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Cornerstone Barristers

Licensing

6 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Cornerstone Barristers is renowned as "an excellent set of chambers" for licensing matters and is well regarded for its deep coverage of the area. Members have acted for the police, local licensing authorities, regulators and industry operators on many cases. The set has expertise in licences for gambling establishments, taxi and private hire drivers, festivals, nightclubs and restaurants. "Everyone I have been in contact with has been expert, helpful and friendly and has made the process very easy," says an interviewee. Another source highlights the fact that the set offers "strength and depth" in the area.

Client service:

"The clerks are very good - they keep you updated and are a pleasure to engage with." "The clerks are excellent, responsive, friendly and extremely keen to help." "They set things up for us seamlessly." "Very capable and accommodating, with great communication with clients." Elliot Langdorf is senior clerk.

Strengths:

Asitha Ranatunga
Asitha Ranatunga regularly acts for local authorities on licensing appeals and review proceedings. He has recently been active in complex alcohol and public entertainment cases.
"He always provides well-reasoned and considered advice. He has the ability to understand the issues and will always provide an honest and unreserved opinion of the matters in hand while listening to the needs of the client."
Recent work: Represented the Metropolitan Police in an objection to the application of We Are FSTVL for a ten-year premises licence in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Strengths:

James Findlay QC
James Findlay QC brings general public law expertise to bear when representing operators as well as governmental bodies in a range of licensing matters. He is frequently called upon to act in taxi licensing disputes and has further expertise in gambling and wildlife issues. Findlay practises in both England and Scotland.
"His advice and representation are excellent."

Strengths:

Josef Cannon
Josef Cannon handles a diverse array of work including reviews, local authority prosecutions and events licence applications. His recent significant cases include those concerning serious licensing revocations and appeals. Cannon primarily acts for councils and public bodies and is admired for his personable advocacy style.
"He is comfortable either advocating or opposing applications." "He has a gift for summarising the key determining issues with calm courtesy, ordering the issues in a logical sequence. His judgement is both firm and practical."
Recent work: Acted for East Staffordshire Borough Council in an appeal by the premises licence holder of The Locomotive sports bar in Burton upon Trent against the revocation of the licence following a review brought by the police.

Strengths:

Matthew Lewin
Matthew Lewin is regularly instructed by licensing authorities in a range of disputes. He has deep experience with taxi licensing and licences for restaurants and traders.
"His easy but robust approach to the matters in hand gives great confidence."
Recent work: Acted for Bedford Borough Council in a taxi licensing dispute following sexual abuse allegations against a driver.

Strengths:

Ranjit Bhose QC
Ranjit Bhose QC regularly acts for local authorities in licensing appeals and applications, and also advises on premises and events licensing matters concerning high-profile venues and festivals. Large-scale taxi licensing and gambling cases are also areas of interest.
"He is a very experienced licensing barrister." "He's really impressive. He's not highfalutin but talks in simple words, which is a good way to convince a tribunal."
Recent work: Acted for Uber in its appeal against Transport for London’s decision not to renew its Private Hire Vehicle Operator’s licence for London.

Strengths:

Richard Hanstock
Richard Hanstock has a sophisticated licensing practice focusing on complex taxi cases. He is also able to assist with licensing applications and variations. He also advises on breaches of licensing conditions.
"He is very committed to the area." "He is particularly astute on the regulatory aspects and he is thorough and hard-working."
Recent work: Acted for the London Borough of Waltham Forest on a licensing hearing and appeal concerning the Waterworks Festival.

Licensing

Cornerstone Barristers

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Location

2-3 Gray's Inn Square

Gray's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

WC1R 5JH

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Licensing


James Findlay QC
Band 2
Ranjit Bhose QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Licensing


Asitha Ranatunga
Band 1
Josef Cannon
Band 1
Matthew Lewin
Up and Coming
Richard Hanstock
Up and Coming