Cornerstone Barristers is a pre-eminent set for housing cases and highly sought after by social housing landlords. The set has an impressive team of practitioners who are experienced in the full range of social housing matters. Members of Cornerstone's team are particularly capable in cases dealing with complex issues such as community care, human rights and immigration and have appeared in such cases as the Grenfell Public Inquiry and LB Barking & Dagenham v Persons Unknown. One source notes: "Cornerstone Barristers always provides a high standard of work."
Elliot Langdorf is the senior clerk.
Andrew Lane is a talented advocate who is praised for his unwaveringly dedicated approach, regardless of whether he is handling high-profile cases in the Court of Appeal or Supreme Court or County Court possession claims. His practice encompasses all areas of social housing law, including welfare reform, housing fraud and advisory work for registered providers. He is further known for his strength in handling disrepair claims. Lane also has a growing policy practice and is able to assist housing associations to draft allocation and rent reduction schemes.
"Andy Lane remains an outstanding barrister and a wonderful person."
"He is very effective and a safe pair of hands."
Ranjit Bhose KC is a well-respected silk with a broad housing practice that encompasses possession actions, housing finance and large-scale regeneration schemes for local authority and housing association clients. He is particularly commended for his expertise in complex leaseholder issues and service charges. Bhose also regularly advises local authorities and associations on fire safety issues, and frequently appears at all levels of court including the Upper Tribunal and Supreme Court.
"His client handling skills are second to none and when on his feet, he is clear, consise and to the point."
Lindsay Johnson is a housing specialist known for his strong track record in judicial reviews and in public law challenges covering a range of issues, such as failure to comply with homelessness duties, anti-social behaviour policies and failure to follow allocation policies. His diverse practice also includes areas such as stock transfers, unlawful eviction and possession proceedings. He is also known for his ability to handle disputes over tenancy agreements and service charges.
"Lindsay is incredible - an absolute powerhouse."
Michael Paget offers top-quality advice to an array of clients, including local authorities and housing associations. He is also highly regarded for his direct access and pro bono work on behalf of tenants. Interviewees particularly note his adroit handling of homelessness applications and leasehold disputes, and highlight him for his work where housing and community care matters intersect. He is also known for his ability to handle unlawful evictions and complex disrepair claims.
"Involved and very helpful, he always makes thost instruct him feel supported."
Catherine Rowlands predominantly advocates on behalf of local authorities and housing associations. She offers expertise across all areas of housing law, and regularly handles cases relating to succession disputes, possession claims and unlawful evictions. She is also a notable expert on homelessness law and has acted in multiple major cases regarding the law in this area.
"Very robust, knows the law well and is a good advocate."
Kelvin Rutledge KC is a highly experienced silk with a particular focus on matters concerning local government. He offers respected expertise in a range of cases, such as those involving homelessness allocation schemes and outer borough placements. He also makes frequent appearances before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Rutledge complements his housing expertise with an impressive community care practice, and is able to act in a range of cases where the two spheres intersect. He also regularly provides counsel to local authority clients on issues of policy.
"Kelvin is extremely experienced and innovative. I use him on all complex cases."
Dean Underwood is a housing and administrative specialist adept at the representation of local authorities and social landlords at all levels of court and tribunal. His areas of particular expertise include possession proceedings, homelessness challenges and disrepair claims.
"Dean is a very good opponent - firm, but reasonable and fair."
"Dean is involved in heavy, difficult and high-status work."
Wayne Beglan is a junior with a strong reputation for his local government and social housing practice. He routinely undertakes housing work on behalf of local authorities and registered providers, and offers notable expertise across the areas of planning, regeneration and procurement. Beglan has considerable experience appearing before the High Court and appellate courts, and is noted for his experience of judicial review procedures.
"A consistently good performer who regularly handles heavyweight cases."
Kuljit Bhogal is considered an expert in areas such as anti-social behaviour, public law defences and the Equality Act. She is frequently sought out by housing clients for her insight and advice on major policy matters. Her impressive client base includes local authorities and housing associations. Bhogal's broad practice also encompasses community care and Court of Protection work.
"Goes above and beyond and is loved by both clients and judges."
Riccardo Calzavara has a notable ability to handle complex possession proceedings. He is also frequently instructed in anti-social behaviour cases, disrepair claims and homelessness appeals. His impressive practice has seen him make several appearances in the High Court and Court of Appeal, often in leading cases.
"Riccardo is a very good advocate. He is really efficient at what he does and he can handle difficult points of law."
"He is very proactive in cases."
Matt Hutchings KC is a highly regarded, passionate advocate with a broad housing practice. He is known for his adept representation of local authorities, tenants and homeless applicants before all levels of court.
"Matt is a standout barrister. He is bright, sensible and a pleasure to have as an opponent."
Ryan Kohli is a talented junior who receives regular instructions in anti-social behaviour injunctions, homelessness appeals and possession claims. He is notable for acting in cases where the Equality Act and public law defences are raised. Kohli is highly experienced at tribunal level and has served as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal. His broad practice also sees him advising on fire safety and leasehold disputes.
"A charming man who is very succinct and gets to the point quickly."
David Lintott is known particularly for his expertise in homelessness matters, and he regularly makes successful presentations before the Court of Appeal. His broad client base includes a number of local authorities. Lintott also shows strength in possession proceedings and anti-social behaviour order applications.
"Produces excellent written work and is very good at understanding the isses and presenting good skeleton arguments."
Sarah Salmon is well versed across all aspects of landlord and tenant law, with particular expertise in anti-social behaviour cases and complex possession proceedings. She is widely praised for her advocacy skills and highly respected for her leading commentary on housing law and judicial reviews. Her complementary acumen in public law matters buttresses her enviable practice. She is the current chair of the SHLA.
"She is superb - she'll talk to you at exactly the level you require. If you need in-depth analysis or merely an overview, she'll deliver it."
Tara O'Leary is a talented junior with notable experience in a variety of public law matters. She handles cases relating to homelessness, discrimination and mental capacity issues, among others.
"Provides detailed advice, often at short notice, and is all over the legislation."
Alexander Campbell has a growing reputation for his representation in both housing and public law matters. He is able to rely on his extensive experience in human rights and discrimination cases to undertake complex homelessness and allocation litigation, and is particularly strong on claims for possession.
"Alexander provides a great level of service. He always thinks outside the box, delivers great results and is always commercially aware."