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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

81 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1DD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
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Fax 020 7353 3978
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298 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

Nigel Pleming QC

Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Email:
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)

Position

Barrister specialising in administrative and public law, environmental law, human rights, regulation and tax, including VAT and C&E. Recent cases include: R v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry ex p Greenpeace [1999] Env LR, (environmental); Environment Agency v Empress Cars Limited [1999] 2 AC 22 (environment); Bournewood Community and Mental Health NHS Trust, ex parte L [1999] 1 AC 458 (human rights); Svenska International Plc v Customs and Excise [1999] 1 WLR 769 (VAT); R v Ashworth Hospital ex p Ian Brady [2000] Lloyd’s Rep Med 355 (human rights); R v Department of Health, ex parte Source Informatics [2000] 2 WLR 940 (regulation and human rights); R v North and East Devon Health Authority, ex parte Coughlan [2000] 2 WLR 622 (administrative and public law); R v The National Lottery Commission ex p Camelot plc [2001] EMLR 43 (administrative and public law); Wilson v South Kesteven DC [2001] 1 WLR 387 (administrative and public law); R v Secretary of State for the Home Department ex p Javed [2001] 3 WLR 323 (administrative and public law); R (Holub) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2001] 1 WLR 1359 (administrative and public law); R v Mental Health Act Commission, ex parte Wilkinson [2001] 419 CA (human rights); R v NASS, ex parte Westminster City Council [2002] 1 WLR 2956 (administrative and public law); Ashworth Hospital Authority v Mirror Group Ltd [2001] 1 WLR 2033 (administrative and public law); R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte Mullen [2004] UKHL 18 (human rights, and administrative and public law); Centralan Property Ltd v Customs and Excise [2002] STC 290 (VAT); R v Secretary of State for the Environment and Transport and the Regions ex p Edison First Power Limited [2001] 16 EG 101 (HL – administrative and public law); Trinity Mirror Group plc v Commissioners for Customs and Excise [2003] STC 518; Naim Ahmed [2002] 2 All ER 440 (administrative and public law); Humber Sea Terminal Ltd v Secretary of State for Transport (QBD) [2005] EWHC 1289 (environment); Ward v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis & ors (HL) [2006] 1 AC 23 (administrative and public law); R (Colonel Munjaz) v Ashworth Hospital and Secretary of State [2006] 2 AC 148 (human rights); R (Singapore Medical Council) v General Medical Council and Simon Shorvon (QBD) [2006] EWHC 3277 (administrative and public law); Shin Wing v Director of Environment, Hong Kong [2006] HC Court of Final Appeal (environment; R Crown Prosecution Service) v Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Samuel James and five ors (DC) [2007] 1 WLR 291 (administrative and public law); R (Edwards) v Environment Agency and others (CA) [2006] EWCA Civ 877 (environment): R [National Grid Gas plc) v Environment Agency (QBD) [2006] 1 WLR 3041 (administrative and public law, environment); R (Maile and Hardy) v Pembrokeshire County Council (QBD) [2005] EWHC 1872 (environment); Revenue & Customs v Zurich Insurance Co (ChD) [2006] EWHC 593 (VAT); R (Greenpeace) v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry [2007] EWHC Admin 15.2.2007 (administrative and public law/environment).

Career

Called 1971; QC 1992.

Member

COMBAR.

Education

London (LLM); Kingston University (LLB Hons).


London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Nigel Pleming QC - 39 Essex ChambersFully deserves his reputation as one of the top silks and wonderful to work with.

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Within: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Nigel Pleming QC - 39 Essex ChambersExcellent on his feet without the need to be aggressive. Always has the ear of the court.

Within: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

39 Essex Chambers members are regularly instructed on human rights issues in judicial reviews proceedings before the Administrative Court as well as the Court of Protection and the European Court of Human Rights. Nigel Pleming QC was involved in the Core Issues Trust v Transport for London case challenging Tfl’s decision not to place an advertisement championing sexual orientation equality on the side of its buses. Lisa Giovannetti QC represented the Home Secretary before the Supreme Court in MM (Lebanon) & others v Secretary of State for Health which considered changes to the financial requirements for sponsoring a foreign spouse or partner to reside in the UK.

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Environment

Within: Environment – Leading silks

Nigel Pleming QC - 39 Essex ChambersProvides excellent, pragmatic advice.

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Tax: corporate and VAT

Within: Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Nigel Pleming QC - 39 Essex ChambersA living legend.

Within: Tax: corporate and VAT

Great set39 Essex Chambers is ‘growing in strength for tax disputes’, particularly in relation to VAT and indirect tax. Timothy Lyons QC and Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho are acting for the taxpayer in a major customs duty case. In Pendragon Plc v Revenue and Customs Commissioners, Nigel Pleming QC is representing HMRC at the Court of Appeal in relation to the VAT treatment of the sale of cars.

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