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Rob specialises in public & administrative law, planning & environmental, property and compulsory purchase.

He regularly appears in courts, tribunals and inquiries, both for and against central government, local authorities and other public bodies.

For the last five years Rob has been a member of the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel (C Panel).

Rob has developed a broad public law practice, encompassing in particular planning and environmental matters, as well as compulsory purchase and property law.

He has appeared in courts, inquiries and tribunals up to the Court of Appeal, on behalf of private parties, as well as central government, local authorities and other public bodies.

Rob's expertise in public law was recognised in 2012 when he was appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel. He has also regularly been ranked in Planning Magazine's survey of top-rated barristers under the age of 35.

Having read law at University College London, where he obtained a first class degree, Rob was called to the Bar in 2008.

Overview

Rob has a wide ranging planning practice. He regularly advises on planning matters and appears at hearings and public inquiries. He has also appeared for private parties, local authorities and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, both in the Planning Court and Court of Appeal.

He has particular experience in housing, heritage proposals, renewable energy schemes, minerals and waste, as well as compulsory purchase matters.

Rob has regularly been ranked in Planning Magazine's survey of top-rated barristers under the age of 35.

Recent and notable court work in the Planning Court includes:

  • Kensworth Builders Limited v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWHC 1732 - represented SSCLG in a conjoined statutory challenge to a planning inspector's decision to refuse three separate appeals relating to the proposed redevelopment of a listed building. The claimant sought to challenge the decision on five separate grounds, all of which were refused.
  • Gladman Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWHC 683 - represented the SSCLG in a statutory challenge to a planning inspector's decision to refuse to grant planning permission for a residential development of up to 75 dwellings. The claim was dismissed.
  • Licensed Taxi Drivers Association v Transport for London [2016] EWHC 233 – appeared (together with Mark Lowe QC) in a judicial review challenge to the construction of the East-West Cycle Superhighway.
  • Innes v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWHC 1014– represented SSCLG in a s.288 challenge to the dismissal of two appeals by a planning inspector against the refusal to issue certificate of lawful use or development in relation to the winning and working of sand. The challenge was refused.
  • Powys County Council v Welsh Ministers [2015] EWHC 3284 – appeared (together with Tom Cosgrove) for Powys in a challenge to the Welsh Ministers decision to grant planning permission for the Garreg Lwyd wind farm. The case raised, amongst other matters, important devolution issues.
  • Pitt v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] EWHC 1931 (and [2015] EWHC 1730) – successfully represented the Secretary of State in a section 289 appeal against a decision of an Inspector inn a written reps appeal to uphold an enforcement notice. The central issue was whether the Inspector had contravened the principles of natural justice by not seeking further representations from the parties in relation to various issues.
  • Leeds Group Plc v (1) Leeds City Council; (2) Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (3) Jones [2011] EWCA CIv 1447 – A judicial review in which the appellant argued that to apply the definition of a Town and Village Green brought in by the CROW Act 2000 to use of land prior to that enactment would be contrary to the presumption against retrospective legislation and breach their Protocol 1, Article 1 ECHR rights. Rob successfully appeared for the interested party.

Rob also appears in a wide range of hearings and public inquiries. Recent and notable examples of his work include:

