John Litton KC > Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers


John was called to the Bar in 1989 and was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of Treasury Counsel for seven years before taking Silk in 2010. John’s highly regarded domestic practice is complemented by a successful international practice encompassing planning and commercial work.

In the UK, John is a leading silk in the areas of town and country planning, environmental law, highways, compulsory purchase & compensation and administrative law. He also practices in a broad range of civil and commercial litigation matters including complex rating cases.

Chambers & Partners comments that John is “very, very astute, focused on the real commercial issues and a real problem solver” and a “very effective advocate, particularly in inquiries“. Legal 500 states that John “gives clear, confident advice at an early stage on the merits of a case”.

John regularly appears at public inquiries into development including housing, distribution warehousing, retail (food and non-food), town centre mixed use schemes, healthcare facilities, private householder development, purpose-built student accommodation, hotel development (including in the countryside), hostels, immigration appeal centres, football stadia, and motorway service areas.

His planning work also includes promoting infrastructure development such as strategic rail freight interchanges, renewable energy projects, guided busways, new roads and major highway improvement schemes. He advises on Development Consent Orders, development plans (including neighbourhood plans) and has recently appeared at numerous examinations in public. He has considerable experience across all aspects of planning enforcement.

John is an assistant editor of the Encyclopaedia of Planning Law and served for six years between 2000 and 2006 as the Treasurer of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association.


Called 1989 (QC 2010) (England and Wales), Middle Temple; called 1990 Hong Kong Bar (holds full practising certificate); called 2013 Easter Caribbean Bar (BVI); called Northern Ireland Bar (2013); temporary admission to the Cayman Islands Bar (2014/2015).


‘B’ of Treasury Counsel (1999); ‘A’ of Treasury Counsel (2004, re-appointed 2009-10); Planning and Environmental Bar Association (treasurer 2000-06).


Sedbergh School; Southampton University (1988 LLB 2:1).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

John Litton KC – Landmark Chambers  ‘John’s strengths are delivering clear and reasoned advice, and being extremely client focused. John’s advocacy is exceptional, his grasp of detail, allied with his understanding of the key strategic issues is highly impressive. His cross examination of witnesses is forensic.’