Craig Howell Williams QC specialises in planning, environment and related areas of public law. He is acknowledged as one of the leading practitioners in the field and has acted in some of the most high profile cases.
He represents developers and operators, local authorities, third parties and others at public inquiries and in a range of other tribunals. He is regularly involved in large planning/major infrastructure schemes such as proposals for urban extensions, new settlements, airport expansions, new road and rail schemes, and also in employment, leisure, retail and other commercial development projects.
His experience is extensive with versatility across many different kinds of legislative regime, including planning and infrastructure, DCOs and TWA orders, highways, heritage and listed buildings, compulsory purchase and compensation, Wildlife and Countryside legislation and outdoor advertising.
Craig is consistently rated as a leading planning silk in Chambers and Partners Directory and in Legal 500, as well as a top rated planning silk in the Planning Magazine Survey. In Chambers and Partners 2018 he was described as “a fantastic advocate and adviser. A go-to on planning and CPO matters” and in Legal 500 2018 as “intellectually smart and astute”.
Craig was appointed and served as Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel) and has since then appeared in a number of significant court cases.
Craig was appointed by the Secretary of State to serve as Lead Assistant Commissioner for the West Midlands region to hold hearings and report into proposals to modify Parliamentary constituency boundaries.
He was appointed by the National Procurement Service for Wales to its first panel of approved counsel to advise and appear for Welsh public sector organisations.
Craig is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator and a RICS Accredited Evaluative Mediator, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the RICS President’s Mediation Panel. He was also appointed to serve on the first DCLG’s Planning Mediation Services Panel. (See his separate mediation profile).