Horatio is an experienced advocate. He has appeared on several occasions before the High Court in connection with planning judicial reviews, statutory challenges and enforcement proceedings. Horatio’s planning advocacy experience also includes appearances before planning inspectors in inquiries, appeals and local plan examinations, as well as appearances before magistrates’ courts. Horatio’s other practice areas involve regular appearances in front of the Crown Court (including the Old Bailey), the magistrates’ court, licensing committees and the First-Tier Tribunal on behalf of operators, the Metropolitan Police, local authorities and other clients. In addition, Horatio has considerable experience providing written opinions to clients on planning, environmental, infrastructure, licensing and police law matters.
Recent work includes:
- Cherry Lodge, Iron Acton, Horatio appeared as sole counsel on behalf of a planning authority in a three day inquiry into two enforcement notices issued on a site in South Gloucestershire, which culminated in applications for costs on both sides.
- Agri-Tech Park, Hinxton, Horatio appeared as junior counsel on behalf of a planning authority in a four-week planning inquiry concerning the development of a substantial agri-tech park in South Cambridgeshire.
- Various Claimants v Secretary of State for Transport (Heathrow Runway 3)  EWHC CO/2760;  CO/3071;  3089/2018;  3147/2018;  3149/2018, instructed in this landmark case concerning a third runway at Heathrow as proposed by the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS). Horatio is instructed as junior counsel by the Secretary of State to assist defending various judicial review challenges against the ANPS.
- Tewkesbury Borough Council v Secretary of State and Others  EWHC 406, Horatio appeared on behalf of a local planning authority as junior counsel to James Pereira QC in a High Court case concerning the interpretation of the NPPF policies regarding the calculation of five year housing land supply.