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Leading Silks

Richard Glover QC - Francis Taylor BuildingRichard is the leading rating silk and in the top division in this area. If the case involves economics or numbers, his appreciation of concepts and numeracy is a superb added value skill.
James Goudie QC - 11KBWMr Goudie QC was friendly and approachable with expert knowledge of the area, able to distil legal complexities into easily understood language. His recall and detail is extremely impressive. He is measured and precise with his advice which enables informed decision making.
Dan Kolinsky QC - Landmark ChambersAn excellent understanding of rating law, coupled with an approachable manner in consultation. Clients like this combination. Well organised and well presented advocacy at all levels from the Valuation Tribunal to the Supreme Court.
Peter Oldham QC - 11KBWAn extremely knowledgeable and persuasive advocate.
Ranjit Bhose QC - Cornerstone BarristersAn excellent and well-respected silk.
Charles Bourne QC - 11KBWStrengths are depth of knowledge, clear and focused advice. I have experienced him in the high court court before and found him to be particularly impressive as an advocate; he clearly knew his brief well, and was was very quick on his feet. He also had a certain air of calm and confidence and had good command of the Court which is not always easy.
Philip Coppel QC - Cornerstone BarristersVery clever, very good explaining matters to the lay client, masterly overview and command of this many-stranded matter.
David Forsdick QC - Landmark ChambersHe offers clear, strategic and commercially minded advice and clients appreciate his straightforward approach when giving his opinion on matters. David has shown a remarkable ability to hone in on the key details of a case and he leaves you with the impression that you are in safe hands with him.
Fenella Morris QC - 39 Essex ChambersFenella got up to speed with the case very quickly which was impressive given the complexity of the legal arguments and volume of paperwork. Clearly very experienced in consultation-related judicial review work.
Tim Morshead QC - Landmark ChambersHe is excellent.
Tim Mould QC - Landmark ChambersTim has best in class knowledge, skills and experience in rating. He has seen both sides of the fence having been counsel to HMRC and now a successful ratepayer practice. He brings to the table calm, unflustered skilful analysis. He commands the attention of the courts at every level from Valuation Tribunal to Supreme Court. That is a great gift to possess.
Timothy Straker QC - 4-5 Gray's Inn Square Strengths - knowledge, intellect, clear advice, personable.
David Wolfe QC - Matrix Chambers Brilliant, super quick on his feet, a fearless advocate.
Tim Buley QC - Landmark Chambers He is clearly one of the most talented public lawyers of his generation of rising silks. He is a very able advocate, both in writing and orally in court.
Richard Drabble QC - Landmark ChambersAmazing for public law issues.
James Findlay QC - Cornerstone BarristersJames' attention to detail is second to none and always responds to queries immediately. He is my go to QC for any local government matter. Quite simply a fantastic legal mind.
Jonathan Moffett QC - 11KBWOne of the most intelligent and articulate barristers I have ever come across, a rare legal mind. Well liked by clients and solicitors alike, Jonathan’s work is exemplary, He is patient, calm and brilliant under pressure. Work always come back well in advance of any deadlines.
Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe is brilliant on her feet and her written advice is always measured and easy for clients to follow. She always has the ear of the court and clients certainly feel they are on the front foot by her being in their corner. She is superb with clients and always takes the right approach with opponents, depending on the circumstances.
Kelvin Rutledge QC - Cornerstone BarristersKelvin is the alchemist of legal complexity and dedication - his ability to condense globalised legal complexities into entirely digestible and persuasive nutrition for Judges is exquisite. He is forensic in his approach but entirely approachable, his legal analysis and application is swoon-inducing and his courtroom skills are a masterclass in advocacy. He is that rare blend of orchestra and conductor all at the same time.
Andrew Sharland QC - 11KBWIn advocacy, Andrew has the ability to grasp the most intricate of details and focus on the salient factors without losing his audience. His advice is exceptional and his knowledge base in specific disciplines appears to have no parameter.

