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Tara O'Leary

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Tara practices in all of chambers' core areas, in particular public law and judicial review, housing, licensing, property and planning.

She has appeared across all levels of courts and specialist tribunals up to the Court of Appeal. She undertakes a broad range of drafting and advisory work for all types of clients.

Tara practices in all of chambers' core areas, in particular public law and judicial review, housing, licensing, property and planning.

She appears regularly before the County Court, Magistrates' Court, High Court and specialist tribunals, and undertakes a broad range of drafting and advisory work.

Tara welcomes instructions from clients of all backgrounds, having represented local authorities and housing associations, private individuals, landlords and companies. She is direct access licensed and has undertaken work on a legally-aided and pro bono basis. She has also spent time seconded to several local authorities, gaining experience of litigation and front line legal services in housing, property and regulatory work.

Tara has particular experience in cases involving public law challenges, human rights and the Equality Act. She has an extensive background in this field, having previously worked as a legal adviser and researcher specialised in human rights and international law in the UK and abroad. Tara was awarded the Frank Jennings Fellowship by Front Line Defenders and was research assistant to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders. Later, she was seconded by the Irish Government to the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and worked as a legal adviser to Amnesty International's Campaign for International Justice. Before coming to the bar, she spent two years at Redress leading a project on improving access to justice and reparations for victims of crime across the EU. 

Tara has an LLB (First Class Honours) in Law & European Studies from the University of Limerick, and an LLM (Distinction) in Public International Law from the LSE, where she recieved the Lauterpacht Higgins Prize for Public International Law. 

Overview

Tara has significant experience in the social housing sector. She is regularly instructed by local authorities, social housing associations, private landlords and tenants to appear in court and to advise in all aspects of housing law. Tara's experience encompasses a broad range of issues including:

  • Advising on all aspects of tenancy management for secure, assured, assured shorthold, flexible/fixed term and introductory tenancies.
  • Addressing anti-social behaviour through possession proceedings, injunctions, committal proceedings and closure orders.
  • Homelessness, including advising on the merits of applications, drafting and reviewing pleadings and appearing in s204 county court appeals.
  • Housing-related judicial review matters including cases concerning Part VI allocations, the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, and the Care Act 2014.
  • Housing enforcement and regulation including HMOs and additional and selective licensing, both for local authorities and landlords.
  • Claims concerning the Right to Buy and Right to Acquire.
  • Advising on various types of housing policies, public consultation and equalities implications. 

Tara has been involved in a number of recent leading cases in this field, including:

  • Led by Andrew Lane, representing the successful local authority in the High Court ([2017] H.L.R. 33) and Court of Appeal ([2018] H.L.R. 21) in Hertforshire CC v Davies, a case which concerned service occupancies ("tied accommodation"), the compatibility of the Housing Acts with the ECHR and defences under the Equality Act 2010 and s. 11 Children Act 2004, amongst other matters.
  • Advising the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on matters arising from the fire at Grenfell Tower, including housing allocation policies, equality impact assessments, the statutory framework concerning Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs), and the ongoing public inquiry.
  • Led by Kuljit Bhogal, successfully defending a challenge against a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which created a "buffer zone" prohibiting protests outside a Marie Stopes abortion clinic: Dulgheriu &  Orthova v LB Ealing [2018] EWHC 1667 (Admin)
  • As a pupil, assisting her supervisor Kelvin Rutledge QC in representing the local authorities in the conjoined Supreme Court appeals in Hotak v LB Southwark, Johnson v Solihull MBC and Kanu v LB Southwark  [2015] UKSC 30.

Tara has also been instructed by the Housing Ombudsman to advise in respect of a number of its decisions, and has spent time on secondment with local housing authorities. She has written articles and given training on a range of issues related to social housing law, including Cornerstone's recent nationwide training on the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

Cases

Abortion clinic buffer zone PSPO upheld by High Court
02.07.2018
The High Court has dismissed a challenge to a Public Space Protection Order ("PSPO") made by the London Borough of Ealing, which prohibits protests and vigils from taking place within....

Breach of s. 11 Children Act 2004 does not necessarily preclude orders for possession
06.03.2018
In an important decision for local housing authorities handed down today, Hertfordshire County Council v Davies, the Court of Appeal has confirmed the lawfulness of an order for possession notwithstanding....

