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Landmark Chambers is widely recognised as the leading set for high-profile and nationally significant infrastructure planning inquiries and similar cases. These barristers take on complex disputes involving Green Belt and environmental considerations, matters of government policy, and both rail and air infrastructure. The set's diverse client base runs the gamut of developers, property owners, central government and local authorities throughout the UK. Members of chambers have continued to act in the long-running litigation regarding the Airports National Policy Statement which supports the expansion of Heathrow Airport.One instructing solicitor remarks: "Landmark Chambers is always our first choice for planning work. The set has the leading silks and really impressive juniors coming up."

Client service:

"The clerks are really user-friendly, always helpful, will be upfront and honest about how available barristers are and manage things really well." "The clerking was excellent. The service we received was efficient and responsive." "The clerks go above and beyond. They are very good at taking pressure off in difficult situations." Ben Connor is the practice director and Kevin Squires is the senior practice manager for the planning and environment group.

Strengths:

Andrew Byass
Andrew Byass is well versed in handling planning and public law matters on behalf of government bodies at the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and at inquiry. His previous work has spanned the infrastructure, retail and residential domains, including planning enforcement actions.
"He is knowledgeable, personable and a very good advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the Secretary of State for Transport in an Upper Tribunal claim in which the claimants sought compensation for the compulsory acquisition of their business premises for the ongoing HS2 project.

Strengths:

Andrew Parkinson
Andrew Parkinson is highly adept at handling a wide range of planning disputes. He frequently acts for local authorities and developers, including in cases reaching the Supreme Court. His recent work has included sizeable infrastructure, telecommunications and residential developments.
"He is very able to identify the key issues that inspectors and other parties need to deal with and gives clear and concise advice."
Recent work: Acted for the Earl of Derby in relation to a planning application for 400 dwellings at Hatchfield Farm, Newmarket.

Strengths:

Anjoli Foster
"Future star" Anjoli Foster has a growing following at the London Planning Bar and is recognised for her expertise in a range of planning disputes concerning developments and infrastructure projects. Her clients include local authorities, developers and various interest groups.
"Anjoli is very personable when client-facing. She understands and grasps the issues really quickly." "She is very down to earth and is not concerned about overcomplicating things. She is straightforward, and her advice is always easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in a challenge to the government’s failure to review the Energy National Policy Statements.

Strengths:

Christopher Boyle QC
Christopher Boyle QC has a wealth of experience in town and country planning, including expertise in cases concerning environmental considerations, compulsory purchase and infrastructure projects. He primarily represents landowners, developers and promoters of large residential developments, regenerations and infrastructure schemes.
"He is an excellent advocate with a real speciality in housing and large schemes."
Recent work: Advised developer Lightwood Strategic on the promotion of a new 7,500-dwelling settlement.

Strengths:

Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC
Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC has handled a remarkable range of disputes and schemes, including some of the most significant cases in infrastructure, retail, office and residential development. He has a wealth of experience in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He is also a mediator and examiner of neighbourhood plans.
"He commands respect in the courtroom. He knows the planning legal system and how to present the arguments of a case in court inside out." "His experience and acumen are very valuable."
Recent work: Represented Norfolk Homes in a dispute with North Norfolk District Council concerning Section 73 variations to a site which was subject to a Section 106 agreement involving affordable housing obligations.

Strengths:

Daniel Kolinsky QC
Daniel Kolinsky QC is an impressively experienced advocate who has handled a broad variety of cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He often acts on behalf of London authorities, as well as NGOs, developers and individual claimants. He is well versed in the complexities of affordable housing and major regeneration projects across London. He is further highly regarded for his work in all matters pertaining to ratings.
"He has a real intellect but wears it lightly." "He engages well with the court."
Recent work: Successfully represented North Yorkshire County Council in the Supreme Court in a case concerning the meaning of Green Belt policy for mineral extraction.

Strengths:

David Elvin QC
David Elvin QC specialises in judicial reviews involving planning, infrastructure and property. He represents public bodies and private clients in contentious and non-contentious administrative law matters. He is well known for his handling of public inquiries relating to planning and development.
"David Elvin is incisive, gets to the key point quickly and then skilfully and mercilessly takes apart the weaknesses in the other party’s case and witnesses’ evidence." "He has encyclopedic knowledge of planning and compensation issues." "He knows all the answers and commands the room whether with clients or in court."
Recent work: Acted in an inquiry into the proposals for the preservation and reuse of the former Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

Strengths:

David Forsdick QC
David Forsdick QC has taken on a number of eye-catching planning cases in recent years, engaging with both housing and infrastructure matters of national importance and novel construction. He is frequently engaged by local authorities, interest groups and other public bodies on affordable housing schemes, urban extensions and planning applications with environmental law elements.
"David is extremely accessible and very responsive. His strategic thinking on projects is invaluable." "He provides sensible and pragmatic advice and has an easy manner."
Recent work: Acted in a series of cases concerning the planning aspects of a large strategic rail freight interchange in Radlett.

