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Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Rupert Warren QC.

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180 FLEET STREET, LONDON, EC4A 2HG, ENGLAND
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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Fully deserving its reputation as the pre-eminent planning set’, Landmark Chambers has ‘a full complement of top-quality silks, together with a large team of juniors at every level of experience’ across the range of planning law and environmental specialisms.‘They are the go-to set for high value, complex matters and large development projects – retail, residential, and commercial.’ In addition, chambers ‘continues to grow in strength as a public law set’, and contains ‘a number of high-calibre immigration specialists’. In recent news, Charles Banner, Tim Buley, and Charles Banner took silk in 2019 and the opening of a Birmingham office has expanded the service the set provides. Solicitors also note how chambers has ‘hoovered up some great barristers from other sets to bolster its already formidable property practice’, including Simon Allison, Rupert Cohan, and Leon Glenister from HARDWICKE and Zia Bhaloo QC from Enterprise Chambers, making the set ‘a force to be reckoned with’. The clerking team is a real strength of chambers: ‘All of the clerks are well-versed in planning law procedures and are always helpful and good humoured; they are proactive, flexible, and very open and easy to deal with on fees.’ ‘Highly rated’ chief clerk Jay Fullilove is ‘one of the most experienced clerks in the business’ and ‘superbly’ leads ‘a seamlessly smooth, strong team who are approachable, knowledgeable, and provide an excellent service’. At senior practice manager level, Kevin Squires is ‘a real gentlemen’ and a ‘favourite clerk’ among some solicitors; Mark Ball, who recently arrived from Falcon Chambers, has been ‘a breath of fresh air’ for solicitors; Bill King is ‘highly experienced, efficient and cost-sensitive’. At practice manager level, Michael Gooch is ‘most helpful in offering people advice at short notice’; the ‘up and coming’ Jason Allen ‘will go far; he has all the skills one would look for in an excellent clerk’; Neil Perry is ‘a pleasure to deal with’. Offices in: London and Birmingham

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Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Landmark Chambers

'An excellent set with a wide range of expertise', Landmark Chambers covers a diverse range of public law, representing claimants, national government, and quangos among others. David Lock QC represented numerous NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, defeating a challenge brought by Bayer and Novartis to their use of a drug made by Roche off-label to treat "wet AMD". In the Caribbean, Richard Drabble QC represented the claimant in Jones v Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago, a successful challenge to the island nation's colonial-era "buggery law". Among the set's junior ranks, David Blundell represented the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in a human rights challenge to the jurisdiction's near-total ban on abortion, with a key question being the commission's standing to bring the claim. Declan O'Callaghan was appointed as a judge of the First Tier Tribunal in 2018.

Leading Silks

David Lock QC - Landmark ChambersNo-one can equal his knowledge of the NHS.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Drabble QC - Landmark ChambersA pleasure to work with, and precise and insightful on his feet.

Ranked: tier 2

Samantha Broadfoot QC - Landmark ChambersJudges want to know what she thinks.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Knafler QC - Landmark ChambersHe excels on his feet when under pressure from the bench.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Charles Banner QC - Landmark ChambersBright, diligent and client-friendly.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Buley QC - Landmark ChambersThe court pays extra attention when he is on his feet.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

David Blundell - Landmark ChambersOne of the most impressive juniors at the public law Bar.

Ranked: tier 1

Galina Ward - Landmark ChambersHer clear thinking, painstaking approach and immaculate drafting are clear strengths.

Ranked: tier 3

Gwion Lewis - Landmark ChambersSmart and excellent on his feet.

Ranked: tier 3

Jacqueline Lean - Landmark ChambersA resolute advocate, quiet in her courtroom demeanor but steely in determination.

Ranked: tier 3

Katherine Olley - Landmark ChambersAn excellent court advocate who provides clear advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Sasha Blackmore - Landmark ChambersFearless in the face of opposition no matter what the odds.

Ranked: tier 3

Leon Glenister - Landmark ChambersIncredibly bright and able to get to grips with cases quickly.

Ranked: tier 4

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Agriculture
Leading Silks

David Elvin QC - Landmark ChambersRecommended for agricultural matters.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Alex Goodman - Landmark ChambersHe provides great depth of thinking to complex cases.

