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Ruchi Parekh

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2010
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Ruchi accepts instructions in all of Chambers' core practice areas. She regularly appears in the County Court, Magistrates' Courts and High Court and has experience (as a junior) in the Court of Appeal.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Ruchi worked in public law, human rights and international law.

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.

Most recently, 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).

She has spoken at seminars and conferences including:
- 1 Crown Office Row, Public Law in an Age of Austerity (June 2015)
- Keele University, Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Launch (January 2015)

Overview

Ruchi has a growing public law and judicial review practice, and has experience in advising both public bodies and private clients on public law issues. Recent notable cases include acting for the Electoral Commission in defending a judicial review claim concerning election law.

Ruchi is frequently instructed by central government departments through the Government Legal Department's 'Junior Junior' scheme.

Data Protection
Ruchi is experienced in data protection law, and is instructed to advise on and represent both private clients and public bodies in this field. Ruchi 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.

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.

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

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 in an arbitration (led by Ranjit Bhose QC) relating to the construction of an option agreement.

During pupillage, Ruchi assisted members of chambers in several property law matters, including cases involving easements, restrictive covenants, shared ownership leases, water abstraction and sinkholes.

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 building a practice in planning and environment law. She has experience in acting for public authorities in planning enforcement matters in the Magistrates' Courts.

During pupillage, Ruchi assisted members of chambers in a number of planning and environment matters, including in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Cases included a planning inquiry concerning permission for residential dwellings, advisory work on an authority's local plan, and defending a statutory appeal against planning permission for a wind turbine.

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.

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

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....

News

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

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 accepts instructions in licensing law. She has represented the Security Industry Authority in resisting statutory appeals in the Magistrates' Courts.

Ruchi was a member of the Cornerstone Barristers' team advising a national feminist organisation 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

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....

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

Case

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

Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

31st October 2017

Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

....

Case

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

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

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

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....

EVENT

Public law/Equality Act 2010 defences seminar

7th June 2017

1

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....

EVENT

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

25th April 2017

1

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. ....