Cornerstone Barristers Planning Day 2021

08 Nov 2021, 9:37 am


Royal College of Surgeons of England


£135 + VAT

The Cornerstone Planning Team is delighted to invite you to its annual planning conference.

Aimed at planning specialists, solicitors, and policy makers, this year’s conference will specifically focus on the practical and legal issues which arise when challenging and defending planning consents.

Our barristers frequently appear in the leading planning and environmental law cases which shape the planning system and develop planning law. They will be producing and delivering papers on a range of topics including how the courts are interpreting planning policy, practical pointers on bringing and resisting public law challenges, climate change litigation, and planning and environmental law after Brexit.

The conference will be an ideal opportunity to meet our barristers and hear their expert views in an informal and friendly setting, as well as exchange ideas with other planners and solicitors.

We are delighted to announce that The Honourable Mr Justice Dove will deliver the keynote speech. Dove J is a highly experienced judge sitting in the Planning Court and therefore deals with the nexus between public law and planning challenges on a daily basis. 

The conference will be followed by an informal drinks reception until 18:00.

The event will be held in accordance with any relevant COVID-19 guidance and legislation in place on 8 November 2021.

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for local authorities and public bodies. If you are interested, please email us on 

  • Programme

    9:00 Registration and refreshments

    9:30 Chair’s welcome and introduction
    Tom Cosgrove QC, Joint Head of Chambers

    9:40 Keynote address by The Honourable Mr Justice Dove

    10:00 Bringing and resisting public law challenges to planning consents, a practical perspective
    Clare Parry and Dr Ashley Bowes

    10:30 Hot topics for challenges
    Joe Cannon and Ruchi Parekh

    11:00 Coffee Break

    11:30 How the Courts are interpreting planning policy
    Tom Cosgrove QC and Ben Du Feu

    12:00 Case law update
    Dr Sam Fowles and Olivia Davies

    12:30 Getting your planning permission right (and what happens when it goes wrong)
    Jack Parker

    13:00 Lunch

    14:00 Climate change litigation
    Estelle Dehon, Rowan Clapp and Asitha Ranatunga

    14:30 Planning and environmental law after Brexit
    Prof Robert Schütze and Dr Alex Williams

    15:00 Panel Discussion: Hot topics in planning and public law including the Judicial Review & Courts Bill and Planning White Paper reform
    Richard Ground QC, James Findlay QC, Lisa Busch QC, Wayne Beglan,
    Clare Parry and Estelle Dehon

    16:00 Closing remarks

    16:30 Drinks reception