  • Land West of Hoo st Werburgh, Medway (2016) – successfully acted for Medway at a two week inquiry, resisting a proposal for 475 homes on the grounds of lack of sustainability and landscape harm.
  • Roundabout Copse, Test Valley (2016) – acting for Test Valley opposing a scheme for 33 dwellings located in a local gap. Decision awaited.
  • Whitstable Bay Estate CPO (2016) – advising Canterbury City Council, RSPB and Natural England since 2014 in relation to the compulsory purchase of the WBE to enable it to be established as a nature reserve. Appeared at the Inquiry in 2016.
  • Clayton Works, Pontardullais (2016) – successfully represented the City and County of Swansea in relation to the proposal for 50 dwellings on the grounds of flooding risk.
  • Wishanger Eco-home, East Hamphsire (2015) – successfully represented a developer proposing an "eco-home" in the countryside on the basis of the 'exceptional quality and innovative nature of the design' (para 55 of the NPPF). Rob had advised on the scheme from a very early stage of the proposal.
  • Hifynydd Wind Farm (2015) - successfully acted for Neath Port Talbot CBC in a long-running appeal against the refusal by the Council to grant planning permission for a 9 turbine Wind Farm. The Wind Farm was proposed to be located above the Aberpergwm Coal Mine. The appeal called for a balance to be struck between benefits of renewable energy and the need to avoid the sterilisation of important mineral resources.
  • Mynydd Marchywel windfarm (2015) P.A.D 26 – successfully represented the LPAin a two-week planning Inquiry following a refusal to grant permission for a wind farm straddling a Strategic Search Area boundary. The appeal was refused, with the Inspector accepting that the harm to landscape character, visual amenity and heritage interests outweighed the benefits of the scheme.
  • Fishlake Cottage Inquiry, Test Valley (2014) – acted for Test Valley Borough Council in a 5-day Inquiry against an enforcement notice issued in respect of unlawful open storage. The appeal was brought under grounds (a), (c), (d) and (g) and was dismissed on all grounds.
  • New Barnfield Energy from Waste Inquiry (2013) – appeared as junior to Mark Lowe QC on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council in a 7-week Inquiry into a proposed Energy from Waste plant. This controversial proposal covered a wide variety of issues including: UK and European Waste Policy; UK and European renewable energy policy; green belt; heritage impacts; traffic and highway and landscape and visual impacts.
  • Tattenhall Planning Inquiry (2013) – appeared as junior to Morag Ellis QC on behalf of Taylor Wimpey UK Limited in a 3-week Inquiry into proposals for c.330 homes in the village of Tattenhall. Decision Pending.

In addition Rob acted as part of a team of three barristers from chambers who advised on an application to the (then) Infrastructure Planning Commission in relation to the development of a Nuclear Power Station at Hinkley Point C.

Cases

Court of Appeal considers planning challenges by the French Government
17.05.2017
Over the course of 2 days (16 & 17th May 2017) the Court of Appeal has heard arguments in a judicial review claim relating to the legality of decisions made....

The impact of Daventry ‘on the ground’
27.02.2017
Planning permission refused for up to 276 dwellings in a Local Green Gap, Clacton-on-Sea In Daventry1 the Court of Appeal explained that, because a central theme of the NPPF was to....

DEFRA confirms Whitstable Bay CPO for nature reserve
11.11.2016
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the Whitstable Bay Estate Compulsory Purchase Order made by Canterbury City Council. The CPO authorises the compulsory purchase of....

Neighbourhood Plan Quashed – Boundaries of the 'Soft Touch' Approach
13.10.2016
Mrs Justice Patterson gave judgment today in R. (Stonegate Homes Limited and another) v. Horsham District Council and Henfield Parish Council [2016] EWHC 2512 (Admin) to quash the Henfield Neighbourhood....

Cornerstone Barristers appears for LTDA in challenge to East-West Cycle Superhighway
15.01.2016

On 13th and 14th January 2016 the High Court (Mrs Justice Patterson DBE) heard argument in R (on the application of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association Ltd) v Transport for London.

....

Permission granted for Judicial Review challenge to Cycle Super Highway
12.10.2015

The High Court has granted the Licensed Taxi Driver Association (LTDA) permission to bring a judicial review challenge in relation to the construction of the East-West Cycle Superhighway by Transport for London.

....

Balancing waste provision with Green Belt protection
22.07.2015

By a decision dated 16 July 2015 the Secretary of State, adopting in substance the reasons given by his inspector, has maintained his refusal of a planning permission for a substantial Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, with a capacity of 380,000 tonnes per annum and volume of 585,000 m3, at land at New Barnfield in Welwyn, following a legal challenge in the High Court.

....

Secretary Of State Refuses Permission For New Barnfield 380 Tkpa RERF
10.07.2014
The Secretary of State, adopting in substance the reasons given by his inspector, has refused planning permission for a substantial Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, with a capacity of 380,000....

