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Practice areas

Public Law and Judicial Review

We are renowned for our public law expertise, with members regularly appearing in high profile cases of strategic importance before all courts. This includes judicial review, governmental and other inquiries, tribunal proceedings, disciplinary proceedings involving public bodies and statutory appeal work.

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Planning and Environment

Cornerstone Barristers has some of the most highly regarded barristers in the planning and environment sector. Our barristers combine specialist expertise with exceptional market knowledge to deliver strategic legal solutions. From our offices in London, Birmingham and Cardiff we advise a wide range of clients from large property developers and public bodies through to small businesses and individuals.

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Housing

Cornerstone Barristers' housing team is at the forefront of housing legislation and is recognised as a leading housing set by all the major UK legal guides. What sets the team apart from competitors is members' cross sector expertise which means they are able to advise on all aspects of a case, including interlinking issues such as the Children Act, Adult Social Care, Immigration rights, Capacity and Court of Protection work.

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Property

Our team of property barristers covers all aspects of property law, including real property and commercial and residential landlord and tenant. We regularly appear before the higher courts and specialist tribunals on behalf of major landowners, developers and landlords. We have in depth experience of acting for local authorities and registered providers in complex property matters, as well as for private companies and individuals.

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Licensing

Cornerstone Barristers' licensing team is at the forefront of advising, training and educating across the whole field of licensing, including alcohol, entertainment, gambling and taxis. Clients of Cornerstone Licensing get access to some of the smartest licensing brains in the land allied to Cornerstone's brand of friendliness and devotion to the cause.

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Commercial and Regulatory

Commercial and business litigation covers numerous branches of the civil law. Our commercial litigators cultivate wide practices, enabling them to discern and resolve all the legal issues that any one dispute may raise. Our commercial expertise is further complemented by our experience in leading regulatory law cases.

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Inquests and Inquiries

Our barristers have been instructed in some of the most complex and high profile inquests and inquiries in recent years, both in the UK and further afield. We act for local and central government, public bodies, companies, insurers and private individuals on inquests and inquiries across a broad range of areas.

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Court of Protection

Our barristers are regularly instructed in high profile and complex cases before the Court of Protection. With significant experience in the related areas of health and social care and social housing, the team is able to comprehensively advise clients at short notice or on an emergency basis, across the full spectrum of Court of Protection issues.

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Health and Social Care

Our team represents clients in the Court of Protection, the Administrative Court and the Supreme Court in the full spectrum of health and social care matters, including adult and child social care, mental capacity and mental health law. We act on behalf of local authorities, healthcare providers, hospitals, families and individuals.

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Energy

Cornerstone Barristers has significant experience advising on a whole host of energy issues, particularly in relation to renewable energy developments. The ongoing political emphasis on renewable energy sources is fuelling a dramatic increase in energy scheme proposals such as wind farms, solar plants, nuclear energy and fracking.

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