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Cornerstone Barristers

Local Government

7 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Cornerstone Barristers is a well-regarded set offering expertise across a wide range of local government matters. Members represent local authorities both in London and across the UK, and are noted for their expert advisory work concerning councillors' conduct, the allocation of budgets, and local authority responsibilities, duties and powers. The set's barristers are also experienced in the handling of cases relating to social housing, planning, data protection, licensing and environment law, and are regularly instructed to appear in judicial review proceedings. Recent work for the set includes R (Z) v Hackney LBC and Agudas Israel Housing Association, a high-profile judicial review of the association's policy of allocating housing only to members of the Orthodox Jewish community.

Client service:

"The clerks are courteous, helpful and responsive to our needs at all times." "The whole team is very friendly and proactive." Elliot Langdorf is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

James Findlay QC
Garners significant praise for his knowledge of administrative and public law, local government and environment matters. He habitually handles judicial reviews and statutory appeals at many of the highest courts in the UK, including the Supreme Court.
"He provides sound advice and takes a pragmatic approach to matters." "A persuasive, experienced and calm advocate who is knowledgeable about local government law and carefully thinks his way through a problem."
Recent work: Instructed in R (Greenslade) v Devon County Council, a judicial review of the council's decision to discipline a senior member following several complaints of sexual harassment.

Strengths:

Jennifer Oscroft
Known for her work in social welfare, housing and community care. She primarily acts for local authorities in matters involving social services and planning law. She has recently been involved in cases concerning asylum and local government duties under the Equality Act 2010. She is regularly instructed in claims for judicial review.
"A very fair advocate."

Strengths:

Lisa Busch QC
Regularly instructed in public law and local government matters, including major challenges to local authority decisions at the High Court and Court of Appeal. She is well versed in civil liberties and human rights issues. She is a member of the Attorney General's A Panel of Counsel.
"She's well respected by the court, smooth in her advocacy and knows her brief well." "A very experienced and persuasive barrister."
Recent work: Acted for the LPA second respondent in Gluck v (1) Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and (2) Crawley BC, two conjoined appeals under Section 288 of the 1990 Act whereby the claimant sought to challenge the decision of an inspector dismissing his appeal against the refusal of the LPA of prior approval for residential development.

Strengths:

Matt Hutchings QC
A civil and commercial litigation specialist who offers further expertise in real estate, housing and public sector law. He is highly sought after by public authorities.
"Very incisive and knowledgeable about local government and housing law." "Excellent in court."
Recent work: Advised Haringey London Borough Council on issues related to a proposed £1 billion regeneration scheme in Tottenham, including a residents' ballot under the GLA's Capital Funding Guide.

Strengths:

Philip Coppel QC
A highly popular choice of local government counsel who is particularly well known for his appellate practice. His broad expertise encompasses further areas, such as information law and commercial disputes.
"A very experienced and persuasive advocate who exudes calm when addressing difficult points."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant council in Bellamy v Douglas Borough Council, a long-running claim concerning a building notice.

Strengths:

Ranjit Bhose QC
Expert in a variety of high-stakes public sector disputes, he is regularly called on by a diverse range of local authority clients. He has significant experience at the Bar and is particularly well versed in cases concerning powers and duties, finance, property and housing. He has considerable experience appearing in claims for judicial review.
"Very experienced and has a clear and concise approach to advocacy." "He's calm, persuasive and effective. He's very strong on technical detail but also has a good eye for strategy."
Recent work: Instructed in RB Kingston-upon-Thames v Moss, a test case challenging the High Court's 2016 ruling that local authorities had been 're-selling' water to their secure tenants and so were liable to pay back over £100 million.

Strengths:

Wayne Beglan
Versatile junior handling a broad range of local government work, including planning, housing, regeneration and employment matters as well as major challenges to administrative decisions. He regularly represents clients in tribunal proceedings in the High Court and is a familiar face in the Court of Appeal. He is also regularly instructed in claims for judicial review, and has experience of local plan examinations.
"His written work is concise and to the point - he knows how to focus on the key points of a case. He's also a great advocate and has a good manner in court."
Recent work: Successfully represented the defendant council in Humber Landlords Association v Hull City Council, a challenge as to whether the council could lawfully adopt an enforcement policy which discriminated between landlords who were registered on their voluntary approved accreditation scheme and those who were not.

Local Government Department

Cornerstone Barristers

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2-3 Gray's Inn Square

Gray's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Local Government


James Findlay QC
Band 3
Lisa Busch QC
Band 3
Matt Hutchings QC
Band 4
Philip Coppel QC
Band 4
Ranjit Bhose QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Local Government


Jennifer Oscroft
Band 3