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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.

We provide commercially focused advice to both private sector parties bringing public law challenges and public sector bodies seeking to defend their acts and decisions. We act for more than 300 local authorities across England and Wales as well as numerous companies and individuals.

We also have 11 junior barristers on the Attorney General Panel's of Counsel acting frequently for central government departments in a wide variety of disputes.

Members combine in depth knowledge of local and central government with expertise across a broad range of areas, including planning and environment, housing, property, licensing, health and social care, Court of Protection, immigration, human rights and, privacy and data protection.

We also advise on strategic issues such as general power of competence, local government finance, councillors' conduct, Equality Act duties, land transactions, highways, and powers of entry.

The team is a leading authority on local government law and recently published "Cornerstone on Councillors' Conduct", the definitive guide to the standards that govern the conduct of those elected to Local Government in England and Wales. A recent review in Local Government Lawyer states:

"Cornerstone Barristers are one of a select number of chambers who have become the "go to" people for dealing with public law challenges, and they have reinforced their position with this and other branded public law volumes for the practitioner."

Our team includes adjudicators, inspectors, investigators, Boundaries Commissioners and officers and elected members of local bodies.

Barristers in this area


Corporate Liability: Work related deaths and criminal prosecutions
Cornerstone on Councillors' conduct
Cornerstone on Planning Court
Cornerstone's Electoral Legislation 2016
Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy
Cornerstone on Social Housing Fraud
Cornerstone on Anti-Social Behaviour
Cornerstone on Information Law