Matthew Henderson > Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
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Matthew practices in planning and environmental, property and public law (including non-domestic rating and public procurement law). He acts for developers, local authorities and a range of individuals and interested parties.  He frequently appears in the High Court, public inquiries and examinations, both led and unled.  In 2020, Matthew was ranked in Planning Magazine’s top 20 planning juniors under the age of 35.  In September 2020, Matthew was appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel.

Recent court work includes:

  • R (ADVEARSE) v Dorset Council [2020] EWHC 807 (Admin) – judicial review of a decision to grant planning permission concerning the approach to the assessment of heritage impact and changes in national planning policy relating to development in the AONB.
  • London Borough of Lambeth v SSHCLG [2019] UKSC 33 – Matthew represented the London Borough of Lambeth, led by Matthew Reed QC, in an appeal to the Supreme Court concerning the approach to the interpretation of planning permissions and the extent to which it is possible to imply terms into a planning permission.
  • R (McLennan) v Medway Council [2019] EWHC 1738 (Admin) – judicial review of a decision to grant planning permission concerning the circumstances in which the impact of development on nearby solar panels should be taken into account as a material consideration.
  • LB Brent v SSHCLG [2019] EWHC 1399 (Admin) – appeal pursuant to section 289 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 concerning the circumstances where a material change of use may occur by intensification.
  • R (Loughlin) v Wiltshire Council [2018] EWHC 2493 (Admin) – judicial review of a decision to grant planning permission concerning the interpretation of national policy on good design.

Recent public inquiry and examination work includes:

  • Rectory Farm, Bow Brickhill, Milton Keynes – four day inquiry concerning residential development outside settlement boundaries and five-year housing land supply.
  • Doddington Estate, Nantwich, Cheshire – four day inquiry concerning enabling development (112 dwellings) to fund the restoration of the Doddington Estate (the leading national collection of Wyatt architecture).
  • Oakington Manor School, Wembley, London – three day enforcement inquiry concerning the event day parking in connection with Wembley Stadium.
  • Old Chase Farm, Chelmsford – four day enforcement inquiry concerning the change of use of agricultural land to storage.
  • William Court, Hall Road, London– four day inquiry concerning the refusal of planning permission for a high value development of three homes adjacent to the St John’s Wood Conservation Area.
  • Dorset Minerals Site Plan Examination– Matthew represented a local action group at the public examination.


  • BA English Language and Literature – University College, University of Oxford
  • Graduate Diploma in Law – City University, London
  • Bar Professional Training Course – BPP University, London
  • Buchanan Prize – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Advocacy Scholarship – BPP University
  • 1st Place – Property Bar Association Essay Competition 2016
  • 1st Place – UK Environmental Law Association Essay Competition 2015
  • 1st Place – Blackstones/UH National Criminal Advocacy Competition 2016 (1st place team and individual)
  • 3rd Place – Gluckstein Advocacy Competition, Lincoln’s Inn