High Court rejects Article 14 challenge regarding security of tenure for local authority employees occupying ‘tied accommodation’
21.06.2017
Paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1985 provides that accommodation occupied by employees of local authority landlords, who occupy the property for the better performance of their duties,....

News

The Editor speaks
26.09.2018
Newsletter news Things are changing, both with regard to this Newsletter and (possibly) the wider social housing world. In respect of the former, one has become two and Tara has been....

Housing cases of interest
26.09.2018
By Tara O'Leary Allocation R (on the application of YG) (Claimant) v Hillingdon London Borough Council (Defendant) and Equality and Human Rights Commission (Intervener) [2018] EWHC 1937 (Admin) A local authority allocation scheme....

National buffer zones not proportionate
17.09.2018
The Government last week released a Written Statement confirming the outcome of its Abortion Clinic Protest Review. Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, recognises the damaging impact of the behaviour occurring outside....

The Editor speaks
29.03.2018
It will not surprise anybody to hear that this has been a busy period for all those involved in housing. On a personal level, that has included a successful appearance....

All Change: New Homelessness Code of Guidance, Review Regulations and Referrals by Specified Public Bodies
29.03.2018
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published a new Homelessness Code of Guidance together with new Regulations, which will apply when conducting homelessness reviews. Both documents....

Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2017
06.02.2017
The Editor Speaks - Andy Lane   The Housing and Planning Act 2016 Update - Tara O'Leary Homelessness Reduction Bill update 2016/17 - Matt Lewin Neighbourhood Planning Bill 2016/17 - Liam Wells Recent Housing....

Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - November 2016
03.11.2016
Contents The Editor speaks - Andy Lane When is an applicant "significantly" more vulnerable than ordinary vulnerable? - Emma Dring Recent housing developments The current state of play in the Mayor of London's housing....

Cornerstone Barristers Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016
31.05.2016
The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes: The Housing and Planning Act....

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....

Local Government Lawyer - What now for selective licensing?
17.03.2016
Local Government Lawyer has published an article by Tara O'Leary on the latest developments in relation to selective licensing, including the end of borough-wide schemes and the Govnerment's "20/20" rule. Click....

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....

  • Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2016
    01.02.2016
    The latest Cornerstone Housing newsletter includes:

  • The death of the social rented sector? Selective thoughts on the Housing and Planning Bill – Ranjit Bhose QC 
  • Private registered providers: back to the private sector? Emma....

  • Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter - July 2015
    23.07.2015
    The latest Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter includes...

  • Message from the Heads of Team - Kelvin Rutledge QC and Kuljit Bhogal
  • The Supreme Court's interpretation of vulnerability in Hotak, Kanu and Johnson- Matt....

  • Events

    Seminar - Fixed-term tenancies
    21.11.2018

    1
    About this event Since 2011, central government has sought to reduce the numbers of 'lifetime' tenancies granted in the social housing sector by introducing amendments to the Housing Acts. As fixed-term tenancies....

    Cornerstone Barristers Housing Conference 2018
    02.10.2018

    1
    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....

    Anti-social behaviour update
    01.11.2017

    1
    Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers Anti-social behaviour update taking place in London on Wednesday 1st November. At this seminar, Kuljit Bhogal, Richard Hanstock and Tara O'Leary will consider....

    Public law/Equality Act 2010 defences seminar
    07.06.2017

    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....

    Overview

    Tara is regularly instructed to bring and defend public law challenges in the Administrative Court across all of her practice areas. She has a growing practice in this field and welcomes instructions to provide advice, review pleadings and witness statements, and to act on behalf of public bodies and private individuals.

    She has acted for a number of local authorities in judicial review claims concerning housing, homelessness and adult social care, many of which involved s17 of the Children Act 1989, Care Act 2014 and gypsy and traveller families. She has advised in a number of proposed and settled cases concerning the exercise of local government powers, particularly in relation to disposals of open space land and disposals of land at an undervalue. She has also been involved in a number of statutory appeals and judicial review claims in planning cases.  In addition, Tara is instructed by central government departments through the 'Junior Junior' / 'Baby Barrister' scheme. 

