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UK Bar 2023
London (Bar) Planning
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Band 3

22 Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Review

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Planning - London (Bar)
3
Band 3

The versatile Cornerstone team is capable of taking on both high-stakes planning inquiries and contentious cases in all venues from the High Court to the Supreme Court, with the benefit of additional experience in adjacent fields such as local property and public law. Clients typically range from private individuals to public bodies, and from small businesses to large-scale developers. One example of the set's recent high-profile work is a development consent order examination concerning the Sizewell C nuclear power station, the largest construction project in Europe. Solicitors interviewed unanimously agree that Cornerstone Barristers provide "excellent all-round public law and planning expertise."

Client service

"The clerks are very quick to acknowledge instructions and come back to me with quotes and availability."

"They are a really good set, their clerks are lovely too, probably the best set of clerks, they go out of their way to help you."

"Elliot Langdorf, senior clerk, provides quick responses and proactive actions."

"Elliot leads a team of helpful, efficient and friendly clerks. They are always quick to respond with details of availability and fee estimates."

Notable Practitioners

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Thomas Cosgrove KC
2
Band 2

Thomas Cosgrove KC acts for an array of clients ranging from interest groups to house builders and retailers, and is a regular feature at residential and heritage development inquiries and at judicial review. He also handles sizeable infrastructure cases. He has notable expertise in Local Plans.

"He is an excellent KC who we thoroughly enjoy working with."

"He's very good, everybody appreciates and likes him."

"His advocacy is excellent, and he is easy to deal with and always grasps the issues at the outset."

"He is very competent. I would use him again or recommend to a colleague."

Ashley Bowes
N
Ashley Bowes
3
Band 3

Ashley Bowes has notable experience at inquiry and has appeared in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in planning cases of national significance, including those which have clarified government policy. His work has been impressively broad, from cases testing the interpretation of the Town and Country Act 1990 to appeals concerning the interaction between planning decisions and air quality regulations.

"Ashley has provided very strong advice and has presented evidence and cross-examined other witnesses to a high standard."

"He is a very good advocate. He thinks strategically and his advice is well rounded, and he is very personable and approachable."

"He is an exceptional advocate whose delivery is focused and is well received by the courts. His advice is always timely and is often provided with absolute clarity."

"His knowledge and expertise far surpass his year of call. He is reliable, approachable and client-friendly."

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Richard Ground KC
3
Band 3

Richard Ground KC is extensively experienced in planning inquiries, both major and local, and also an expert in village greens, local government and environmental law. His areas of excellence include infrastructure disputes, enforcement actions, heritage matters and cases involving Green Belt developments.

"Richard is very good; he’s a real go-to person for local planning authorities."

"He provided brilliant advocacy at public inquiry and sound commercial advice in securing complex planning obligations."

"He is driven to win, across the detail and excellent at inquiries."

N
Clare Parry
3
Band 3

Clare Parry has crossed swords with some of the Bar's top planning barristers in judicial reviews and inquiries. She is appointed to the Attorney General's B Panel and is regularly engaged to appear before the High Court in matters throughout England and Wales. Her planning and environmental caseload includes matters involving neighbourhood plans and cultural heritage issues.

"The clients were delighted with her analysis and tenacity."

"Clare is our go-to lawyer for planning work."

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Edward Grant
4
Band 4

Edward Grant
Edward Grant maintains a diverse client base of developers, local authorities and interested third parties whom he advises and acts for in inquiries. He is familiar with all aspects of planning law and in particular has experience in large housing cases and criminal proceedings arising from enforcement prosecutions. His caseload includes instructions relating to high-impact London development.

"The manner in which Edward conducts himself and his work, and portrays his knowledge, is incredible."

"Edward is a brilliant counsel; really commercial and personable and responsive."

"The level of service he has provided is absolutely first-class. Ed grasps the salient issues quickly and has the vision to deal with potential difficulties we may face at an early stage."

"He is a very knowledgeable and client-orientated advocate who is focused on the objectives of the clients."

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Jack Parker
4
Band 4

Jack Parker
Jack Parker possesses a substantial reputation due to his robust appearances in the High Court on a range of planning matters, including town and country concerns and local neighbourhood plans. He represents LPAs, individuals and businesses.

"He is helpful, readily available to speak and very good at getting to the issue required."

"He is very good in writing and is thoughtful. He showed the ability to grasp the details of a very complex case too."

"Jack is someone with particularly sound judgement and someone I would endorse."

