Stephen Whale > Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers


Stephen was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1999. He was a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel between 2007 and 2020, culminating in five years on the A Panel, and he is one of the highest ranked juniors for Planning in the country in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Current directory accolades: “Widely regarded as an impressive advocate…Provides high-quality and practical advice…He is a down-to-earth and robust advocate with a thorough grasp of his cases.” (Chambers & Partners, 2020); “His advocacy is understated and efficient.” (Legal 500, 2019). Previous directory accolades include: “An intellectual heavyweight: accessible and personable.”; “Extremely articulate and affable, with a very quick grasp of the issues.”; “He is accessible and has the ability to provide very clear written advice for clients.”; “He is great at instilling client confidence in a no-nonsense, unstuffy way.”; “vast experience of advising on large infrastructure projects”; “excellent and well liked by clients”; “totally unflappable”; “well liked by judges and inspectors”; “outstanding”; “excellent as he’s very persuasive and comes across very well”; and “very good in conference because he sets out issues clearly and concisely.”

Stephen has an extensive practice in all aspects of planning and environment law, local government law, highway law, public law and licensing law.  He regularly advises and represents developers, local authorities, interest groups, government agencies and the Secretary of State.  Stephen has a great deal of experience at planning inquiries and hearings, as well as DCO examinations, together with all court levels from the magistrates’ court up to the Supreme Court.  He is licensed to accept direct instructions by way of Public Access. Stephen has many reported cases to his name. He has been highly ranked in the leading directories for both Planning and Licensing over many years.  Stephen is the author of the enforcement section in the Encyclopedia of Planning Law.


Planning and Environment Bar Association; Agricultural Law Association; Administrative Law Bar Association


  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • College of Law
  • University of Birmingham

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Stephen Whale  – Landmark Chambers ‘Stephen provides sound pragmatic advice without flannel. His style of advocacy  reflects this no-nonsense approach in that he is direct, sets out his arguments clearly so that they are easily understood, and free of ambiguity.’