    Some of Tara's recent cases include:

    • Successfully defending repeated applications for permission to judicially review the outcome of Care Act assessments:  for example R (Baksh) v Brent LBC [2017] EWHC 894 (Admin).
    • Successfully defending statutory appeals to the High Court regarding council tax liability orders, e.g. Zafar v Waltham Forest LBC (unreported, 15 June 2017).
    • Advising and acting for local authorities in damages claims which allege discrimination and failure to make reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010.
    • In June 2018 Tara was led by Kuljit Bhogal in successfully defending a statutory appeal against a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which creates a "buffer zone" prohibiting protests outside a Marie Stopes abortion clinic: Dulgheriu & Orthova v LB Ealing [2018] EWHC 1667 (Admin).  

    Tara also has a growing practice in information law and welcomes instructions in this field. She has recently advised the Department of Media, Culture and Sport on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation into UK law. Before the First Tier Tribunal, she has also represented relatives of a civilian killed by the British Army during the Troubles in Northern Ireland in a Freedom of Information appeal against the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 

    Cases

    Abortion clinic buffer zone PSPO upheld by High Court
    02.07.2018
    The High Court has dismissed a challenge to a Public Space Protection Order ("PSPO") made by the London Borough of Ealing, which prohibits protests and vigils from taking place within....

    News

    The Editor speaks
    26.09.2018
    Newsletter news Things are changing, both with regard to this Newsletter and (possibly) the wider social housing world. In respect of the former, one has become two and Tara has been....

    Housing cases of interest
    26.09.2018
    By Tara O'Leary Allocation R (on the application of YG) (Claimant) v Hillingdon London Borough Council (Defendant) and Equality and Human Rights Commission (Intervener) [2018] EWHC 1937 (Admin) A local authority allocation scheme....

    National buffer zones not proportionate
    17.09.2018
    The Government last week released a Written Statement confirming the outcome of its Abortion Clinic Protest Review. Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, recognises the damaging impact of the behaviour occurring outside....

    Cornerstone Barristers Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016
    31.05.2016
    The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes: The Housing and Planning Act....

    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....

    Local Government Lawyer - What now for selective licensing?
    17.03.2016
    Local Government Lawyer has published an article by Tara O'Leary on the latest developments in relation to selective licensing, including the end of borough-wide schemes and the Govnerment's "20/20" rule. Click....

    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....

  • Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2016
    01.02.2016
    The latest Cornerstone Housing newsletter includes:

  • The death of the social rented sector? Selective thoughts on the Housing and Planning Bill – Ranjit Bhose QC 
  • Private registered providers: back to the private sector? Emma....

  • Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter - July 2015
    23.07.2015
    The latest Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter includes...

  • Message from the Heads of Team - Kelvin Rutledge QC and Kuljit Bhogal
  • The Supreme Court's interpretation of vulnerability in Hotak, Kanu and Johnson- Matt....

  • Overview

    Tara has a growing practice in licensing. She is regularly instructed in relation to premises (public houses, nightclubs and off-licences), taxis and street trading amongst other areas. Tara has been instructed by licence holders, applicants, local authorities and the police, and regularly appears before committees, and in appeal hearings and prosecutions at the Magistrates' Court. She also regularly advises on matters related to additional and selective licensing, closure orders and anti-social behaviour as part of her local government and housing practice. Tara has provided training to local authorities and the Institute of Licensing on a range of licensing issues.

    Some of Tara's recent work in this area includes:

    • Representing the Metropolitan Police in a premises review of Club Reina on Smithfield Market following several incidents of serious violence.
    • With Ranjit Bhose QC and Jo Cannon, representing Islington LBC in the widely reported proceedings related to the closure of Fabric nightclub.
    • Representing Uber London in a number of county court claims involving Uber drivers and passengers. 
    • Acting on behalf of local authorities in a number of taxi licensing appeals which turned on historic allegations of sexual offences. 

    In 2016 Tara was also a member of a team from Cornerstone Barristers which advised a national feminist organization appearing in a parliamentary inquiry into prostitution, specifically into whether the UK should adopt a so-called 'sex buyer law' under which the law criminalises the buyer rather than the seller of sexual services. 

