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Matt Lewin

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Matt is a public law barrister, whose clients range from government departments 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.

He is a member of both the Attorney General's and the Equality and Human Rights Commission's C panels of counsel.

He is listed as a "leading junior" in Administrative and Public Law in the Legal 500 (2020 Edition) and was a nominee for the Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year 2019 award.

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.

In 2019, he was appointed to both the Attorney General's and the Equality and Human Rights Commission's C panels of counsel.

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. 

He was nominated for the Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year 2019 award.

"Mr Lewin ... made excellent submissions ... with skill and moderation." Lord Justice Lewison, Lomax v Gosport Borough Council [2018] EWCA Civ 1846

"Through Advocate,  he has greatly assisted the Shelter Specialist Debt Advice Service, offering representation, advice and his expertise in public law.  They describe Matt as always approachable, friendly, prompt to respond and extremely generous with his time, as well as an asset to the Advocate service.  Matt's clients are incredibly grateful for the work that he does for them, and note his quiet determination, emphathy and kindness as particularly remarkable."  Advocate, Bar Pro Bono Awards nomination for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year 2019

"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."

"Instructed on standards in public life issues." - The Legal 500 2020

Overview

Matt Lewin specialises in all kinds of planning cases.

Judicial review
Do you want to challenge the grant of planning permission for a new development? You need to issue a claim for judicial review. Matt can advise you on whether you have a good case and  help you through all stages of bringing a claim for judicial review.

Planning hearing or inquiry
Was your application for planning permission refused? Have you been served with a planning enforcement notice? You need to issue an appeal and take part in a planning inquiry. Matt can advise you on how to bring an appeal and your chances of winning the appeal. He can represent you at the hearing or inquiry and help you secure planning permission or quash the enforcement notice.

Are you a member of a local residents' group? Or do you have something important to say at an upcoming planning inquiry? He can advise you on how to take part in the planning inquiry and put your case across to the Inspector.

Prosecutions and appeals
Are you facing a prosecution by your local Council? Matt can defend you at the magistrates' court.

Applications for planning permission
Are you concerned by an application for planning permission? If you want to make a forceful and persuasive objection to an application for planning permission, you can come to Matt for advice. Planning law and policy is technical and it is important that your objection is relevant, otherwise the Council will not pay it any attention. Matt can help you put together an objection to an application for planning permission that the Council will listen to.

Cases

Inspector refuses planning permission for gypsy and traveller site due to deliberate breach of planning control
22.05.2019
A Planning Inspector has refused planning permission for a gypsy and traveller site in the Green Belt in Runnymede. The council's longstanding failure to provide a sufficient number of pitches and....

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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News

NEW BRIEFING - Local authorities post COVID-19. All you need to know
01.07.2020
Local authorities have been instrumental in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and will play a pivotal role in the post-lockdown recovery. As a result, they are experiencing a surge in duties....

Cornerstone Barristers Planning Bulletin - Issue 2
14.04.2020
Welcome to the second edition of the Cornerstone Planning Bulletin, a digestible summary of planning law and practice to help all those with an interest in the planning system to....

Cornerstone Barristers Planning Bulletin - Issue 1
03.04.2020
Welcome to the Cornerstone Barristers Planning Bulletin, a digestible summary of planning law and practice to help all those with an interest in the planning system to keep up to....

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....

    Events

    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....

    Overview

    Matt specialises in all kinds of landlord and tenant, housing and property cases. He can advise and represent you in any landlord and tenant, housing and property law case.

    Possession claim
    Are you a landlord? He can help you serve the right notice, issue a possession claim and represent you at court to secure a possession order. Claims for possession are tricky and it's easy to get something wrong. Make sure you get it right, by instructing Matt.

    Are you a tenant? He can represent you at court and help you stay in your home.

    Disrepair
    Tenant? If your home is damp, or the boiler is broken, or there's leak in the roof, you might have a claim for disrepair and could be entitled to compensation. Matt can advise you on whether you have a good claim and represent you at court.

    Landlord? If you are facing a claim, or a counterclaim for disrepair, Matt can help you put together a defence.

