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Individual Profile

Emma Dring

Cornerstone Barristers - London

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

Profile submitted by Emma Dring

Practice Areas

Planning, housing, licensing

Professional Memberships



Emma is regularly instructed in High Court planning cases, both as junior counsel and sole counsel, in addition to continuing inquiry and advisory work. In addition to her existing public and private clients, Emma is on the Attorney General’s C panel and receives instructions on behalf of the Secretary of State. Emma undertakes a full range of planning work, but has the following specific area of expertise: Heritage – Emma has been instructed by Historic England and English Heritage on a number of occasions in recent years, to advise and also to provide representation in High Court proceedings. She has been involved in recent important cases on ‘setting’ and on the interpretation of chapter 12 NPPF. Local plans - Emma has represented clients in four examinations in public (two for objectors and two for local planning authorities), including most recently the Swale local plan. She has also been involved as junior counsel in four High Court local plan challenges. Enforcement/lawfulness – Emma has a particular interest in and experience of advising on these issues and regularly provides written advice.


Contributor to “Cornerstone on the Planning Court” and “Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct”