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Ryan Kohli

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Ryan has built a successful practice in social housing, planning, government immigration and local government law.

In March 2012, Ryan's expertise in public law was recognised by his appointment to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel (C Panel), and recently he was appointed to the Panel of Counsel for the Metropolitan Police.

Ryan has built a successful practice in social housing, planning, government immigration and local government law.

In March 2012, Ryan's expertise in public law was recognised by his appointment to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel (C Panel), and recently he was appointed to the Panel of Counsel for the Metropolitan Police.

Ryan read law at Oxford University and was called to the bar in 2006, having achieved the outstanding grade in the Bar Vocational Course.

Social Housing
He is a seasoned social housing practitioner who conducts the full range of social housing work. He has appeared in numerous trials involving local authority claims for possession on the basis of anti-social behaviour including drug possession/supply/cultivation. He acts in cases involving defences under the Equality Act 2010 and in claims defended on public law grounds (including Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights).

Ryan appeared as sole Counsel for the successful local authority in Thurrock Borough Council v West [2012] EWCA Civ 1435 which is the leading authority on the scope of Article 8 defences in claims for possession.

Planning
In planning, Ryan regularly acts for the Secretary of State in High Court challenges brought under ss. 288 and 289 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. He has also conducted numerous public inquiries on behalf of local planning and highway authorities and has advised on neighbourhood plan applications and the recovery of planning application fees. Recent examples of High Court work include:

  • R (on the application of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] EWHC 2458 (Admin)
  • Led by Philip Coppel Q.C., Ryan acted for the Secretary of State defending a challenge brought under s. 288 to the grant of lawful development certificates to property owners in RBKC who were exercising their permitted development rights to construct single-storey basements. The case turned on the correct approach to Paragraph A.1(f) of the GPDO.
  • Arnold v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] EWHC 1197 (Admin)
  • Acted on behalf of the Secretary of State in defending a s. 289 challenge to the decision of a planning inspector to uphold an enforcement notice requiring the demolition of an unlawfully constructed dwelling on the green belt. The case concerned, inter alia, the adequacy of the inspector's consideration of alternative schemes under Ground F and whether PD rights, once implemented under Class A, can survive the demolition of the dwellinghouse.
  • Fuller v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] EWHC 142 (Admin)
  • Acted on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in defending the grant of planning permission to develop a site near a tree with amenity value on a residential street. The Court upheld the inspector's conclusion that the tree provided amenity value, but that it was not an outstanding or unique specimen, and that the benefit of the proposed development would override any harm to the tree.

Government immigration
Ryan also regularly appears in the Upper Tribunal and High Court for the Secretary of State for the Home Department in judicial review applications in the field of immigration and unlawful detention. He has recently successfully represented the Secretary of State in the High Court in:

  • R (on the application of Neeraj Kumar) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 652 and
  • R (on the application of R) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 2018.

Local government
Ryan's practice covers wider local government work and he has experience in applications to revoke Debt Relief Orders, cases relating to the laws of markets and fairs and defended applications for liability orders for non-domestic rates. In particular Ryan has represented local authorities in judicial review applications relating to non-domestic rates decisions including:

  • R. (on the application of Augustine Housing Trust) v Grays Magistrates' Court [2011] EWHC 699.

"An impressive advocate who provides good skeleton arguments in complex cases." "A very firm opponent." Chambers & Partners 2017

"Very succinct and gets to the point quickly. His written advice is very good and clients love him - he's charming." Chambers & Partners 2017

"A very focused and smart guy who is also enjoyable to deal with." "He is very clear and persuasive in the submissions he makes." Chambers & Partners 2016

"An effective oral advocate." Legal 500 2016

"He provides good, sound, commercial advice. He's very personable and a favourite with clients." Chambers & Partners 2016

"He's exemplary in terms of client care, trial preparation and advocacy skills - a polished service." Chambers & Partners 2016

"Truly impressive advocacy skills." Legal 500 2015

Overview

Ryan has appeared at a number of public inquiries hearing appeals against the grant of planning permission and in appeals against enforcement notices. He has particular experience of inquiries involving issues of design, viability, transport, highways and residential amenity issues. He is ranked as a leading junior in this area by Chambers & Partners 2016.