Ranked: tier 4

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Landmark Chambers

Landmark Chambers is a 'premier set with excellent barristers'. Fiona Scolding QC is the lead counsel in the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s Application for Judicial Review which saw a legal challenge to the nation's abortion legislation; she also acted in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and represented the Department for Work and Pensions in the Court of Appeal over the rights of EU nationals to claim sickness benefits. New silk Tim Buley QC acted in R (DS and ors) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on a legal challenge to the benefit cap, on the basis, it discriminates against women, single parents, and their children. Also of note, Stephen Knafler QC acted in Evans v Alder Hey on the lawfulness of a hospital to withdraw life-sustaining treatment to a child despite the parents making arrangements that didn’t require hospital involvement.

Leading Silks

Fiona Scolding QC - Landmark ChambersShe has very good drafting skills and is very measured and authoritative in court.

Ranked: tier 4

James Maurici QC - Landmark ChambersA supremely calm and magisterial leader.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Knafler QC - Landmark ChambersHas developed the law on social care more than anyone at the Bar.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Charles Banner QC - Landmark ChambersA skilled advocate who has experience across a range of jurisdictions.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Buley QC - Landmark ChambersSimply put: a brilliant advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

David Blundell - Landmark ChambersWorks tremendously hard and his written work and oral advocacy are both to an exceptional standard.

Ranked: tier 3

Graham Denholm - Landmark ChambersExtremely approachable and unflappable.

Ranked: tier 3

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Costs
Leading Silks

David Holland QC - Landmark ChambersHe is able to judge the mind and mood of the court with uncanny accuracy.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Rupert Cohen - Landmark ChambersOne of the leading juniors at the Bar in costs.

Ranked: tier 3

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Court of Protection and community care
Leading Silks

David Lock QC - Landmark ChambersIs the ‘go-to’ person for cases requiring astute strategic advice – his knowledge of the NHS is unsurpassed.

Ranked: tier 1

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EU Law
Leading Silks

Richard Drabble QC - Landmark ChambersPrecise and insightful on his feet.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

Charles Banner QC - Landmark ChambersBright, diligent and client-friendly.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Buley QC - Landmark ChambersHe makes effective use of EU authority.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

David Blundell - Landmark ChambersHis advocacy is accurate, well-researched and insightful.

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Leading Silks

Fiona Scolding QC - Landmark ChambersA very good barrister and well known in the field.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Galina Ward - Landmark ChambersCombines legal knowledge with an in-depth understanding of the school system.

Ranked: tier 4

Leon Glenister - Landmark ChambersIncredibly bright and able to get to grips with a case very quickly.

Ranked: tier 5

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Energy
2019 Silks

Charles Banner QC - Landmark ChambersClient-friendly and a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 1

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Environment
Environment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Landmark Chambers

Landmark Chambers is ‘a place of calm and the barristers and clerks are really helpful and professional’. Members frequently act for government agencies, regulators, corporate clients and private individuals in diverse matters relating to air quality, access to environmental justice, waste, contaminated land, pollution, climate change, emissions trading, environmental permitting and regulation, habitats and species protection, and nuisance, among other issues. 'It is our "go-to" chambers – in my mind, the leading planning set at the moment', remarks one client. Another notes that 'the clerks take the extra step in trying to build relationships'. David Elvin QC acted for the government in Preston New Road Action Group v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, concerning the lawfulness of the decision to undertake exploratory drilling preparatory to fracking. James Maurici QC is defending five judicial reviews against the Airports National Policy Statement under the Planning Act 2008 relating to the proposed new runway at Heathrow Airport.

Leading Silks

David Elvin QC - Landmark ChambersHighly intelligent and experienced, he is an expert in planning, environmental and public law.

Ranked: tier 1

James Maurici QC - Landmark ChambersA star of the Bar, he is a “go-to” barrister for major government work and on the public law side he is hard to match.

Ranked: tier 2

Rhodri Price Lewis QC - Landmark ChambersA specialist in planning and environmental matters relating to major infrastructure projects.

Ranked: tier 2

David Forsdick QC - Landmark ChambersA great track record of success against the best in the business in some of the most complex cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Drabble QC - Landmark ChambersA major player in public law, planning and environment matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Mould QC - Landmark ChambersA skilled advocate for planning, environment and local government matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Graeme Keen QC - Landmark ChambersFirst-rate, a superb inquiry advocate with a sharp intellect.