Leeds Group Plc v (1) Leeds City Council; (2) Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (3) Jones [2012] 1 WLR 1561
27.02.2013
A judicial review in which the appellant (unsuccessfully) argued that to apply the definition of a Town and Village Green brought in by the CROW Act 2000 to use of....

Hillgrove Paddocks Planning Inquiry (2012)
27.02.2013
Representing the Local Planning Authority (South Downs National Park Authority) in a three-day planning inquiry. The the central issue was whether there was an essential need for a rural worker....

R (on the application of Garner) v Elmbridge Borough Council [2011] Env LR 10
27.02.2013

Rob appeared, as junior to James Findlay QC, in a leading case on the granting of Protective Cost Orders in judicial review challenges to planning permissions.

....

Full scale attack on town and village greens repelled
17.01.2012
The Court of Appeal have dismissed a challenge on the law relating to town and village greens which, if successful, would have dramatically limited the ability of local residents to....

Requirements of Circular 05/05: Planning Obligations
23.07.2010
The Secretary of State has recently issued his decision on the planning appeal last year into major redevelopment proposals for Brighton Marina. The appeal was dismissed on the ground that....

News

Wales Planning Law Update
20.10.2015
On Monday 19th October the Cornerstone Planning Team presented a Wales Planning Law Update at our Wales office at One Caspian Point. The day consisted of a morning seminar for Local....

Cornerstone on the Planning Court
01.09.2015

Cornerstone on the Planning Court, the definitive guide to the new Planning Court produced by Cornerstone Barristers, is now available to buy online and in book shops.

....

Planning Magazine: The Planning Law Survey 2015
31.05.2015
Cornerstone Barristers is proud to note that 15 members of our Planning Group have achieved rankings in the 2015 Planning Magazine survey of the planning legal profession. James Findlay QC, Mark....

Events

Cornerstone Breakfast Briefing: Is there now a de facto duty to give reasons for the grant of planning permission?
01.03.2017

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Ramifications of the Court of Appeal's Judgment in Oakley v South Cambs DC [2017] EWCA Civ 7 The Court of Appeal's Judgment in Oakley v South Cambridgeshire District Council [2017] EWCA....

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
07.11.2016


Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

Birmingham Private Planning Seminar
19.09.2016

2
Autumn approaches. After the tumultuous events of this year it is time to take stock and to examine what the future may have in store for the planning system and....

Overview

Rob is particularly interested in Administrative & Public law and, given the nature of his practice, public law issues pervade much of his work.

As a member of the Attorney General's 'C' Panel, Rob regularly appears in the Administrative and Planning Courts on behalf of Government departments. He has also appeared in the higher courts, including the Court of Appeal, on behalf of private parties.

Rob has experience of judicial review (or statutory review incorporating judicial review principles) in the following areas:

  • Local Government
  • Planning (s.288 appeals & Judicial Review)
  • Planning Enforcement (s.289 appeals)
  • Housing
  • Immigration & Asylum
  • Town & Village Greens
  • Homelessness (s.204 appeals)

Many of the cases in which Rob has been involved have raised Human Rights issues and he is used to addressing domestic, European and international jurisprudence in relation to such matters.

Recent examples of his work which have raised judicial review principles include:

