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Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Rupert Warren QC.
Landmark Chambers
180 FLEET STREET
LONDON
EC4A 2HG
England

Position

Stephen Whale specialises in planning law, environmental law, highway law, judicial review/public law, licensing law and local government law.  He regularly represents developers, local authorities, community groups, third parties and the Secretary of State at hearings, at inquiries, at DCO examinations and in the courts. Stephen is registered to be instructed by Public Access, and he is a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel.

Planning and environmental law: M4 smart motorway development consent examination and order (2016); Allen v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWCA Civ 767; Lee v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWCA Civ 558; South Gloucestershire Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] JPL 798; Sienkiewicz v South Somerset DC [2016] PTSR 815; Worcestershire CC v Robert Hitchins Ltd [2016] JPL 373; Reigate & Banstead BC v Fidler [2015] EWHC 3863 (QB); GPS Estates Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] JPL 954; A160/A180 development consent examination and order (2015); Redhill Aerodrome Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] PTSR 274; San Vicente v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] JPL 562; Europa Oil & Gas Ltd v Leith Hill Action Group [2014] PTSR 1471; Redhill Aerodrome inquiry (2014); A556 development consent examination and order (2014); A21 inquiry (2013); R (Manchester Ship Canal Co Ltd) v Environment Agency [2013] JPL 515; Rencher-Paine v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2011] JPL 1119; Flattery v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2011] JPL 345; Doran v Secretary of State for Communities and Loval Government [2011] JPL 93; Farnborough Airport Inquiry (2010); River Club v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2010] JPL 584; Bexley LBC v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2010] JPL 513; Kent International Gateway Inquiry (2009); Daventry appeals inquiry (2009); R (Carroll) v South Somerset DC [2008] JPL 991; Hammersmatch Properties Ltd v First Secretary of State [2006] 2 P&CR 11; Coventry Airport inquiry (2006); South Downs National Park inquiry (2003-05).

Highway law: Williams v Devon CC [2016] EWCA Civ 419; Carleton Estates Ltd v Devon CC [2015] EWHC 2911 (Admin); Owen v Devon CC [2014] EWHC 4895 (Admin); Trail Riders Fellowship v Devon CC [2013] EWHC 2104 (Admin)

Judicial review/public law: R (Littlejohns) v Devon CC [2016] EWCA Civ 446; R (Persimmon Homes (SE) Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport [2005] 2 P&CR 24; R (Mount Cook Land Ltd) v Westminster City Council [2004] JPL 470; R (Crichton) v Wellingborough BC [2004] Env LR 11; R (Medway Council) v Secretary of State for Transport [2003] JPL 583.

Licensing law: R (Akin) v Stratford Magistrates’ Court [2015] 1 WLR 4829; Uttlesford DC v English Heritage [2007] LLR 273.

Local government law: R (Barnsley MBC) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2013] PTSR 23.

Employment law: Woodhouse School v Webster [2009] ICR 818; Darrell Hair v International Cricket Council (2007).

Common law (general); human rights law: George Blake v United Kingdom (2007) 44 EHRR 29.

Career

Called to Bar 1999; Gray’s Inn; Advice on Individual Rights in Europe 1999-2001; 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square 2002-2012; Landmark Chambers 2012-date. Appointments: Junior Counsel to the Crown (currently A Panel) since 2007; CPRE legal panel since 2009; ranked in ‘Chambers & Partners’ (planning, licensing) as well as ‘The Legal 500’; Peter Duffy Bar European Group Scholarship 2001; Gray’s Inn Junior Award 1998; Gray’s Inn Karmel Award 1997. Publications: specialist editor, ‘Encyclopedia of Planning Law and Practice’; specialist editor, ‘Phipson on Evidence ; ‘Closure orders and licensing authorities’ [2010] 15 Local Government Lawyer; ‘Leaders as Claimants: Undoing the Done’ [2008] Local Government Encyclopedia Bulletin; ‘Rewriting cricket history’ [2008] New Zealand Lawyer; [2008] 158 New Law Journal 1100; ‘Cumulative impact policies, costs and planning matters’ [2007] 5 Local Government Lawyer; ‘The ball-tampering affair’ [2007] New Zealand Law Journal; ‘Awards of costs under section 181 of the Licensing Act 2003’ [2007] Local Government Encyclopaedia Bulletin; ‘Recent High Court judgments under the Licensing Act 2003’ [2006] Local Government Encyclopaedia Bulletin; ‘Appeals to the magistrates’ court under the Licensing Act 2003’ [2006] Local Government Encyclopaedia Bulletin; ‘Not Cricket’ [2006] 156 New Law Journal 1879; ‘Uneasy bedfellows’ [2006] 156 New Law Journal 1821; ‘Buildings: the meaning of agricultural use and essential facilities – some recent decisions’ [2006] Journal of Planning and Environmental Law 1135; ‘Mount Cook 2: An Analysis’ [2004] Judicial Review 55; ‘The importance of alternative proposals in development control’ [2004] Journal of Planning and Environmental Law 887; ‘Pawnbrokers and parishes: the protection of property under the Human Rights Act’ [2002] 1 European Human Rights Law Review 67; ‘Developments in the European legal orders: implications for the medical profession’ [2002] 2 Medico-Legal Journal 80.

Languages

French.

Memberships

ALBA; PEBA.

Education

Adwick School, Doncaster; University of Birmingham (1993 BSoc Sc, Economics and Politics joint hons); College of Law (1998 Diploma in Law); Inns of Court School of Law (1999 Bar Vocational Course).

Leisure

Golf; The Highlands

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Stephen WhaleLandmark ChambersHis advocacy is understated and efficient.

The pre-eminent planning set‘, ‘totally dominantLandmark Chambers has ‘unrivalled strength in depth, with an enviable list of senior and junior counsel‘. James Maurici QC represented the Secretary of State for Transport in the challenges to the London Heathrow third runway project.  In the Supreme Court, Richard Moules represented the local authorities. In addition, Stephen Whale represented Ealing Council and Reuben Taylor QC acted for Queen’s Park Rangers in a Court of Appeal challenge to a grant of planning permission for the football club’s new training ground.