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Corner QC - Landmark ChambersA well-known and highly respected figure – friendly, down to earth and completely user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Charles Banner QC - Landmark ChambersExtremely bright and diligent, an excellent and well-respected young silk.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Buley QC - Landmark ChambersA highly recommended new silk.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Richard Moules - Landmark ChambersAbsolutely fabulous, he gets to the nub of things straight away.

Ranked: tier 2

Gwion Lewis - Landmark ChambersAlways produces silk-quality work.

Ranked: tier 3

Heather Sargent - Landmark ChambersHighly rated – silks fight over her.

Ranked: tier 4

Sasha Blackmore - Landmark ChambersSuperb – she has exceptional clarity of thought and willingness to work to deliver outcomes.

Ranked: tier 4

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Immigration (including business immigration)
Immigration (including business immigration) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Landmark Chambers

'Without doubt very strong in the immigration area', Landmark Chambers provides a 'good range of senior and junior counsel'. The set is known for acting both for and against the government in the domestic and international courts in matters pertaining to EU law, human rights, asylum, business immigration, criminal deportation, immigration detention, and SIAC cases. In instruction of note, Stephen Knafler QC represented the claimant in a case that concerned the correct test for removing families from the UK with children of long residence in the UK. In KV (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home DepartmentRichard Drabble QC appeared in the Supreme Court for an asylum seeker who alleged to have had been tortured by Sri Lankan government forces. The issue in the case was whether the scarring was self-inflicted or not. The Supreme Court unanimously allowed the appeal and remitted the case against the refusal of asylum back to the Upper Tribunal.

Leading Silks

Richard Drabble QC - Landmark ChambersHe is making exceptional waves in the area, dealing with some great cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Samantha Broadfoot QC - Landmark ChambersHer command of the brief leaves clients in awe and she has judges eating out of the palm of her hand.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Knafler QC - Landmark ChambersHis knowledge of the law is extensive, he is efficient and extremely good at working in a team.

Ranked: tier 2
2019 Silks

Tim Buley QC - Landmark ChambersExtremely swift – almost uncanny – in assessing the key elements of a case.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

David Blundell - Landmark ChambersSees to the heart of the issues and is a fantastic advocate in court: clear, concise and very persuasive.

Ranked: tier 2

Galina Ward - Landmark ChambersHer real strength lies in her drafting, which is forensic and succinct.

Ranked: tier 2

Declan O'Callaghan - Landmark ChambersAn exceptional advocate with a wide spectrum of knowledge that he brings to individual cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Graham Denholm - Landmark ChambersConsistently excellent and there is noting which fazes him in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Goodman - Landmark ChambersHe has the ability to turn around an extremely skeptical and hostile bench in the Court of Appeal.

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Jacobs - Landmark ChambersHe is a very able and conscientious advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Gwion Lewis - Landmark ChambersHe always provides comprehensive and detailed written advice and is very personable and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

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Planning
Planning - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Landmark Chambers

'The pre-eminent planning set', 'totally dominant' Landmark Chambers has 'unrivalled strength in depth, with an enviable list of senior and junior counsel'. James Maurici QC represented the Secretary of State for Transport in the challenges to the London Heathrow third runway project.  In the Supreme Court, Richard Moules represented the local authorities, and 2019 silk appointment Charles Banner QC represented Transport for London, in Transport for London v City of London & Southwark LBC, in which the Supreme Court grappled with the meaning of the word "highway" in the Highways Act 1980. In addition, Stephen Whale represented Ealing Council and Reuben Taylor QC acted for Queen's Park Rangers in a Court of Appeal challenge to a grant of planning permission for the football club's new training ground.

Leading Silks

Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC - Landmark ChambersHe has a track record of high-profile cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Katkowski QC - Landmark ChambersHe deserves his reputation as one of the top planning barristers.

Ranked: tier 1

David Elvin QC - Landmark ChambersAn excellent silk of note.

Ranked: tier 1

Russell Harris QC - Landmark ChambersA first-class advocate with an uncanny ability to get right to the heart of an issue quickly.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Mould QC - Landmark ChambersHis skilful advocacy style is attractive and persuasive.

