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....
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....
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....
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
Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - November 2016
3rd November 2016
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....
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 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....
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....
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  EWHC 1715 (Admin.)
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.....
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....
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.
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....
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....
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....
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....
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.
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....
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....
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.
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.
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....
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.
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....
Fixed term/flexible tenancies seminar
15th March 2017
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....