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Gregory Jones QC

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Gregory’s practice covers all aspects of planning, compulsory purchase, environmental law, judicial review and statutory challenges. Regularly appearing in both public inquiries and the Higher Courts, he acts on behalf of developers, local planning authorities and third parties. Gregory is consistently rated as a leading junior in the RTPI’s ‘Annual Survey of Planning Practitioners 2006’: ‘Jones is regarded as very client-focused and quick on his feet’ and was rated in the top ten senior juniors by planning solicitors in the law survey of ‘Planning Magazine’ 2006 (previously rated as number two when under 35). Cases of note include: Associated British Ports v Hampshire CC and others [2008] EWHC 1540 [2008] ALL ER (D) 83: successfully acted for ABP in relation to Dipton Bay in High Court challenge to Hampshire Mineral Core Strategy. One of the first successfully High Court challenges to examine the meaning of ‘soundness’. Plan held to fail soundness test of PPG 12. Important High Court guidance on the time period for bringing challenges to development plans; ‘Top Gear’: Successfully acted at public inquiry for the owners of Dunsfold Airfield where BBC Top Gear filmed in obtaining relaxation of filming conditions of car and aeroplanes at the site; and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2) Peak District National Park Authority (Appellants) v Bleaklow Industries Ltd (Respondent) & MMC Midlands Ltd (Interested Party)[2009] EWCA Civ206: successfully acted for Peak District National Park on landmark case concerning the meaning of ‘winning’ and ‘working’ of mineral planning consent.


Lincoln’s Inn 1991; King’s Inns, Dublin 1997; QC 2011 Francis Taylor Building (previously 2 Harcourt Buildings) 1993; Warner Scholar to the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg (1995); head of European Law (part-time) South Bank University. Publications include: ‘Statutory Nuisance’ (2001 Tottel). Many articles including ‘Judicial Review of Planning Permissions’ [2000] JPL 564.


European Circuit; Panel of approved counsel to appear for the Home Office before special adjudicators; PEBA; ALBA; Bar European Group; Education Law Society; Ecclesiastical Law Society; legal associate of RTPI; affiliate of RIBA; fellow of Institute of Quarrying.


Colfe’s School; New College, Oxford (MA); University College, London (LLM) (Euro).


Scuba diving (NAAVI Advanced Level).

London Bar


Within: Planning ‚Äď Leading silks

Gregory Jones QC - Francis Taylor Building ‚ÄėForthright approach and quite combative: clients certainly feel he is on their side.‚Äô

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