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Morag Ellis QC

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Morag Ellis QC, having attended Penrhos College in North Wales, read Law at St Catharine's College Cambridge, was called to the Bar in 1984 and took silk in 2006. She has extensive experience of planning and related public law areas in England and Wales, as well as Ecclesiastical Law (which she studied at Cambridge, gaining a First in the subject).

Morag is past Chairman of the Planning and Environment Bar Association. In this capacity, she regularly liaised with the Planning Inspectorate on all aspects of appeals including procedural guidance and the role of barristers in hearings. She is a member of the Users' Group for the Planning Court.

She is a member of the panel of silks to the Welsh Government and served on the Interim Steering Group of the Planning and Advisory Improvement Service which reported to the Welsh Government in 2015 on improving the operation of the planning system in Wales.

As a lay member of the RTPI appeals panel, Morag assists in the regulation of the Town Planning profession.

Morag is Commissary General of the Diocese of Canterbury, Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Southwark and a member of the Panel of Chairs for Clergy Disciplinary Tribunals. She is a member of the Legal Advisory Commission of the Church of England. She is also a Church of England Reader and married to an Anglican priest.


Called 1984, Gray’s Inn; RICS legal assessor; RTPI Disciplinary Panel member; publications Include Halsbury’s ‘Laws of England’ (public health; sewers and drains); ‘New Town and Village Greens: Harmless t-laypoles or Traps for the Unwary’ JPEL December 2003; and ‘Putting the Boot Into Development Control: A User’s Guide to Recent Case law’ (with Rob Thomas) JPEL June 2005.


PEBA Committee; Ecclesiastical Law Society; Compulsory Purchase Association.


Penrhos College, Colwyn Bay; St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (1983 BA Law; 1986 MA).


Bach Choir, School Governor, Church of England Reader.

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

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

Morag Ellis QC - Francis Taylor Building ‘Her advice is always very clear, commercially aware.’

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government)

While Francis Taylor Building is hailed as ‘probably the best set for planning’ it has a strong, national reputation in relation to local government law. It advises on major transport schemes and other infrastructure projects, environmental and licensing issues. Morag Ellis QC is advising on the proposed M4 Smart Motorway Upgrade inquiry which will test Welsh environment legislation. Members also advised on the judicial review into the controversial Garden Bridge.

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Within: Environment – Leading silks

Morag Ellis QC - Francis Taylor Building ‘Recommended for minerals, waste and energy schemes.’

Within: Environment

Francis Taylor Building is ‘an impressive set,’ with recent highlights including James Pereira QC acting in Scarsbrick v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the first case to address the interpretation of national policy on need under national policy statements; and Sokol v Caudwell Properties Ltd, in defence of a prosecution brought under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 relating to alleged nuisance from a construction site. Meanwhile, Morag Ellis QC has been acting in the M4CAN public inquiry.

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Within: Planning – Leading silks

Morag Ellis QC - Francis Taylor Building ‘A formidable advocate with a forensic eye on the details that matter.’

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