    Unlawful eviction
    Landlords must go to court to evict their tenants. If you have been evicted by your landlord and haven't been to court, then you might have been unlawfully evicted. You might be entitled to significant compensation as a result. If you have been unlawfully evicted, Matt can help you bring a claim.

    Cases

    Court of Appeal: disability benefits are a form of "income" when assessing affordability
    22.10.2019
    The Court of Appeal has refused permission for a second appeal in an affordability case, holding that the Supreme Court's decision in Samuels v Birmingham City Council [2019] UKSC 28....

    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

    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....

    Case law update
    19.05.2020
    By Matt Lewin Homelessness

  • McMahon v Watford Borough Council and Kiefer v Hertsmere Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 497 - 8 April 2020
  • 'Disability' and 'vulnerability' are separate concepts: the job of....

    Cornerstone Barristers Homelessness Briefing
    23.03.2020

    This Briefing addresses particular issues raised for local housing authorities by COVID-19 in respect of their Part 7 homelessness duties and powers.

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    Three reasons to look forward to the Cornerstone Housing Day 2019
    24.09.2019
    The annual Cornerstone Housing Day will be taking place on 2 October 2019 in Gray's Inn, London. Here are three reasons to look forward to it. First, it's an opportunity to catch....

    What exactly did the Supreme Court say in Samuels v Birmingham?
    13.06.2019

    Samuels v Birmingham City Council [2019] UKSC 28

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    PSED essential reading: lessons learned from L&Q v Patrick
    30.05.2019

    London and Quadrant Housing Trust v Patrick [2019] EWHC 1263

    ....

    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

    Housing Day 2019
    02.10.2019

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    The Cornerstone Housing Team is delighted to inform you that we are now taking bookings for this year's Housing Day.  Housing Day 2019 will provide you with a thorough analysis of....

    Seminar: Understanding data protection (GDPR) and surveillance in social housing
    14.03.2018

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    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  specialises in all kinds of licensing cases.

    Whether you are a taxi driver, a minicab operator, a bar or a pub owner, a nightclub operator, a bouncer or a street trader, Matt can help you.

    Are you facing a licence revocation hearing? Matt can represent you and help you hold onto your licence and your livelihood.

    Are you applying for a new premises licence? Matt can advise you on what you need to get that licence and help you put your case across to the Council to secure that licence.

    Are you being prosecuted for a licensing offence? Matt can defend you.

    If you instruct Matt, you can expect:

    • commonsense advice on any licensing case you are dealing with; and
    • a barrister who will fight your corner at hearings and appeals.

    Cases

    Driver with "clear pattern of inappropriate behaviour" towards children refused licence
    27.09.2019
    District Judge Dodd, sitting at St Albans Magistrates' Court, has dismissed the appeal of a private hire driver against a decision of Three Rivers District Council to refuse to renew....

    The Licensing Committee of Tower Hamlets Council has refused to renew the SEV licence of Whites Gentlemen's Club in Whitechapel
    05.09.2019
    Whites Gentlemen's Club was one of just a handful of venues in Tower Hamlets to still hold a Sexual Entertainment Venue licence. It has operated on Leman Street in Whitechapel,....

    Court upholds revocation decision without conviction
    08.08.2019
    St Albans Magistrates' Court has upheld a decision of St Albans City and District Council to revoke the hackney carriage driver's licence of a driver who is due to stand....

    Stone Valley Festival given go ahead at 11th hour
    20.05.2019
    East Herts District Council has today granted a premises licence for the Stone Valley South Festival, which is due to open this Friday. This will be Stone Valley South's second year.....

    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

    Pavement Licences and Off-Sales: important new licensing changes to come into effect imminently
    01.07.2020
    By Matt Lewin On 25 June 2020, the Government published the Business and Planning Bill which will make two significant licensing changes to support business as lockdown measures are relaxed:

  • 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....

    Matt Lewin to speak at the IoL Taxi Conference
    05.07.2019
    Matt Lewin will speak at the Taxi Conference in Sheffield organised by the Institute of Licensing on Tuesday 9 July.  In his talk, No smoke without fire? How to get it right....

