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  1. Planning – Leading sets
  2. Planning – Leading silks
  3. Planning – 2016 silks
  4. Planning – 2017 silks
  5. Planning – Leading juniors

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Landmark Chambers β€˜leads the planning Bar by a good margin’, and is also recommended for its β€˜efficient, sensible and cost-sensitive clerks’. Members were recently involved in three judicial reviews challenging the Secretary of State’s decisions regarding exploratory fracking in the UK, and Tim Mould QC was lead counsel for the promotion of the HS2 Bill in the House of Commons and House of Lords Select Committee process throughout 2016. Nathalie Lieven QC recently departed for Blackstone Chambers.

With β€˜impressive bench strength’, 39 Essex Chambers β€˜enjoys a longstanding reputation as one of the most highly regarded planning law sets in the country’. Members are known for their expertise in Development Consent Order matters, residential housing litigation and community infrastructure levy issues. On the support side, senior practice manager Andrew Poyser is β€˜a go-to clerk, who knows his barristers’ capabilities inside-out’.

Francis Taylor Building’s β€˜counsel are at the forefront of thought leadership in this space, and you really feel they care about you as a client’. Notable cases include Andrew Tait QC’s promotion of Bank station’s expansion, and numerous members’ representation of petitioners before the HS2 Parliamentary Select Committee. Some say that the set has β€˜undoubtedly the best clerking team of any planning set’.

Cornerstone Barristers is β€˜a preferred planning set, which is run very efficiently’. Four members were instructed by parties challenging proposals for Lancashire fracking sites, and new silk Tom Cosgrove QC was sole counsel for the planning authority in France v Kensington and Chelsea RBC, resisting a multi-party judicial review challenge brought by the French government concerning development works at a neighbouring property to the French embassy.

Six Pump Court has β€˜always been a go-to set for planning matters, with an excellent range of barristers who are ready to help and go beyond the call of duty’. The set was reappointed to the London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA) panel for planning, and members also act for private clients such as landowners, developers and infrastructure providers.

No5 Barristers Chambers has β€˜some really good barristers, who give competitors a run for their money’. Members appeared on both sides of Cheshire East v Richborough Estates and Suffolk Coastal District Council v Hopkins Homes, conjoined appeals whereby the Supreme Court considered the National Planning Policy Framework and the policy approach to housing delivery.

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