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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Construction, planning and environment – Leading silks
  2. Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

Construction, planning and environment – Leading silks

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    • Anthony Crean QC - Kings ChambersHe is decisive, focused and cuts through the unnecessary parts of cases.’
    • Vincent Fraser QC - Kings ChambersHe is very knowledgeable and experienced with a great courtroom presence.’
    • David Manley QC - Kings ChambersA specialist in planning and environmental law.’
    • Stephen Sauvain QC - Kings ChambersClients appreciate his style of calm, collected authority.’
    • Paul Tucker QC - Kings ChambersBrilliant with clients and skilled at straightening out complicated legal matters.’

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors

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    • John Barrett - Kings ChambersKnown for representing developers and housebuilders.’
    • Giles Cannock - Kings ChambersA very astute advocate.’
    • Peter Dixon - Exchange ChambersVery experienced in handling complex planning proposals.’
    • David Fearon - Exchange ChambersA great strategist with a good client manner.’
    • John Hunter - Kings ChambersA highly intelligent barrister.’
    • Ian Ponter - Kings ChambersA very polished and accomplished advocate.’
    • Sarah Reid - Kings ChambersA formidable advocate.’
    • Andrew Singer - Kings ChambersHe has a superb intellect and precise analytical abilities.’
    • Mark Smith - Exchange ChambersAssured, authoritative and a good problem solver.’
    • Ruth Stockley - Kings ChambersHer legal knowledge and client care skills are excellent.’
    • Simon Whitfield - Exchange ChambersHe has a sharp analytical mind.’
    • John Wyn Williams - Exchange ChambersRecommended for environmental cases of waste and water pollution.’

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Exchange Chambers is ‘strong’ in construction, planning and environment law. Peter Dixon heads up the planning group, where experience includes public inquiries and consent applications. David Fearon leads the construction team; although junior in call he has extensive experience in construction matters due to his background as a solicitor and a chartered surveyor. John Wyn Williams leads the environment team and brings extensive experience in environmental negligence cases, particularly waste, water pollution and statutory nuisance matters.

Planning law is a key area of expertise at Kings Chambers, where members are instructed in public inquiries, judicial reviews and planning applications (especially in relation to village greens), and represent house builders, national retailers and major developers. The set has seen an increase in housing work and green belt inquiries. Anthony Crean QC successfully acted for the local authority in the Court of Appeal case of Save Britain’s Heritage v Liverpool City Council.

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