Early in his practice, Ryan appeared in the Court of Appeal on a matter relating to the ambit of a statutory exception to the protection offered by Tree Preservation Orders and appeared in a second Court of Appeal case concerning the ambit of the secretary of state's discretion as to the manner in which an enforcement notice appeal was reheard following a successful appeal under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 s.289.

Ryan appeared on behalf of Essex County Council and the City of London Corporation in a 4 day public inquiry into the insertion of four cattle grids within the Epping Forest. He has also successfully represented Southend-on-Sea Council at a public inquiry dismissing an appeal against the refusal of a large assisted living scheme proposed by McCarthy and Stone. More recently, Ryan has appeared in a number of s. 288 and 289 challenges on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Cases

Going underground - High Court shines a light on basement development rights
08.10.2015

In the face of rising property prices and a limited supply of land, particularly in central London, the creation of a basement below your property has become one of the most attractive options for extending your home.

....

R (on the application of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2015)
17.06.2015
Led by Philip Coppel Q.C., Ryan Kohli acted for the Secretary of State defending a challenge brought under s. 288 to the grant of lawful development certificates to property owners....

Arnold V Secretary Of State For Communities And Local Government [2015] EWHC 1197 (Admin)
01.04.2015
Ryan Kohli acted on behalf of the Secretary of State in defending a s. 289 challenge to the decision of a planning inspector to uphold an enforcement notice requiring the....

Fuller V Secretary Of State For Communities And Local Government [2015] EWHC 142 (Admin)
14.01.2015
Ryan Kohli acted on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in defending the grant of planning permission to develop a site near a tree with....

Installation Of Cattle Grids And By-Passes Within Epping Forest At Wake Road, Cross Roads, Rangers Road And Forest Side
02.04.2012
In a decision published on 26 March 2012, the Secretary of State granted permission to the Highway Authority to install four cattle grids in four strategic locations within Epping Forest.....

Jennings Yard v Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
27.02.2012
A two day inquiry concerning an appeal against the refusal of a lawful development certificate and an enforcement notice relating to the use of a site as a builders yard.....

Avens Court Nursing Home V Woking Borough Council
27.02.2012
Appeared on behalf of the local authority at a public inquiry concerning an appeal against enforcement action taken against the erection of outbuildings and installation of laundry machinery without planning....

Cousins Holdings V Southend On Sea Borough Council
27.08.2011
Represented the local authority at a two day public inquiry defending its decision to refuse permission to redevelop a car showroom into residential accommodation. Issues of residential amenity, sustainability and....

Frenz Wine Bar v Hastings Borough Council
27.02.2011
Appeal by the owner of a wine bar against refusal of planning permission for the development of a site from a restaurant use to an alcohol led (bar/nightclub) use.....

Mimbridge Garden Centre V Woking Borough Council
27.02.2011
Appeal by the owner of Mimbridge Garden Centre against enforcement action taken by the local authority against a barn conversion. Appeared on behalf of the local authority and the appeal....

Willow Farm V Dover District Council
27.02.2011
Represented the local authority at a public inquiry defending its decision to refuse permission for the use of land for car parking and building storage purposes. Involved consideration of the....

Wateringbury Place Holdings v Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
27.02.2011
Represented the local authority at a 2 day public inquiry defending its refusal for permission for the installation of a heli-pad and associated hard standing.....

R (On The Application Of Perrett) V (1) SSCLG And (2) West Dorset District Council [2009] EWCA Civ 1365
01.01.2009
The secretary of state had discretion as to the manner in which an enforcement notice appeal was reheard following a successful appeal under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990....

Court of Appeal Hat Trick
09.01.2008
The last few days of December saw members of Chambers in the Court of Appeal in three very different cases. The cases were: 1. Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council v Ware....

Overview

Ryan is an experienced social housing practitioner and frequently appears on behalf of local government and housing associations in possession claims. He has particular expertise in cases involving the Equality Act 2010 and those defended on the basis of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights or alleged public law error. His work in this area took him to the Court of Appeal as sole counsel for the successful Appellant in Thurrock Borough Council v West [2012] EWCA Civ 1435. He is ranked as a leading junior in this area by Chambers and Partners 2015.

