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Landmark Chambers (Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Rupert Warren QC.), Guy Williams, London, ENGLAND

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Guy Williams

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


Guy Williams specialises in all aspects of planning and compulsory purchase law, and the law of rating. For the past three years Guy has been ranked 1st and 2nd in Planning Magazine’s Legal Survey of leading barristers under the agr of 35. Guy has also been consistently listed as a leading junior in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. Planning law: Guy appears regularly at all forms of planning inquiries, in the Lands Tribunal and in the higher courts with a focus on planning related challenges. Guy acts for a range of clients in the private and public sectors. Recent areas of work have involved large-scale housing and mixed use development inquiries, including particular consideration of Green Belt, SPA, and flooding issues, and student accommodation within London; employment land uses, for example resisting 100,000 sq m of employment floorspace as a distribution centre in Hart district, and promoting re-use at the former Aston Down airfield in Gloucestershire, and most recently promoting a proposed SRFI; retail: proposals for retail development in Greenwich and Redhill; Heritage, Guy regularly acts for English Heritage, including in relation to enabling development proposals in Leicestershire, and most recently appearing at the IPC considering an energy from waste incinerator in Bedfordshire; infrastructure, for example acting for North Yorkshire County Council in the long-running inquiry into new Motorway Service Areas on the upgraded A1(M), as well as Energy from Waste proposals. Guy appeared in the Court of Appeal for Wokingham BC on the question of what considerations are relevant to the enforcement of planning obligations. Guy regularly appears in the Higher Courts in claims for judicial review and statutory challenges. Guy has developed a reputation as one of the leading juniors in the area of compulsory purchase and compensation. Guy is also a member of the panel of counsel appointed to advice Crossrail/TfL on matters of compulsory purchase and compensation. In 2010 Guy appeared in the Supreme Court (with Neil King QC) in R(on the application of Sainsbury’s Stores Ltd) v Wolverhampton City Council on behalf of the City Council,; the leading case on the materiality of considerations to the exercise of powers of compulsory acquisition. Guy has also appeared regularly in the Lands Tribunal on behalf of Claimants and Acquiring Authorities, ranging from high value claims, down to obtaining nominal awards for acquiring authorities in relation to acquisition of listed buildings. Guy acted in Welford v EDF Energy plc: Proceedings in the Lands Tribunal and the Court of Appeal relating to compensation for compulsory purchase of electricity wayleaves under the Electricity Act 1989 raising important issues as to compensation for open market value of land, and disturbance including loss of profits; as well as interest. (July 2008). Publications of note: assistant editor of the ‘Encyclopaedia of Planning Law and Practice’.


Called 2000; Inner Temple.


Planning and Environmental Bar Association; Compulsory Purchase Association; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.


Brasenose College, Oxford (Politics, Philosophy and Economics, MA (Hons)); City University, London (Diploma in Law, distinction).

London Bar


Within: Planning – Leading juniors

Guy Williams - Landmark Chambers ‘Junior counsel of the very highest calibre: very strong in relation to compulsory purchase and compensation matters.’

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