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Ruchi Parekh

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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.

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

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

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....

How to (lawfully) rename streets and remove statues
23.06.2020
By Ruchi Parekh In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, local authorities across the UK are having to grapple with the controversial historical figures that line their streets. Many....

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.

....

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

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

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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....

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....

Overview

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

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....

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....

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

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

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....

Pease v Carter: ‘reasonable recipient’ test applies to statutory notices
19.05.2020
By Ruchi Parekh The Court of Appeal has provided much-needed clarity on whether the 'reasonable recipient' test applies to statutory notices. In Pease v Carter, the Court confirmed that a statutory....

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

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

....

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

Zoom webinar - Possession claims and the Public Sector Equality Duty
11.05.2020


Compliance with the PSED is an important step for social landlords when bringing or continuing with possession proceedings. How should it be addressed and documented, and when? What do judges expect....

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....

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

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....

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

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....

New article: Case Update in the Freedom of Information Journal
14.02.2020
In this article published in the Freedom of Information Journal, Ruchi Parekh and John Fitzsimons highlight points of interest from decisions of the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal in....

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....

Recent decisions of the Information Commissioner and Tribunals

1st February 2020

In this article published by PDP Journals, Ruchi Parekh and John Fitzsimons highlight points of interest from decisions of the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal in December 2019.

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: 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: Public Law and Judicial Review, Local Government

How to (lawfully) rename streets and remove statues

23rd June 2020

By Ruchi Parekh In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, local authorities across the UK are having to grapple with the controversial historical figures that line their streets. Many....

News: Housing

Pease v Carter: ‘reasonable recipient’ test applies to statutory notices

19th May 2020

By Ruchi Parekh The Court of Appeal has provided much-needed clarity on whether the 'reasonable recipient' test applies to statutory notices. In Pease v Carter, the Court confirmed that a statutory....

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: Local Government

Virtual meetings are the new reality

3rd April 2020

By James Findlay QC, Ruchi Parekh and Isabella Buono The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday made Regulations to ensure local authorities can conduct business during the....

News: Information Law

New article: Case Update in the Freedom of Information Journal

14th February 2020

In this article published in the Freedom of Information Journal, Ruchi Parekh and John Fitzsimons highlight points of interest from decisions of the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal in....

News:

Increasing judicial diversity - JUSTICE report published

30th January 2020

Yesterday, law reform organisation JUSTICE launched its latest working party report, Increasing Judicial Diversity: An Update. Cornerstone Barristers' Ruchi Parekh was a member of the working party and has been involved....

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

....

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

....

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....