Leon Glenister > Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Reuben Taylor QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Reuben Taylor QC
Landmark Chambers


Leon specialises in public and planning law. He often acts in complex and high profile litigation, and has acted in cases up to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

In public law, his cases have included the challenge to Ofqual’s grading system for the 2020 A-level exams, the Alfie Evans litigation, the challenge to the NHS Accountable Care Organisation contract, the challenge to the Yorkshire Ripper’s move from Broadmoor to prison, and the challenge to the UNITE leadership election. In planning law, he regularly appears in the High Court (having six reported judgments in 2019) and regularly appears at inquiries. A full list of his cases is available under the ‘Reported Cases’ tab.

Across Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, Leon is ranked as a leading junior in four categories: Administrative Law and Public Law, Education Law, Planning Law and Social Housing Law. He is described as “incredibly bright and able to get to grips with cases quickly” (Legal 500 2020) and a “rising star” who is “clear, concise and cuts through excess details” (Chambers and Partners 2020).

He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel, and regularly acts for the Secretary of State in both public and planning cases; and is also on the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel.

Leon is a tutor in Administrative Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge. He is also a contributing author to both ‘Children’s Social Care Law’ (LAG, 2018) and ‘Adult Social Care Law’ (LAG, 2019). He is co-author of a comprehensive free guide to the law relating to special educational needs, the ‘Noddy Guide to SEN’.

Away from law, he is a Governor of Dr Challoner’s Grammar School (SEN and Diversity Governor and Chair of the Admissions Committee).

He is proudly of mixed heritage, with a British father and Malaysian-Chinese mother.


  • LLM (Master of Law) – Churchill College, University of Cambridge
  • MA (Law) – Churchill College, University of Cambridge
  • ADR Group Accredited Mediator 

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Leon GlenisterLandmark ChambersVery bright, amiable, approachable. Feel very comfortable discussing cases with him. Very clever and able to review lots of papers very quickly when needed on particularly urgent cases whilst getting a good grasp of the issues.

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Leon GlenisterLandmark ChambersLeon is excellent: he is clear and concise in writing and orally, and well-liked by clients for his calm and professional demeanour and good humour. He ‘punches above his weight’, holding his own with much more senior counsel. He works well with expert witnesses and is good in cross-examination.

London Bar > Education

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 5

Leon GlenisterLandmark ChambersThinks dynamically and practically about cases, and is very much a safe pair of hands.