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Chambers of Paul Brown QC and Rupert Warren QC.
Landmark Chambers


David specialises in planning, environmental and public law (including most aspects of local government, highways, compulsory purchase and compensation) as well as property-related matters and the human rights and European Union law. David appears frequently in court and at inquiries at all levels and before many different tribunals. During his time as Treasury counsel, he appeared in many planning and public law cases and acted for a wide range of government departments and bodies. Since taking silk he has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, European Court of Human Rights and European Court of Justice. He has also appeared on judicial reviews in the High Court and Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland and advised on issues in Hong Kong. Recent work has including a wide variety of significant planning, environmental and compulsory purchase cases, included town centre regeneration schemes (the Winchester Silver Hill CPO Scheme for Winchester City Council and Henderson), energy from waste projects (the successful defence of the Calvert EfW plant for Bucks County Council), noise nuisance (George Best Belfast City Airport), light pollution issues in Hong Kong, the judicial review of planning decisions, EIA, SEA and environmental work (acting for Save Historic Newmarket in obtaining an order from the High Court quashing the housing policies of the Forest Heath CS for SEA failures). In terms of other local government issues, David has acted for Tesco in successfully resisting both planning and best value judicial reviews of purchase of a site in Salford. He regularly advises on procurement and state aid/best value issues in connection with redevelopment and compulsory purchase schemes. David has also continued to advise and act frequently on other environmental issues including habitats: he continues to provide advice on the Thames Basin Heaths SPA. David’s current work also includes environmental, housing, retail, waste, energy, regeneration, compulsory purchase and compensation issues. He is advising on environmental issues around fracking and the decommissioning of nuclear submarines.


Called 1983; silk 2000; called to the Bar of Northern Ireland; member of the Middle Temple and Inn of Court of Northern Ireland; Bar Prize for Finance, Commerce and Industry 1982; Silk of the Year 2008 in Environment and Planning, Chambers and Partners Bar Awards October 2007; Treasury counsel 1991-2000; A Panel of Treasury Counsel 1995-2000; recorder 2001; deputy High Court judge, Queen’s Bench Division (including Administrative Court) 2008; assistant boundary commissioner 2000; member of the Boundary Commission for England 2009; reappointed 2014; arbitrator and qualified ADR Group-accredited mediator.


Advisory Board, Royal School of Church Music (having previously been a council member); chairman, St Paul’s Covent Garden Millennium Foundation.


Hertford College, Oxford (1981 BA Jurisprudence, 1st class; 1982 BCL).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Elvin QCLandmark ChambersAn excellent silk of note.

London Bar > Agriculture

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

David Elvin QCLandmark ChambersRecommended for agricultural matters.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Elvin QCLandmark ChambersHighly intelligent and experienced, he is an expert in planning, environmental and public law.

Landmark Chambers is ‘a place of calm and the barristers and clerks are really helpful and professional’. Members frequently act for government agencies, regulators, corporate clients and private individuals in diverse matters relating to air quality, access to environmental justice, waste, contaminated land, pollution, climate change, emissions trading, environmental permitting and regulation, habitats and species protection, and nuisance, among other issues. ‘It is our “go-to” chambers – in my mind, the leading planning set at the moment‘, remarks one client. Another notes that ‘the clerks take the extra step in trying to build relationships‘. David Elvin QC acted for the government in Preston New Road Action Group v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, concerning the lawfulness of the decision to undertake exploratory drilling preparatory to fracking. James Maurici QC is defending five judicial reviews against the Airports National Policy Statement under the Planning Act 2008 relating to the proposed new runway at Heathrow Airport.