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Kings Chambers remains the pre-eminent set for planning expertise in the North of England and attracts a wealth of praise from instructing solicitors. Barristers at the set handle complex planning appeals and inquiries, and are adept at acting for both appellants and local planning authorities. Members of Kings Chambers handle everything from objections to residential developments, to compulsory purchase matters and listed buildings issues. A source describes Kings Chambers as "the strongest set for planning expertise in the North." Another interviewee says: "As a set it is very good because of the breadth of experience that they have got dealing with different aspects of planning. They have got a really good set of juniors coming through."

Client service:

"The clerks are really chatty and personable and easy to deal with." "The clerks are always professional, pleasant and very helpful." "They have gone the extra mile, especially at the beginning of the pandemic. The clerking service is prompt and responsive to enquiries." "They're very good at added value - they give training and they are prepared to go over and above." Gary Smith is the chief clerk for planning and public law and Louise Barnes is the senior Leeds clerk.

Strengths:

Alan Evans
Alan Evans draws upon his previous experience as an inspector in village green inquiries and other regulatory roles to inform his representation of clients. He is instructed by developers and local authorities in public inquiries and planning appeals.
"Alan is very diligent. He has provided consistently clear advice and direction and offers practical solutions." Recent work: Acted for Oldham Council in a judicial review of a planning permission by the council for a new link road and up to 245 dwellings on a site that would be situated partly on 'protected open land'.

Strengths:

Anthony Gill
Anthony Gill has a broad planning offering and a wealth of expertise in residential development matters, and is well versed in acting for developers and local authorities. He frequently receives instructions in planning enforcement cases.
"Anthony brings considerable intellectual firepower to bear when solving problems."
Recent work: Advised Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council in an inquiry concerning the modification of extant public rights of way and the creation of a new network of public rights of way to accommodate a permitted residential housing development.

Strengths:

Constanze Bell
Constanze Bell is a well-regarded junior with a broad practice spanning all aspects of planning law. She is frequently instructed by local authorities to act in planning appeals and judicial reviews. 
"One of the best young juniors in practice. She is hard-working and knowledgeable." "She is exceptionally bright and a very safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Represented Liverpool City Council and successfully persuaded the Court of Appeal that no misinterpretation of 'Green Wedge' policy had been made when planning permission was granted for a residential housing scheme.

Strengths:

David Manley QC
David Manley QC is a highly regarded planning silk with impressive environmental law capabilities. He has a wealth of experience advising national house builders and retailers on a broad array of planning matters. He has an esteemed inquiry practice and is also adept at handling judicial review cases.
"David is excellent. He's very forensic and great at communicating and presenting the evidence."Recent work: Acted on behalf of Tritax Symmetry to promote 130,000 sq m of storage and distribution development on green belt land at J25 of the M6.

Strengths:

Freddie Humphreys
Freddie Humphreys is experienced in a range of planning matters, including inquiries, enforcement and appeals work. He maintains particular expertise in highways law, as well as regularly handling matters relating to residential and retail developments.
"He is a very good advocate. He really knows the strengths in his case and drives forward maximising those aspects."
Recent work: Acted for Selby District Council to obtain an ex parte injunction to restrain a breach of planning control in the form of an unauthorised Gypsy and Traveller site.

Strengths:

Giles Cannock QC
Giles Cannock QC is commended for his wide-ranging planning expertise and thorough approach to cases. He is especially adept at handling energy infrastructure, residential and retail development, compulsory purchase orders and highways matters. He regularly represents clients in the Planning Court and also appears in judicial reviews and statutory appeals.
"He has the ability to refer to specific parts of documents as they arise. He is very thorough with his preparation."Recent work: Successfully represented Stanlow Oil Refinery in its objection to the development of a new Faculty of Science and Engineering by the University of Chester at Thornton Science Park.

Strengths:

Ian Ponter
Ian Ponter is esteemed for his planning and environmental expertise, he regularly acts for developers and land promoters and can advise on a wide range of local plan issues. He has expertise in statutory challenges, judicial reviews and compulsory purchase matters. He is also knowledgeable about highways issues.
"Ian is immensely experienced and dependable, as well as an absolute pleasure to deal with."
Recent work: Represented Hambleton District Council to promote its Local Plan at an examination before a planning inspector.

Strengths:

John Barrett
John Barrett is widely praised for his extensive planning experience, which includes notable expertise in residential matters. He frequently acts for national house builders and developers, often in relation to controversial development proposals, such as in green belt areas. He has particular strength in judicial reviews, statutory appeals and Local Plan adoption cases.
"He is first-rate."
Recent work: Advised on a development proposal opposed by the LPA on the basis the a highway was required via a previously completed Section 106 agreement.

Strengths:

John Hunter
John Hunter possesses a wealth of experience in planning inquiries and related court proceedings, including judicial reviews. He frequently acts for developers, local authorities and other interested parties. His recent work includes housing and other development planning appeals.
"John cuts through everything, gives invaluable advice and is approachable and accessible for the clients."
Recent work: Represented Wyre Borough Council in successfully resisting an appeal against its refusal of planning permission on part of a site allocated for 400 houses in a local plan.

