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Ned Westaway

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Francis Taylor Building (Francis Taylor Building)

Work Department

  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Highways, rights of way, commons and village greens
  • Compensation, rating and land valuation
  • Public and local government law
  • Land and property law


Ned is instructed in a wide variety of work, in particular across all areas of planning and environmental law.

He is consistently rated as a leading junior by Chambers and Partners under Planning, Environment and Agricultural & Rural Affairs.  Ned is recognised as a leading junior by Planning magazine.  Who's Who Legal 2018 lists him as one of the most highly regarded juniors for environment law who is a "powerful advocate" and "a widely recognised rising star".

Ned regularly appears at public inquiries in planning, environmental and highways matters and has experience of advising on and appearing at examination hearings for major infrastructure projects. He has an active High Court practice and is on the Attorney General's B Panel of London counsel.  Recent work in the senior courts includes the Supreme Court (Dover DC v CPRE (Kent) [2017] UKSC 79), Court of Appeal (R (Lancashire CC) v SSEFRA [2018] EWCA Civ 721), Divisional Court (Webb v Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset [2017] EWHC 3311 (Admin)) and High Court (R (Usher) v Forest Heath DC [2017] EWHC 2511 (Admin) and Akhtar v SSCLG [2017] EWHC 1840 (Admin)).  Ned is a Trustee of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and is standing counsel for the Campaign for National Parks.  He regularly undertakes work pro bono and is accredited to take work on a direct public access basis. Ned is also a trustee of the Organic Research Centre.


  • Winner, UKELA Lord Slynn of Hadley senior mooting competition (2009 and 2010), on both occasions before Carnwath LJ
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn (2008)
  • LLM (environmental laws), University of London (2007)
  • DMH Stallard Prize for the best results on the Common Professional Examination (distinction) University of Sussex (2006)
  • BA Classics (first class degree), UCL (2004), recognised on the Dean's List
  • Brighton, Hove and Sussex VI Form College
  • Lewes Priory School

London Bar


Within: Leading Juniors

Ned Westaway - Francis Taylor Building ‘ A rising star in the agricultural space. ’

Within: Agriculture

Agricultural expertise for members of Francis Taylor Building encompasses town and village greens, right of way, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and the Highways Act 1980. The set provides an ‘excellent service’ and is ‘always able to provide a suitably qualified and experienced barrister when required’, according to clients. In one instruction of note, Ned Westaway is currently acting in R (Lancashire CC) v SSEFRA, a Court of Appeal case concerning a challenge to the registration of a school field as a town or village green.

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Within: Leading Juniors

Ned Westaway - Francis Taylor Building ‘ A real specialist, very bright and perceptive, his knowledge of the law is top-class and he will argue the case with vigour. ’

Within: Environment

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 Council, Ned Westaway handled a judicial review claim against a decision to grant hazardous substances consent for a liquefied petroleum gas site.

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Within: Leading Juniors

Ned Westaway - Francis Taylor Building ‘ Always great at delivering, he has an inquiring mind that chases down every possible route. ’

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