Strengths:

Graeme Keen QC
Graeme Keen QC is highly experienced in planning law. He acts in cases relating to housing, urban development and renewable energy, among others. Keen is also frequently called upon to appear in compulsory purchase disputes and inquiries covering the full spectrum of planning law.
"Graeme is a very calm individual who is direct and focused on the task ahead." "He gives clear, concise advice and uses sound tactics and a no-nonsense approach."
Recent work: Acted for Durham County Council at the examination in public of the Durham Local Plan.

Strengths:

Guy Williams
Guy Williams is known for his ability to grasp the most complex elements of a case. He is widely regarded as one of the leading juniors at the Planning Bar. He is seasoned in statutory challenges and compensation claims and is sought after for his CPO expertise among other assets. He is a member of the Attorney General's A Panel and sits on the advisory panel to Transport for London.
"He's got a real eye for detail as well as a strategic approach." "Guy is an excellent senior junior with particular CPO and compensation expertise."
Recent work: Acted for HS2 in a number of claims arising from the acquisition of land for the new high speed railway, notably at the terminals in Euston and Birmingham.

Strengths:

Gwion Lewis QC
Gwion Lewis QC continues to attract instructions to act in major public inquiries, judicial reviews and challenges to a diverse range of projects. He expertly handles regeneration and energy-related matters, among others, and is a regular feature in high-profile planning disputes in Wales.
"Gwion is a force of nature and a go-to barrister for planning disputes."
Recent work: Acted for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets at the inquiry into the proposal for 1,500 apartments at the Westferry Printworks site.

Strengths:

Heather Sargent
Heather Sargent is widely regarded as a rising star, with particular expertise in infrastructure, housing and compulsory purchase matters. Her practice includes high-level judicial review and statutory challenge work, and she has appeared as sole counsel before the Court of Appeal. She is a member of the Attorney General's B Panel and the Welsh Government's B Panel.
"Heather is immensely knowledgeable and calm under pressure." "She displayed deftness in articulating complex planning and legal matters and in the handling of witnesses." "Heather is extremely bright, prompt and reliable."
Recent work: Defended an appeal to the Secretary of State against the LPA’s refusal of planning permission for a mixed-use redevelopment scheme in Lambeth.

Strengths:

Jacqueline Lean
Jacqueline Lean maintains a highly diverse practice in planning, property, environment and public law, with increasing experience in the field of infrastructure. Her work ranges from compulsory purchase and compensation matters to statutory development plans and advertising appeals.
"She is an effective High Court advocate and a safe pair of hands." "Jacqueline is very bright, very sharp on her feet and thorough in her preparation."
Recent work: Represented HS2 and the Secretary of State for Transport in a challenge to the emerging design for HS2 in the approach to Euston Station.

Strengths:

James Maurici QC
James Maurici QC is a respected advocate well equipped to act in a broad range of planning cases for property owners and public entities. The long list of areas in which he is experienced includes advising on environmental matters and state aid issues related to planning or compulsory purchase. His recent planning inquiry experience features a particular focus on large housing schemes.
"James is really analytical. He is a deep thinker and works unbelievably hard." "He is encyclopedic in terms of his knowledge of all aspects of planning."
Recent work: Acted as lead counsel for the Secretary of State in the four judicial reviews brought against the Airports National Policy Statement under the Planning Act 2008 supporting the expansion of Heathrow.

Strengths:

Jenny Wigley QC
Jenny Wigley QC is a skilled planning barrister who regularly represents clients in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Her broad practice sees her act in a wide range of cases, from planning enforcement actions and judicial reviews of planning permissions to heritage matters.
"Her ability to get to grips with huge amounts of really detailed information is really quite awesome." "Jenny's advice is always very succinct and to the point. She is reliable and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for Coventry Gliding Club in a judicial review of a permitted development prior approval decision for a barn conversion, the access to which was across the club's runway.

Strengths:

Matthew Reed QC
Matthew Reed QC is a technically adept silk with expertise in large-scale commercial projects. He excels in a wide range of cases, including appeals at all levels, enforcement matters and the promotion of or objection to development in the residential, retail and industrial sectors. His work for both government bodies and private corporations has earned him an excellent profile in the market.
"He has a working style that makes him approachable, friendly and grounded." "Matthew provides concise and clear advice. He is a good advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Richmond Council in a planning appeal involving the redevelopment of an industrial site and waste processing plant for a mixed-use development in south-west London.

