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UK Bar Guide
Individual Profile

Thomas Cosgrove QC

Cornerstone Barristers - London

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

Profile submitted by Thomas Cosgrove QC

Practice Areas

Planning and public law.

Professional Memberships



Leading barrister appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017. Highly experienced specialist in planning, environmental and administrative law. His work typically entails leading multi-disciplinary teams of experts in relation to development and infrastructure projects as well as providing early tactical advice and written/oral advocacy at inquiries or in court. Tom aims to add value to his clients’ work and deliver a very high quality service drawing on his experience. He provides advice across a range of business sectors including development (retail, energy, heritage, commercial, residential and leisure), major infrastructure and government. He has extensive experience of planning inquiries and related high court statutory challenges. Tom acts for both private clients and planning authorities. He has been recently involved in major planning inquiries concerning residential schemes in England and advising private clients on strategic planning in the context of emerging local plans. He is regularly instructed in relation to major proposals concerning heritage assets and large scale commercial developments. He has a wealth of experience of large scale renewable energy proposals and of promoting and resisting development proposals in countryside areas of outstanding natural beauty, national parks and the green belt. Tom regularly appears in the higher courts.


Editor and co-author of "Cornerstone on the Planning Court"