2019 Silks

Charles Banner QC - Keating Chambers Superb analysis, hard worker, particularly resilient under cross fire in court, excellent presentational skills in writing and orally, good with the clients.

2020 Silks

David Blundell QC - Landmark Chambers Deep knowledge of the law couple with a forensic mind.

2021 Silks

Jonathan Auburn QC - 11KBWHe works well in a team and is very commercial.
Richard Honey QC - Francis Taylor BuildingA tenacious and detailed practitioner who leaves no stone unturned. Always willing to roll sleeves up as part of the project team - will set out parameters and risks with a view to reaching a negotiated solution.

Leading Juniors

Hugh Flanagan - Francis Taylor BuildingHugh is developing a reputation as one of the Government's preferred panelists for rating disputes in the tribunals. The clarity and incisiveness of his written arguments is particularly impressive.
Jane Oldham - 11KBWShe provides incredibly good advice.
Cain Ormondroyd - Francis Taylor BuildingAn impressive advocate with excellent technical knowledge. Very responsive to enquiries and prompt in dealing with papers. Has a great rapport with clients.
Guy Williams - Landmark ChambersGuy is a model advocate whose thoughtful and conscientious preparation and carefully modulated courtroom approach is both deeply persuasive to courts and tribunals and reassuring to clients. He is unflappable, diligent and incisive in his oral advocacy. His written work is orderly and clear in substance and style. He is a most courteous and engaging man, whom clients and courts are able to trust without qualification.
Kuljit Bhogal - Cornerstone BarristersVery helpful in terms of helping the council to prepare its case. Good at dealing with all the witnesses involved in the case. A fine advocate
Joanne Clement - 11KBWA superb lawyer, very knowledgeable, resourceful and persuasive.
Tom Cross - 11KBWHe is very bright and easy to work with. His written and oral advocacy is always of the highest standard. He always responds to requests for advice and support in a timely manner.
Robin Green - Cornerstone BarristersHe is professional and supportive with an understanding of the challenges officers face in local government. He is able to grasp the issues of a case quickly and advise accordingly. He inspires confidence in the case and realism where appropriate.
Jacqueline Lean - Landmark ChambersShe is confident, approachable and provides great assistance.
Jonathan Manning - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareJonathan is able to put a client, explain complex matters which are easily understood and has excellent advocacy skills. A superb tactician who is liked and trusted by instructing solicitors and clients alike. Always helpful, and undoubtedly the leading expert in his field. A first-class legal mind.
Sarah Sackman - Francis Taylor BuildingSarah is highly driven and motivated. She is a great junior who is really excellent to work with. She is extremely knowledgeable and writes very clearly and concisely. She is also great with the clients and at dealing with practical matters.
Genevieve Screeche-Powell - Field Court ChambersShe is very approachable, understanding, tells you how it is and what to do. Finds a solution to the problem.
Vivienne Sedgley - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareVivienne is a standout junior. I have been impressed by her confidence and capability.
Christopher Baker - 4-5 Gray's Inn SquareVery knowledgeable. A very personal, calm approach. Very clear written advice.
Shomik Datta - Cornerstone BarristersOne of his great advantages in the local government sector is his legal common law skills that give him the edge over competitors.He has an incisive approach to case management and identifies the important issues from the outset. He also has an uncanny way of seeing how a case will unfold.
Galina Ward - Landmark ChambersShe is particularly skilled at writing succinctly and making complex issues seem simple.

Rising Stars

Jen Coyne - 11KBW An excellent lawyer, very thorough, innovative, and user friendly.
Matthew Lewin - Cornerstone BarristersHe has great expertise and knowledge and a broad local government practice.
Luke Wilcox - Landmark ChambersHis knowledge of rating is absolutely first class, and he is adept at distilling this complex area of law into a client-friendly format. He is approachable, user friendly and always a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended.