Strengths:

Neil Cameron QC
Neil Cameron QC comes highly recommended for his forensic and forthright style. His workload of planning and environmental cases has included compulsory purchase inquiries, local plan examinations, Transport and Works Act orders and energy development. He often represents local authorities.
"Neil is calm and analytical and has extensive planning law knowledge." "He is very approachable and an excellent advocate."

Strengths:

Neil King QC
Neil King QC is an experienced hand for both infrastructure and traditional planning cases. He is well versed in the minutiae of compulsory purchase, environmental and compensation law, and appears frequently at inquiries, at tribunals and in the higher courts. He has worked in relation to highly significant projects in town centre regeneration and transport infrastructure.
"Neil provides clear advice in a user-friendly manner."

Strengths:

Paul Brown QC
Paul Brown QC is a skilled High Court and Court of Appeal advocate who has served in a number of government advisory roles. His clients range from local authorities and environmental policy groups to private individuals.
"Paul is calm, collected and a brilliant advocate. He is a force to be reckoned with." "His down-to-earth and practical advice is excellent."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the London Borough of Islington in an appeal of the decision to refuse permission for the construction of office, industrial and storage buildings on land within a Locally Significant Industrial Site.

Strengths:

Reuben Taylor QC
Reuben Taylor QC is a robust silk with a highly regarded High Court practice that sees him instructed in a number of high-profile cases. His areas of excellence include infrastructure matters, CPO and compensation work, and cases with a strong environmental flavour to them. He has niche expertise in dealing with noise, air quality, road traffic and other technical environmental concerns.
"He has a tremendous ability to cut through to the key issues and present an incisive argument." "Reuben has an excellent legal brain coupled with great commercial nous." "He is bright and incisive - a great strategic thinker."
Recent work: Promoted the A303 Stonehenge improvement plan for Highways England.

Strengths:

Richard Moules
Richard Moules is au fait with a wide range of planning areas, including CPOs, policymaking and enforcement, and a barrister with a specialism in highways and rights of way matters. He has lectured and published a number of works on planning law, and regularly appears in the High Court representing developers, the government and community groups. He is also appointed to the Attorney General's A Panel.
"He is very calm and very good on his feet and at being selective in advocacy." "Richard is a rising star and it is no surprise that he operates at the top level."
Recent work: Successfully challenged the adoption of Harrogate’s Local Plan because of the lack of consideration of the sustainability assessment by the council members.

Strengths:

Richard Turney
Richard Turney has gained a great reputation for his regular court and inquiry appearances tackling statutory challenges, judicial reviews and criminal or environmentally implicated planning cases. He also has a broad advisory practice and is well versed in infrastructure matters relating to a wide variety of sectors. He also works in cases relating to residential development.
"Richard is very bold and incisive in his advice and extremely good on his feet." "He is extremely good at getting to the heart of the issue and putting the client at ease." "He has the presence and gravitas of a silk."
Recent work: Acted for Heathrow Airport in a successful appeal against the Court of Appeal’s finding that the government’s support for the proposed third runway at Heathrow was flawed.

Strengths:

Robert Walton QC
Robert Walton QC counsels and acts for a wide variety of clients in hearings and public inquiries, particularly those involving CPO and compensation matters. He has expertise in all areas of planning law, including enforcement notices, promotion or objections to development and policy, and the judicial review and challenges process regarding planning decisions.
"His speed of thought and turnaround of written work are phenomenal." "Robert is responsive, efficient and robust in his approach."
Recent work: Acted for Hill Residential on the promotion of the redevelopment of 'The Icon' in Stevenage into seven new towers containing 600 homes and office space.

Strengths:

Rupert Warren QC
Rupert Warren QC is widely regarded as a leading advocate in the planning field who has advised extensively on the writing of the NPPF. He continues to advise the government on high-profile planning matters, and also acts for developers.
"He is simply outstanding." "Rupert is a superb tactician and advocate with extensive experience." "He is an excellent advocate who also provides clear and concise advice."
Recent work: Acted as lead counsel for the Secretary of State in a judicial review brought against the government's changes to the new permitted development rights and Use Classes.

Strengths:

Russell Harris QC
Russell Harris QC is a barrister with over 30 years of experience who handles major planning cases. He frequently acts on matters relating to significant regeneration schemes and is known for both his intellectual range and fierce advocacy. He is frequently involved in both large-scale infrastructure projects and cases associated with London skyscrapers.
"He is exceptional on planning matters." "He is very commercial and really great with clients." "Russell is a very strong advocate, and his knowledge of the London market is without parallel."

Strengths:

Sasha Blackmore
Sasha Blackmore is recognised for her expertise in both planning and environmental law. Her recent instructions have seen her represent clients in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She frequently acts in residential development planning cases, many of which involve complex environmental issues.
"Sasha gives very clear advice in a very measured and practical way."
Recent work: Acted for the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in a Supreme Court case which considered the effect of a planning permission granted by the local authority under Section 73.

