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Riccardo Calzavara

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Riccardo specialises in public law and judicial review, housing and homelessness, and planning law.

He is a member of the Attorney General's C Panel of Counsel and of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's panel of counsel. He is ranked in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories of highly-rated barristers.

He has appeared in more than 30 reported cases in the higher courts.

"A formidable advocate."

Chambers and Partners 2022

"He is very proactive, provides sound, thorough and timely advice, and fights the corner of the client but is always realistic."

Legal 500 2022

"Riccardo is brilliant as an advocate. He is very user-friendly and incredibly professional and approachable."

Chambers and Partners 2021

"A formidable advocate." Chambers and Partners 2022

"He is extremely thorough, and his preparation comes over in the work that he produces and appearances before court." Chambers and Partners 2022

"He is very proactive, provides sound, thorough and timely advice, and fights the corner of the client but is always realistic." Legal 500 2022

"Riccardo is brilliant as an advocate. He is very user-friendly and incredibly professional and approachable." Chambers and Partners 2021

"Riccardo has boundless enthusiasm and a real capacity for hard work. He is 100% reliable and has a real understanding of social housing law." Legal 500 2021

"He has the drive, determination and extreme intellect to go far in social housing." Chambers and Partners 2020

"He is very efficient, knowledgeable, personable and reliable." Chambers and Partners 2020

"He is very good technically, highly approachable and good with clients." Chambers and Partners 2019

"Efficient and thorough, he's able to absorb significant amounts of information swiftly and provide balanced advice with a view to the overall aim of the litigation." Chambers and Partners 2019

Overview

Cases

Court of Appeal: No home for discrimination claims in section 204 appeals
02.08.2019

Adesotu v Lewisham LBC, EHRC intervening [2019] EWCA Civ 1405

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High Court rules that the Right to Rent scheme would give rise to unlawful race discrimination but for a statutory exemption
15.03.2019
In an earlier judgment from the other of these two conjoined judicial review claims, the High Court declared that the Right to Rent scheme is incompatible with the European Convention....

Court of Appeal rejects challenges to out-of-area placements
06.12.2018

Adam v Westminster CC; Brent LBC v Alibkhiet [2018] EWCA Civ 2742

....

News

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....

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....

Riccardo Calzavara nominated for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year
10.10.2018
We are proud to announce that Riccardo Calzavara has been nominated as Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year for the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2018. We wish Riccardo good luck for the award....

Court of Appeal considers the Immigration Rules
10.10.2018
The Court of Appeal has transcribed (on 9 October 2018) its judgment in an immigration appeal heard on 27 June 2018. The court had been asked to determine what "time....

Riccardo Calzavara joins Cornerstone Barristers
04.06.2018
Cornerstone Barristers is delighted to announce that Riccardo Calzavara has joined us from Arden Chambers. Riccardo specialises in public law and judicial review, housing, property, and local government. He was called....

Overview

Cases

No late review of a s.107D(3) notice – R(oao) Kalonga -v- LB Croydon
04.08.2021
There is no power to accede to a late review request of a landlord's decision not to grant a fresh tenancy upon expiry of a flexible tenancy R (Kalonga) v Croydon....

Supreme Court grants permission to appeal in Croydon LBC v Kalonga
26.04.2021
Croydon LBC granted a flexible tenancy to Ms Kalonga. During the fixed term of the tenancy Croydon instituted a possession claim against Ms Kalonga in the County Court. Because of....

You don't need it, but you have to use it
27.01.2021
Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2021] EWCA Civ 77 Ms Kalonga was the flexible tenant of property let to her by Croydon. She was served notice on the basis of rent arrears....

Court of Appeal confirms that licensing authorities can consider conduct underlying spent convictions
19.11.2020
Hussain v Waltham Forest LBC [2020] EWCA Civ 1539 The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) that in deciding whether a person is “fit....

The Court of Appeal considers the issue of “late” review decisions and section 204 (homelessness) appeals
06.11.2020
On 6 November 2020, in Stanley v Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 1458, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against the striking out of a county court....