Local government (including rating law) in London Bar

The local government prong of this section primarily focusses on issues of governance, powers, and standards in public life – at their most extreme, matters involving proposed mergers of local authorities. This section also includes rating law – the calculation of a property’s value for the purpose of business rates, a vital source of income for local authorities – for both HMRC and ratepayers. Work concerning the provision of services by local authorities such as social housing, education, Court of Protection and community care, and planning law, are covered in their own sections and this table does not seek to duplicate them. Likewise, many counsel ranked in other sections advise local authorities on matters within their areas of expertise.

11KBW

A 'highly-regarded set with brilliant barristers', members of 11KBW advise local government on the gamut of governance and public law issues. Peter Oldham QC advised Buckinghamshire County Council in litigation concerning the county's transition to a unitary authority, while Jen Coyne assisted two of the districts on the same matter. Andrew Sharland QC represented Leicester City Council in litigation concerning the compliance of non-binding resolution to boycott goods from Israeli settlements with its public sector equality duty. Unled, Tom Cross advised Gedling Borough Council concerning whether a Conservative councillor, who stole a European Union flag from anti-Brexit demonstrators, did so in his official capacity.

Cornerstone Barristers

Cornerstone Barristers is 'a great set to work with and has the range of barristers to cover the whole local government spectrum', with areas of expertise including local governance, public space protection orders and matters at the intersection of local government powers and social housing. Ranjit Bhose QC and Kuljit Bhogal represented the defendant in Dulgheriu v Ealing LBC concerning the council's imposition of a public spaces protection order to mitigate an anti-abortion picket of the Marie Stopes West London Centre; Bhose QC also represented the claimants in RB Kingston upon Thames v Moss, concerning the terms on which local authorities supply water to secure tenants. Robin Green represented Britwell Parish Council in a challenge to Slough Borough Council's decision to abolish it. Matthew Lewin has a niche practice in local government standards work, and also represented the defendant in Panton v Denchworth Parish Trustees, a case over the ownership of a village hall concluded by the Chancery division issuing Extended Civil Restraint Orders against the parish's former chairman and treasurer.

Landmark Chambers

In addition to a number of matters concerning the powers of local authorities (often crossing over with chambers planning expertise), Landmark Chambers is active in many of the leading cases surrounding rating law. Numerous members of chambers were involved in the Cardtronics v Sykes Supreme Court case concerning the treatment of cash points in shops: Dan Kolinsky QC and Luke Wilcox who represented the ratepayer, Timothy Mould QC and Guy Williams who appeared for Tesco and the Co-operative Group, and Richard Drabble QC for Sainsbury's were pitted against Tim Morshead QC and Galina Ward for HMRC. In addition, David Forsdick QC represented the owner of a building occupied by property guardians pending demolition, which was found to be liable for domestic council tax, not business rates, in Ludgate House v Ricketts and Southwark LBC; unled, Williams represented HMRC in an upper tribunal case concerning the Home Office building on Marsham Street.

4-5 Gray's Inn Square

Joint head of a set that handles a range of matters concerning local government powers and governance, 4-5 Gray's Inn Square's Timothy Straker QC conducted an investigation for Devon County Council into a former council leader who was accused of sexual assaults taking place over a decade ago. Elsewhere, Jonathan Manning advised Birmingham City Council on obtaining a Local Government Act injunction against "boy racers", resisting an attempt to set it aside on the basis that a public space protection order should have been issued instead.

Francis Taylor Building

Francis Taylor Building is 'great for business rates matters, with a width breadth of counsel in this area'. Richard Glover QC and Cain Ormondroyd represented the taxpayer in Supreme Court case Telereal Trillium v Hewitt, a matter concerning the valuation of properties which cannot find tenants, while Sarah Sackman represented the valuation officer in a case concerning if the rateable value of the DW Stadium declined when Wigan Athletic were relegated to League One.