Strengths:

Sasha White QC
Sasha White QC is an incredibly active silk who is frequently instructed on behalf of the largest names in retail and residential development. He garners high praise from his instructing solicitors for his strong advocacy at appeal and in judicial review. He is particularly noteworthy for his frequent appearances in public inquiries.
"He is a pleasure to work with and an excellent all-rounder." "Sasha is fabulous to deal with, and his attention to detail is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for Tower Hamlets Borough Council in a challenge to the decision of the Secretary of State to grant planning permission for the proposed £1.5 billion Westferry Printworks development.

Strengths:

Scott Lyness QC
Scott Lyness QC has a fantastic reputation for his wide-ranging planning practice, acting for developers, planning authorities and other parties at all levels. He has experience with a variety of cases dealing with such matters as listed buildings, compulsory purchase and technical or environmental issues. Lyness has acted on some of the most significant large-scale infrastructure and energy developments of recent years, and is well regarded for his work on development proposals, examinations and inquiries.
"Scott is very thorough, a strong advocate and a pleasure to work with." "He is very measured and does everything efficiently."
Recent work: Acted for Historic England at the public inquiry into proposals for the Tulip, a dedicated visitor attraction in a viewing tower next to the Gherkin.

Strengths:

Stephen Morgan
Stephen Morgan is a true planning specialist, extensively experienced in all aspects of the sector, from applications to enforcement and appeals, and has a special interest in village greens, neighbourhood plans, challenges and judicial reviews. He has recently worked on both the local authority and developer sides of planning cases regarding sizeable residential developments.
"Stephen is a pleasure to work with. He is calm, reliable and has good client management."
Recent work: Acted for Kitewood Estates in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the demolition of two dwellings and the development of up to 180 dwellings and associated infrastructure near Herne Bay.

Strengths:

Stephen Whale
Stephen Whale is widely regarded as an impressive advocate and represents local authority, government and private clients across a range of planning law cases, including those relating to residential developments. He is appointed to the Attorney General's A Panel and author of the enforcement chapter of the Encyclopedia of Planning Law.
"He is very experienced and gives sensible advice."

Strengths:

Tim Buley QC
Tim Buley QC has a broad public law practice which includes a wide range of planning matters, including CIL cases, village green matters and complex judicial reviews. He is best known for his strong representation of clients in the High Court.
"Tim displays excellent advocacy in relation to highly technical environmental material." "He is exceptionally fluent and persuasive."
Recent work: Acted for Highways England in relation to a challenge by Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council to the client's decision on which of a number of different road schemes to promote as a major infrastructure project.

Strengths:

Timothy Corner QC
Timothy Corner QC is a highly regarded planning silk with impressive expertise spanning local government, public and environmental law. He is known as a skilled source of guidance when it comes to compulsory purchase matters, and frequently appears in public inquiries and appeals covering all types of development work.
"Timothy is an outstanding advocate - one of the absolutely top-notch planning QCs. He is a tenacious advocate for schemes but also a critical friend, and that is particularly valuable." "He is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and personable." "He is extremely client-focused and has excellent advocacy skills."
Recent work: Represented Highways England in a challenge regarding its use of survey powers under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 in connection with the DCO which would permit putting the A303 trunk road in a tunnel at Stonehenge.

Strengths:

Timothy Mould QC
Timothy Mould QC impresses with his deep knowledge of planning, environmental and local government law, as well as related areas of property, EU and human rights law. He is known for his involvement in the largest infrastructure projects across the country. He is also called to the Bar of Northern Ireland.
"He is extremely experienced and very able on a whole range of different areas." "He is very measured and has good judgement."
Recent work: Acted for Network Rail Infrastructure in an inquiry promoting the Transport and Works Act Order to deliver the second phase of the new rail scheme linking Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge and Ipswich.

Strengths:

Zack Simons
Zack Simons continues to go from strength to strength at the Planning Bar. He focuses on planning, compulsory purchase and environmental work, and has appeared in leading cases on current contentious planning issues such as environmental impact and housing need. He represents landowners, central government, private developers and local authorities for all types of work in the field.
"Zack is a standout junior. He is a very sound advocate and always completely up to date on the rapidly emerging developments in planning law." "He is really bright, personable and gets on well with clients."
Recent work: Promoted a Garden Village proposal in Sittingbourne on behalf of Quinn Estates. The proposed project will include over 9,000 new homes, an expansion to the Kent Science Park and the development of an alternative route from the A22 to the M2.

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Christopher Boyle QC
Band 4
Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC
Band 2
Daniel Kolinsky QC
Band 3
David Elvin QC
Band 1
David Forsdick QC
Band 3
Graeme Keen QC
Band 5

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