  • Pitt v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] EWHC 1931 (and [2015] EWHC 1730) – represented the Secretary of State in a section 289 appeal against a decision of an Inspector inn a written reps appeal to uphold an enforcement notice. The central issue – at least at the substantive hearing – was whether the Inspector had contravened the principles of natural justice by not seeking further representations from the parties in relation to various issues.
  • R (on the application of Ali) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 7 – Rob successfully defended a judicial review claim in which it was alleged that the Secretary of State's decision to grant limited (rather than indefinite) leave to remain to the Claimant was contrary to her duties pursuant to section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 (the best interest duty).
  • Chhokar v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2014] EWHC 3155 – successfully defended a section 289 appeal on behalf of the SSCLG in which the Appellant argued that a Planning Inspectors' failure to hold an oral hearing in relation to a "ground d" appeal against an enforcement notice was a breach of common law fairness and his Article 6 rights.
  • R (on the application of NSV Management Limited) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2014] EWHC 1355 – successfully defended a section 289 appeal in which the Appellant challenge a Planning Inspector's decision to uphold the notice on a number of public law grounds, including that the Planning Inspector had erred by making his own enquiries in relation to the evidence.
  • Dick v Wandle Housing Association (unreported) – successfully resisted a judicial review application in which the Claimant contended that the decision by the Housing Association to refuse her transfer request was unlawful on public law grounds, including by being in breach of their own policy.
  • Leeds Group Plc v (1) Leeds City Council; (2) Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (3) Jones [2012] 1 WLR 1561 – A judicial review in which the appellant argued that to apply the definition of a Town and Village Green brought in by the CROW Act 2000 to use of land prior to that enactment would be contrary to the presumption against retrospective legislation and breach their Protocol 1, Article 1 ECHR rights. Rob successfully appeared for the interested party, making both written and oral submissions to the Court of Appeal.
  • Advising a local authority as to the merits of a potential judicial review challenge of DEFRA's designation of the South Downs National Park. This involved: interpretation the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949; consideration of the extent to which the failure of a public body to exercise discretionary powers is susceptible to judicial review challenge; and formulation of potential grounds of judicial review (including on Padfield grounds)

As well regularly advising on the merits of judicial review claims, Rob also frequently drafts letters before action and grounds of claim, and responses thereto.


Local authority governance and services
Robert regularly acts for and advises local authorities on a wide variety of matters. In addition to his housing and planning law practice, his experience includes:

  • Advising a local authority in respect of a potential judicial review challenge of DEFRA's designation of the South Downs National Park.
  • Advising on the merits of common law claims against local authorities, including claims of misfeasance in public office and negligence.
  • Advising on the merits of public law claims brought against local authorities.
  • Making applications under the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Advising local authorities on the application of Public Interest Immunity to social security records.

Advising a local authority on the advertisement requirements within the GDPO 1995.


Immigration and asylum
Robert regularly appears in both the Upper Tier and First Tier Tribunals (Immigration and Asylum Chambers), and currently has an immigration appeal pending in the Court of Appeal (hearing February 2012).

His experience includes:

  • Numerous family reunion/entry clearance cases in both the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunals which, in addition to the immigration rules, have raised a diverse range of issues, including: Article 8/proportionality; the application of ZH (Tanzania) (best interests of children as a primary consideration) to children outside the UK; and the circumstances in which Sharia marriages are recognised as valid under UK law.
  • Removal cases in the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunals. Most recently involved in a case on behalf of a Somalia national in which it was successfully argued that removal would breach the Appellant's Article 3 rights.
  • Appeals against the refusal of Family Permits under the EEA Regulations 2006 (in both the First Tier and Upper Trier Tribunals)
  • Acting on behalf of an appellant in an asylum matter which raised complex questions regarding the UK's obligations under the Geneva Convention, the ECHR and the UN Conventions on Statelessness.
  • Drafting judicial review grounds in relation to the failure of theSecretary of State for the Home Department to recognise an individual's entitlement to an in-country right of appeal.
  • Drafting numerous grounds of appeal in immigration cases to the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunals, as well as to the Court of Appeal.

Cases

Court of Appeal considers planning challenges by the French Government
17.05.2017
Over the course of 2 days (16 & 17th May 2017) the Court of Appeal has heard arguments in a judicial review claim relating to the legality of decisions made....

News

Planning Magazine: The Planning Law Survey 2015
31.05.2015
Cornerstone Barristers is proud to note that 15 members of our Planning Group have achieved rankings in the 2015 Planning Magazine survey of the planning legal profession. James Findlay QC, Mark....

Junior Members appointed to Attorney General's Panel of Counsel
23.02.2012
Ryan Kohli (2006) and Rob Williams (2008) have been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel (C Panel). James Findlay QC, joint head of chambers, said "Ryan and Rob have....

