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The Chambers of Alexander Nissen QC
Keating Chambers


Charles Banner was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2004. He also has rights of audience in Northern Ireland (called 2010), the Dubai International Finance Centre Courts (Part II Registered 2015) and the Singapore International Commercial Court (Full Registered Foreign Lawyer 2017).

He has a broad practice covering a wide range of areas of law, falling principally within the following sectors:

  1. Urban development, infrastructure and energy – including the planning/development consent process and all aspects of planning law, environmental and other regulation, contracts & procurement, commercial litigation & arbitration and compulsory acquisition.
  2. Government and regulation – including all aspects of public sector and state activity, administrative and constitutional law, EU law, human rights, economic sanctions, environmental law, public procurement, regulatory law and public international law (including investor-state arbitration).

He has been ranked for several years by the main legal directories as one of the UK’s leading junior barristers in several areas of specialism. He has appeared numerous times (including as sole counsel) before the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the UNECE Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee. He also undertakes arbitration work both in the UK and internationally. His practice has a strong international dimension and he is the co-founder of Landmark Chambers International (see For his full resume please see (for UK work) and (for international work).


Pupillage at Landmark Chambers 2004-05. Judicial Assistant to the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords, 2005-06. In practice at Landmark Chambers 2006-present. College Lecturer in EU Law, Oriel & Lincoln Colleges, Oxford University, 2010-15. Member of Landmark Chambers Management Committee 2015-2017. Trustee and Council Member of UK Environment Law Association 2016-present. Author/editor of several publications including two books: ‘Off with their wigs!’ (Imprint Academic, 2003) on the establishment of the UK Supreme Court and ‘The Aarhus Convention: A Guide for UK Lawyers’ (Hart Publishing, 2015).


Working knowledge of French; basic Russian.


Attorney General’s A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown; Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Associate Member of the Hong Kong institute of Arbitrators; ADR Group Accredited Mediator; Administrative Law Bar Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Bar European Group; UK State Aid Law Association; Planning and Environment Bar Association; United Kingdom Environment Law Association; Society of English and American Lawyers; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


Lincoln College, Oxford (MA Classics, 2002); City University (Postgraduate Diploma in Law, 2003 – top 15% of the year); King’s College, London (Postgraduate Diploma in European Community Law, 2004 – Distinction, first in year); Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course 2004 – Outstanding, awarded Du Cann Memorial Prize for coming top of his year-group in advocacy); Chartered Institute of Abritrators (Advanced Certificate in International Arbitration, 2016 – mark of 91%)


Theatre, music, travel, long distance running, mountain climbing, viewing and collecting art.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Banner QCKeating Chambers Superb analysis, hard worker, particularly resilient under cross fire in court, excellent presentational skills in writing and orally, good with the clients.

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Banner QCKeating ChambersStrong and confident advocacy style. He has the ability to distill complex arguments into accessible statements.

London Bar > European Union law

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Banner QCKeating ChambersBeautifully written submissions, identifies very early on the most salient issues. Knows how to get the judges interested, never takes a bad point, and very collaborative. Not afraid to make his points under the time allocated to him during a hearing.

London Bar > Environment

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Banner QCKeating ChambersOne of the real all-round talents at the Bar, he is an adaptable practitioner with a very strong profile.

London Bar > Planning

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Banner QCKeating ChambersAbility to assimilate a great deal of material very quickly, ability to cut to the important and determinative issues quickly and formulate case strategy. Good bedside manner with clients.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Commercial set Keating Chambers is a leader in the field of construction, engineering, and energy disputes, as well as public procurement and professional negligence. Chambers has been strengthened by the arrival of Charles Banner QC from Landmark Chambers and John McMillan, formerly counsel at WilmerHale, as well as the elevation to silk of Krista Lee QC. Also of note, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, chambers pledged £20,000 through the Criminal Bar Association to secure an award for a criminal pupillage that would have otherwise been withdrawn due to financial pressures faced by criminal sets.