    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

    Zoom webinar - Remote licensing hearings: what you need to know
    01.05.2020


    Cornerstone Barristers hosted a Webinar discussing how many licensing authorities are wondering how the existing licensing hearing regulations work alongside the new remote meetings regulations. Others are wondering how do....

    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

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    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 building up a diverse public law practice. He is currently instructed by Club 414 in a judicial review of Lambeth Council's grant of planning permission which would almost inevitably result in the club's closure. Matt is particularly interested in cases such as this, which involve an overlap between planning and other areas of Matt's practice, such as licensing.

    Matt was recently instructed on behalf of a homeless child in need to draft urgent grounds and an application for interim relief in a section 17 Children Act 1989 case.

    As an illustration of the range of his public law expertise, Matt has recently been instructed by a central government department on a four-month project and has also recently advised on a number of prison law matters, including early release on compassionate grounds, temporary release on licence, the developing domestic and European jurisprudence on Article 3 ECHR, security categorisation and progression of life sentence.

    Matt also has experience in information law and drafted the chapter on "Data Sharing and the Care Act 2014" in the manual provided to local authority lawyers as part of Cornerstone's commission by the Local Government Association to provide training on the Care Act 2014.

    Immigration and asylum
    Matt has worked on cases involving local authority housing and social services support for persons without recourse to public funds and has provided training to local authorities.

    Cases

    High Court grants Extended Civil Restraint Order against Village Hall crusader
    13.02.2020

    Panton and Wilkins v Vale of White Horse District Council and Reed [2020] EWHC 167 (Ch)

    ....

    Mayor sanctioned for attending Remembrance Sunday event while drunk
    19.09.2019
    Durham County Council's Standards Committee has sanctioned the former Mayor of Ferryhill Town Council for attending a beacon-lighting ceremony on Remembrance Sunday while drunk. Cllr David Farry, who at the time....

    Parish councillor's challenge to sexual assault finding rejected by High Court
    10.09.2019
    The High Court has refused a parish councillor permission to apply for a judicial review of a decision to sanction him for sexually assaulting a fellow councillor. Cllr Christopher Horne was....

    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

    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....

    Remote meetings: FAQs
    17.04.2020

    Here we will post short answers to some frequently asked questions that have emerged from our two webinars on remote meetings on 8 April 2020 and 20 April 2020.

    ....

    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)

    ....

    Matt Lewin nominated for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year
    25.10.2019
    We are proud to announce that Matt Lewin has been nominated as Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year for the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2019. We wish Matt good luck....

    Three reasons to look forward to the Cornerstone Housing Day 2019
    24.09.2019
    The annual Cornerstone Housing Day will be taking place on 2 October 2019 in Gray's Inn, London. Here are three reasons to look forward to it. First, it's an opportunity to catch....

    What exactly did the Supreme Court say in Samuels v Birmingham?
    13.06.2019

    Samuels v Birmingham City Council [2019] UKSC 28

    ....

    PSED essential reading: lessons learned from L&Q v Patrick
    30.05.2019

    London and Quadrant Housing Trust v Patrick [2019] EWHC 1263

    ....

    Four Cornerstone members appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of counsel
    15.05.2019
    We are proud to announce that Estelle Dehon, Matt Lewin, Riccardo Calzavara and Tara O'Leary have been appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's (EHRC) panel of counsel. Head of....

    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....

  • Events

    Housing Day 2019
    02.10.2019

    1
    The Cornerstone Housing Team is delighted to inform you that we are now taking bookings for this year's Housing Day.  Housing Day 2019 will provide you with a thorough analysis of....

    Overview

    News

    NEW BRIEFING - Local authorities post COVID-19. All you need to know
    01.07.2020
    Local authorities have been instrumental in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and will play a pivotal role in the post-lockdown recovery. As a result, they are experiencing a surge in duties....

    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....

    Temperature checks – are they lawful under the GDPR?
    22.06.2020
    By Matt Lewin As schools, offices, shops, and other commercial premises begin to re-open after the lockdown, it appears that many premises owners are carrying out temperature checks for staff, students....

