Cornerstone Barristers to host first-ever Public Law Week

12 May 2023

Public Law and Judicial Review

Cornerstone Barristers is to host its first-ever Public Law Week (5-9 June 2023) which will feature a series of free training events that will explore topical issues in public law.

Andrew Lane, Joint Head of Cornerstone Barristers’ Public Law Team, said: “During Public Law Week we will address the most important and fundamental topics essential to a proper understanding of this area of the law, such as the duty of candour, consultation requirements and policy challenges.

“Whether you’re from a legal or non-legal background, claimant or defendant, there will be something for everyone interested in public law work. We’d love to see you at one of our events.”

Public Law Week will include a series of daily webinars and one in-person event held at Chambers on 8 June. Learn more about the sessions and register below.

Our week of activity

Challenging Policies in the Courts

When: Monday 5th June at 10am
Where: Zoom webinar
Speakers: James Findlay KC, Lindsay Johnson and Sarah Salmon

The opening training session of Public Law Week will feature our expert panel who will explore how local and central government policies are challenged in the courts and how to respond to those challenges. The speakers will look at policy challenges by way of defence to private law proceedings, policy challenges as a mechanism to enforce statutory rights and direct challenges to policies themselves.

Register here.

Public Law in the Supreme Court – where are we now?

Date: Tuesday 6th June at 10am
Where: Zoom webinar
Speakers: Kuljit Bhogal KC (chair), Alex Williams and Sam Fowles

In this session, our panellists will examine public law cases that have been heard before the Supreme Court. Expect sparky debate and insight as our panel pick up on the most important themes in the jurisprudence of the Lord Reed Supreme Court.

Register here.

Duty of Candour and its Impact

When: Wednesday 7 June at 10am
Where: Zoom webinar
Speakers: Andrew Lane and Matt Lewin

The duty of candour applies in particular to judicial review claims and requires the parties to ensure that relevant and material information is put before the Court, regardless of whether it supports or undermines their case. This course will look at the requirements placed on the parties by the duty, applications and arguments that can be raised in respect of the same, and the court’s powers in relation to any breach.

Register here.

Judicial Review – Pitfalls and the new Procedural Rigour (In-person event)

When: Thursday 8 June from 5pm
Where: Cornerstone Barristers, 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square, London, WC1R 5JH
Speakers: Peggy Etiebet, Ruchi Parekh, Jack Parker

Join us in Chambers for our sole in-person event for Public Law Week. This training session will explore the common pitfalls of undertaking Judicial Reviews and will look into the new ‘Procedural Rigour’. Followed by a drinks reception.

Register here.

Consultation as a public law challenge

When: Friday 9 June at 10am
Where: Zoom webinar
Speakers: Dean Underwood and Josef Cannon

This webinar will focus on the principles of lawful consultation and re-consultation, and the circumstances in which public authority consultation exercises may become the subject of a public law challenge. Joe and Dean will draw on established common law principles and experience from their own practice areas – in licensing, planning and housing in particular – to provide delegates with instructive examples of good and bad consultation practice.

Register here.