth Council to grant consent for development which would have resulted in the closure of Club 414 in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton.

    ....

    Case: Planning and Environment,

    Government to have final say on Lancashire fracking sites

    27th November 2015

    The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government yesterday informed Lancashire County Council that the final decision on planning appeals concerning two fracking sites in Lancashire will be made....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Licensing

    Local Government Lawyer - Nightclub owner seeks judicial review over permission for change of use

    2nd November 2015

    Local Government Lawyer has reported on the decision by the owners of Club 414 in Brixton to bring a judicial review claim in relation to Lambeth Council's decision to grant planning permission for....

    Case: Planning and Environment, Commercial and Regulatory

    Cornerstone Barristers instructed in Brixton nightclub judicial review

    22nd October 2015

    Cornerstone Barristers' Jonathan Clay and Matt Lewin have been instructed by Louise Barron, owner of the legendary Club 414 in Brixton, in an attempt to save the club from closure after Lambeth Council granted planning permission for a change of use of the building from nightclub (sui generis) to A1 retail and residential.

    ....

    Case: Planning and Environment,

    Cornerstone Barristers instructed on major fracking planning appeals in Lancashire

    28th September 2015

    Four members of Cornerstone Barristers have been instructed in the UK's first planning appeals in respect of proposals to develop wells and associated works to carry out high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at two sites in Lancashire.

    ....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing

    Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter - July 2015

    23rd July 2015

    The latest Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter includes...
  • Message from the Heads of Team - Kelvin Rutledge QC and Kuljit Bhogal
  • The Supreme Court's interpretation of vulnerability in Hotak, Kanu and Johnson- Matt....

  • News:

    Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct

    26th June 2015

    Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct, the definitive guide to local government standards, produced by Cornerstone Barristers, goes on sale today.

    ....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Court rulings send framework signals

    4th August 2014

    This article appeared in Planning Resource (subscription needed) on 25th July 2014. Several recent High Court cases involving housing proposals have considered the interpretation of paragraphs 14, 47 and 49 of....