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James Alexander Pereira QC

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Francis Taylor Building (Francis Taylor Building)

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Administrative and public law; environment; planning.


James specialises in planning, environmental, local government and administrative law, compulsory purchase and compensation, and his experience is wide ranging within those fields. He took silk in 2014. Prior to that he was placed in the highest rank of junior barristers in planning law and environmental law by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Directory, named ‘Junior Barrister of the Year’ in planning and environmental law by Chambers & Partners directory of the UK Legal Profession in 2007 and 2009, and was ranked as the number 1 junior planning barrister by Planning Magazine for three consecutive years, as well as being ranked in administrative and public law in the leading directories. He is happy to provide specific details of experience in particular areas, and to discuss potential clients’ needs before formal instruction.


Called 1996, Inner Temple; Silk 2014; Fellow Royal Society of Arts; Judicial Assistant to the Court of Appeal 1998; assistant secretary to the Planning and Environment Bar Association (1998-2003); committee member Administrative Law Bar Association (2005-07); council member of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (2011-2013). Alexander Maxwell Trust Scholar (2000). Visiting lecturer in EU environmental law at King’s College, London (masters degree course). Publications of note: co-author ‘Statutory Nuisance Law and Practice’ (3rd edition, Bloomsbury, 2013); co-author ‘The Law of Compulsory Practice’ (2nd ed Bloomsbury, 2011); editor ‘Compulsory Purchase and Compensation Service’ (Bloomsbury, loose-leaf edition); editor ‘National Infrastructure Planning Service’ (Bloomsbury, on-line resource).


Portuguese (BA level diploma in translation, University of Westminster, 1996); basic French and Spanish.


Planning and Environment Bar Association; Administrative Law Bar Association (former committee member); United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (former Council member); Environmental Law Foundation; Bar European Group; European Circuit; National Infrastructure Planning Association.


Culford School, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk; St Catherine’s College, Cambridge (MA law); King’s College, London (LLM).


Music (playing and listening), cooking (Cordon Bleu ‘Gourmet Essentials’ course completed September 2010), travel, poetry, skiing, triathlon, open water swimming, amateur astronomy.

London Bar


Within: Environment – Leading silks

James Pereira QC - Francis Taylor BuildingRecommended for hazardous waste and climate change.

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

James Pereira QC - Francis Taylor BuildingVery bright, has a brilliant sense of perspective, and quickly identifies the important issues for clients.

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