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Ruth Stockley

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Practice Areas

All aspects of town and country planning; highways and rights of way; traffic regulation; compulsory purchase; environment; commons and village greens; taxi licensing; local government and judicial review.

Regularly advises and acts for developers, landowners, local authorities and third parties at public inquiries, with extensive experience in appearing at planning inquiries relating to residential, employment, retail, leisure, energy and waste schemes and enforcement notices, as well as CPO, rights of way and village green inquiries, and at statutory appeals and judicial review proceedings in the Planning Court and the Administrative Court.

Frequently appears in various tribunals, including the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) on compensation issues, the First Tier Tribunal relating to listing of Assets of Community Value, and the Traffic Penalty Tribunal on traffic regulation, and has also acted as Independent Advocate to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.

A specific expertise in highways, rights of way and traffic regulation in which she is widely regarded as one of the UK's leading authorities. Having been an Editor of the Highway Law and Practice Encyclopaedia for over 25 years, she has been appointed to General Editor, and is to be the co-author of the next edition of Sauvain on Highways. Has a particular interest in the inter-relationship between highways and planning.

Regularly sits as an Inspector at non-statutory village green inquiries.

Delivered numerous papers at planning and at highways conferences, and has provided training to planning inspectors.


University: Nottingham; degree: Law (LLB); called: 1988 (Lincolns Inn).

Professional Memberships

Planning and Environment Bar Association; Administrative Law Bar Association; Chambers’ Ambassador to the Bar Council; Previous Chairman of the Manchester Incorporated Law Library Society.


General Editor of Sweet and Maxwell’s Encyclopaedia of Highway Law and Practice.

Work Highlights

Appearing at the Supreme Court for the successful party in the landmark village green case of Barkas v. North Yorkshire County Council.

Acting as independent advocate to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal in the review into road user charging for the Mersey Gateway Bridge.

Advising Transport for the North on the first Strategic Transport Plan for the North.

Significant reported cases include:

Nottingham City Council v. Bus Lane Adjudicator [2017] EWHC 430 (Admin), successful resistance of judicial review of traffic penalty tribunal’s decision;

Surrey County Council v. Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead [2016] EWHC 2901 (Admin), statutory challenge to a weight restriction order;

Barkas v. North Yorkshire County Council [2014] UKSC 31, Supreme Court landmark village green decision;

Barrow Borough Council v. Cumbria County Council [2011] EWHC 2051, successful judicial review of a Site Allocation Policies Development Plan;

Peat v. Hyndburn Borough Council [2011] EWHC 1739, Housing Act selective licensing;

Thompson v. Pendle Borough Council [2011] EWHC 1751, tree preservation orders;

Chauffeur Bikes Limited v. Leeds City Council [2005] All ER 106, private hire vehicle licensing.