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Landmark Chambers (Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Rupert Warren QC.), Reuben Taylor QC, London, ENGLAND

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Reuben Taylor QC

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Landmark Chambers (Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Rupert Warren QC.)


Reuben Taylor was called to the Bar by Grays Inn in 1990. He specialises in all aspects of planning, environmental, compulsory purchase and compensation law. He has developed a particularly strong reputation for dealing with noise, road traffic, air quality and other technical environmental impact issues. He has been described by ‚ÄėPlanning‚Äô magazine as respected for his intellect and ability to grapple with technical arguments and as an outstanding junior with excellent client skills. Adept at handling technical aspects of planning and environmental legislation. Reuben has a busy inquiry and High Court practice. Early in his career in help secure planning permission for the Eton Rowing lake which will be the venue for the rowing regatta at London 2012. He represented BAA plc at the Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5 inquiry. More recently Reuben had particular responsibility for noise issues acting for the government on the Crossrail project. He has a wide client base ranging from local authorities to a number of major national and international developers. His clients include Canary Wharf Group, Tesco, B&Q, Taylor Wimpey plc, Persimmon Homes, Bellway Homes, BAA plc, Transport for London, Eton College and English Heritage. Reuben has also established a powerful reputation as an environmental lawyer appearing in the leading case on the meaning of best available techniques within the pollution prevention and control system: R (on the application of Rockware Glass Ltd) v Chester City Council [2007] Env LR 3. He also has significant experience in the field of environmental impact assessment where he has appeared in a number of the leading cases including: R v Durham County Council ex p Huddleston [2000] 1 WLR 1484; BAA Plc v Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions [2003] JPL 610; and R (on the application of Fernback) v Harrow LBC [2002] Env LR 10. Reuben has an established practice in the field of compulsory purchase and compensation law. Most recently he has been involved in Greenweb v London Borough of Wandsworth [2008] EWCA Civ 910, a case which hit the national headlines. He also secured the compulsory purchase order for the London Array, the world‚Äôs largest offshore windfarm. Publications of note: contributor ‚ÄėAtkins Court Forms (Local Government)‚Äô and ‚ÄėButterworths‚Äô Compulsory Purchase and Compensation service‚Äô.


Called 1990.


University of Wales (1989 LLB Hons).

London Bar


Within: Leading Silks

Reuben Taylor QC - Landmark Chambers ‚Äė Very commercially astute and practical in his advice. ‚Äô

Within: Planning

'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.

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