Mr Christiaan Zwart > Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright QC and Richard Harwood QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright QC and Richard Harwood QC
39 Essex Chambers

Work Department

Planning and infrastructure; CPO; environmental; administrative, VAT and green tax; commercial property and construction.


Christiaan has an extensive practice in planning, environmental, public and local government law. He regularly represents developers, local authorities, government agencies including the Environment Agency, DEFRA, DECC, Highways Agency and the Secretary of State and Cabinet Office. He has a great deal of experience at planning inquiries and hearings; at DCO, CPO and TWA hearings; at High Court challenges, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords (Supreme Court). He also has experience in other jurisdictions including Hong Kong and Jersey. As a planning barrister Christiaan has considerable experience in residential housing development. Recent instructions include advising on the largest urban extension into an AONB. As a viability and CIL barrister Christiaan has particular expertise. He was appointed in 2010 to the Attorney General’s B Panel against ‘unprecedented’ competition. His other areas of practice include Tax where is has appeared in numerous First-tier Tribunals, the Upper Tier Tax Tribunal and the High Court, both for and against HMRC, and in Rating hearings. As a residential VAT specialist Christiaan has particular expertise in development financial disputes. As a commercial barrister and development disputes he has appeared in adjudications, arbitrations and the High Court. Important recent cases include acting for: Exxon Mobil Power Limited, Total Gas and QPI Global Ventures Limited promoting a DCO using the Rochdale Approach for a new 500 MWe combined heat and power plant in Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park next to Milford Haven LNG Terminal; Government on Thames Tideway Tunnel DCO; and for the Environment Agency at Hinkley Point 2 DCO. He also successfully promoted the Rathbone Market CPO for Newham Council to secure Olympic legacy regeneration benefits. Judicial review cases include R(oao Manchester Ship Canal Co. Ltd) v Environment Agency [2013] All ER(D) 188 (May). Numerous VAT cases include London College of Computing v HMRC [2014] STC 404; & direct tax cases include Trustees of David Zetland Settlement v HMRC [2013] UKFTT 284 (TC).




Abingdon School; Newcastle University (double first in Architectural Studies); City University, London (CPE).


Property development, art and cinema.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Planning

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Christiaan Zwart39 Essex ChambersA team player who is skilled at understanding technical issues quickly.

A leading set for planning‘, 39 Essex Chambers includes members instructed to assist with all manner of infrastructure and house-building projects. The plans for Heathrow’s third runway, and aviation in general, has been a key source of work for the set, with Stephen Tromans QC representing Transport for London and John Steel QC representing Heathrow Hub; Steel also advised Plymouth City Council on the re-opening of its airport. Paul Stinchcombe QC represented New World Payphones in a test case concerning the use of permitted development rights to install what are described as “telephone kiosks”, which feature large advertising displays. In the junior ranks, Christiaan Zwart is instructed by the States of Jersey to promote a proposed new hospital in St. Helier. James Strachan QC and Jonathan Darby act for United Utilities in proposals for the first compulsory purchase using section 155 of the Water Industry Act 1991.

London Bar > Environment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Christiaan Zwart39 Essex ChambersA big name in environmental law.