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Robin Purchas QC

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Francis Taylor Building (Francis Taylor Building)


Main areas of work are in the fields of administrative, environmental, local government and planning law, the High Court and tribunals and inquiries, including questions of human rights and European law. He deals with cases in Hong Kong and elsewhere in the world. He is a leading specialist in compulsory purchase, valuation and compensation matters, including rights of light. He has wide experience in connection with the promotion of and opposition to major government and public schemes, including the 2012 Olympics (advising the ODA), HS2, the Thames Tunnel, the Channel Tunnel, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and Crossrail Bills and the Victoria Station Upgrade, West Coast Main Line, East Midlands Parkway, Thameslink 2000 and Cambridge Guided Bus Orders. He is regularly involved in infrastructure schemes in the water, aviation, energy and other related fields as well as major retail, residential, institutional, waste, minerals, highway, leisure and commercial schemes. He is regularly consulted on and appears in cases concerning heritage and listed building matters. He has an extensive environmental law practice.


Called 1968, Inner Temple; QC 1987; Recorder 1989; Deputy High Court Judge 1994; Master of the Bench 1996; Assistant Boundary Commissioner 1999-2011; deputy chairman – Information Tribunal 2001; member of Bar Council 2000-02; chairman of Bar Education and Training Committee 2001-02; Head of Chambers 2002-11; CEDR accredited mediator 2006; publications: ‘Human Rights – Field Day for Crackpots’ 2000 JPL; ‘Section 17 applications: can they work?’ Estates Gazette September 2010; ‘What role now for section 9 after Spirerose?’ 2011 JPEL 121.


Basic French.


South East and European Circuits; Administrative Law Bar; Bar European Group; Planning and Environment Bar Association (chairman 2004-08); Parliamentary Bar (leader 2001-12); National Infrastructure Planning Association.


Marlborough College; Trinity College, Cambridge (1967 MA) Senior Exhibitioner.


Boodles; Queens; the Royal Worlington and Royal West Norfolk Golf Clubs.

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

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

Robin Purchas QC - Francis Taylor BuildingRigorous and immaculately well prepared, brilliant on his feet and in cross-examination.

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Within: Planning – Leading silks

Robin Purchas QC - Francis Taylor BuildingVery experienced, rigorous and immaculately well prepared.

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