He is regularly instructed on claims for possession on the basis of complex anti-social behavior, succession and subletting. Ryan advises on and appears in cases relating to all aspects of social housing.

Ryan acts for a variety of local authorities in statutory housing appeals under s. 204 of the Housing Act 1996.

Cases

Homelessness decisions and the public sector equality duty: a victory for substance over form
17.01.2017
Hackney LBC v Haque [2017] EWCA Civ 4, judgment of the Court of Appeal (McCombe, Beatson & Briggs LJJ), Tuesday 17 January 2017. A judge had been wrong to hold that....

Going underground - High Court shines a light on basement development rights
08.10.2015

In the face of rising property prices and a limited supply of land, particularly in central London, the creation of a basement below your property has become one of the most attractive options for extending your home.

....

HMO Licensing Appeals and Space Standards
28.07.2015

In a decision dated 23 July 2015 the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) has upheld Southwark LBC's refusal to grant an HMO on the basis of an application of its adopted minimum space standards.

....

Thurrock Borough Council V West [2012] EWCA Civ 1435
03.12.2012
In an important judgment for social landlords, the Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal against an Order dismissing the local authority's possession claim against a "second successor" who had....

Katherine Crawford V Basildon District Council
27.02.2012
Appeal under s. 204 of the Housing Act 1996 alleging that the local authority had attached too much weight to the housing circumstances prevailing in the local area and that....

Gallions Housing Association v Adeoye
27.02.2012
Acted on behalf of a housing association in a claim for possession against a tenant for substantial rent arrears which was defended on the basis of disrepair to the premises.....

LB Croydon V Lord
27.02.2012
Possession claim on behalf of the local authority brought on the basis of illegal activity at the premises. Involved making detailed submissions on the admissibility of hearsay evidence and the....

Doho v London Borough of Lewisham
27.02.2012
Ryan defended the local authority against a claim brought by a tenant for summary judgement for breach of their statutory duty and implied covenant of repair....

Notting Hill Housing Trust V Sharpe-Bishop
27.02.2012
Ryan represented the registered provider in its application for the Defendant's committal for breach of the interim injunction; the return date on the Claimant's application for an injunction and the....

Najma Redman V Birmingham City Council
27.02.2012
Appeared on behalf of the Respondent local authority in a s. 204 appeal concerning whether the local authority had acted unlawfully in failing to make a proper assessment of the....

Morgan V Basildon District Council
27.02.2011
Appeal on a point of law under s. 204 of the Housing Act 1996 alleging that the local authority acted in a manner which was procedurally unfair as it failed....

Susan Taylor V Hertsmere Borough Council
27.02.2011
Appeal against local authority's decision on homelessness duty owed on the basis that it failed to take into account relevant medical evidence and reached its decision in a manner which....

News

Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 - Presentations
03.03.2016
Presentations from the Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 are now available to view on the newly launched Local Government Law.tv platform. Click the links below to view previews of the videos.

  • Key developments in Housing....

  • Overview

    Ryan is regularly instructed to represent public bodies in resisting judicial review claims and in trials concerning claims for possession where public law defences are raised. He recently successfully defended a local authority's decision to refuse non domestic rate relief against a charity who could not demonstrate that they were using premises for charitable purposes.

    He has also acted for local authorities in resisting judicial review claims against the issue of Penalty Charge Notices.

    Immediately following two decisions of the Supreme Court concerning claims for possession where a public authority's right to possession is unqualified in law (Manchester City Council v Pinnock [2010] UKSC 45 and Hounslow London Borough Council v Powell [2011] UKSC 8) Ryan appeared in a three party case in the county court which involved the detailed application of those cases (London Borough of Barnet v (1) Parker; (2) Poulten-Kennedy). Appearing for the local authority, he was met with complex arguments concerning proportionality and the impact of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights on the public body's claim for possession. The Court made a fourteen day possession order in favour of the local authority.

    Local authority governance and services
    Ryan was seconded to a local authority for one day a week for a three month period which provided him with experience in a wide variety of local authority work. He regularly advised on proofs of evidence for planning inquiries and on the content of written representations as well as generally on the vires of local authorities.