Events

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
07.11.2016


Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

Overview

In addition to his housing related work, Robert has acted in and advised on a number of property disputes including:

  • Service charge/Administration charge disputes in the LVT
  • Disrepair Claims
  • Adverse possession/prescription claims
  • Trespass Claims
  • Claims for compensation under the Land Compensation Act 1961 following compulsory purchase
  • Advising on the construction of leases
  • Advising on the rights and liabilities of landowners in relation to watercourses
  • Advising on the merits of a defence to a combined judicial review/application to amend registration of a Village Green.

During pupillage Robert benefited from exposure to a variety of property matters including leasehold enfranchisement under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967, business leases under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, compensation for compulsory purchase and the enforceability of restrictive covenants.

Robert also presented a paper on Town and Village Greens at the seminar Planning and Local Government Issues for Wales in September 2009.

Events

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
07.11.2016


Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

Overview

Robert advises and acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants in a wide range of civil litigation matters. His experience includes:

  • Appearing for a private individual in a three-day, multi-track RTA trial which centred on an allegation (found to be unproven) that his client had conspired to defraud an insurance company
  • Appearing on behalf of the London Borough of Lambeth in a restitutionary claim for recovery of wages paid at a time when the employee was in prison
  • Advising on, and appearing in, a civil claim under the Harassment Act 1997
  • Appearing in the LVT on behalf of a commercial landlord in which a challenge to the reasonableness of service and administration charges was successfully resisted.
  • Small Claims, Fast Track and Multi-track Trials in relation to various contractual and tortious claims Advising on the merits of various contractual/tortious claims, including in relation to unpaid rent/service charges, boundary disputes, economic torts and negligence on the part of local authorities
  • Drafting statements of case in a variety of proceedings, including disrepair actions, compensation claims following compulsory purchase and service charge claims
  • Regularly appearing on behalf of petitioning creditors in winding up proceedings.

Robert has experience of proceedings in both the Magistrates' and Crown Courts. In particular:

  • Prosecuting a taxi driver for the offence of 'plying for hire'
  • Acting for the localy authority in an appeal against conviction and sentence in relation to the breach of an enforcement notice
  • Prosecutions under the Food Hygiene Regulations 2006
  • Prosecutions under the Education Act 1996

Overview

Rob has a particular interest in energy-related matters. His experience includes:

  • Windfarms - both resisting and promoting wind farm schemes. He has a particular expertise in relation to wind farm proposals in Wales, having appeared in four separate public inquires into windfarms in Wales within the last two years.
  • Energy from Waste – Rob appeared with Mark Lowe QC Council in a 7-week Inquiry into a proposed Energy from Waste plant in Hertfordshire. This controversial proposal covered a wide variety of issues including: UK and European Waste Policy; UK and European renewable energy policy; green belt; heritage impacts; traffic and highway and landscape and visual impacts.
  • Minerals – a recent inquiry in which Rob appeared for the LPA (Hifynydd Wind Farm (2015)) called for a balance to be struck between benefits of renewable energy and the need to avoid the sterilisation of important mineral resources.
  • Nuclear Energy - acted as part of a team of three barristers from chambers who advised on an application to the (then) Infrastructure Planning Commission in relation to the development of a Nuclear Power Station at Hinkley Point C.
  • Eco-Homes – Rob successfully represented a developer proposing an "eco-home" in the countryside on the basis of the 'exceptional quality and innovative nature of the design' (para 55 of the NPPF). A key part of this finding was the energy-efficient design of the proposal. Rob had advised on the scheme from a very early stage.

Cases

Balancing waste provision with Green Belt protection
22.07.2015

By a decision dated 16 July 2015 the Secretary of State, adopting in substance the reasons given by his inspector, has maintained his refusal of a planning permission for a substantial Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, with a capacity of 380,000 tonnes per annum and volume of 585,000 m3, at land at New Barnfield in Welwyn, following a legal challenge in the High Court.

....

Events

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016
07.11.2016


Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

Cornerstone on the Planning Court

1st September 2015

Cornerstone on the Planning Court, the definitive guide to the new Planning Court produced by Cornerstone Barristers, is now available to buy online and in book shops.

