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Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers


The major part of Tim Corner’s practice is in the fields of planning and compulsory purchase and public law, including local government and environmental law. His planning work embraces all types of development and he appears in public inquiries and examinations throughout the country. He also appears in the higher courts and in compulsory purchase compensation cases in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).

Recent public inquiries include appearances for Sainsbury’s (planning appeal, new superstore and over 600 apartments), Berkeley Homes (planning appeal, housing and new school in the Green Belt), Haringey LBC (Wards Corner Compulsory Purchase Order), Lendlease and Solihull MBC (Touchwood extension CPO-extension to Solihull’s main shopping centre), Barratt Group and Hounslow LBC (Hounslow High Street Quarter CPO-redevelopment in Hounslow town centre for housing, leisure and retail uses), Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar (Shell Centre/Southbank Place call-in inquiry for major office and housing development opposite Palace of Westminster), Roxhill and Rigby Group (call-in inquiry for 5 million sq. ft. class B development in the Green Belt), and Fairview Homes (appeal inquiries in London and South East).

Tim is currently acting for the Welsh Government on the Wylfa Newydd Development Consent Order.

Tim Corner has extensive experience of planning and public law cases in the higher courts and in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), and is a former junior counsel to the Crown, A Panel. Recent cases include Sawkill v Highways England [2020] EWHC 801 (Dove J, Development Consent Orders, statutory construction), Burgos & Amayo v Secretary of State [2019] EWHC 2792 (Jay J, Compulsory Purchase), R (Hawksworth Securities PLC) v Peterborough City Council [2016] EWHC 1870 (Lang J, relevance of alternative sites in determining planning applications), Dartford BC v Secretary of State [2016] EWHC 649 (Gilbart J, 5 year housing supply and paragraph 49 of NPPF), Leicester University v Secretary of State [2016] JPL 709 (Supperstone J, relevance of extrinsic evidence in interpreting planning permissions), Turner v Secretary of State [2015] EWCA Civ 582 (Court of Appeal, bias in public law), R (Foster and Langton) v Forest of Dean DC [2015] EWHC 2648 (Cranston J and Court of Appeal, Habitats Regulations), Attorney General v HMB Holdings [2014] UKPC 5 (Privy Council, valuation in compulsory purchase cases).

Tim is listed by Chambers & Partners as a leading silk in planning law and local government, and in the Legal 500 as a leading silk in planning, administrative and public, and environment law. Chambers & Partners list him as a “Star Individual” in planning.

Judicial Appointments
Deputy High Court Judge 2008
Recorder 2004 (authorised to sit at the Central Criminal Court – the Old Bailey)

Other Appointments
Member, Department of Communities and Local Government Panel of Expert Planning Mediators since November 2012
Member of the Welsh Government Panel of Queens Counsel since 2009
Chairman, Planning and Environment Bar Association 2008-2012
Chairman, Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate 2006-2010
Member, Joint Oxford Planning Law Conference Committee, 2001-2010
Bencher of Gray’s Inn since 2007


French, Italian


Planning and Environment Bar Association, Administrative Law Bar Association, United Kingdom Environmental Law Association


Tim holds the degrees of MA (Jurisprudence) and BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law) from Oxford University. He was a Demy (Open Scholar) of Magdalen College, Oxford. He is a Deputy High Court Judge and a Recorder (authorised to sit in the Crown Court including the Old Bailey, and the County Court). He is a past Chairman of the Planning & Environment Bar Association and of the Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate and is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Timothy Corner KC – Landmark Chambers ‘Tim is a strong advocate. He has gravitas, focuses on key issues and is able to develop rapport with inspectors and provide clear strategic advice.’

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Timothy Corner KCLandmark Chambers ‘He is incredibly clever but also brings his experience as an advocate and a judge to bear in his advice.’