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Ruchi Parekh

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2010
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Ruchi has a broad public law practice with particular expertise in planning, information, property and election law.

She also has experience in a range of related areas including local authority powers, public procurement, licensing, housing, and commercial law.

Ruchi is regularly instructed by public bodies, including central and local government, private organisations, developers and individuals.

Ruchi has an LLM from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded a Public Service Fellowship, and an LLB (First Class Honours) from the London School of Economics, where she won several prizes including two for best overall performance in the year. Ruchi was awarded the Stephen Chapman Scholarship from Inner Temple.

Ruchi's previous experience includes human rights litigation in domestic courts in eastern Europe and southern and eastern Africa, and the European Court of Human Rights, while working at Interights. She provided advice and training to NGOs and has conducted workshops in Ukraine and Georgia on international human rights standards.

Prior to coming to the bar, Ruchi worked as a legal officer at JUSTICE for two years, where she led the civil justice program. Her work included co-authoring Delivering Justice in an Age of Austerity (with Sir Stanley Burnton) on the reform of the civil courts and tribunals. She continues to work on civil justice reform in a pro bono capacity.

Ruchi was an Associate Editor of New York University Law School's legal blog, Just Security, and a Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has also worked with Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic and the Constitution Unit (UCL).

Overview

Ruchi has a broad administrative and public law practice, and regularly advises and represents both public bodies and private clients in this area. Current and recent notable cases include:

  • Acting for the London Borough of Haringey in successfully defending the lawfulness of the Haringey Development Vehicle (led by Ranjit Bhose QC).
  • Resisting a public procurement challenge on behalf of the London Borough of Haringey brought by a former private sector partner (led by Ranjit Bhose QC).
  • Acting for the Royal Borough of Kingston (on behalf of a consortium of London boroughs) in a test case challenging the decision in Jones v London Borough of Southwark on water re-selling (led by Ranjit Bhose QC).
  • Representing local residents in successfully quashing planning permission for residential development where the planning authority had been misled about the weight to be attributed to an emerging neighbourhood plan.
  • Resisting a s.288 appeal against the grant of planning permission on behalf of a developer (interested party) (led by Mark Lowe QC).
  • Acting for the Electoral Commission in resisting a judicial review challenge (led by Philip Coppel QC) as well as defending a statutory appeal.`
  • Advising several local authority clients on issues arising from requests for information (under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as well as the Environmental Information Regulations).
  • Advising a local authority client on threatened challenges to its housing allocation scheme (led by Matt Hutchings QC).

Ruchi is able to advise public body clients at all stages of decision-making, including in relation to equality impact assessments and the proper discharge of its public law duties. She recently represented Dacorum Borough Council in successfully resisting a public sector equality duty challenge in the Court of Appeal (led by Andrew Lane).

Ruchi is also frequently instructed by central government departments through the Government Legal Department's 'Junior Junior' scheme. She was part of the Cornerstone team advising the Department of Media, Culture and Sport on the implementation of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation into domestic law. She was also part of the legal team for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea ahead of the public inquiry into the Grenfell tragedy.

Cases

Southwark Gets Tough on Affordable Housing Pledges Again
14.07.2017
Following litigation brought in the High Court, Chancery Division, the London Borough of Southwark has secured the return of 9 more designated affordable housing units to affordable housing use. This follows....

News

Rosewell Review: planning inquiries are here to stay
13.02.2019
By Mark Lowe QC, Jack Parker and Ruchi Parekh Introduction Yesterday the government published the report of Bridget Rosewell OBE following the review she has recently led into the planning appeal system....

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....

Parliamentary Inquiry into Prostitution
21.03.2016
A team from Cornerstone Barristers is advising a national feminist organisation appearing in an inquiry into prostitution. The Home Affairs Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into prostitution, and in particular....

Overview

Ruchi has experience in a number of property law matters and acts on behalf of local authorities and private parties. She has been instructed on a range of issues including service charge disputes, possessions, trespass, tenancy deposits and disrepair.

Most recently, she acted for a housing association (led by Ranjit Bhose QC) in an arbitration relating to the construction of an option agreement and for a local authority (led by Matt Hutchings QC) in securing affordable housing planning obligations that had been breached by the developer/housing association.

