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Tim Mould was called to the Bar in 1987 and took silk in 2006. Between 2001 and 2006 he was a member of the A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (Common Law). Between 1997 and 2006 he was standing junior counsel to the Inland Revenue (Rating and Valuation). He is called to the Bar of Northern Ireland. He is a Bencher and member of Gray’s Inn.

Tim specialises in planning, environmental and local government law (including rating, compulsory purchase and compensation and highways and rights of way) and the related areas of property, European Union and human rights law. Tim has extensive experience of advocacy in the High Court (including the Administrative Court and the Planning Court) and Appellate Courts, at public inquiries and in tribunals, particularly the Upper Tribunal Lands Chamber. He has appeared frequently in Parliamentary Committees (on the High Speed Two (London to West Midlands) Bill, the Crossrail Bill and the Rookery South (Resource Recovery Facility) Order). He appears regularly on planning and environmental judicial review cases in Northern Ireland. He has appeared in the European Court of Human Rights. He regularly represents and advises clients across all sectors.

Tim’s recent practice has been primarily focused on HS2, the Government’s high speed rail strategy. During 2012 and 2013, Tim acted as leading counsel to the Transport Secretary in the successful defence of the legal challenges on SEA, EIA and judicial review grounds to the Government’s HS2 proposals for high speed rail serving London, Birmingham and the northern cities, culminating in the seminal Supreme Court decision in early 2014 (Buckinghamshire County Council and others v Secretary of State). Throughout 2013 Tim advised on the preparation of the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill seeking powers to construct and operate the first phase of HS2. From July 2014 until early 2017, he acted as leading counsel for the Promoter before the Parliamentary Select Committees hearing petitions against the Bill, covering wide ranging issues including compulsory purchase and compensation, public procurement, planning and infrastructure powers and regulatory controls, railway powers, transport policy, environmental protection, rights of way and highways, EU and UK legislation on the protection of habitats, EIA, the Aarhus Convention, human rights, and constitutional law.   The Bill achieved Royal Assent in February 2017 and construction is due to begin later in 2017. Tim is now promoting a related Transport and Works Act Order on behalf of the Secretary of State and advising on the forthcoming Bill for the next phase of HS2 – Phase 2A (West Midlands to Crewe).

Tim continues to act and advise in a wide range of planning, environmental and local government cases. Recent planning cases include judicial reviews of planning permission to convert Conan Doyle’s historic house at Hindhead into a school (R (Gibson) v Waverley BC) and of planning permission for a gold mine near Omagh, County Tyrone. He is acting for the UK before the Aarhus Compliance Committee in the River Faughan Anglers’ complaint. Highways and rights of way work includes coastal access proposals under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.Tim’s recent rating practice includes acting for both Tesco and the Co-Op in the rating appeals on the rateability of ATMs in foodstores, recently determined by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), and for the ratepayers in rating appeals on York museums heard by the Upper Tribunal in early February 2017. He is now advising ratepayers on appeal proceedings in the City of London. CPO work includes the promotion of the Brightwells Regeneration Scheme in Farnham for Waverley Borough Council and land compensation claims arising from the Olympics CPO and the development of a waste management facility in Buckinghamshire. He has advised the Government on changes to the law of compulsory purchase and land compensation. He is acting for the Secretary of State on Southwark LBC’s claim for judicial review of the Aylesbury Estate CPO decision.


Tim was called to the Bar in 1987. Between 2001 and 2006 he was a member of the A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (Common Law), having previously been on the B Panel. Between 1997 and 2006 he was standing junior counsel to the Inland Revenue (Rating and Valuation). He took silk in October 2006.


Planning Bar Association Committee; the Administrative Law Bar Association, UKELA, Chancery Bar Association and the Parliamentary Bar.


Queen’s College, Oxford (Classics – Jodrell Scholar); Central London Polytechnic (Diploma in Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Tim Mould KCLandmark Chambers ‘When Tim is on his feet, they listen, and once the judges are listening Tim then develops his analysis of the facts and law to powerful effect.’

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Tim Mould KCLandmark Chambers ‘An exceptional advocate who has the total confidence of clients, he is approachable, calm and extremely hardworking.’