    Data Protection: A guide for Mutual Aid groups
    23.03.2020
    All over the country, neighbours are gathering together in Mutual Aid Groups to support people living nearby during this public health emergency. Some of those groups have asked questions about data....

    Cayman Islands Data Protection Law
    10.12.2019
    For the next two weeks, Matt Lewin, a member of Cornerstone Barristers' Information Law team, is providing training to civil servants of the Cayman Islands Government on the Cayman Data....

    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

    Zoom webinar - GDPR 2 years on - Lessons learned and practical tips for compliance
    22.06.2020


    The Cornerstone Information Law team has been at the forefront of advising private and public sector clients in overcoming the challenges posed by GDPR implementation. Our experience suggests that there remain....

    Seminar: Understanding data protection (GDPR) and surveillance in social housing
    14.03.2018

    1
    With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25th May 2018, it is important for those involved in social housing to be aware of their obligations and....

    Overview

    Cases

    Mayor sanctioned for attending Remembrance Sunday event while drunk
    19.09.2019
    Durham County Council's Standards Committee has sanctioned the former Mayor of Ferryhill Town Council for attending a beacon-lighting ceremony on Remembrance Sunday while drunk. Cllr David Farry, who at the time....

    Parish councillor's challenge to sexual assault finding rejected by High Court
    10.09.2019
    The High Court has refused a parish councillor permission to apply for a judicial review of a decision to sanction him for sexually assaulting a fellow councillor. Cllr Christopher Horne was....

    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

    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....

    Remote meetings: FAQs
    17.04.2020

    Here we will post short answers to some frequently asked questions that have emerged from our two webinars on remote meetings on 8 April 2020 and 20 April 2020.

    ....

    What exactly did the Supreme Court say in Samuels v Birmingham?
    13.06.2019

    Samuels v Birmingham City Council [2019] UKSC 28

    ....

    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 on Councillors’ Conduct
    26.06.2015

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

    ....

    Events

    Zoom webinar - Workshop on Virtual Meetings
    27.05.2020


    This webinar was Cornerstone Barristers' third instalment in our series on the new Remote Meetings Regulations. Rather than simply looking at the regulations and providing tips for future meetings, this session....

    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

    Pavement Licences and Off-Sales: important new licensing changes to come into effect imminently

    1st July 2020

    By Matt Lewin On 25 June 2020, the Government published the Business and Planning Bill which will make two significant licensing changes to support business as lockdown measures are relaxed:
  • 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....

    News: Information Law

    Temperature checks – are they lawful under the GDPR?

    22nd June 2020

    By Matt Lewin As schools, offices, shops, and other commercial premises begin to re-open after the lockdown, it appears that many premises owners are carrying out temperature checks for staff, students....

    News: Housing

    Case law update

    19th May 2020

    By Matt Lewin Homelessness
  • McMahon v Watford Borough Council and Kiefer v Hertsmere Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 497 - 8 April 2020
  • 'Disability' and 'vulnerability' are separate concepts: the job of....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Local Government

    Remote meetings: FAQs

    17th April 2020

    Here we will post short answers to some frequently asked questions that have emerged from our two webinars on remote meetings on 8 April 2020 and 20 April 2020.

    ....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Cornerstone Barristers Planning Bulletin - Issue 2

    14th April 2020

    Welcome to the second edition of the Cornerstone Planning Bulletin, a digestible summary of planning law and practice to help all those with an interest in the planning system to....

    News: Planning and Environment

    Cornerstone Barristers Planning Bulletin - Issue 1

    3rd April 2020

    Welcome to the Cornerstone Barristers Planning Bulletin, a digestible summary of planning law and practice to help all those with an interest in the planning system to keep up to....

    News: Housing

    Cornerstone Barristers Homelessness Briefing

    23rd March 2020

    This Briefing addresses particular issues raised for local housing authorities by COVID-19 in respect of their Part 7 homelessness duties and powers.

    ....

    News: Information Law

    Data Protection: A guide for Mutual Aid groups

    23rd March 2020

    All over the country, neighbours are gathering together in Mutual Aid Groups to support people living nearby during this public health emergency. Some of those groups have asked questions about data....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review

    High Court grants Extended Civil Restraint Order against Village Hall crusader

    13th February 2020

    Panton and Wilkins v Vale of White Horse District Council and Reed [2020] EWHC 167 (Ch)

    ....