Cases

Haringey HDV Ruled Lawful
08.02.2018
In a much-anticipated judgment, the High Court has today ruled that Haringey Council's decision to set up the Haringey Development Vehicle ("HDV") was lawful.The HDV is a proposed 50-50 limited....

Southwark Gets Tough on Affordable Housing Pledges Again
14.07.2017
Following litigation brought in the High Court, Chancery Division, the London Borough of Southwark has secured the return of 9 more designated affordable housing units to affordable housing use. This follows....

Overview

Ruchi is experienced in planning and environment and has represented a range of clients in planning inquiries as well as High Court proceedings. She is regularly instructed by local authorities, developers and resident groups on a range of issues, including s106 obligations, neighbourhod development plans, affordable housing, enforcement and stop notices, and the public sector equality duty. Recent notable work includes:

  • Two-week planning inquiry successfully resisting retail development in the setting of a conservation area (led by Richard Ground QC).
  • Representing local residents in successfully quashing planning permission for residential development where the planning authority had been misled about the weight to be attributed to an emerging neighbourhood plan.
  • Acting for a local authority (in support of the Environment Agency) in resisting redevelopment on a site known for historic groundwater pollution.
  • Resisting a s.288 appeal against the grant of planning permission on behalf of a developer (interested party) (led by Mark Lowe QC).
  • Acting on behalf of local authorities in numerous enforcement appeals.
  • Resisting a rights of way challenge on behalf of a Welsh local authority.

Ruchi also has experience in planning enforcement matters in the Magistrates' Courts/Crown Court, as well as enforcing s106 obligations in the County Court/High Court.

News

Rosewell Review: planning inquiries are here to stay
13.02.2019
By Mark Lowe QC, Jack Parker and Ruchi Parekh Introduction Yesterday the government published the report of Bridget Rosewell OBE following the review she has recently led into the planning appeal system....

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....

Overview

Ruchi is experienced in the housing sector, and is regularly instructed by local authorities, housing associations, private landlords and tenants. She has acted in a range of housing law claims including possessions, warrant suspensions, anti-social behaviour, tenancy fraud and injunctions. She has represented local authorities in a number of housing law trials, including in the multi-track, and has experience of appeals in this context. Ruchi has also advised on issues relating to housing allocation schemes.

During pupillage, Ruchi spent time on secondment at a local housing authority.

Cases

Public sector equality duty in possession proceedings: context is everything
24.01.2019

Dacorum Borough Council v Powell [2019] EWCA Civ 23

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Haringey HDV Ruled Lawful
08.02.2018
In a much-anticipated judgment, the High Court has today ruled that Haringey Council's decision to set up the Haringey Development Vehicle ("HDV") was lawful.The HDV is a proposed 50-50 limited....

News

Sex for Rent: CPS Guidance indicates prosecutions are possible following campaign by Peter Kyle MP, assisted by Cornerstone Barristers
22.01.2019
In September 2018 a team from Cornerstone Barristers provided legal advice to Peter Kyle MP concerning the phenomenon of sex for rent, whereby landlords offer free or discounted accommodation in....

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....

Events

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....

Public law/Equality Act 2010 defences seminar
07.06.2017

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Local Authorities and Housing Associations are increasingly facing defences to their possession claims based on some public law challenge, or the Equality Act 2010.  This is especially so with respect....

Tackling tenancy fraud: the law and practice of sub-letting and non-occupation claims
25.04.2017

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This seminar is aimed at social landlords and their representatives and will consider the legal and practical issues to which sub-letting or parting with possession of social housing give rise. ....

Overview

Ruchi has a growing practice in licensing law. She recently represented the responsible licensing authority at a hearing concerning We Are Festival. Ruchi has experience in taxi licensing appeals and has also represented the Security Industry Authority in resisting statutory appeals in the Magistrates' Courts.

Ruchi was a member of the Cornerstone Barristers' team advising the Fawcett Society on prostitution law, specifically whether the UK should adopt the so-called 'sex buyer law', which seeks to criminalise the buyer rather than the seller of sexual services.