    Cases

    Islington Council imposes tighter licensing conditions on London club Reina
    14.11.2017
    Islington Council's Licensing Sub-Committee has imposed significant new restrictions on the license of Club Reina, a late night venue which, together with its attached restaurant Best Mangal, occupies a prominent....

    Fabric
    22.11.2016
    The world-famous nightclub Fabric is once again to open its doors. The club was closed in September by Islington Council, as a result of deaths from drug overdoses at the club,....

    News

    Housing cases of interest
    26.09.2018
    By Tara O'Leary Allocation R (on the application of YG) (Claimant) v Hillingdon London Borough Council (Defendant) and Equality and Human Rights Commission (Intervener) [2018] EWHC 1937 (Admin) A local authority allocation scheme....

    Leisure Sector News Round-up
    21.05.2018
    By Ben Du Feu In the last year, Cornerstone's leisure team has been instructed in numerous high-profile cases, including the re-opening of the world-famous London club Fabric; Uber's legal challenge against....

    Cornerstone Barristers appointed to the Gambling Commission’s panel
    14.02.2018
    Cornerstone Barristers has been appointed to the Gambling Commission's standing panel of barristers' chambers to provide legal advice and representation for an initial period of three years. The team will be....

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling
    31.10.2017

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

    ....

    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

    Tara is developing a busy practice covering a wide range of property matters, acting on behalf of local authorities and private parties. She accepts instructions concerning both residential and commercial premises, touching on issues such as construction of leases, forfeiture, easements and restrictive covenants, leasehold enfranchisement, leasehold variation and service charge disputes.

    Tara has particular experience in matters related to residential landlords and tenants. She regularly advises and appears in court in relation to possession and injunctive proceedings, trespass, disrepair, tenancy deposits, licence disputes and shared ownership leases. She has also appeared at the Property Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal in a range of cases related to residential leaseholds.

    Her recent cases have included:
    • Representing a social housing provider in an application for determination of liability to pay service charges in respect of major cyclical works, and subsequently advising on liability in respect of similar leaseholds across several London estates.

    • Advising on leasehold enfranchisement and 'right to manage' claims by leaseholders of social housing providers;

    • During her pupillage, advising on a local authority boundary dispute concerning the relationship between private land and the highway, and assisting with a successful claim to uphold restrictive covenants in an estate building scheme in the High Court Chancery Division.

    Cases

    Breach of s. 11 Children Act 2004 does not necessarily preclude orders for possession
    06.03.2018
    In an important decision for local housing authorities handed down today, Hertfordshire County Council v Davies, the Court of Appeal has confirmed the lawfulness of an order for possession notwithstanding....

    Fabric
    22.11.2016
    The world-famous nightclub Fabric is once again to open its doors. The club was closed in September by Islington Council, as a result of deaths from drug overdoses at the club,....

    News

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2017
    06.02.2017
    The Editor Speaks - Andy Lane   The Housing and Planning Act 2016 Update - Tara O'Leary Homelessness Reduction Bill update 2016/17 - Matt Lewin Neighbourhood Planning Bill 2016/17 - Liam Wells Recent Housing....

    Overview

    Tara has a growing practice in this field, having represented a range of clients in planning inquiries, planning hearings, Magistrates' Court prosecutions and within proceedings at the High Court and Court of Appeal. She has also advised local authorities on matters related to formulation of planning policy. Tara's recent experience includes:

    • Acting for local authorities in planning hearings and inquiries concerning enforcement notices, housing land supply, listed buildings and abatement of nuisances.
    • Advising on and drafting appeal proceedings under ss. 288 and 289, including on an urgent basis.
    • Advising on, prosecuting and defending criminal proceedings and Proceeds of Crime Applications in relation to failure to comply with enforcement notices.
    • Appearing in the High Court in applications for injunctions under s187B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, including in cases concerning the use of land by gypsies and travellers.
    • Advising a local authority on its Traveller Accommodation Assessment during the preparation of its Local Plan. 
    • Acting for landowners pursuing complaints against local planning authorities before the Local Government Ombudsman. 

