Guy Williams > Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers


Guy Williams was called to the Bar in 2000. He specialises in planning, environmental, transport and infrastructure, compulsory purchase and rating law. Guy is on the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel of Junior Counsel.

Guy appears very regularly at planning inquiries in relation to all kinds of development. He acts for developers, local authorities, public bodies and interest groups and has a wide experience of appeals, called-in applications, enforcement matters and compulsory purchase inquiries. This year he has appeared at numerous housing inquiries for local authorities and developers. These focused on issues as to housing land supply and the consequences for development plan policies, OAN, countryside and strategic gap policies, transport and sustainability impacts, and Green Belt. He also promoted the Brent Cross CPOs. Other inquiries this year include the promotion of a new school in the Green Belt, gypsy and traveller sites, and enabling development proposals in the setting of grade 1 listed buildings.

Guy also specialises in judicial review and statutory challenges relating to planning and local government in the higher courts.

Guy has an extensive practice in all matters relating to compulsory purchase, from advising acquiring authorities and developers on strategy and promoting CPOS, to all matters of compensation arising from compulsory acquisition. This year Guy promoted the Brent Cross, Cricklewood CPOs for the London Borough of Barnet, a two month inquiry relating to schemes to create a new mixed use town centre at Brent Cross, and deliver 7,500 homes.

Guy is also a member of the panel of counsel appointed to advise GLAl/TfL on matters of compulsory purchase and compensation.

He also has an active rating practice, and is currently instructed in relation to the rating of ATMs with test cases being heard by the Upper Tribunal early in 2017.

He is an assistant editor of the Encyclopedia of Planning Law.


Guy is a member of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA), the Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA) and the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA).


Guy read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Brasenose College, Oxford (MA Hons) before obtaining a Diploma in Law with distinction from City University.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Guy Williams  –Landmark Chambers  ‘Guy is a leading junior, he’s thorough, calm, and gives clear advice – a first class and exceptional advocate combining genuine charm with huge but worn-lightly intelligence and great skill.’

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Guy WilliamsLandmark Chambers ‘Guy is an exceptionally diligent and thoughtful barrister, with utterly reliable judgement that is founded upon unfailingly careful consideration of the subject matter of the case.