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UK Bar Guide
Individual Profile

Jonathan Clay

Cornerstone Barristers - London

Jonathan Clay - Cornerstone Barristers
  • 2-3 Gray's Inn Square
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • WC1R 5JH

Profile submitted by Jonathan Clay

Practice Areas

Jonathan's practice covers all aspects of planning and environmental control, housing, renewable energy, large scale infrastructure projects and village greens, as well as housing, commercial and retail development schemes. His practice involves appearances in the High Court and Court of Appeal and at major public inquiries. Recent cases include Suffolk Coastal v Hopkins Homes [2016] (CA) on the meaning of the NPPF, Oxted Residential v Tandridge D.C.[ 2016](CA): challenge to local plan, NHS Properties v Surrey CC [2016] (HC) Village Greens and statutory incompatibility. Major development projects include Amex Stadium, Brighton, where he represented Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. at inquiry and in the courts, and Bromley Common (Blue Circle) site where he acted for the developer at PI in obtaining planning permission for major housing development on open land in the Green Belt. He works for both appellants and authorities in housing, commercial and industrial development appeals and has advised on content and soundness of local plans and on housing land supply issues.

Professional Memberships

Planning and Environmental Bar Association(PEBA); Pro Bono Unit; UK Environmental Lawyers Association (UKELA); National Infrastructure Planning Association.


Called to the Bar in 1990.