"He is astute, really gets to the point and has a really good eye for detail."

"He has excellent written advice and discussion."

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Asitha Ranatunga
4
Band 4

Asitha Ranatunga is an expert in all manner of planning cases. He often represents local authorities regarding their development plans, and appears at examinations and challenges. He is also retained by individuals and organisations in their challenges to LPA decisions. He is frequently instructed at all stages of enforcement proceedings, and has handled a number of appeals and cases concerning the implementation of regulatory controls.

"Asitha gives you confidence that is is always possible to defend even the most difficult case and does that with the attention to detail that is second to none."

"He is a clear, concise and succinct advocate and I would relish encountering him again."

"He is a very calm and understanding person."

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Rob Williams
4
Band 4

Rob Williams is skilled in a wide variety of planning disciplines, from CPO matters through Section 78 appeals to mineral rights. Increasingly popular among government entities, serving as a member of the Attorney General's B Panel, and also instructed by private individuals and LPAs on local plan concerns.

"I would thoroughly recommend Rob for anyone looking for barrister support on local plan or development management issues."

"Rob's ability to manage a complex and large-scale planning appeal is excellent."

"He is amazing."

"He is a standout barrister, in terms of his very quick and thorough grasp of the issues, his outstanding work ethic, and his clear, well-structured arguments."

Michael Bedford KC
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Michael Bedford KC
5
Band 5

Michael Bedford KC possesses extensive experience in planning, and focuses on development plans and regeneration schemes as well as significant infrastructure projects. He is known for his representation of local authorities and regularly accepts instruction in large inquiries and judicial review.

"Michael is our most trusted counsel, whose understanding of the law and its application to the brief results in clear and often very practical advice."

"He has excellent client relations, commercial understanding and advocacy."

"He is a favourite of mine, he does lots of infrastructure work, has really sound judgement, and is good at identifying weak spots for clients."

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Wayne Beglan
5
Band 5

Wayne Beglan handles planning cases as part of his wide-ranging local government practice. He represents both local authorities and private clients. He is regularly engaged in judicial reviews, High Court actions and Court of Appeal cases. He handles issues including CPOs and local plans.

"He is always exceptionally well prepared and calm."

"He remained calm under pressure, was a pleasure to work with, explained everything really clearly and clients love him."

"Wayne provided detailed advice on unusual planning matters."

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Lisa Busch KC
5
Band 5

Lisa Busch KC
Lisa Busch KC boasts an extensive history of high-end government work. She has been consulted on large infrastructure-related proceedings, including HS2 and other transport matters. She also has specialist expertise in the planning issues associated with free schools.

"Lisa is very responsive and excellent with clients."

Josef Cannon
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Josef Cannon
5
Band 5

Josef Cannon is a well-regarded junior with a strong inquiries practice. He is regularly instructed in cases regarding housing schemes and developments in the Green Belt.

"Josef has provided very strong advice and quick responses to our queries. He deals with the examination of witnesses and cross-examination very well."

"He is very good at inquiries."

"He is very easy to work with and brilliant with clients."

"He is a good calming person to work with."

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Jonathan Clay
5
Band 5

Jonathan Clay
Jonathan Clay is an able and experienced advocate who acts for major players in residential and infrastructure development cases, including motorways, stadiums and wind farms. His areas of expertise also include enforcement, town and country planning, village greens and commercial development.

"Jonathan provides sound and sensible advice, with a clear understanding of the practical implications of planning problems for local planning authorities. A trusted and respected adviser of the highest level."

"He is one of our preferred advocates, he is excellent and offers clients practical advice. He is also very user-friendly."

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Emma Dring
5
Band 5

Emma Dring is a rising star whose remit includes wider public and administrative law, in addition to her established planning practice. She is particularly focused on cases where the planning, housing and licensing practice areas interface. She is appointed to the Attorney General's C Panel and has significant expertise in heritage matters.

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Ben Du Feu
5
Band 5

Ben Du Feu
Ben Du Feu is fast becoming a favourite of his instructing solicitors. He regularly acts for local authorities and developers on a broad spectrum of planning matters. He is a member of the Attorney General's C Panel of Junior Counsel.

"Ben is extremely knowledgeable and eloquent."

"He is very impressive. He is also extremely calm, measured and very approachable to deal with."

"He is just brilliant, personable and professional."

"He is hard-working and delivers quality work."

