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Kuljit Bhogal - Women leading the Worldwide Conversation

Barrister Kuljit Bhogal brought a legal perspective to the ‘worldwide conversation’, and spoke about women’s contribution to the profession, and working conditions, as well as her work on the country’s first Public Space Protection Order outside a sexual health clinic in London.

Written by Binda Rai |

Kuljit Bhogal speaking at the Charter Lecture 2018
Kuljit Bhogal is a leading barrister and author, specialising in Public Law and Local Government work.

Barrister, Cornerstone Barristers

Kuljit Bhogal is a leading barrister and author, specialising in Public Law and Local Government work. She is recognised for her thorough knowledge of the law, exceptional advocacy skills and tactical awareness.

Ms Bhogal gained her LLB from King’s College London in 1997, and was called to the bar in 1998. Since being called, Ms Bhogal has established herself at the forefront of the Public Law and Local Government bar. She also has expertise in housing and the Court of Protection. Her knowledge of housing law, combined with experience in mental health and community care law, makes her a respected source of knowledge on cases where these three spheres interact. Ms Bhogal is currently ranked as a leading junior by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 for Social Housing Law.

In 2006, Ms Bhogal joined Cornerstone Barristers, a leading public law barristers’ chambers, recognised by The Legal 500 as a Top Tier law chambers in 2017. At Cornerstone, Ms Bhogal is currently Joint Head of the Housing Team and provides policy and strategic advice at the most senior levels.

Ms Bhogal is seen by many in the profession as the ‘go-to’ barrister for issues relating to Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO), which allow for the regulation of lawful activity if it is deemed detrimental to the use of public space. Her recent landmark case involving Ealing Council’s PSPO around a Marie Stopes Clinic, offering women private sexual health services, made national headlines. Ms Bhogal successfully defended the order, which was the first such decision in Britain to be implemented by a council. During her time at Cornerstone, Ms Bhogal has advised a number of high-profile clients. She was specially commended at the Asian Woman of Achievement awards in 2016, where she was among five leading female practitioners from the fields of law, architecture and medicine, up for recognition in the Professions category.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms Bhogal wrote a book entitled Cornerstone on Anti-Social Behaviour: The New Law, published in 2015 by Bloomsbury Professional. This book has received glowing reviews from a number of lawyers and legal magazines, including The Law Society Gazette, which stated:

‘This is an invaluable toolkit. It has clear and concise guidance, good precedents and a useful review not only of the new Act but also of how it overlaps with and enhances existing legislation.’

Persistence, determination and professionalism have helped me overcome adversity to get to where I am today. I hope the “worldwide conversation” will inspire other women.

To find out more about the exceptional women leaders who participated in the launch of the University of London’s ‘worldwide conversation’, please see links to the profiles already published:

 Read more about the University of London’s ‘worldwide conversation’ London launch event and watch the video.