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UK Bar Guide
Individual Profile

James Findlay QC

Cornerstone Barristers - London

James Findlay QC - Cornerstone Barristers
  • 2-3 Gray's Inn Square
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • WC1R 5JH

Profile submitted by James Findlay QC

Practice Areas

Specialist in planning and environment, licensing and local government law in both England and Wales and Scotland. Recent cases include Multilink Leisure Developments v North Lanarkshire Council (lease interpretation), Morge v Hampshire (resisting interim relief application), Welwyn Hatfield v SOSCLG (deceit and planning) and Tesco Stores Ltd v Dundee City Council (interpretation of policy and sequential test) – all in the Supreme Court. Acted in Garner and Roadsense with respect to PCO/PEO issues. Numerous other related Court cases. Likewise inquiries recent significant experience in windfarms, waste to energy facilities and coffee shops. Licensing work at all levels in both jurisdictions. Advises on all aspects of local authority law, including governance, elections, highways and procurement.

Professional Memberships

Scottish Planning Local Government and Environmental Bar Group, PEBA, UKELA.


Called England 1984 - Scotland 2008. QC England 2008. Joint Head of Chambers of 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square.


Contributing editor to the Waste on Land section of Volume 38 of Halsbury’s Laws. Contributor to Kolvin Licensed Premises: Law and Practice. Various articles in JPL, SPEL and Judicial Review.