Zack Simons > Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers


Zack is one of the most highly rated junior planning barristers in the country (#1 under 35 years old, #1 for residential development, #2 overall – Planning Magazine Legal Survey 2020). The directories rate him as “exceptionally talented” (Chambers & Partners), “in high demand” (Who’s Who Legal), “simply brilliant” and “a real rising star” (Planning Magazine).

Zack’s practice focuses on housing, infrastructure, commercial development, and compulsory purchase work. He appears regularly in planning appeals – at inquiries and hearings – local plan examinations, and court hearings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Zack acts for a wide range of developers, including some of the UK’s leading housebuilders (including Barratt London, Barratt David Wilson, the Berkeley Group, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey, Keepmoat Homes, Inland Homes, Croudace Homes and Lioncourt Homes), a wide range of regional housebuilders and some of the country’s leading land promoters (including Catesby Estates, Richborough Estates, Quinn Estates, Gladman Estates, Rainier Developments and Gallagher Estates – now L&Q Estates), Central Government, and many local planning authorities.

Some of the schemes Zack’s currently instructed on – in relation to the planning application, planning appeal, CPO and/or legal challenge stages – include:

  • Dolphin Square, Pimlico – the planning inquiry into Eric Parry’s scheme to redevelop the iconic Dolphin Square Estate in Pimlico, London – home to over 2,500 people and the largest private residential block of flats in the UK.
  • Holocaust Memorial, Westminster – Sir David Adjaye’s scheme for a nationally significant Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens next to the Palace of Westminster. Zack is supporting this landmark proposal on behalf of “Learning from the Righteous”, a charity which promotes Holocaust education.
  • Kent Science Park – a Garden Village proposal in Sittingbourne including over 9,000 new homes, an significant expansion to the Kent Science Park and the development of an alternative route from the A22 to the M2. Zack is promoting the scheme for Quinn Estates.
  • Edith Summerskill House, Putney – a 20 storey tower in South-West London designed by Henley Halebrown containing 133 homes, all of which will be affordable. Zack is promoting the scheme for a joint venture between Stanhope PLC and the LB Hammersmith and Fulham.
  • Heythrop College, Kensington – a scheme designed by John Bushell to redevelop a substantial a site next to Kensington Square, including a state-of-the-art bespoke Extra Care facility, with a range of accommodation, publicly accessible uses (including a community hall and café), provision of extensive public and private landscaped areas and the erection of a structural deck over a section of the London Underground track. Zack acts for the developers.
  • GROW – a ground-breaking scheme (literally!) to create a working farm in the Green Belt next to the Totteridge Academy in Barnet as part of a life skills education programme which exposes children to nature, teaches them about nutrition and provides a sustainable source of food for schools and the local community.
  • Clifton Slipways, Gravesend – 227 apartments including a landmark tower overlooking the River Thames, including a substantial restoration of the Clifton Slipways pier. Zack is promoting the scheme for Quinn Estates.
  • The Landing – a major regeneration scheme in Maidenhead which comprises 344 homes 7,007sqm of office floorspace and a further 2,196sqm GEA of flexible retail, office, community and leisure floorspace. Zack is promoting the scheme through the CPO process for the developers.
  • The Woolmead”, Berkeley Homes – a major development in Farnham comprising 138 apartments and substantial commercial floorspace. Zack acts for Berkeley Homes.

For a more comprehensive list of Zack’s recent residential schemes, see the “Housing” tab.

Zack has also appeared in some of the most important planning court cases of recent years including a number of recent Supreme Court cases (Hopkins Homes on housing land supply, CPRE v Dover on reasons for planning permissions, and Wright v Forest of Dean on what constitutes a material planning consideration).




2006/7 MSc Regulation, London School of Economics: Distinction
2003-2006 MA, Cambridge University, Gonville and Caius College: First Class (3rd in University)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Zack Simons Landmark Chambers  ‘Zack is fantastic at working with teams, setting and conveying the strategy for the appeal and is also a brilliant advocate. He is incredibly adept at subtly charming concessions out of witnesses, which can be pivotal to the case.’