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A core specialism of Cornerstone Barristers is acting for and against the public sector, and particularly local and national government. We act for more than 300 local authorities across England and Wales, as well as central government and other public sector bodies.

Our work spans the full range of government, constitutional and public law concerns, including strategic issues, vires, finance, and councillors' conduct. Members also act for local authorities, government departments and private organisations in relation to rating and valuation issues.

We have barristers appointed to all of the government legal department panels, advising and acting for the government in the most complex of cases.

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 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 and central government. We understand the constraints within which the public sector works, and take a practical and pragmatic approach to our work.

Barristers in this sector


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