Matthew Dale-Harris > Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Holland KC and Reuben Taylor KC
Landmark Chambers


Matthew is a planning and property law specialist.

In planning law he regularly appears for local authorities, developers, NGOs and local community groups at public inquiries, hearings and in the High Court. He has a particular interest in environmental issues and produces content for a number of practitioner texts including the Planning Encyclopedia and Garner’s Environmental Law as well as being the Editor of the Environment section of the Civil Court Practice. His recent appeal inquiry caseload has included a number of high profile schemes engaging Green Belt, housing supply, heritage and habitats issues. Matthew enjoys rights of way work and has appeared for landowners at village green and Definitive Map order inquiries. He also acts in planning crime matters, including POCA proceedings, and has appeared in both the magistrates and crown courts.

In property law, Matthew has a particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement work but also frequently advises and acts across a range of residential and commercial landlord and tenant disputes.

Beyond the scope of his day to day practice Matthew enjoys giving talks and seminars and recently had a lot of fun putting the emerging minds of the RTPI Young Planner’s Conference to the test.


Matthew is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association, the Planning Bar Association, the Chancery Bar Association, and the Procurement Lawyers Association.


  • 2006-9: BA (Hons) History, Durham University (First)
  • 2009-10: MSt Late Antique History, Art and Archaeology, Oxford University (Distinction)
  • 2010-11: Graduate Diploma in Law, Oxford Brookes (Distinction)
  • 2011-12: Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan Law School (Very Competent

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Matthew Dale-Harris  – Landmark Chambers  ‘Matthew exhibits excellent attention to detail and picks up matters quickly. His advocacy skills are excellent, very clear, and precise.’

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Matthew Dale-Harris Landmark Chambers ‘A real talent whose judgement is sound and who conducts himself very impressively in the face of counsel who are more senior than him.’