Profile

I have been a barrister since 1986 working and directly with clients since 2006. I am also a mediator.

Areas of expertise / Practice Areas 
My main work areas are advising, assisting and appearing for clients in planning and property disputes (boundaries/trespass/nuisance and easements/covenants). I spent half a year helping run a property development and construction company.

I have appeared in the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court), the High Court, County Courts, Lands Tribunal (now Upper Tribunal) and before HMLR adjudicators as well as in mediations involving my specialisms. I appear regularly at public inquiries and hearings on planning and enforcement appeals as well as EIPs and in both the criminal and civil courts.

I am instructed in development cases ranging from domestic matters to commercial/industrial (such as retail, office, leisure and hotel projects) and larger scale residential projects. In disputes involving boundaries and rights of way, I travel all over the country to give advice and, when necessary, to appear in court and mediations on behalf of private and commercial clients.

My work with public/direct access clients has included helping them to issue proceedings in judicial review, High Court challenges including injunctions and appearing in the county court and Upper Tribunal on land disputes from the HM Land Registry.

I speak regularly across the country to audiences of lawyers, other professionals, local authorities and developers on matters related to both substantive and procedural planning law and development issues including preparing for and participating effectively in planning appeals.

Client base
I work directly with individuals, companies and organisations (as well as working with private clients, local authorities and other statutory bodies through solicitors in the traditional way).

Approach
My approach to any case is to make a positive difference. I like to become fully involved as early as possible (time permitting) in cases to ensure its best possible presentation. I am used to leading from the front but in conjunction with a client's team (if there is one). I frequently assist litigants in person who are unfamiliar with the legal process. I work quickly and strive to ensure that as a professional I add value to any dispute or project, always willing to go the extra mile to achieve the right result for clients. I endeavour to direct all cases to a practical and commercial conclusion and, as far as professionally and humanely possible, make myself available to suit the needs of my clients. I understand that working with a barrister in the world of litigation or simply seeking advice can be daunting but my approach is to help clients unfamiliar with this understand what is happening, what their options are and importantly what are the likely costs and timescales involved.

I realise that when working directly with clients that there is often a need to communicate outside normal office hours as well as, sometimes, urgently. Therefore I try to accommodate my clients' needs when communicating about a case.

Due to professional commitments and the fact that this site does not automatically pass on messages, I might not respond immediately to any enquiry but will do so ASAP. The more information that I can be provided with at the beginning, the quicker I can assess whether I can help you.

Examples of cases I've been involved with include:-

Allen v SoS & Stratford-on-Avon DC [2012] EWHC 671 (Admin) Reasons challenge including misapplication of PPG2 & development plan policies re siting of mobile home in green belt

Bravebyte Ltd (t/a London Equestrian Centre) v. First Sec. Of State [2004] PLSCS 50 Development in green belt
Changeinvest Limited v Erika Meta Rosendale-Steinhusen [2004] EWHC 264 (Ch) Right of way & precedent conditions

Elcock & Elcock v. Newham LBC (1996) 71 P.&C.R. 575 Blight notice

Georgiou v. SoS & Lambeth BC [2011] EWCA Civ 775 Reasons challenge & failure to deal with expert noise evidence

Hair v. Gilman (2000) WL 510 (CA 17th February 2000) Temporary permission for parking converted into permanent easement under s.62 of the Law of Property Act 1925 when landlord conveyed to tenant

Hinde v. Rugby BC & SSCLG [2011] EWHC 3684 Period for challenging development plan
Islam v. SSCLG & Tower Hamlets LBC (HC 4th May 2012) (not yet reported) Whether large umbrellas used as canopy within meaning of development & appealing enforcement notice refusal to grant permission where no challenge on legal grounds

London Borough of Tower Hamlets v. Secretary of State for the Environment & London Galvanizers Ltd 31st January 1989 (unreported) Validity of planning condition affecting use of highway

Majorpier Ltd v. Secretary of State for the Environment & Southwark LBC (1990) 59 P.&C.R. 453 Failure to adjourn inquiry & natural justice

Melton v. Uttlesford District Council; R. (on the application of Thomas Melton) v. Uttlesford District Council [2009] EWHC 2845 (Admin) Taxi licence challenges

Newham London Borough Council v. Secretary of State for the Environment & Daniel (1995) 70 P & CR 288 Effect of s.54A of TCPA 1990

Perlman v. Rayden [2004] EWHC 2192 (Ch) (7th October 2004) Easements for repair & rights of way

R. v. Secretary of State for the Environment, ex p. Collins [1989] E.G.C.S. 15 Definition of curtilage 

Re Poulton’s Application (1992) 65 P.&C.R. 319 Discharge of section 52 agreement

R. v. St Albans DC ex p David Weston (on behalf of St Albans Taxi Drivers Association ‘98) 19th January 2000 (unreported) Judicial review of deregulation of hackney carriage licences

R. (on the applications of Holding & Barnes plc & Premier Leisure UK Ltd ) v. Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport & the Regions [2001] 2 W.L.R. 1389 Human rights challenge to lawfulness of call-in powers, aka the ‘Alconbury cases’

R. (on the application of Mr & Mrs Rungay) v. SSCLG, Corderoy & Rochford DC [2014] EWHC 627 (Admin) High hedge challenge

Rochford District Council v. Secretary of State for the Environment & Sargant 17th February 1989) (unreported) Effect of Green Belt policy on extensions to dwellings

Stanley v. Rawlinson [2011] EWCA Civ 405 Experts’ duties in negligence claim relating to rebuilding wall that collapsed in high winds

Stratford Upon Avon District Council v. Dyde [2009] EWHC 3011 (Admin) Over-charging taxi fare & excluding unfair evidence in criminal trial

Syed Shahid v. Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government [2008] EWHC 2080 (Admin) Effect of future impact where long existing unlawful use

Tewkesbury BC v. 1. Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government 2. Comparo Ltd 3. Welbeck Strategic Land LLP [2013] EXHC 286 (Admin) Meaning & effect of localism under the Localism Act 2011

Thurrock Borough Council v. Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport & the Regions & Terry Holding [2003] EWHC 3138 Unlawful change of use of airfield & incidental aviation purpose to dwelling house

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