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Tim Buley QC
Tim Buley QC specialises in all areas of public and regulatory law, human rights, and planning and environmental law. He is recognised as a leading silk across eight areas in Chambers UK Bar 2020 and the Legal 500 2020: Administrative and Public Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Planning, EU Law, Environmental Law, Local Government, Immigration and Community Care. Immediately prior to his appointment to silk in 2019, Tim was the only junior named in Band 1 in both directories in Public Law (“probably the leading junior at the Administrative Law Bar”, ) and was top ranked in five practice areas. He was nominated as Chamber’s Public and Human Rights Junior of the Year in 2017.
Tim is a Special Advocate and a member of both the Welsh Government and Equality and Human Rights Commission QC Panels. Prior to appointment to silk, he spent 6 years as a member of the Attorney-General’s A-panel of Junior Counsel and the Welsh Government A-Panel, in which capacity he represented the government in many high-profile cases. Tim has experience as an advocate at every level of the domestic court system including the Supreme Court, as well as in the Court of Justice of the European Union. A list of Tim’s reported cases, which include 10 Supreme Court cases and over 60 Court of Appeal cases, can be accessed via the Cases section.
Tim’s practice covers the full range of public law work, from commercial and regulatory matters, through constitutional and EU law, planning and the environment, local government and healthcare, to civil liberties and human rights, immigration, and social welfare. He is equally experienced acting for and against public bodies, and for commercial interests and individuals.
The breadth of Tim’s practice is demonstrated by his clients, who include commercial organisations and developers, regulators, individuals, NGOs and pressure groups, most central government departments, many local authorities, and a wide range of independent and non-departmental public bodies. He has a strong commitment to legal aid and pro bono work and in 2009 was named as one of the Attorney-General’s Pro Bono Heroes for “outstanding commitment to pro bono work”.
Tim is on ALBA’s Executive Committee and is a member of PEBA, ILPA, the HRLA, Liberty, JUSTICE, the Environmental Law Foundation and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
Tim was a scholar of Lincoln College, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
He studied law at City University, London, and subsequently undertook an LL.M in Public Law at King’s College, London, achieving distinctions in public law and jurisprudence.
Lawyer Rankings(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Buley QC –Landmark Chambers ‘Simply the best. Breathtakingly quick to assess and advise. Uncanny perception of the key issues within complex matters. The judges listen with real attention when he speaks.’
Landmark Chambers has ‘good depth of judicial review knowledge across a range of areas‘, and while not exclusively on the government side is popular for a range of work for different public bodies. The set is known for its ‘NHS experts‘, with members regularly acting for NHS bodies on public law matters: David Lock QC (who brings unusual experience to the table as a former government minister) and 2020 silk appointment David Blundell QC continue to represent 12 clinical commissioning groups in R (Bayer) v Darlington CCG, a dispute with two pharmaceutical companies over the prescription of Avastin. In Antoniadis v Administrator of the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Samantha Broadfoot QC represented the defendant body in a challenge to the British Overseas Territory’s imposition of pay cuts on public sector workers. In election law, Tim Buley QC represented the claimant in R (Andrews) v Minister for the Cabinet Office, and a follow-on claim concerning the government’s failure to bring in arrangements for blind voters to cast ballots in the December 2019 general election.
Tim Buley QC –Landmark Chambers ‘His particular strengths are that he is a very experienced High Court advocate – he is able to read the judges very well and give them clearly and persuasively just what they need to find in favour of his clients – and that he is very knowledgeable on public law issues generally..’(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3 (2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1 (2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Buley QC –Landmark Chambers ‘Simply the best. Particularly good at analysing how different aspects of the law fit together, (and unafraid to point out when they do not. Tremendously quick to assess and advise. Uncanny ability to locate the key issues in complex cases. The judges pay real attention to him.’(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1
Landmark Chambers has ‘great breadth and depth of experience in planning and environmental law‘. One client remarks that it is ‘rightly one of the top public law sets in the UK, the strength of counsel across the board is impressive and it never fails to deliver a high-quality service‘. Members frequently act for government and industry bodies, regulators, corporate clients and private individuals and groups in matters concerning issues as diverse as air quality, access to environmental justice, waste, contaminated land, pollution, climate change, habitats and species protection, nuisance and village greens. David Elvin QC acted for the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in high-profile cases concerning air quality. New silk Tim Buley QC is one to watch. ‘The clerks are brilliant to deal with‘, remarks one client, adding that ‘they always have an option should the first choice not be available‘.