Edited by Tom Cosgrove and written by members of the Cornerstone Planning Team, the guide is the first of its kind to analyse the procedures and work of the Planning Court which was introduced in April 2014.

Designed to be practical and accessible, it is the essential reference for all those who are involved in bringing or defending claims in the Court, and those who have an interest in the broad range of claims that now fall within the Court's remit. The guide will be of particular use to those instructing solicitors and barristers in planning related matters such as planning consultancies, development companies, pressure groups and individuals, as well as solicitors, professional planning bodies and local authorities.

Contributors to Cornerstone on the Planning Court include Michael Bedford QC, Josef Cannon, Estelle Dehon, Emma Dring, James Findlay QC, Robin Green, Mark Lowe QC, Jack Parker, Clare Parry, Asitha Ranatunga and Robert Williams.

For further information on Cornerstone on the Planning Court or to purchase a copy, click here.

Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct

1st September 2015

Edited by Philip Kolvin QC, Head of Cornerstone Barristers, and written by members of Chambers, Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct identifies and explains the standards that govern the conduct of those elected to Local Government in England and Wales.

Contributors to Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct include: James Findlay QC, Philip Coppel QC, Robin Green, Harriet Townsend, Wayne Beglan, Damien Welfare, Estelle Dehon, Ryan Kohli, Robert Williams, Emma Dring, Zoe Whittington, Jack Parker and Matt Lewin.

The book has been designed as a readable, practical guide for all those involved in local government, including officers, councillors, monitoring officers and lawyers.

With the foreword kindly contributed by Cllr David Sparks, the Chairman of the Local Government Association, topics considered within the guide include:

  • The standards regime
  • Councillors' conduct and decision-making
  • Complaints procedure
  • Challenging council decisions
  • Offences

Reviews include:

Cornerstone Barristers has produced a "book which is not only extremely useful from a professional standpoint, but it is also eminently readable." It "is not just a handy reference book to Councillors' conduct: it is an indispensable guide and should be the first port of call when questions arise." James Button and Co-Bulletin

The publication"skilfully navigates its way through the dense and dangerous jungle of intervening statutory, guidance, caselaw and other foliage from the former Standards Board regime (following the Donnygate scandal) to the present slimmed-down but imperfect present." Nicholas Dobson, a Consultant with Freeths LLP writing for Local Government Lawyer

Click here to purchase a copy.

Philip Kolvin QC discusses the issues confronting local councillors and the need for a consistent approach to standards of conduct in an interview with Bloomsbury Professional.

  • Member of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Social Housing Law Association
  • Member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association
  • Member of the Compulsory Purchase Association

Case

Court of Appeal considers planning challenges by the French Government

17th May 2017

Over the course of 2 days (16 & 17th May 2017) the Court of Appeal has heard arguments in a judicial review claim relating to the legality of decisions made....

Case

The impact of Daventry ‘on the ground’

27th February 2017

Planning permission refused for up to 276 dwellings in a Local Green Gap, Clacton-on-Sea In Daventry1 the Court of Appeal explained that, because a central theme of the NPPF was to....

Case

DEFRA confirms Whitstable Bay CPO for nature reserve

11th November 2016

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed the Whitstable Bay Estate Compulsory Purchase Order made by Canterbury City Council. The CPO authorises the compulsory purchase of....

Case

Neighbourhood Plan Quashed – Boundaries of the 'Soft Touch' Approach

13th October 2016

Mrs Justice Patterson gave judgment today in R. (Stonegate Homes Limited and another) v. Horsham District Council and Henfield Parish Council [2016] EWHC 2512 (Admin) to quash the Henfield Neighbourhood....

Case

Cornerstone Barristers appears for LTDA in challenge to East-West Cycle Superhighway

15th January 2016

On 13th and 14th January 2016 the High Court (Mrs Justice Patterson DBE) heard argument in R (on the application of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association Ltd) v Transport for London.

....

News

Wales Planning Law Update

20th October 2015

On Monday 19th October the Cornerstone Planning Team presented a Wales Planning Law Update at our Wales office at One Caspian Point. The day consisted of a morning seminar for Local....

