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    • Gavin Collett - Magdalen ChambersHighly experienced in planning, highways, and rights of way matters.’
    • Brendon Moorhouse - Guildhall ChambersAn environmental law specialist.
    • Paul Newman - 3PBHis practice includes both contentious and non-contentious construction work.
    • Richard Stead - St John's ChambersRecommended for cases involving professional negligence or property damage incurred during construction.

Construction and planning remain mainstay work spheres for 3PB, with Paul Newman undertaking a wide range of construction instructions, and village green specialist William Webster a strong presence in planning matters.

Guildhall Chambers is particularly notable in the fields of construction and environmental law, with Julian Allsop predominantly acting in the former, and Brendon Moorhouse the key name in the latter. Moorhouse recently acted for several wildlife organisations in their opposition to plans to expand the M4 motorway.

Planning and environmental specialist Paul Cairnes QC is the key name to note at No5 Barristers Chambers, as he is particularly strong on highly contentious planning proposals, including the Kidnappers Land inquiry, which related to a large residential development in Cheltenham.

St John's Chambers is particularly strong on large scale construction disputes, including adjudications, breach of contract claims, and high-value international arbitrations, where Andrew Kearney is a highly regarded practitioner. In a recent highlight, James Pearce-Smith represented the defendant developer in a dispute against a construction company; the claim settled following a  counterclaim against the contractor for failure to supply appropriate heating systems.

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