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Local Government

A core specialism of Cornerstone Barristers is our work acting for and against local authorities. More than 300 local authorities instruct us.

Our work spans the full range of public law concerns, including strategic issues, vires, councillors' conduct and finance, as well as specific areas such as housing, planning, health and safety and licensing. Members also act for local authorities in relation to rating and valuation issues.

The team is a leading authority on local government law and areas of law of particular interest to local authorities. We publish the Cornerstone on series of practitioner texts, including Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct, Cornerstone on Anti-Social Behaviour: The New Law, and Cornerstone on Social Housing Fraud.

Our barristers regularly provide training for local authorities and we work on and off local authority tenders.

A number of our barristers have worked in local government departments prior to joining the Bar, giving us an in-depth understanding of the needs and challenges facing local government. We understand the constraints within which the public sector works, and take a practical and pragmatic approach to our work.

Barristers in this area

Publications

Corporate Liability: Work related deaths and criminal prosecutions
Cornerstone on anti-social behaviour: The new law
Cornerstone on Councillors' conduct
Cornerstone on Planning Court
Cornerstone's Electoral Legislation 2016
Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy
Cornerstone on Social Housing Fraud