    He is instructed by local authorities to advise on and act in matters including claims for negligence against local authority landlords. He also advises local authorities on community care issues generally and in particular charging for residential accommodation and domiciliary care provided under s. 21 and s. 29 of the National Assistance Act 1945.

    Immigration and asylum
    Ryan acts on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department in Judicial Review claims challenging Home Office decisions. He is also instructed in a number of cases relating to alleged unlawful detention on behalf of the Secretary of State.

    He recently appeared in substantive judicial review proceedings concerning the ambit of Secretary of State's power of administrative removal pursuant to s. 10 Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Additionally, he recently defended a claim for judicial review alleging, inter alia, that the Secretary of State's policy on Humanitarian Protection was inconsistent with the Qualification Directive.

    Cases

    Homelessness decisions and the public sector equality duty: a victory for substance over form
    17.01.2017
    Hackney LBC v Haque [2017] EWCA Civ 4, judgment of the Court of Appeal (McCombe, Beatson & Briggs LJJ), Tuesday 17 January 2017. A judge had been wrong to hold that....

    R (On The Application Of R) V Secretary Of State For The Home Department [2014] EWHC 2018
    23.05.2014
    Ryan Kohli successfully appeared on behalf of the Secretary of State in the High Court in relation to an application for judicial review challenging the decision of the Secretary of....

    R (On The Application Of Neeraj Kumar) V Secretary Of State For The Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 652
    13.03.2014
    Ryan Kohli successfully represented the Secretary of State in the High Court in relation to a judicial review application concerning the removal of an individual from the UK under the....

    R (On The Application Of Tejan) V SSHD
    11.05.2012
    Ryan appeared on behalf of the Secretary of State, at short notice, and successfully resisted an application for a writ of habeas corpus. As a result of this case, has....

    Jasuben Ladhani V ECO
    11.05.2012
    Acted on behalf of an Appellant who was the wife of a U.K. citizen Sponsor and refused entry clearance to join her husband. Addressed the immigration judge on issues such....

    Thanaluxmy Muthukumar And Ors V ECO
    11.05.2012
    Acted on behalf the Appellants against a decision of the Entry Clearance Officer concerning whether a marriage between the Sponsor and the First Appellant was genuinely subsisting and whether they....

    RBKC V Theresa Smith
    27.02.2012
    Public law defence to possession proceedings on the basis that the local authority failed to apply its mind to the Defendant's vulnerability and severe depression prior to taking proceedings in....

    LB Croydon V Shine
    27.02.2011
    The claim was defended on public law grounds following the cases of Kay and others v Lambeth LBC [2006] 2 AC 465 and Doherty v Birmingham City Council [2008] UKHL....

    R (On The Application Of Muskett) V Basildon District Council
    27.02.2011
    Judicial review concerning whether the local authority acted unlawfully in refusing to afford the applicant an internal appeal against an adverse decision made on the number of points to which....

    R. (on the application of Augustine Housing Trust) v Grays Magistrates' Court [2011] EWHC 699 (Admin)
    18.02.2011
    Ryan Kohli successfully defended against a claim for judicial review against the local authority's decision to refuse mandatory non-domestic rate relief. Click here to read the judgement in full.....

    R (On The Application Of Perrett) V (1) SSCLG And (2) West Dorset District Council [2009] EWCA Civ 1365
    01.01.2009
    The secretary of state had discretion as to the manner in which an enforcement notice appeal was reheard following a successful appeal under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990....

    R (on the application of Walter Probyn) v Tendring District Council [2009] EWHC 2595 (Admin)
    01.01.2009
    Successfully resisted a renewed application for permission for a judicial review seeking to challenge the validity of a Penalty Charge Notice.....

    News

    Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 - Presentations
    03.03.2016
    Presentations from the Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 are now available to view on the newly launched Local Government Law.tv platform. Click the links below to view previews of the videos.

  • Key developments in Housing....

  • 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....

    Overview

    Since being called to the Bar, Ryan has built up significant experience in licensing and he is notable for his appearances before licensing committees on behalf of licensing authorities and applicants across all courts.

    Ryan has acted on behalf of local authorities in appeals against revocations of taxi licenses and has advised on the lawfulness of proposed new requirements for hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.