Permission to appeal granted in Croydon LBC v Kalonga
24.08.2020
The Court of Appeal has granted permission to appeal against the judgment of Tipples J in Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2020] EWHC 1353 (QB). Floyd LJ granted permission on both grounds....

You need it, but you don’t have to use it
02.06.2020

Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2020] EWHC 1353 (QB)

....

A matter of respect: Upper Tribunal reinstates 'generous' penalties for Housing Act 2004 licensing offences
06.02.2020

Waltham Forest LBC v (1) Marshall (2) Ustek [2020] UKUT 0035 (LC)

....

New guidance on spent convictions and underlying conduct in applying 'fit and proper person' test?
06.11.2019

(1) Nasim Hussain (2) FHCO Ltd (3) Farina Hussain v Waltham Forest LBC [2019] UKUT 339 (LC)

....

Court of Appeal: No home for discrimination claims in section 204 appeals
02.08.2019

Adesotu v Lewisham LBC, EHRC intervening [2019] EWCA Civ 1405

....

High Court rules that the Right to Rent scheme would give rise to unlawful race discrimination but for a statutory exemption
15.03.2019
In an earlier judgment from the other of these two conjoined judicial review claims, the High Court declared that the Right to Rent scheme is incompatible with the European Convention....

Court of Appeal rejects challenges to out-of-area placements
06.12.2018

Adam v Westminster CC; Brent LBC v Alibkhiet [2018] EWCA Civ 2742

....

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....

Riccardo Calzavara nominated for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year
10.10.2018
We are proud to announce that Riccardo Calzavara has been nominated as Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year for the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2018. We wish Riccardo good luck for the award....

Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: six months on
26.09.2018
By Riccardo Calzavara The statutory scheme in England for homelessness assistance has been contained in Part 7 Housing Act 1996 ("HA 1996") since it came into force on 20 January....

Riccardo Calzavara joins Cornerstone Barristers
04.06.2018
Cornerstone Barristers is delighted to announce that Riccardo Calzavara has joined us from Arden Chambers. Riccardo specialises in public law and judicial review, housing, property, and local government. He was called....

Events

Housing Week Day 4 - Housing-related Judicial Review
14.10.2021


The Cornerstone Housing Team hosted the fourth webinar of Housing Week 2021. Catherine Rowlands, Matthew Feldman, Andy Lane, and Riccardo Calzavara discussed housing-related judicial review. SLIDES - Click here to download....

Housing Week 2021 - 11-15 October 2021
22.09.2021


The Cornerstone Housing Team will host a Housing Week like last year, a series of webinars that will take place every day from Monday to Friday at 11:00. The webinars will....

Zoom webinar - How to determine a flexible tenancy during its fixed term
17.06.2020


Local authorities have long wondered how to determine a flexible tenancy during its fixed term. Was it necessary to have a forfeiture clause? What does a forfeiture clause look like in....

Seminar - Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 - One Year On
03.04.2019

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The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 came into effect on 3 April 2018 with a lot of fanfare but also a lot of concern about the impact that it would have....

Cornerstone Barristers Housing Conference 2018
02.10.2018

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Hosted by the Cornerstone Housing Team, the conference will provide a thorough analysis of the latest developments in housing law and policy, as well as practical advice on a wide....

Overview

Cases

No irrationality by the Secretary of State’s Inspector
09.08.2019

Stroud DC v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government & Cole

....

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....

Overview

Cases

It is not necessary to plead rectification in order to rectify
08.12.2020
Ralph v Ralph [2020] EWHC 3348 (QB) The claimant and defendant were son and father respectively. Some years ago they jointly bought a property in which the father intended to, and....

Court of Appeal confirms that licensing authorities can consider conduct underlying spent convictions
19.11.2020
Hussain v Waltham Forest LBC [2020] EWCA Civ 1539 The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) that in deciding whether a person is “fit....

A matter of respect: Upper Tribunal reinstates 'generous' penalties for Housing Act 2004 licensing offences
06.02.2020

Waltham Forest LBC v (1) Marshall (2) Ustek [2020] UKUT 0035 (LC)

....

