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Leading Silks

Giles Cannock QC - Kings ChambersGiles is very thorough and has an excellent eye for detail. He is easy to work with, has very good commercial awareness and possesses an ability to communicate effectively with everyone. He is an excellent advocate - sharp and to the point.
David Manley QC - Kings ChambersDavid is one of the most insightful and forensic barristers I have had the pleasure to instruct. One of the best.
Paul Tucker QC - Kings ChambersPaul always provides very commercial advice, and is great with clients.

Leading Juniors

John Barrett - Kings ChambersJohn knows his planning law inside out a go-to barrister.
Martin Carter - Kings ChambersMartin is a very good and experienced barrister. He is an excellent practitioner in the our field. He was a good cross examiner and I was impressed with his competency throughout.
Peter Dixon - Exchange ChambersHe is excellent for planning judicial review work.
Jonathan Easton - Kings ChambersHas a thorough understanding of planning law and practice, and an amazing grasp on detail. Nevertheless is easy to work with. You feel that he has got the client's back at all times.
Alan Evans - Kings ChambersIn-depth knowledge of subject areas. Very effective advocate in Inquiry settings. Very approachable.
John Hunter-Kings ChambersJohn has a very intelligent and commercial approach and provides excellent strategic advice as a result. He is very approachable and is great at understanding client’s needs and objectives. He is both respected and well-liked by clients and a pleasure to work with.
Ian Ponter - Kings ChambersHe has a direct approach, cutting to the heart of the issue quickly and with ease.
Ruth Stockley - Kings ChambersShe is a fantastic person to work with and her strategic advice is always precise and effective. On her feet, Ruth is able to essentially extract the information she needs from witnesses with her wit rather than being aggressive in tone. She almost catches the witnesses off-guard which is extremely clever. Ruth also works well under pressure and in difficult situations.
Killian Garvey - Kings ChambersKillian has exceptional technical knowledge and a fantastic ability to explain complex areas of law in easy to digest ways. You cannot underestimate how important this is when advising clients in planning litigation.
Anthony Gill - Kings ChambersTony got to grips with the key issues very quickly, and was adept at highlighting the matters that the witnesses needed to focus on. He was also a very good sounding board when our client was considering its commercial strategy.
Stephanie Hall - Kings ChambersStephanie is a superb barrister, highly intelligent and quick to grasp the issues, an excellent advocate, tenacious and thorough. She works hard to deliver the desired outcomes and understands the pressures that local authorities work under. She is also approachable and responsive and was as highly regarded by our instructing officers as by us lawyers.
Joseph Hart - Deans Court ChambersTop quality advocate who is impressive on his feet. His real skill, and the one that sets him apart from his colleagues, is the ability to assess cases tactically at the outset. Rather than just acting as a hearing advocate he is an indispensable asset when advising the client at the outset of a prosecution (or even during the investigation stage).
David Pojur - St John's BuildingsMr Pojur’s advocacy skills are well tuned and he is respected by colleagues and well thought of by members of the Judiciary he appears before. He has excellent communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with clients, and he demonstrates a high level of commitment to clients.
Sarah Reid - Kings ChambersSarah is incredibly approachable and astute and we found these strengths made her particularly strong in planning appeal settings where situations change rapidly and can be turned to the clients advantage. It has meant she has turned potential losses into wins.
Philip Robson - Kings ChambersHe gives extremely clear and strong advice the likes of which we have rarely seen. He cuts through matters with extraordinary clarity and this strength of clarity can be seen not only in his written advice but also in his advice in person and as an advocate.

Rising Stars

Constanze Bell - Kings ChambersShe is highly intelligent and capable, with the ability to convey the most complicated of legal issues in the simplest manner. She is very approachable and personable, which makes instructing her a real pleasure - she has a real team-mentality of approach which recognises everyones contribution. She is able to lead and give direction to other team members in an authoritative, assertive manner.

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.

Exchange Chambers

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.

Kings Chambers

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.