Case

Permission granted for Judicial Review challenge to Cycle Super Highway

12th October 2015

The High Court has granted the Licensed Taxi Driver Association (LTDA) permission to bring a judicial review challenge in relation to the construction of the East-West Cycle Superhighway by Transport for London.

....

News

Cornerstone on the Planning Court

1st September 2015

Cornerstone on the Planning Court, the definitive guide to the new Planning Court produced by Cornerstone Barristers, is now available to buy online and in book shops.

....

Case

Balancing waste provision with Green Belt protection

22nd July 2015

By a decision dated 16 July 2015 the Secretary of State, adopting in substance the reasons given by his inspector, has maintained his refusal of a planning permission for a substantial Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, with a capacity of 380,000 tonnes per annum and volume of 585,000 m3, at land at New Barnfield in Welwyn, following a legal challenge in the High Court.

....

News

Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct

26th June 2015

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

....

News

Planning Magazine: The Planning Law Survey 2015

31st May 2015

Cornerstone Barristers is proud to note that 15 members of our Planning Group have achieved rankings in the 2015 Planning Magazine survey of the planning legal profession. James Findlay QC, Mark....

Case

Secretary Of State Refuses Permission For New Barnfield 380 Tkpa RERF

10th July 2014

The Secretary of State, adopting in substance the reasons given by his inspector, has refused planning permission for a substantial Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility, with a capacity of 380,000....

Case

Leeds Group Plc v (1) Leeds City Council; (2) Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (3) Jones [2012] 1 WLR 1561

27th February 2013

A judicial review in which the appellant (unsuccessfully) argued that to apply the definition of a Town and Village Green brought in by the CROW Act 2000 to use of....

Case

Abubakar v Entry Clearance Officer [2012] EWCA Civ 377

27th February 2013

The Court of Appeal clarified the proper approach for assessing whether an applicant for entry clearance would be 'adequately maintained' for the purposes of the immigration rules. Rob appeared (as....

Case

Hillgrove Paddocks Planning Inquiry (2012)

27th February 2013

Representing the Local Planning Authority (South Downs National Park Authority) in a three-day planning inquiry. The the central issue was whether there was an essential need for a rural worker....

Case

R (on the application of Garner) v Elmbridge Borough Council [2011] Env LR 10

27th February 2013

Rob appeared, as junior to James Findlay QC, in a leading case on the granting of Protective Cost Orders in judicial review challenges to planning permissions.

....

News

Attorney General's Panel Appointments

20th February 2013

Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that Catherine Rowlands and Clare Parry have been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel with effect from 1 March 2013. Their appointments....

News

Junior Members appointed to Attorney General's Panel of Counsel

23rd February 2012

Ryan Kohli (2006) and Rob Williams (2008) have been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel (C Panel). James Findlay QC, joint head of chambers, said "Ryan and Rob have....

Case

Full scale attack on town and village greens repelled

17th January 2012

The Court of Appeal have dismissed a challenge on the law relating to town and village greens which, if successful, would have dramatically limited the ability of local residents to....

Case

Requirements of Circular 05/05: Planning Obligations

23rd July 2010

The Secretary of State has recently issued his decision on the planning appeal last year into major redevelopment proposals for Brighton Marina. The appeal was dismissed on the ground that....

EVENT

Cornerstone Breakfast Briefing: Is there now a de facto duty to give reasons for the grant of planning permission?

1st March 2017

1

Ramifications of the Court of Appeal's Judgment in Oakley v South Cambs DC [2017] EWCA Civ 7 The Court of Appeal's Judgment in Oakley v South Cambridgeshire District Council [2017] EWCA....

EVENT

Cornerstone Annual Planning Day 2016

7th November 2016

Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers' Annual Planning Conference aimed at practitioners in the private sector, taking place on 7th November 2016. The day will be hosted by Cornerstone....

EVENT

Birmingham Private Planning Seminar

19th September 2016

2

Autumn approaches. After the tumultuous events of this year it is time to take stock and to examine what the future may have in store for the planning system and....