    Kalendar Onay v London Borough of Tower Hamlets
    Appeared on behalf of the licensing authority: the case concerned non-duty paid alcohol and tobacco being found in licensed premises by officers of the HMRC. An application for a review was made by the Metropolitan Police. The licence was revoked by the licensing committee of the local authority. The licensee appealed on the basis that the committee erred in failing to take a "stepped approach". Ryan successfully argued that the appeal should be dismissed relying extensively on both the authority of Hope and Glory together with the statutory guidance in force at the time. The District Judge was persuaded that in the event of the seriousness of criminality demonstrated by the presence of smuggled alcohol and tobacco there was no need for the committee to adopt a "stepped approach".

    Ryan has been published in the licensing field and has written a chapter in the 2nd Edition of "Licensed Premises" by Philip Kolvin Q.C. which concerns Equality and Diversity, Human Rights and Public Sector Duties in Licensing.

    News

    Cornerstone Barristers appointed by Metropolitan Police to panel of Counsel
    01.03.2013
    Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that the following members have been appointed by the Metropolitan Police to a panel of counsel to represent and advise them in licensing matters. These....

    Overview

    Ryan regularly appears in the following matters:

    • Contractual and commercial disputes
    • Fast track and multi track trials
    • Trials in road traffic claims
    • Appeals before Circuit Judges in the County Court

    Ryan also advises on civil litigation matters and his drafted pleadings on behalf of claimants and defendants in a variety of matters.

    Ryan has conducted trials in magistrates' courts in general criminal matters and has appeared on behalf of Ofcom in regulatory prosecutions against pirate radio operators. Ryan has also had experience of drafting indictments in health and safety prosecutions and has appeared in a number of interlocutory applications before judges in the Crown Court.

    Overview

    Ryan has experienced a variety of landlord and tenant work including:

    • Disputed claim for rectification of a deed of conveyance;
    • Forfeiture Proceedings;
    • Advising local authorities on the enforceability of obscure restrictive covenants;
    • Service charge disputes in the LVT.

    Ryan also represents a number of local authorities and commercial landlords in housing matters including a range of possession proceedings.

    Cases

    Going underground - High Court shines a light on basement development rights
    08.10.2015

    In the face of rising property prices and a limited supply of land, particularly in central London, the creation of a basement below your property has become one of the most attractive options for extending your home.

    ....

    HMO Licensing Appeals and Space Standards
    28.07.2015

    In a decision dated 23 July 2015 the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) has upheld Southwark LBC's refusal to grant an HMO on the basis of an application of its adopted minimum space standards.

    ....

    Perrin and Ramage v Northampton BC [2007] EWCA Civ 1353
    01.01.2007
    Junior to James Findlay Q.C. Case concerned the scope of a statutory exemption to the protection offered by Tree Preservation Orders. See full text of case....

    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.

    When does a tree preservation order protect

    1st January 2008

    J Findlay and R Kohli, When does a tree preservation order protect [2008] JPL 615

    Case

    Homelessness decisions and the public sector equality duty: a victory for substance over form

    17th January 2017

    Hackney LBC v Haque [2017] EWCA Civ 4, judgment of the Court of Appeal (McCombe, Beatson & Briggs LJJ), Tuesday 17 January 2017. A judge had been wrong to hold that....

    News

    Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 - Presentations

    3rd March 2016

    Presentations from the Cornerstone Housing Day 2015 are now available to view on the newly launched Local Government Law.tv platform. Click the links below to view previews of the videos.
  • Key developments in Housing....

  • Case

    Going underground - High Court shines a light on basement development rights

    8th October 2015

    In the face of rising property prices and a limited supply of land, particularly in central London, the creation of a basement below your property has become one of the most attractive options for extending your home.

    ....

    News

    Cornerstone Barristers supports Bar Mock Trial Competition

    5th August 2015

    Cornerstone Barristers has taken part in a training video to accompany the Bar Mock Trial Competition set up by the Citizenship Foundation, a charity aimed at educating young people about the law, politics and democratic life.

    ....