    Led by Wayne Beglan, Tara represented Bridgend at the Court of Appeal in Bridgend CBC v Boland [2017] EWCA Civ 1004, a case which determined the appropriate method by which a local planning authority should assess damages payable to a landowner following the compulsory purchase of land, following the issue of certificates of appropriate alternative development. Tara subsequently drafted the application for permission to appeal this decision to the Supreme Court, led by Paul Shadarevian QC.

    Tara was also led by James Findlay QC in a recent High Court appeal concerning enforcement notices, which determined the limits of costs awards in appeals under s. 289 TCPA 1990. 

    Cases

    Abortion clinic buffer zone PSPO upheld by High Court
    02.07.2018
    The High Court has dismissed a challenge to a Public Space Protection Order ("PSPO") made by the London Borough of Ealing, which prohibits protests and vigils from taking place within....

    Second Respondents’ costs in permission hearings for s. 289 planning appeals: Bolton beats Mount Cook
    23.04.2018
    In recent proceedings on an appeal under s. 289 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Mrs Justice Lang has held in a short written judgement that a second....

    News

    Leisure Sector News Round-up
    21.05.2018
    By Ben Du Feu In the last year, Cornerstone's leisure team has been instructed in numerous high-profile cases, including the re-opening of the world-famous London club Fabric; Uber's legal challenge against....

    Cornerstone Barristers Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016
    31.05.2016
    The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes: The Housing and Planning Act....

    Overview

    Tara has a particular interest in this area of law and is keen to develop this area of her practice. She has acted for a number of housing and adult social care departments of local authorities in inquests into the death of persons who passed away during their involvement with social services.

    Tara is currently a member of the legal team for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. 

    News

    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....

    Tara's publications

    1st September 2016

    Tara has contributed articles to Local Government Lawyer and the LSE Review of Books.

    Tara's publications prior to coming to the Bar include:

    • Report published by REDRESS: Driving Forward Justice: the Rights of Victims of International Crimes in the EU
    • Handbook for litigants seeking reparation, published by REDRESS: Handbook for Victims of Serious International Crimes in the EU: Your rights to access support, advice and justice
    • Report of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina: Ensuring Accountability for Domestic Violence: An analysis of sentencing in domestic violence criminal proceedings in Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Issues in International Criminal Justice, Mind the Gap: UK Law on Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, and the Prospective Jurisdiction of the ICC

    Local Government Lawyer: What now for selective licensing?

    17th March 2016

    Local Government Lawyer has published an article by Tara O'Leary on the latest developments in relation to selective licensing, including the end of borough-wide schemes and the Govnerment's "20/20" rule.

    Click here to read the full article.

    Tara regularly provides training on public law, housing, licensing and other topics to local authorities, social housing providers and private organisations. She welcomes instructions and invitations to provide tailored training sessions or contribute to larger-scale seminars.

    • Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
    • Social Housing Law Association (SHLA)

    News

    The Editor speaks

    26th September 2018

    Newsletter news Things are changing, both with regard to this Newsletter and (possibly) the wider social housing world. In respect of the former, one has become two and Tara has been....

    News

    Housing cases of interest

    26th September 2018

    By Tara O'Leary Allocation R (on the application of YG) (Claimant) v Hillingdon London Borough Council (Defendant) and Equality and Human Rights Commission (Intervener) [2018] EWHC 1937 (Admin) A local authority allocation scheme....

    News

    National buffer zones not proportionate

    17th September 2018

    The Government last week released a Written Statement confirming the outcome of its Abortion Clinic Protest Review. Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, recognises the damaging impact of the behaviour occurring outside....

    Case

    Abortion clinic buffer zone PSPO upheld by High Court

    2nd July 2018

    The High Court has dismissed a challenge to a Public Space Protection Order ("PSPO") made by the London Borough of Ealing, which prohibits protests and vigils from taking place within....

    News

    Leisure Sector News Round-up

    21st May 2018

    By Ben Du Feu In the last year, Cornerstone's leisure team has been instructed in numerous high-profile cases, including the re-opening of the world-famous London club Fabric; Uber's legal challenge against....

    Case

    Second Respondents’ costs in permission hearings for s. 289 planning appeals: Bolton beats Mount Cook

    23rd April 2018

    In recent proceedings on an appeal under s. 289 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Mrs Justice Lang has held in a short written judgement that a second....