Ranked: tier 1

James Maurici QC - Landmark ChambersThe go-to man for anything really big.

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Cameron QC - Landmark ChambersExcellent at inquiry, his cross-examination is highly effective.

Ranked: tier 2

Neil King QC - Landmark ChambersHighly capable, very experienced and with an excellent reputation.

Ranked: tier 2

Sasha White QC - Landmark ChambersA hugely impressive High Court and inquiry advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Corner QC - Landmark ChambersExcellent on light issues, heritage and tall buildings.

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Boyle QC - Landmark ChambersJudges appreciate his well-mannered and helpful approach, which is influential in persuading them.

Ranked: tier 3

Dan Kolinsky QC - Landmark ChambersHe combines good advocacy skills and an excellently approachable presence with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Brown QC - Landmark ChambersAn excellent inquiry and High Court advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Rupert Warren QC - Landmark ChambersAn excellent strategist and exceptionally good as an advocate on public inquiry work.

Ranked: tier 3

Reuben Taylor QC - Landmark ChambersVery commercially astute and practical in his advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Rhodri Price Lewis QC - Landmark ChambersA great strategist who cuts through the key issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Reed QC - Landmark ChambersA very good advocate: firm and sensible.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Graeme Keen QC - Landmark ChambersA superb inquiry advocate with a sharp intellect and a very attractive manner.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Charles Banner QC - Landmark ChambersExtremely enthusiastic, proactive and commercial.

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Walton QC - Landmark ChambersAbsolutely top-drawer with clients and professionals alike.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Buley QC - Landmark ChambersHe can read judges very well and give them clearly just what they need to find in favour of his client.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Stephen Morgan - Landmark ChambersVery thorough in his preparation for planning appeals.

Ranked: tier 1

David Blundell - Landmark ChambersJust superb – he wears his massive ability lightly.

Ranked: tier 2

Gwion Lewis - Landmark ChambersVery smart and excellent on his feet.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Moules - Landmark ChambersVery knowledgeable with a calm no-nonsense approach, he inspires confidence.

Ranked: tier 2

Scott Lyness - Landmark ChambersWithout doubt a silk in waiting.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Whale - Landmark ChambersHis advocacy is understated and efficient.

Ranked: tier 2

Guy Williams - Landmark ChambersA highly skilled planning lawyer, particularly strong in relation to compulsory purchase matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Jacqueline Lean - Landmark ChambersThe complete advocate: she has a powerful intellect and a lightness of touch that makes her first on the team sheet.

Ranked: tier 3

Zack Simons - Landmark ChambersHis real strength is his advocacy, both in the High Court and in conference.

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Goodman - Landmark ChambersHe gives very clear and insightful advice.

Ranked: tier 4

Alistair Mills - Landmark ChambersHis advocacy is effective and his analysis strong.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Byass - Landmark ChambersA delight to have on a team, he provides commercial nous.

Ranked: tier 4

Heather Sargent - Landmark ChambersShe does the work of barristers five years more senior.

Ranked: tier 4

Leon Glenister - Landmark ChambersA keen junior with an understanding of planning law issues.

Ranked: tier 4

Sasha Blackmore - Landmark ChambersA highly skilled barrister, very thorough and tenacious in her arguments and presentation.

Ranked: tier 4

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Property litigation
Property litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Landmark Chambers

Hailed as ‘excellent for property litigation’, Landmark Chambers is home to a ‘superb team of barristers as well as clerks’. Its core strengths include restrictive covenants and easements, mortgages and property finance, conveyancing disputes, commercial landlord and tenant matters, and litigation concerning private sector residential leaseholds. The set had a busy year in the Supreme Court acting on disputes including Southwark LBC v Transport for London where Timothy Morshead QC advocated on the statutory interpretation of a highway, and S. Franses Ltd v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd in which Nicholas Taggart acted for the defendant landlord in a case which questioned the degree of intention of work at a premises under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. Justin Bates and Simon Allison are two notable recent arrivals, joining from 4-5 Gray's Inn Square and Hardwicke respectively.

Leading Silks

David Holland QC - Landmark ChambersA bright and tenacious individual who inspires confidence.

