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Robert McCracken QC is a leading public, planning and environmental lawyer. He appears at all levels from the European Court of Justice to magistrates courts and planning inquiries. His wide experience includes the petrochemical industry, renewable and conventional power, water, retail and transport sectors, waste and contaminated land and statutory nuisance. He represents a wide range of clients including multinationals, utilities, regulators, planning authorities, community groups and individual citizens.


Qualified 1973, Lincoln’s Inn. Publications of note: co-author of ‘Statutory Nuisance Law & Practice’ (Bloomsbury 3rdEd 2012); ‘SEA, EIA, and AA Present Position: Where Are We Now?’ [ 2010] JPEL 1515; ‘Infrastructure planning commission: Challenge or Opportunity?’ [2010] JPEL Occasional Paper 37; Alternative Sites in Planning Law (2010] JPEL 852; ‘The Aarhus Convention’ [2003] JPL 802; ‘Article 8, Gypsies and Some Remaining Problems after South Buckinghamshire’ [2003] JPL 382; ‘Standing and Fundamental Rights: a South Asian Perspective’ [2002] JR 172.


Secretary planning and Environmental Bar Association 1992-94; chairman UK Environmental Law Association 1995-97.


Worcester College, Oxford (MA).

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Robert McCracken QC

Francis Taylor Building

A standout practitioner who really knows his stuff.

Covering all aspects of environmental regulation and the crossover between environmental law and land use planning, as well as common law and criminal environmental liability, Francis Taylor Building handles matters for large corporates, developers, statutory regulators, environmental action groups and individuals. ‘For this area of law, it is pre-eminent, with very good strength in depth,‘ remarks one client. ‘Fantastic chambers, my “go-to” set for planning and compulsory purchase matters‘, says another who notes that the clerks are ‘always helpful, polite and very responsive‘. The vast majority of members practice environmental law, including Robert Mccracken QC, who acted for the applicants in Shirely v Secretary of State CLG, a key case regarding the government’s duties when making decisions likely to result in breaches of air quality limit values. Also of note, in Severnside Distribution Land Limited v South Gloucestershire CouncilNed Westaway handled a judicial review claim against a decision to grant hazardous substances consent for a liquefied petroleum gas site.