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Firm Profile

Cornerstone Barristers

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 2-3 Gray's Inn Square
  • Gray's Inn
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC1R 5JH

Firm profile submitted by Cornerstone Barristers

Head of Chambers: Phillip Kolvin QC
Chief Executive: Elizabeth Woodman
Tenants: 52

THE CHAMBERS Leading public law barristers chambers in which excellence is achieved across a range of practice areas. With more than fifty barristers and offices in London, Birmingham and Cardiff, Cornerstone Barristers provides specialist legal advice and representation nationwide, in areas including administrative and public law, planning, property, housing, licensing, health and social care, commercial and regulatory law. Clients include companies, central and local government, private developers, public development agencies, third party objectors and individuals.
Chambers offers expertise at all levels of seniority, from QCs to newly qualified barristers, and at all levels of the court system, from County Court to the Supreme Court.
Members are highly regarded and often involved in ground-breaking cases. They are not just legal experts but sector specialists, meaning that clients receive advice from- and are represented by people who understand their perspective, their business and their challenges.

  • Philip Kolvin QC (1985) (QC-2009)
  • Mark Lowe QC (1972) (QC-1996)
  • Ashley Underwood QC (1976) (QC-2001)
  • Vincent Fraser QC (1981) (QC-2001)
  •  James Findlay QC (1984) (QC-2008)
  • Steven Gasztowicz QC (1981) (QC-2009)
  • Phillip Coppel QC (1994) (QC-2009)
  • Gerard Forlin QC (1984) (QC-2010)
  • Ranjit Bhose QC (1989) (QC-2012)
  • Kelvin Rutledge QC (1989) (QC- 2013)
  • Michael Bedford QC (1985) (QC-2016)
  • Richard Ground QC (1994) (QC-2016)
  • Paul Shadarevian QC (1984) (QC-2017)
  • Matt Hutchings QC (1993) (QC-2017)
  • Thomas Cosgrove QC (1994) (QC-2017)
  • Alun Alesbury (1974)
  • Graham Stoker (1977)
  • Ian Albutt (1981)
  • Jonathan Clay (1990)
  • Paul Marshall (1991)
  • Jon Holbrook (1991)
  • Robin Green (1992)
  • Harriet Townsend (1992)
  • Catherine Rowlands (1992)
  • Edward Grant (1994)
  • Michael Paget (1995)
  • Martin Edwards (1995)
  • Wayne Beglan (1996)
  • David Lintott (1996)
  • Rory Clarke (1996)
  • Kuljit Bhogal (1998)
  • Andrew Lane (1999)
  • Shomik Datta (2000)
  •  Asitha Ranatunga (2001)
  • Peggy Etiebet (2001)
  • Damien Welfare (2001)
  • Josef Cannon (2002)
  • Dean Underwood (2002)
  • Clare Parry (2005)
  • Estelle Dehon (2006)
  • Ryan Kohli (2006)
  • Jennifer Oscroft (2006)
  • Robert Williams (2008)
  • Emma Dring (2009)
  • Zoe Whittington (2009)
  • Ruchi Parekh (2010)
  • Jack Parker (2011)
  • Richard Hanstock (2012)
  •  Dr Ashley Bowes (2013)
  • Ben Du Feu (2013)
  • Matt Lewin (2013)
  •  Tara O’Leary (2014)

WORK UNDERTAKEN The set’s expertise takes in the most lengthy, complex and high profile cases, as well as more routine matters.

Planning & Environment: As one of the leading planning sets, Cornerstone Barristers handles the full range of issues including high-profile infrastructure and other nationally important projects involving property, public and environmental law, compulsory purchase and compensation, minerals and waste, rights of way, highways, village greens and commons. Members handle major inquiries and advise on prominent developments, statutory challenges and judicial review.

Social Housing: The set is well known for landlord and tenant law, homelessness, asylum, housing benefit fraud, possession claims, contested succession, unlawful subletting, anti-social behaviour and disrepair.

Property: As well as advising and representing private and public-sector clients in relation to commercial and residential property, members act as mediators and arbitrators.

Public Law & Judicial Review: The set defends and challenges public law decisions in many areas including planning, housing, highways, health and social care, court of protection, immigration, human rights, education and employment. Members take part in the most prominent public inquiries and inquests.

Licensing: The set drives professional development in this area by advising, training and educating across the whole field, including alcohol, entertainment, gambling and taxis, on behalf of licensing authorities, police, leading industry operators, trade associations and campaign and community groups.

Health & Social Care: Members represent clients in the Court of Protection, the Administrative Court and the Supreme Court across the full spectrum of health and social care matters, including adult and child social care, mental capacity and mental health law.

Commercial: The set includes barristers with domestic business law practices encompassing contentious and non-contentious commercial and corporate work.

Regulatory Law: In conjunction with a leading reputation in corporate manslaughter, the set provides a comprehensive service in consumer protection, trading standards, health and safety and environmental regulation. 

RECRUITMENT Pupils are received each year; pupillage funds are available.