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Six Pump Court

Planning

5 ranked barristersBand 4London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table

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Six Pump Court is well regarded for planning work in both advisory and litigation contexts, with an affinity for matters that overlap with related disciplines such as regulatory and environmental law. Barristers at the set represent all manner of clients in the planning world, including private entities, such as developers, infrastructure providers and landowners, and public bodies, such as a number of London boroughs and other local authorities. The set's recent work has included representing the Epping Forest District Council in the examination of its local plan and acting for Christ's Hospital School in West Sussex in a planning inquiry regarding a multimillion-pound sports facilities project. "The degree of professionalism and expertise at Six Pump Court is impressive," says a source.

Client service:

"The clerks are efficient and friendly." "The clerks at Six Pump Court are very easy to deal with and responsive to requests." "The chambers runs regular webinar update sessions that are helpful." Richard Constable is senior clerk.

Strengths:

Anne Williams
Anne Williams receives praise for her consistently high-quality client service, as well as her keen legal skills. As a barrister, qualified planner and regular inspector at village green inquiries, she is able to apply her extensive experience to high-profile and complex cases of all types. She represents developers and public authorities and has experience in cases which involve sensitive issues surrounding government and local government policy.
"Anne is client-friendly, easy to work with and thorough in her preparation." "She has an excellent advocacy style and is very good at drawing out people's strengths."
Recent work: Instructed in a significant planning matter for Bembridge Harbour Investments related to a controversial residential development at Bembridge Harbour, Isle of Wight.

Strengths:

Giles Atkinson
Giles Atkinson is recognised for his work for local authorities, covering both advice on planning matters and representation in public inquiries. He can draw on a decade of experience working as a town planner and has represented councils in numerous cases relating to urban regeneration projects. He has specialist expertise in planning enforcement, including associated POCA issues.
"Balanced and fair in cross-examination."
Recent work: Represented Thanet District Council in a judicial review challenge to its decision to grant planning permission for 23 houses and 15 flats.

Strengths:

Mark Beard
Mark Beard is known for his holistic planning practice that covers residential, retail and leisure development, as well as matters of enforcement and planning policy. He has experience with diverse technical cases in the sector, including those involving housing supply, mixed-use schemes and development management issues. He also has substantial expertise in bringing legal challenges to the High Court and the Court of Appeal and is recognised for his aptitude in the use of injunctions.
"His knowledge and direction managed to secure a great outcome in a very complicated matter."
Recent work: Acted for the London Borough of Wandsworth in relation to two planning appeals involving mixed-use redevelopment proposals within a Locally Significant Industrial Area.

Strengths:

Megan Thomas QC
Megan Thomas QC makes regular appearances in complex judicial reviews and planning inquiries. She frequently advises on Local Plans, as well as compulsory purchase matters, and has additional expertise in planning enforcement cases.
"She has a thoughtful, considered manner, as well as great expertise in planning law."
Recent work: Acted for West Berkshire Council in a judicial review of the decision to set the geographical extent of the Detailed Emergency Planning Zone around Burghfield Nuclear Weapons Facility according to the Radiation Regulations of 2019, thereby affecting house builders who have interests in land within the zone.

Strengths:

William Upton QC
William Upton QC leads the chambers' planning group. He has over 20 years of experience in the field at his command. He represents both developers and local authorities, and also frequently engages with planning policy. He is called upon by LPAs to advise on core strategies and also has the technical nous to handle niche cases, especially those with environmental overlap.
"He provides timely and very good advice." "William is really clever and a superb advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Swale Borough Council in a planning appeal regarding a strategic housing site for 700 houses, a new local road, community facilities and other infrastructure.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Planning


Megan Thomas QC
New Silks
William Upton QC
Band 5

Juniors

London (Bar)

Planning


Anne Williams
Band 4
Giles Atkinson
Band 5