News

New taxi licensing laws to close the "cross-border" gap and promote public safety
27.02.2019
By Ruchi Parekh Earlier this month, the government announced its plans to introduce new legislation which will give licensing authorities greater powers to enforce standards against "out of town" vehicles and....

Sex for Rent: CPS Guidance indicates prosecutions are possible following campaign by Peter Kyle MP, assisted by Cornerstone Barristers
22.01.2019
In September 2018 a team from Cornerstone Barristers provided legal advice to Peter Kyle MP concerning the phenomenon of sex for rent, whereby landlords offer free or discounted accommodation in....

Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling
31.10.2017

Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

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Parliamentary Inquiry into Prostitution
21.03.2016
A team from Cornerstone Barristers is advising a national feminist organisation appearing in an inquiry into prostitution. The Home Affairs Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into prostitution, and in particular....

Overview

Ruchi is experienced in information law and is regularly instructed to advise and represent both private clients and public bodies in this field. Recent notable cases include Ittihadieh v 5-11 Cheyne Gardens RTM Co Ltd & Ors (Court of Appeal) (led by Philip Coppel QC) on the scope of the subject access request provisions in the DPA 1998.

Ruchi has advised a number of clients – including local authorities, private companies and sole traders – on preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and can provide bespoke training in this area.

She frequently advises local authority clients on issues arising from requests for information (under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as well as the Environmental Information Regulations).

Ruchi was also part of the Cornerstone team advising the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on the implementation of the GDPR into domestic law.

Publications

1st September 2016

Ruchi has published articles and commentary in human rights and international law. Select publications include:

- Warfare and "Judicial Imperialism" in the UK, Just Security (6 May 2015)
- Delivering Justice in an Age of Austerity, U.K. Const. L. Blog (27 April 2015)
- How to Interpret the UN HRC's Comment on National Security Detentions, Just Security (21 Jan 2015)
- Lessons from Litigating Universal Primary Education in Swaziland 17(2) Interights Bulletin (2013) p.83

News: Licensing

New taxi licensing laws to close the "cross-border" gap and promote public safety

27th February 2019

By Ruchi Parekh Earlier this month, the government announced its plans to introduce new legislation which will give licensing authorities greater powers to enforce standards against "out of town" vehicles and....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment

Rosewell Review: planning inquiries are here to stay

13th February 2019

By Mark Lowe QC, Jack Parker and Ruchi Parekh Introduction Yesterday the government published the report of Bridget Rosewell OBE following the review she has recently led into the planning appeal system....

Case: Housing, Local Government

Public sector equality duty in possession proceedings: context is everything

24th January 2019

Dacorum Borough Council v Powell [2019] EWCA Civ 23

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News: Housing, Licensing

Sex for Rent: CPS Guidance indicates prosecutions are possible following campaign by Peter Kyle MP, assisted by Cornerstone Barristers

22nd January 2019

In September 2018 a team from Cornerstone Barristers provided legal advice to Peter Kyle MP concerning the phenomenon of sex for rent, whereby landlords offer free or discounted accommodation in....

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: Housing, Property, Commercial and Regulatory

Haringey HDV Ruled Lawful

8th February 2018

In a much-anticipated judgment, the High Court has today ruled that Haringey Council's decision to set up the Haringey Development Vehicle ("HDV") was lawful.The HDV is a proposed 50-50 limited....

News: Licensing

Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

31st October 2017

Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

....

Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Property, Commercial and Regulatory

Southwark Gets Tough on Affordable Housing Pledges Again

14th July 2017

Following litigation brought in the High Court, Chancery Division, the London Borough of Southwark has secured the return of 9 more designated affordable housing units to affordable housing use. This follows....

News: Commercial and Regulatory

LexisPSL - Subject access requests

24th March 2017

In an article for LexisPSL, Ruchi Parekh considers the Court of Appeal's judgment in Ittihadieh and the issues discussed including the definition of personal data and what constitutes a subject....

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: Public Law and Judicial Review, Licensing, Inquests and Inquiries

Parliamentary Inquiry into Prostitution

21st March 2016

A team from Cornerstone Barristers is advising a national feminist organisation appearing in an inquiry into prostitution. The Home Affairs Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into prostitution, and in particular....