Cornerstone Barristers

About The Set

Cornerstone Barristers is a leading public law chambers that is based in London with additional branches in Birmingham and Cardiff.

The set’s members – among them 12 QCs and 40 juniors – specialise in areas right across the spectrum of public work, including development, infrastructure, government, leisure, health, social care, finance and energy.

Much of the work they do is high profile, with recent examples including the successful appeal against the closure of world-famous London nightclub Fabric, in which six members of Cornerstone’s licensing team were instructed. The set has also been active in recent legal challenges to fracking planning decisions.

Cornerstone is known for its commitment to corporate social responsibility, with a number its members serving as Free Representation Unit volunteers or Bar Pro Bono Unit panel members. Barristers at the set do an average of 50 hours pro bono each year.

What The Junior Barristers Say

“The stand out feature of Cornerstone Barristers”, says junior barrister Ruchi Parekh, “is definitely the environment -- it’s hard to find a nicer bunch of barristers”. Parekh, who applied for a pupillage at the chambers due to her interest in general public law, says that it “feels like being part of a community”.

The culture is arguably defined by the set’s “open door policy”, which applies both physically and metaphorically. Parekh recalls the time she was in court as a second-six pupil and called a member of chambers during the lunch break to get help on a point of law that arose at the trial: “I can’t think of another chambers where you can feel relaxed enough to do that”, she says.

Support for pupils is high on the agenda. They are assigned junior barrister mentors who “tell them what they need to know”, especially about their first weeks in court. For example, advice is offered about the law as well as “which usher they should become friends with”.

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One week between 1 January-31 May 2018

Applications close: 30 November 2017

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Key Info

Juniors 37
QCs 15
Pupillages 2
Oxbridge-educated new tenants* 0/5

*Figure is for the five most junior members of chambers; does not include postgraduate studies


Pupillage award £50,000
BPTC advance drawdown Undisclosed

Gender Diversity

Female juniors 30%
Female QCs 0%