Planning and environment in Regional Bar
No5 Barristers Chambers remains one of the strongest sets in the Midlands for both planning and environmental work, with clients referencing them as 'one of the pre-eminent planning law sets outside of London'. The team continues its strong presence across all levels of call, with silks such as Richard Kimblin QC and Paul Cairnes QC acting in high-profile cases across the planning piece, and Satnam Choongh regarded as one of the set's top juniors. Turning to environmental law, Tim Pole is highly active in the field of Environmental Agency prosecutions - he prosecuted three directors of a company whose waste site caught fire, creating a significant pollution incident. Martin Kingston QC has retired.
Kings Chambers houses an 'incredibly well-rounded group of barristers from juniors to experienced QCs' that deals with some of the highest-profile planning matters in the Midlands and beyond. Paul Tucker QC is frequently instructed in large-scale planning enquiries, and recently represented developer IM Properties in an inquiry concerning a large mixed use development in Stratford-upon-Avon; Gary Grant represented the local authority in the same matter. Other notable members include Sarah Clover, whose work often deals with cases at the intersection of planning and licencing law, such as advising licensed venues on nearby proposed developments.