Charles Bishop > Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers


Charles joined Chambers in 2021 following successful completion of pupillage. He is developing a practice across public,
planning and environmental law.

He has already appeared in a number of high-profile cases. His recent work includes:

Acting for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Public Health England in R (Gardner) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [2022] EWHC 967 (Admin), a policy challenge relating to certain decisions around care homes at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic (led by Sir James Eadie QC, Jonathan Auburn QC, Heather Emmerson, Hannah Slarks and Yaaser Vanderman): The case was listed as one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2020. There were two interlocutory hearings concerning applications for specific disclosure (including of WhatsApp messages) and cross-examination ([2021] EWHC 2422 (Admin)), and the use of expert evidence and parliamentary materials ([2021] EWHC 2946 (Admin)). The case was widely reported in the press, including by the BBC, Sky News, the Telegraph, the Guardian,
and the Daily Mirror.

Acting for the claimant in a challenge to the Town and Country Planning (Napier Barracks) Special Development Order 2021 which grants planning permission for use of an army barracks in Kent as asylum accommodation (led by Alex Goodman with Alex Shattock). Judgment is awaited following a hearing before Lieven J in March. The case has been reported in the Guardian and Planning Magazine.

Acting for the intervener, Safer Renting, in Rakusen v Jepsen [2022] 1 WLR 324, the leading case on rent repayment orders under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (led by Justin Bates). Permission to appeal was granted by the Supreme Court in May 2022.

Acting as junior counsel (led by James Maurici QC) for the developer in a six-day recovered appeal relating to a proposal
for a waste metal recycling centre in West Norwood.

Acting as junior counsel (led by James Maurici QC) for the successful developer in a two-week inquiry relating to a proposed development of 160 homes in Croxley Green, raising issues including heritage, design, landscape and housing supply.

Acting as junior counsel for the claimant SASES (led by Richard Turney) in a judicial review of the grant of development consent for the East Anglia ONE North and East Anglia Two offshore windfarms (reported in the East Anglian Daily Times).

Immediately prior to starting at Landmark, Charles provided research assistance in relation to a wide variety of public law cases, including R (Miller) v College of Policing [2020] 4 All ER 31. He was also the Legal and Parliamentary Officer at the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) from 2019-2020 where he provided analysis on all areas of immigration, asylum and
nationality law. He regularly advocated on behalf of ILPA members in high-level meetings with politicians, the civil service, the judiciary and other NGOs. In particular, he led on ILPA’s work relating to the ending of free movement following Brexit, including with Parliamentary lobbying on the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Act 2020 and various pieces of secondary legislation. Charles regularly assisted with ILPA’s Strategic
Legal Fund. He is well-placed to advise NGOs and charities on strategic legal challenges.

Before the Bar course, Charles worked as a paralegal at Wesley Gryk Solicitors, a leading immigration firm, where he assisted with cases spanning the full range of immigration, asylum and nationality law. He previously volunteered with the Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU), Stonewall Housing, the Communities Empowerment Network and Citizens Advice. During his studies, he spent a year abroad at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and undertook an internship at the Académie Diplomatique Internationale.


Trustee of Rainbow Migration
Administrative Law Bar Association
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Planning and Environmental Bar Association


University of Law – BPTC (Very Competent) (2019).
London School of Economics and Political Science – LLM (Distinction) (2017).
University of Oxford (Wadham College) – BA Law with French Law (2.1) (2016).
Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) – Certificat supérieur de droit français (2015).