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James Findlay KC
5
Band 5

James Findlay KC
James Findlay KC operates a substantial planning practice in Scotland, as well as in England and Wales. He is particularly adept at dealing with controversial or complex cases with a high profile. His work for local authorities often concerns housing or energy projects. Challenges to local plans form a key area of his work. He also represents developers and other interested parties.

"James is one of the very best planning advocates operating across the UK."

"He is very good at court work."

Robin Green
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Robin Green
5
Band 5

Robin Green advises and appears for developer and local authority clients at inquiry and in the High Court. His clients include local authorities and private individuals, whom he represents in matters encompassing all aspects of planning law, with a particular focus on housing developments. He is particularly well versed in cases concerning controversial development proposals in countryside areas.

"He provided detailed and highly complicated advice on sensitive environmental matters and provided helpful support."

"He provided clear advice within an urgent timescale."

Ryan Kohli
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Ryan Kohli
5
Band 5

Ryan Kohli is recognised for his expertise in planning inquiries. He is regularly called on to advise clients on infrastructure planning and significant urban developments.

"Ryan has delivered clear and very timely advice on a range of matters."

Emmaline Lambert
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Emmaline Lambert
5
Band 5

Emmaline Lambert is respected as a strong junior in the field who has broad experience of inquiries, enforcement matters and High Court challenges. She represents a diverse range of clients, including developers and third parties, and is routinely instructed to represent local authorities in planning inquiries and appeals. She is experienced in planning cases involving numerous sensitive environmental issues.

"Emmaline is a tough advocate with a bright and fresh approach. She demonstrates a very high level of client care and delivers in highly sophisticated areas of planning law."

N
Paul Shadarevian KC
5
Band 5

Paul Shadarevian KC is a highly experienced planning law barrister and is particularly sought after for his expertise in residential and commercial development planning. He regularly advises local authorities on their Local Plans.

"Paul helped steer us through dealing with complex issues."

"Paul is brilliant; a pleasure to work with."

Harriet Townsend
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Harriet Townsend
5
Band 5

Harriet Townsend has a strong track record of handling CPO cases, development inquiries, enforcement appeals and other hearings. She has recently been tackling matters relating to significant residential schemes and sensitive cases involving heritage or preservation concerns. She acts for local authorities, as well as campaign groups, individuals and developers.

"Harriet is professional and approachable."

"She provided detailed advice, at short notice, on a complex matter involving an awareness of political sensitivities."

"Harriet has an impressive way of combining expertise and client service which inspires confidence. Her ability to cut to the chase and pinpoint issues whilst ensuring that the client is fully informed is a much valued skill."

"She is reassuringly knowledgeable and experienced with a natural ability to provide pragmatic and nuanced advice."

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Estelle Dehon KC
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Estelle Dehon KC
Estelle Dehon KC dedicates a significant portion of her practice to planning law, frequently representing interest groups, individuals and local authorities in sometimes controversial cases. She regularly appears in the High Court and at public inquiries concerning substantial development proposals. She has been involved in important challenges to energy schemes including fracking.

"Estelle is totally superb, tenacious and thoughtful. Her advocacy is top-notch both written and oral."

"She had an excellent grasp of the legislation and issues. She provided thorough, useful advice."

"Her advocacy is very clear and persuasive, and she carries a lot of respect from judges."

Ranked Barristers at
Cornerstone Barristers

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London (Bar)

Planning

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Thomas Cosgrove KC
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Band 2
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Richard Ground KC
3
Band 3
5
James Findlay KC
5
Band 5
5
Lisa Busch KC
5
Band 5
Michael Bedford KC
5
Michael Bedford KC
5
Band 5
5
Paul Shadarevian KC
5
Band 5
Estelle Dehon KC
New Silks

Juniors

London (Bar)

Planning

Ashley Bowes
3
Ashley Bowes
3
Band 3
3
Clare Parry
3
Band 3
4
Asitha Ranatunga
4
Band 4
4
Edward Grant
4
Band 4
4
Jack Parker
4
Band 4
4
Rob Williams
4
Band 4
5
Ben Du Feu
5
Band 5
5
Emma Dring
5
Band 5
Emmaline Lambert
5
Emmaline Lambert
5
Band 5
Harriet Townsend
5
Harriet Townsend
5
Band 5
5
Jonathan Clay
5
Band 5
Josef Cannon
5
Josef Cannon
5
Band 5
Robin Green
5
Robin Green
5
Band 5
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