    News

    The Editor speaks

    29th March 2018

    It will not surprise anybody to hear that this has been a busy period for all those involved in housing. On a personal level, that has included a successful appearance....

    News

    All Change: New Homelessness Code of Guidance, Review Regulations and Referrals by Specified Public Bodies

    29th March 2018

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published a new Homelessness Code of Guidance together with new Regulations, which will apply when conducting homelessness reviews. Both documents....

    Case

    Breach of s. 11 Children Act 2004 does not necessarily preclude orders for possession

    6th March 2018

    In an important decision for local housing authorities handed down today, Hertfordshire County Council v Davies, the Court of Appeal has confirmed the lawfulness of an order for possession notwithstanding....

    News

    Cornerstone Barristers appointed to the Gambling Commission’s panel

    14th February 2018

    Cornerstone Barristers has been appointed to the Gambling Commission's standing panel of barristers' chambers to provide legal advice and representation for an initial period of three years. The team will be....

    Case

    Islington Council imposes tighter licensing conditions on London club Reina

    14th November 2017

    Islington Council's Licensing Sub-Committee has imposed significant new restrictions on the license of Club Reina, a late night venue which, together with its attached restaurant Best Mangal, occupies a prominent....

    News

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

    31st October 2017

    Betting industry bracing over new government consultation on gambling

    ....

    Case

    High Court rejects Article 14 challenge regarding security of tenure for local authority employees occupying ‘tied accommodation’

    21st June 2017

    Paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 of the Housing Act 1985 provides that accommodation occupied by employees of local authority landlords, who occupy the property for the better performance of their duties,....

    News

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2017

    6th February 2017

    The Editor Speaks - Andy Lane   The Housing and Planning Act 2016 Update - Tara O'Leary Homelessness Reduction Bill update 2016/17 - Matt Lewin Neighbourhood Planning Bill 2016/17 - Liam Wells Recent Housing....

    Case

    Fabric

    22nd November 2016

    The world-famous nightclub Fabric is once again to open its doors. The club was closed in September by Islington Council, as a result of deaths from drug overdoses at the club,....

    News

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - November 2016

    3rd November 2016

    Contents The Editor speaks - Andy Lane When is an applicant "significantly" more vulnerable than ordinary vulnerable? - Emma Dring Recent housing developments The current state of play in the Mayor of London's housing....

    News

    Cornerstone Barristers Special Edition Housing Newsletter: Housing and Planning Act 2016

    31st May 2016

    The Cornerstone Housing Team has produced a special edition newsletter to highlight the main issues arising from the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The newsletter includes: The Housing and Planning Act....

    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....

    News

    Local Government Lawyer - What now for selective licensing?

    17th March 2016

    Local Government Lawyer has published an article by Tara O'Leary on the latest developments in relation to selective licensing, including the end of borough-wide schemes and the Govnerment's "20/20" rule. Click....

    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....

  • News

    Cornerstone Housing Newsletter - February 2016

    1st February 2016

    The latest Cornerstone Housing newsletter includes:
  • The death of the social rented sector? Selective thoughts on the Housing and Planning Bill – Ranjit Bhose QC 
  • Private registered providers: back to the private sector? Emma....

  • News

    Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter - July 2015

    23rd July 2015

    The latest Cornerstone Barristers Housing Newsletter includes...
  • Message from the Heads of Team - Kelvin Rutledge QC and Kuljit Bhogal
  • The Supreme Court's interpretation of vulnerability in Hotak, Kanu and Johnson- Matt....

  • EVENT

    Seminar - Fixed-term tenancies

    21st November 2018

    1

    About this event Since 2011, central government has sought to reduce the numbers of 'lifetime' tenancies granted in the social housing sector by introducing amendments to the Housing Acts. As fixed-term tenancies....

    EVENT

    Cornerstone Barristers Housing Conference 2018

    2nd October 2018

    1

    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....

    EVENT

    Anti-social behaviour update

    1st November 2017

    1

    Tickets are now available for the Cornerstone Barristers Anti-social behaviour update taking place in London on Wednesday 1st November. At this seminar, Kuljit Bhogal, Richard Hanstock and Tara O'Leary will consider....

    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....