Planning and environment in Regional Bar
Deans Court Chambers
Deans Court Chambers is a 'well-run chambers with efficient clerks' and which is home to 'top-quality advocate' Joseph Hart, a specialist in environmental crime matters. He regularly prosecutes for relevant agencies and local authorities, including the Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Manchester City Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, United Utilities, and Lancashire Fire and Rescue; he also defends in high-value POCA-related environmental prosecutions. In addition, Hart has a niche practice in fire safety law and waste management cases.
A former planning consultant, the 'very composed and articulate' Peter Dixon leads the planning practice group at Exchange Chambers. Dixon advises landowners, developers, community organisations, and public authorities across the gamut of planning, environmental, and property law, including planning applications and appeals, enforcement, and compulsory purchase and compensation.
St John's Buildings
St John's Buildings' 'meticulous' David Pojur is praised for his 'ability to analyse voluminous and complex material in a short space of time'. 'He can grasp the key issues in a case both quickly and clearly, and provide a concise summary of key issues for both instructing solicitor and client'. A regulatory specialist, Pojur represents clients in complicated environmental prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency and United Utilities as well as actions brought against local authorities.
A 'very strong planning set with a national reputation', Kings Chambers is the 'pre-eminent planning group in the North West' with quality within its ranks making it comparable to London chambers. 'They have real strength in depth and clearly spend time developing their junior barristers, who are all very good'. Many instructing solicitors praise the set's 'well-run and useful' training sessions: 'They don't just tell you the law, they comment on the commercial implications which is what you need!' Members cover the full gamut of planning-related work and have an embarrassment of riches from high-quality silks – David Manley QC, Paul Tucker QC, and Giles Cannock QC – to leading juniors in the field, such as Martin Carter, Ruth Stockley, and rising star Constanze Bell. In early 2020, Stephanie Hall joined chambers full time from Francis Taylor Building in London.