    Case

    HMO Licensing Appeals and Space Standards

    28th July 2015

    In a decision dated 23 July 2015 the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) has upheld Southwark LBC's refusal to grant an HMO on the basis of an application of its adopted minimum space standards.

    ....

    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.

    ....

    Case

    R (on the application of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2015)

    17th June 2015

    Led by Philip Coppel Q.C., Ryan Kohli acted for the Secretary of State defending a challenge brought under s. 288 to the grant of lawful development certificates to property owners....

    Case

    Arnold V Secretary Of State For Communities And Local Government [2015] EWHC 1197 (Admin)

    1st April 2015

    Ryan Kohli acted on behalf of the Secretary of State in defending a s. 289 challenge to the decision of a planning inspector to uphold an enforcement notice requiring the....

    Case

    Fuller V Secretary Of State For Communities And Local Government [2015] EWHC 142 (Admin)

    14th January 2015

    Ryan Kohli acted on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in defending the grant of planning permission to develop a site near a tree with....

    Case

    R (On The Application Of R) V Secretary Of State For The Home Department [2014] EWHC 2018

    23rd May 2014

    Ryan Kohli successfully appeared on behalf of the Secretary of State in the High Court in relation to an application for judicial review challenging the decision of the Secretary of....

    Case

    R (On The Application Of Neeraj Kumar) V Secretary Of State For The Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 652

    13th March 2014

    Ryan Kohli successfully represented the Secretary of State in the High Court in relation to a judicial review application concerning the removal of an individual from the UK under the....

    News

    Cornerstone Barristers appointed by Metropolitan Police to panel of Counsel

    1st March 2013

    Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that the following members have been appointed by the Metropolitan Police to a panel of counsel to represent and advise them in licensing matters. These....

    News

    Cornerstone Barristers appointed by Metropolitan Police to panel of Counsel

    1st March 2013

    Cornerstone Barristers are delighted to announce that the following members have been appointed by the Metropolitan Police to a panel of counsel to represent and advise them in licensing matters.

    ....

    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....

    Case

    Thurrock Borough Council V West [2012] EWCA Civ 1435

    3rd December 2012

    In an important judgment for social landlords, the Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal against an Order dismissing the local authority's possession claim against a "second successor" who had....

    Case

    R (On The Application Of Tejan) V SSHD

    11th May 2012

    Ryan appeared on behalf of the Secretary of State, at short notice, and successfully resisted an application for a writ of habeas corpus. As a result of this case, has....

    Case

    Jasuben Ladhani V ECO

    11th May 2012

    Acted on behalf of an Appellant who was the wife of a U.K. citizen Sponsor and refused entry clearance to join her husband. Addressed the immigration judge on issues such....

    Case

    Thanaluxmy Muthukumar And Ors V ECO

    11th May 2012

    Acted on behalf the Appellants against a decision of the Entry Clearance Officer concerning whether a marriage between the Sponsor and the First Appellant was genuinely subsisting and whether they....

    Case

    Installation Of Cattle Grids And By-Passes Within Epping Forest At Wake Road, Cross Roads, Rangers Road And Forest Side

    2nd April 2012

    In a decision published on 26 March 2012, the Secretary of State granted permission to the Highway Authority to install four cattle grids in four strategic locations within Epping Forest.....

    Case

    Katherine Crawford V Basildon District Council

    27th February 2012

    Appeal under s. 204 of the Housing Act 1996 alleging that the local authority had attached too much weight to the housing circumstances prevailing in the local area and that....

    Case

    Gallions Housing Association v Adeoye

    27th February 2012

    Acted on behalf of a housing association in a claim for possession against a tenant for substantial rent arrears which was defended on the basis of disrepair to the premises.....

    Case

    LB Croydon V Lord

    27th February 2012

    Possession claim on behalf of the local authority brought on the basis of illegal activity at the premises. Involved making detailed submissions on the admissibility of hearsay evidence and the....

    Case

    Doho v London Borough of Lewisham

    27th February 2012

    Ryan defended the local authority against a claim brought by a tenant for summary judgement for breach of their statutory duty and implied covenant of repair....

    Case

    Notting Hill Housing Trust V Sharpe-Bishop

    27th February 2012

    Ryan represented the registered provider in its application for the Defendant's committal for breach of the interim injunction; the return date on the Claimant's application for an injunction and the....