Strengths:

Jonathan Easton
Jonathan Easton centres his well-regarded practice on residential development and often appears in cases concerning village and town greens. He is also adept at handling a range of highways and compulsory purchase matters. He represents both developers and local authorities in planning disputes.
"He cuts through the complexity of a case very efficiently to distil the issues that really matter and quickly identify what should be done about them."

Strengths:

Killian Garvey
Killian Garvey is a respected planning junior with particular experience in residential planning issues. He appears on behalf of both local planning authorities and developers. He frequently appears in the High Court on planning appeals involving novel points of law.
"Killian is highly impressive and is set to be one of the future stars of the Planning Bar." "He is extremely bright and combines in-depth knowledge of planning law with pragmatism and commercial acumen."
Recent work: Represented Shropshire Council in a case concerning open space and the implications for when a local authority sells land that is open space.

Strengths:

Martin Carter
Martin Carter undertakes a range of planning work on behalf of local authorities and developers. He regularly deals with housing appeals, including those with housing supply issues. He also has significant experience in town and village green cases, highways matters and compulsory purchase issues. He frequently appears before public inquiries and planning appeals.
"Martin gives sound, measured advice with a keen and ready grasp of complex technical matters."
Recent work: Represented Gladman Developments at an appeal opposing the refusal of planning permission for the development of up to 150 dwellings on the edge of a town in Suffolk.

Strengths:

Paul Tucker QC
Paul Tucker QC is praised as a key figure in planning with notable capabilities in inquiries. He is highlighted for his adept handling of complex development matters for residential, infrastructure and retail clients. He has additional expertise acting for public sector clients.
"Paul is immensely impressive all round with written advice and advocacy and with client relations." "Paul is a robust advocate with great depth of knowledge and a very down-to-earth approach."
Recent work: Represented Liverpool City Council in the examination in public into the proposals for a new Local Plan in Liverpool dealing with its development needs for the next 15 years.

Strengths:

Philip Robson
Philip Robson is a well-regarded junior who regularly represents local authorities and developers in planning and environmental matters. He representing clients at local plan examinations, in prosecutions and in planning appeals.
"His written advocacy is very eloquent, and he is also very personable and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Advised on the legal and strategic aspects of the application for the largest indoor arena in the UK.

Strengths:

Piers Riley-Smith
Piers Riley-Smith is a strong planning junior with particular expertise representing local authorities and developers. He has appeared in front of the High Court and at public inquiries.
"Piers provides very succinct, to-the-point advice." "He is confident, knowledgeable and articulates matters of law well."
Recent work: Represented Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council in a statutory challenge under Sections 288 and 289 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against a decision made by the Secretary of State. The case related to the proper interpretation of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Strengths:

Ruth Stockley
Ruth Stockley is a respected planning junior, renowned particularly for her expertise in highways law. She is well known as an editor of the Encyclopedia of Highway Law and Practice. Her practice also spans environment, compulsory purchase and village greens. She has recently advised on a number of transport-related matters.
"She can roll out top, expert advice on highways. She is like an encyclopedia."
Recent work: Acted for Wigan Council in a public inquiry into a compulsory purchase order made by the council to enable the regeneration of low-demand housing and scrubland.

Strengths:

Sarah Reid QC
Sarah Reid QC maintains a wide-ranging planning practice which includes representation of developers, local authorities and central government departments. She is particularly well versed in planning matters pertaining to residential and retail developments.
"Sarah is very experienced and knowledgeable. She gives clear advice and is approachable."
Recent work: Acted for Eutopia Homes in an appeal against the refusal to grant planning permission for a regeneration scheme comprising 480 homes, a hotel and commercial space in Birmingham.

Strengths:

Stephanie Hall
Stephanie Hall is an accomplished junior barrister who represents a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors in public inquiries and in the High Court. She has been involved in major energy infrastructure projects.
"She is very good on her feet, robust and resilient."Recent work: Successfully represented Leeds City Council in a judicial review brought by Asda Stores regarding the council's decision to grant planning permission for a new retail scheme.

Recent work:

Vincent Fraser QC
Vincent Fraser QC is widely recognised as a standout silk in the field of renewable energy, with particular experience in significant wind farm matters. He has appeared in a number of significant planning inquiries and appeals. He has additional expertise in the residential and retail sectors, advising on significant development projects.
Acted on behalf of Wainhomes in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for up to 151 houses on open land in Lancashire.

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Silks (QC)

Northern/North Eastern (Bar)

Planning


David Manley QC
Band 1
Giles Cannock QC
Band 1
Paul G. Tucker QC
Band 1
Sarah Reid QC
New Silks
Vincent Fraser QC
Band 1

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Northern/North Eastern (Bar)

Planning


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