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Hereward Phillpot QC took silk in 2015, and has rapidly become recognised as one of the foremost practitioners at the planning and environmental bar.  Chambers and Partners ranks Hereward as a leading planning silk, and the Planning Law Survey ranks him as one of the top ten highest rated planning silks overall and the second highest rated silk for infrastructure work.

As a junior, the Chambers and Partners guide consistently rated him as a ‘Star Individual’ junior in the field of planning, including him in the Chambers 100 UK Bar List of the top juniors, and naming him ‘Junior Barrister of the Year’ in environment and planning. Before taking silk, Hereward was a member of the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel of Junior Counsel, having previously served on both the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Panels.

Hereward specialises in planning and environmental law, judicial review and statutory challenge. Regularly appearing in public inquiries, hearings into Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, and the higher Courts, he acts on behalf of the Government, developers, local planning authorities and third parties. He has particular expertise and experience in dealing with Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (including energy generation and transmission, waste water, carbon capture and storage, and transport schemes) and other major strategic developments such as airports, sustainable urban extensions, large housing and employment schemes, and in Administrative Court litigation


Called 1997, Gray’s Inn (Prince of Wales scholar); junior counsel to the Crown (A Panel); QC 2015.


Planning and Environment Bar Association; Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association; National Infrastructure Planning Association.


Queen Elizabeth I Grammar School, Alford; University of York (BA Hons History 1st, 1995); City University (Dip Law, 1996); King’s College, London (Dip EC Law, 1998).


Cycling, skiing, running, fishing.

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Hereward Phillpot QC

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Enviably good when it comes to development consent orders.