    Case

    Najma Redman V Birmingham City Council

    27th February 2012

    Appeared on behalf of the Respondent local authority in a s. 204 appeal concerning whether the local authority had acted unlawfully in failing to make a proper assessment of the....

    Case

    Jennings Yard v Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

    27th February 2012

    A two day inquiry concerning an appeal against the refusal of a lawful development certificate and an enforcement notice relating to the use of a site as a builders yard.....

    Case

    Avens Court Nursing Home V Woking Borough Council

    27th February 2012

    Appeared on behalf of the local authority at a public inquiry concerning an appeal against enforcement action taken against the erection of outbuildings and installation of laundry machinery without planning....

    Case

    RBKC V Theresa Smith

    27th February 2012

    Public law defence to possession proceedings on the basis that the local authority failed to apply its mind to the Defendant's vulnerability and severe depression prior to taking proceedings in....

    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

    Cousins Holdings V Southend On Sea Borough Council

    27th August 2011

    Represented the local authority at a two day public inquiry defending its decision to refuse permission to redevelop a car showroom into residential accommodation. Issues of residential amenity, sustainability and....

    Case

    Morgan V Basildon District Council

    27th February 2011

    Appeal on a point of law under s. 204 of the Housing Act 1996 alleging that the local authority acted in a manner which was procedurally unfair as it failed....

    Case

    Susan Taylor V Hertsmere Borough Council

    27th February 2011

    Appeal against local authority's decision on homelessness duty owed on the basis that it failed to take into account relevant medical evidence and reached its decision in a manner which....

    Case

    Frenz Wine Bar v Hastings Borough Council

    27th February 2011

    Appeal by the owner of a wine bar against refusal of planning permission for the development of a site from a restaurant use to an alcohol led (bar/nightclub) use.....

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    Mimbridge Garden Centre V Woking Borough Council

    27th February 2011

    Appeal by the owner of Mimbridge Garden Centre against enforcement action taken by the local authority against a barn conversion. Appeared on behalf of the local authority and the appeal....

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    Willow Farm V Dover District Council

    27th February 2011

    Represented the local authority at a public inquiry defending its decision to refuse permission for the use of land for car parking and building storage purposes. Involved consideration of the....

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    Wateringbury Place Holdings v Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council

    27th February 2011

    Represented the local authority at a 2 day public inquiry defending its refusal for permission for the installation of a heli-pad and associated hard standing.....

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    LB Croydon V Shine

    27th February 2011

    The claim was defended on public law grounds following the cases of Kay and others v Lambeth LBC [2006] 2 AC 465 and Doherty v Birmingham City Council [2008] UKHL....

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    R (On The Application Of Muskett) V Basildon District Council

    27th February 2011

    Judicial review concerning whether the local authority acted unlawfully in refusing to afford the applicant an internal appeal against an adverse decision made on the number of points to which....

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    R. (on the application of Augustine Housing Trust) v Grays Magistrates' Court [2011] EWHC 699 (Admin)

    18th February 2011

    Ryan Kohli successfully defended against a claim for judicial review against the local authority's decision to refuse mandatory non-domestic rate relief. Click here to read the judgement in full.....

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    R (On The Application Of Perrett) V (1) SSCLG And (2) West Dorset District Council [2009] EWCA Civ 1365

    1st January 2009

    The secretary of state had discretion as to the manner in which an enforcement notice appeal was reheard following a successful appeal under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990....

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    R (on the application of Walter Probyn) v Tendring District Council [2009] EWHC 2595 (Admin)

    1st January 2009

    Successfully resisted a renewed application for permission for a judicial review seeking to challenge the validity of a Penalty Charge Notice.....

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    Court of Appeal Hat Trick

    9th January 2008

    The last few days of December saw members of Chambers in the Court of Appeal in three very different cases. The cases were: 1. Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council v Ware....

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    Perrin and Ramage v Northampton BC [2007] EWCA Civ 1353

    1st January 2007

    Junior to James Findlay Q.C. Case concerned the scope of a statutory exemption to the protection offered by Tree Preservation Orders. See full text of case....