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Morshead QC - Landmark ChambersProvides ferocious intellect and dogged determination.

Ranked: tier 2

Zia Bhaloo QC - Landmark ChambersA force to be reckoned with.

Ranked: tier 2

Dan Kolinsky QC - Landmark ChambersHis work is always of the highest standard.

Ranked: tier 3

John Male QC - Landmark ChambersVery highly rated.

Ranked: tier 3

Katharine Holland QC - Landmark ChambersShe continues to be an excellent silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Weekes QC - Landmark ChambersCarving out a name as the primus inter pares for property development disputes.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Nicholas Taggart - Landmark ChambersOne of the best technical brains in the industry combined with an immense attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 1

Camilla Lamont - Landmark ChambersVery user-friendly, practical, and commercial.

Ranked: tier 2

Justin Bates - Landmark ChambersA walking, talking encyclopaedia of landlord and tenant law.

Ranked: tier 2

Myriam Stacey - Landmark ChambersShe is phenomenally bright and commercially aware.

Ranked: tier 2

Galina Ward - Landmark ChambersVery knowledgeable and offers practical advise.

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Jefferies - Landmark ChambersExtremely knowledgeable on enfranchisement law.

Ranked: tier 3

Katrina Yates - Landmark ChambersShe has an eye for detail that is second to none.

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Allison - Landmark ChambersOne of the best barristers in the property field.

Ranked: tier 4

Toby Watkin - Landmark ChambersVery bright and really gets into the detail of the case.

Ranked: tier 4

Aaron Walder - Landmark ChambersClearly highly intelligent and has a thoughtful approach to work.

Ranked: tier 5

David Nicholls - Landmark ChambersHis strength is his thorough approach to any problem.

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Wills - Landmark ChambersProvides excellent advice that is thorough and well thought-out.

Ranked: tier 5

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Public procurement
2019 Silks

Charles Banner QC - Landmark ChambersA clear thinker who is full of energy and enthusiasm.

Ranked: tier 1

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Fully deserving its reputation as the pre-eminent planning set’, Landmark Chambers has ‘a full complement of top-quality silks, together with a large team of juniors at every level of experience’ across the range of planning law and environmental specialisms.‘They are the go-to set for high value, complex matters and large development projects – retail, residential, and commercial.’ In addition, chambers ‘continues to grow in strength as a public law set’, and contains ‘a number of high-calibre immigration specialists’. In recent news, Charles Banner, Tim Buley, and Charles Banner took silk in 2019 and the opening of a Birmingham office has expanded the service the set provides. Solicitors also note how chambers has ‘hoovered up some great barristers from other sets to bolster its already formidable property practice’, including Simon Allison, Rupert Cohan, and Leon Glenister from HARDWICKE and Zia Bhaloo QC from Enterprise Chambers, making the set ‘a force to be reckoned with’. The clerking team is a real strength of chambers: ‘All of the clerks are well-versed in planning law procedures and are always helpful and good humoured; they are proactive, flexible, and very open and easy to deal with on fees.’ ‘Highly rated’ chief clerk Jay Fullilove is ‘one of the most experienced clerks in the business’ and ‘superbly’ leads ‘a seamlessly smooth, strong team who are approachable, knowledgeable, and provide an excellent service’. At senior practice manager level, Kevin Squires is ‘a real gentlemen’ and a ‘favourite clerk’ among some solicitors; Mark Ball, who recently arrived from Falcon Chambers, has been ‘a breath of fresh air’ for solicitors; Bill King is ‘highly experienced, efficient and cost-sensitive’. At practice manager level, Michael Gooch is ‘most helpful in offering people advice at short notice’; the ‘up and coming’ Jason Allen ‘will go far; he has all the skills one would look for in an excellent clerk’; Neil Perry is ‘a pleasure to deal with’. Offices in: London and Birmingham

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Social housing
Leading Silks

Stephen Knafler QC - Landmark ChambersHis experience includes housing allocation schemes, homelessness, possession proceedings and disrepair cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Drabble QC - Landmark ChambersHis social housing work is part of a wider public law and planning practice.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Justin Bates - Landmark ChambersA go-to junior before he becomes a QC, which he inevitably will be.

Ranked: tier 1

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