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Landmark Chambers (Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Rupert Warren QC.), John Litton QC, London, ENGLAND

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John Litton QC

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


John specialises in planning (including major infrastructure) and environmental law, compulsory purchase and compensation, highways and administrative law (including related human rights aspects). Outside of the UK, he also acts for clients in a wide range of civil and commercial litigation matters. He appears frequently in court and at inquiries at all levels for a range of clients from the private and public sectors (including the UK and Hong Kong Governments). He has appeared at public inquiries into development including retail (food and non-food), town centre mixed use schemes, healthcare facilities, householder development, housing, hotel development, hostels, immigration appeal centres, football stadia, distribution warehousing, and motorway service areas. His planning work includes infrastructure development (strategic rail freight interchanges, major highway improvement schemes, guided busways, electricity lines and renewable energy projects). He has recently acted for clients in relation to the Northern Line Extension TWO and is acting currently on behalf of a number of housing developers and renewable energy companies. He is also instructed in relation to the 400kV interconnector in Northern Ireland and on behalf of renewable energy companies in the High Court on challenges to planning permissions and DCOs for renewable energy schemes (wind farms). He advises on environmental issues, including environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment and habitats assessment. He advises on compulsory purchase and compensation issues and promotes CPOs through public inquiries for development schemes including town centre redevelopments, housing market renewal schemes, transport schemes, renewable and energy and waste infrastructure. Whilst a member of the A Panel, John appeared on behalf of the government in numerous statutory challenges and claims for judicial review in the planning, environmental and compulsory purchase fields in addition to acting for clients from the private sector. He has been appointed as an amicus to the court a number of times. John is admitted to the Hong Kong Bar and appears regularly in the Hong Kong Lands Tribunal, High Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Final Appeal on behalf of both the Hong Kong Government and the private sector. Recent and current cases in Hong Kong include a complex rating appeal, judicial review, appeals to the Town Planning Appeal Board and a number of complex and protracted corporate/shareholder disputes. John was admitted to the Eastern Caribbean Bar (BVI) in 2013 and in 2014/15 also appeared on behalf of clients in the Cayman Islands both in the High Court and Court of Appeal on insolvency matters. He was also admitted to the Northern Ireland Bar in 2013 where he is currently acting for clients in the High Court on planning matters.


Called 1989 (QC 2010) (England and Wales), Middle Temple; called 1990 Hong Kong Bar (holds full practising certificate); called 2013 Easter Caribbean Bar (BVI); called Northern Ireland Bar (2013); temporary admission to the Cayman Islands Bar (2014/2015).


‘B’ of Treasury Counsel (1999); ‘A’ of Treasury Counsel (2004, re-appointed 2009-10); Planning and Environmental Bar Association (treasurer 2000-06).


Sedbergh School; Southampton University (1988 LLB 2:1).

London Bar


Within: Planning – Leading silks

John Litton QC - Landmark ChambersVery commercial and client-facing.

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