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....

Riccardo Calzavara nominated for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year
10.10.2018
We are proud to announce that Riccardo Calzavara has been nominated as Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year for the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2018. We wish Riccardo good luck for the award....

Riccardo Calzavara joins Cornerstone Barristers
04.06.2018
Cornerstone Barristers is delighted to announce that Riccardo Calzavara has joined us from Arden Chambers. Riccardo specialises in public law and judicial review, housing, property, and local government. He was called....

Riccardo's publications

14th October 2021

Contributor

  • LexisPSL: Local government, and Planning law. 
  • LexisNexis: Case analysis (planning law).

Articles

Podcasts / Webinars

Case: Housing

No late review of a s.107D(3) notice – R(oao) Kalonga -v- LB Croydon

4th August 2021

There is no power to accede to a late review request of a landlord's decision not to grant a fresh tenancy upon expiry of a flexible tenancy R (Kalonga) v Croydon....

Case: Housing

Supreme Court grants permission to appeal in Croydon LBC v Kalonga

26th April 2021

Croydon LBC granted a flexible tenancy to Ms Kalonga. During the fixed term of the tenancy Croydon instituted a possession claim against Ms Kalonga in the County Court. Because of....

Case: Housing

You don't need it, but you have to use it

27th January 2021

Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2021] EWCA Civ 77 Ms Kalonga was the flexible tenant of property let to her by Croydon. She was served notice on the basis of rent arrears....

Case: Property

It is not necessary to plead rectification in order to rectify

8th December 2020

Ralph v Ralph [2020] EWHC 3348 (QB) The claimant and defendant were son and father respectively. Some years ago they jointly bought a property in which the father intended to, and....

Case: Housing, Property

Court of Appeal confirms that licensing authorities can consider conduct underlying spent convictions

19th November 2020

Hussain v Waltham Forest LBC [2020] EWCA Civ 1539 The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) that in deciding whether a person is “fit....

Case: Housing

The Court of Appeal considers the issue of “late” review decisions and section 204 (homelessness) appeals

6th November 2020

On 6 November 2020, in Stanley v Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 1458, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against the striking out of a county court....

Case: Housing

Permission to appeal granted in Croydon LBC v Kalonga

24th August 2020

The Court of Appeal has granted permission to appeal against the judgment of Tipples J in Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2020] EWHC 1353 (QB). Floyd LJ granted permission on both grounds....

Case: Housing

You need it, but you don’t have to use it

2nd June 2020

Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2020] EWHC 1353 (QB)

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Case: Housing

You are entitled to argue it but you will lose… section 204 appeals, contracting-out, and ratification

2nd April 2020

James v Hertsmere BC [2020] EWCA Civ 489

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Case: Housing, Licensing, Property

A matter of respect: Upper Tribunal reinstates 'generous' penalties for Housing Act 2004 licensing offences

6th February 2020

Waltham Forest LBC v (1) Marshall (2) Ustek [2020] UKUT 0035 (LC)

....

Case: Housing, Licensing

New guidance on spent convictions and underlying conduct in applying 'fit and proper person' test?

6th November 2019

(1) Nasim Hussain (2) FHCO Ltd (3) Farina Hussain v Waltham Forest LBC [2019] UKUT 339 (LC)

....

Case: Planning and Environment

No irrationality by the Secretary of State’s Inspector

9th August 2019

Stroud DC v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government & Cole

....

Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing

Court of Appeal: No home for discrimination claims in section 204 appeals

2nd August 2019

Adesotu v Lewisham LBC, EHRC intervening [2019] EWCA Civ 1405

....

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....

Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing

High Court rules that the Right to Rent scheme would give rise to unlawful race discrimination but for a statutory exemption

15th March 2019

In an earlier judgment from the other of these two conjoined judicial review claims, the High Court declared that the Right to Rent scheme is incompatible with the European Convention....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing

High Court declares the Right to Rent scheme incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights

1st March 2019

[2019] EWHC 452 (Admin)

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News: Licensing

Uber case law update

27th February 2019

By Riccardo Calzavara Uber, founded in San Francisco in 2009 and operating in London since 2012, is ubiquitous. Since then, it has been the subject of significant judicial consideration in a....

