Kings Chambers

John Hunter

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John is an experienced junior practising in the fields of planning, environmental and local government law. He worked as a Judicial Assistant to Lord Nicholls and Lord Rodger in the House of Lords. He co-ordinates and frequently contributes to the Encyclopaedia of Local Government Law Bulletin. He appears regularly in planning appeals and court proceedings. Significant recent cases in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court include East Staffs BC v Barwood Land, Suffolk Coastal DC & Cheshire East BC v Hopkins Homes Ltd and Dill v Secretary of State for Homes, Communities and Local Government.


Kings Chambers (2003-present), Judicial Assistant, House of Lords (2004-5), The Queen’s College, Oxford University (1995-2000), Attorney General’s Regional A Panel Member

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Encyclopedia of Local Government Law Bulletin

-The Right to Reasons for Decisions to Grant Planning Permission (April 2018)

-Investigating Alleged Breaches of Code of Conduct Under Grievance Procedures (August 2018)

-The exclusion of members of the public from committee proceedings: when is a meeting not a meeting? (November 2018)

-Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Ascertaining Liability for Council Tax (April 2019)

Local Government Lawyer

-Officers, Relatives and Apparent Bias (December 2016)

-Section 106 and Switching Planning Permissions (December 2015)

Environmental Law Monthly

-Jedwell Decision Reconsidered (May 2016)

-Roskilly: EIA, the Secretary of State and Retrospective Invalidity (Feb 2016)

-Environmental Justice (December 2014)