    News: Information Law

    Cayman Islands Data Protection Law

    10th December 2019

    For the next two weeks, Matt Lewin, a member of Cornerstone Barristers' Information Law team, is providing training to civil servants of the Cayman Islands Government on the Cayman Data....

    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)

    ....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review

    Matt Lewin nominated for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year

    25th October 2019

    We are proud to announce that Matt Lewin has been nominated as Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year for the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2019. We wish Matt good luck....

    Case: Housing

    Court of Appeal: disability benefits are a form of "income" when assessing affordability

    22nd October 2019

    The Court of Appeal has refused permission for a second appeal in an affordability case, holding that the Supreme Court's decision in Samuels v Birmingham City Council [2019] UKSC 28....

    Case: Licensing

    Driver with "clear pattern of inappropriate behaviour" towards children refused licence

    27th September 2019

    District Judge Dodd, sitting at St Albans Magistrates' Court, has dismissed the appeal of a private hire driver against a decision of Three Rivers District Council to refuse to renew....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing

    Three reasons to look forward to the Cornerstone Housing Day 2019

    24th September 2019

    The annual Cornerstone Housing Day will be taking place on 2 October 2019 in Gray's Inn, London. Here are three reasons to look forward to it. First, it's an opportunity to catch....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Local Government

    Mayor sanctioned for attending Remembrance Sunday event while drunk

    19th September 2019

    Durham County Council's Standards Committee has sanctioned the former Mayor of Ferryhill Town Council for attending a beacon-lighting ceremony on Remembrance Sunday while drunk. Cllr David Farry, who at the time....

    Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Local Government

    Parish councillor's challenge to sexual assault finding rejected by High Court

    10th September 2019

    The High Court has refused a parish councillor permission to apply for a judicial review of a decision to sanction him for sexually assaulting a fellow councillor. Cllr Christopher Horne was....

    Case: Licensing

    The Licensing Committee of Tower Hamlets Council has refused to renew the SEV licence of Whites Gentlemen's Club in Whitechapel

    5th September 2019

    Whites Gentlemen's Club was one of just a handful of venues in Tower Hamlets to still hold a Sexual Entertainment Venue licence. It has operated on Leman Street in Whitechapel,....

    Case: Licensing

    Court upholds revocation decision without conviction

    8th August 2019

    St Albans Magistrates' Court has upheld a decision of St Albans City and District Council to revoke the hackney carriage driver's licence of a driver who is due to stand....

    News: Licensing

    Matt Lewin to speak at the IoL Taxi Conference

    5th July 2019

    Matt Lewin will speak at the Taxi Conference in Sheffield organised by the Institute of Licensing on Tuesday 9 July.  In his talk, No smoke without fire? How to get it right....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing, Local Government

    What exactly did the Supreme Court say in Samuels v Birmingham?

    13th June 2019

    Samuels v Birmingham City Council [2019] UKSC 28

    ....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing

    PSED essential reading: lessons learned from L&Q v Patrick

    30th May 2019

    London and Quadrant Housing Trust v Patrick [2019] EWHC 1263

    ....

    Case: Planning and Environment

    Inspector refuses planning permission for gypsy and traveller site due to deliberate breach of planning control

    22nd May 2019

    A Planning Inspector has refused planning permission for a gypsy and traveller site in the Green Belt in Runnymede. The council's longstanding failure to provide a sufficient number of pitches and....

    Case: Licensing

    Stone Valley Festival given go ahead at 11th hour

    20th May 2019

    East Herts District Council has today granted a premises licence for the Stone Valley South Festival, which is due to open this Friday. This will be Stone Valley South's second year.....

    News: Public Law and Judicial Review

    Four Cornerstone members appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of counsel

    15th May 2019

    We are proud to announce that Estelle Dehon, Matt Lewin, Riccardo Calzavara and Tara O'Leary have been appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's (EHRC) panel of counsel. Head of....

    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.

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    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: Local Government

    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.

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    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....