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, Housing, Local Government

Court of Appeal rejects challenges to out-of-area placements

6th December 2018

Adam v Westminster CC; Brent LBC v Alibkhiet [2018] EWCA Civ 2742

....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing, Property

Riccardo Calzavara nominated for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year

10th October 2018

We are proud to announce that Riccardo Calzavara has been nominated as Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year for the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2018. We wish Riccardo good luck for the award....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review

Court of Appeal considers the Immigration Rules

10th October 2018

The Court of Appeal has transcribed (on 9 October 2018) its judgment in an immigration appeal heard on 27 June 2018. The court had been asked to determine what "time....

News: Housing

Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: six months on

26th September 2018

By Riccardo Calzavara The statutory scheme in England for homelessness assistance has been contained in Part 7 Housing Act 1996 ("HA 1996") since it came into force on 20 January....

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

Riccardo Calzavara joins Cornerstone Barristers

4th June 2018

Cornerstone Barristers is delighted to announce that Riccardo Calzavara has joined us from Arden Chambers. Riccardo specialises in public law and judicial review, housing, property, and local government. He was called....

No late review of a s.107D(3) notice – R(oao) Kalonga -v- LB Croydon

4th August 2021

There is no power to accede to a late review request of a landlord's decision not to grant a fresh tenancy upon expiry of a flexible tenancy R (Kalonga) v Croydon....

You don't need it, but you have to use it

27th January 2021

Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2021] EWCA Civ 77 Ms Kalonga was the flexible tenant of property let to her by Croydon. She was served notice on the basis of rent arrears....

It is not necessary to plead rectification in order to rectify

8th December 2020

Ralph v Ralph [2020] EWHC 3348 (QB) The claimant and defendant were son and father respectively. Some years ago they jointly bought a property in which the father intended to, and....

Court of Appeal confirms that licensing authorities can consider conduct underlying spent convictions

19th November 2020

Hussain v Waltham Forest LBC [2020] EWCA Civ 1539 The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) that in deciding whether a person is “fit....

The Court of Appeal considers the issue of “late” review decisions and section 204 (homelessness) appeals

6th November 2020

On 6 November 2020, in Stanley v Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 1458, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against the striking out of a county court....

You need it, but you don’t have to use it

2nd June 2020

Croydon LBC v Kalonga [2020] EWHC 1353 (QB)

....

A matter of respect: Upper Tribunal reinstates 'generous' penalties for Housing Act 2004 licensing offences

6th February 2020

Waltham Forest LBC v (1) Marshall (2) Ustek [2020] UKUT 0035 (LC)

....

New guidance on spent convictions and underlying conduct in applying 'fit and proper person' test?

6th November 2019

(1) Nasim Hussain (2) FHCO Ltd (3) Farina Hussain v Waltham Forest LBC [2019] UKUT 339 (LC)

....

No irrationality by the Secretary of State’s Inspector

9th August 2019

Stroud DC v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government & Cole

....

Court of Appeal: No home for discrimination claims in section 204 appeals

2nd August 2019

Adesotu v Lewisham LBC, EHRC intervening [2019] EWCA Civ 1405

....

High Court rules that the Right to Rent scheme would give rise to unlawful race discrimination but for a statutory exemption

15th March 2019

In an earlier judgment from the other of these two conjoined judicial review claims, the High Court declared that the Right to Rent scheme is incompatible with the European Convention....

Court of Appeal rejects challenges to out-of-area placements

6th December 2018

Adam v Westminster CC; Brent LBC v Alibkhiet [2018] EWCA Civ 2742

....

Court of Appeal considers the Immigration Rules

10th October 2018

The Court of Appeal has transcribed (on 9 October 2018) its judgment in an immigration appeal heard on 27 June 2018. The court had been asked to determine what "time....