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

Position

Charles Banner was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2004. He also has rights of audience in Northern Ireland (called 2010), the Dubai International Finance Centre Courts (Part II Registered 2015) and the Singapore International Commercial Court (Full Registered Foreign Lawyer 2017).

He has a broad practice covering a wide range of areas of law, falling principally within the following sectors:

  1. Urban development, infrastructure and energy – including the planning/development consent process and all aspects of planning law, environmental and other regulation, contracts & procurement, commercial litigation & arbitration and compulsory acquisition.
  2. Government and regulation – including all aspects of public sector and state activity, administrative and constitutional law, EU law, human rights, economic sanctions, environmental law, public procurement, regulatory law and public international law (including investor-state arbitration).

He has been ranked for several years by the main legal directories as one of the UK’s leading junior barristers in several areas of specialism. He has appeared numerous times (including as sole counsel) before the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the UNECE Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee. He also undertakes arbitration work both in the UK and internationally. His practice has a strong international dimension and he is the co-founder of Landmark Chambers International (see www.landmarkchambersinternational.com). For his full resume please see http://www.landmarkchambers.co.uk/charles_banner (for UK work) and http://www.landmarkchambersinternational.com/Charles_Banner (for international work).

Career

Pupillage at Landmark Chambers 2004-05. Judicial Assistant to the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords, 2005-06. In practice at Landmark Chambers 2006-present. College Lecturer in EU Law, Oriel & Lincoln Colleges, Oxford University, 2010-15. Member of Landmark Chambers Management Committee 2015-2017. Trustee and Council Member of UK Environment Law Association 2016-present. Author/editor of several publications including two books: ‘Off with their wigs!’ (Imprint Academic, 2003) on the establishment of the UK Supreme Court and ‘The Aarhus Convention: A Guide for UK Lawyers’ (Hart Publishing, 2015).

Languages

Working knowledge of French; basic Russian.

Memberships

Attorney General’s A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown; Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Associate Member of the Hong Kong institute of Arbitrators; ADR Group Accredited Mediator; Administrative Law Bar Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Bar European Group; UK State Aid Law Association; Planning and Environment Bar Association; United Kingdom Environment Law Association; Society of English and American Lawyers; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Education

Lincoln College, Oxford (MA Classics, 2002); City University (Postgraduate Diploma in Law, 2003 – top 15% of the year); King’s College, London (Postgraduate Diploma in European Community Law, 2004 – Distinction, first in year); Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course 2004 – Outstanding, awarded Du Cann Memorial Prize for coming top of his year-group in advocacy); Chartered Institute of Abritrators (Advanced Certificate in International Arbitration, 2016 – mark of 91%)

Leisure

Theatre, music, travel, long distance running, mountain climbing, viewing and collecting art.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Banner QCLandmark ChambersExtremely enthusiastic, proactive and commercial.

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, and 2019 silk appointment Charles Banner QC represented Transport for London, in Transport for London v City of London & Southwark LBC, in which the Supreme Court grappled with the meaning of the word “highway” in the Highways Act 1980. 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.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including local government)

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Banner QCLandmark ChambersBright, diligent and client-friendly.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Fully deserving its reputation as the pre-eminent planning set’, Landmark Chambers has ‘a full complement of top-quality silks, together with a large team of juniors at every level of experience’ across the range of planning law and environmental specialisms.‘They are the go-to set for high value, complex matters and large development projects – retail, residential, and commercial.’ In addition, chambers ‘continues to grow in strength as a public law set’, and contains ‘a number of high-calibre immigration specialists’. In recent news, Charles Banner, Tim Buley, and Charles Banner took silk in 2019 and the opening of a Birmingham office has expanded the service the set provides. Solicitors also note how chambers has ‘hoovered up some great barristers from other sets to bolster its already formidable property practice’, including Simon Allison, Rupert Cohan, and Leon Glenister from HARDWICKE and Zia Bhaloo QC from Enterprise Chambers, making the set ‘a force to be reckoned with’. The clerking team is a real strength of chambers: ‘All of the clerks are well-versed in planning law procedures and are always helpful and good humoured; they are proactive, flexible, and very open and easy to deal with on fees.’ ‘Highly rated’ chief clerk Jay Fullilove is ‘one of the most experienced clerks in the business’ and ‘superbly’ leads ‘a seamlessly smooth, strong team who are approachable, knowledgeable, and provide an excellent service’. At senior practice manager level, Kevin Squires is ‘a real gentlemen’ and a ‘favourite clerk’ among some solicitors; Mark Ball, who recently arrived from Falcon Chambers, has been ‘a breath of fresh air’ for solicitors; Bill King is ‘highly experienced, efficient and cost-sensitive’. At practice manager level, Michael Gooch is ‘most helpful in offering people advice at short notice’; the ‘up and coming’ Jason Allen ‘will go far; he has all the skills one would look for in an excellent clerk’; Neil Perry is ‘a pleasure to deal with’. Offices in: London and Birmingham

Fully deserving its reputation as the pre-eminent planning set’, Landmark Chambers has ‘a full complement of top-quality silks, together with a large team of juniors at every level of experience’ across the range of planning law and environmental specialisms.‘They are the go-to set for high value, complex matters and large development projects – retail, residential, and commercial.’ In addition, chambers ‘continues to grow in strength as a public law set’, and contains ‘a number of high-calibre immigration specialists’. In recent news, Charles Banner, Tim Buley, and Charles Banner took silk in 2019 and the opening of a Birmingham office has expanded the service the set provides. Solicitors also note how chambers has ‘hoovered up some great barristers from other sets to bolster its already formidable property practice’, including Simon Allison, Rupert Cohan, and Leon Glenister from HARDWICKE and Zia Bhaloo QC from Enterprise Chambers, making the set ‘a force to be reckoned with’. The clerking team is a real strength of chambers: ‘All of the clerks are well-versed in planning law procedures and are always helpful and good humoured; they are proactive, flexible, and very open and easy to deal with on fees.’ ‘Highly rated’ chief clerk Jay Fullilove is ‘one of the most experienced clerks in the business’ and ‘superbly’ leads ‘a seamlessly smooth, strong team who are approachable, knowledgeable, and provide an excellent service’. At senior practice manager level, Kevin Squires is ‘a real gentlemen’ and a ‘favourite clerk’ among some solicitors; Mark Ball, who recently arrived from Falcon Chambers, has been ‘a breath of fresh air’ for solicitors; Bill King is ‘highly experienced, efficient and cost-sensitive’. At practice manager level, Michael Gooch is ‘most helpful in offering people advice at short notice’; the ‘up and coming’ Jason Allen ‘will go far; he has all the skills one would look for in an excellent clerk’; Neil Perry is ‘a pleasure to deal with’. Offices in: London and Birmingham

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Banner QCLandmark ChambersA skilled advocate who has experience across a range of jurisdictions.

London Bar > Energy

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Banner QCLandmark ChambersClient-friendly and a pleasure to work with.

London Bar > Environment

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Banner QCLandmark ChambersExtremely bright and diligent, an excellent and well-respected young silk.

London Bar > EU Law

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Banner QCLandmark ChambersBright, diligent and client-friendly.

London Bar > Public procurement

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Banner QCLandmark ChambersA clear thinker who is full of energy and enthusiasm.