I am a qualified mediator accredited with the Civil Mediation Council. I have also been a barrister since 1986 including doing public access work since 2006. I even spent time a few years ago running a property development and construction company.
Areas of expertise / Practice Areas
As a mediator I can help in any dispute that the parties think I might be able to assist with and so understand that people want to know what my practice areas are when I work as a barrister (even though as a mediator it is not about knowing all about the law surrounding the dispute but about facilitating the resolution of the dispute and understanding how to make this happen).
At the Bar I specialise in town and country planning, real property, licensing (taxi and gangmaster work) and judicial review. I have appeared in the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court), the High Court, County Courts, Lands Tribunal (now Upper Tribunal) and before the H.M.L.R. adjudicator and in mediations involving my specialist topics and areas such as boundary disputes and rights of way, trespass and nuisance, restrictive covenants and building construction, taxi licensing and public law cases reviewing statutory authorities.
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 in relation to planning and land law cases. I advise on questions of planning (including viability), enforcement, boundaries, restrictive covenants, easements (especially rights of way) and judicial review.
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 access clients has included issuing judicial review, High Court challenges including injunctions and appearing in the county court and First-Tier 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.
I am regularly instructed directly on a public access (and licensed access) basis for individuals, companies and organisations (as well as working for both private clients, local authorities and other statutory bodies through solicitors).
My approach to any mediation is to help the parties reach a compromise that suits, as far as humanely possible, the needs of all involved. I obviously bring my experience as a barrister to help me help the parties assess the reality of what they are trying to achieve through the argument they are advancing.
Due to professional commitments I might not respond immediately to any enquiry but will do so ASAP. The more in formation that I can be provided with at the beginning the quicker I can assess whether I can help you.
Cases I've done as a barrister include:-
Allen v SoS & Stratford-on-Avon DC  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  PLSCS 50 Development in green belt
Changeinvest Limited v Erika Meta Rosendale-Steinhusen  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  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  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  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  EWHC 2192 (Ch) (7th October 2004) Easements for repair & rights of way
R. v. Secretary of State for the Environment, ex p. Collins  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  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  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  EWCA Civ 405 Experts’ duties in negligence claim relating to rebuilding wall that collapsed in high winds
Stratford Upon Avon District Council v. Dyde  EWHC 3011 (Admin) Over-charging taxi fare & excluding unfair evidence in criminal trial
Syed Shahid v. Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government  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  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  EWHC 3138 Unlawful change of use of airfield & incidental aviation purpose to dwelling house
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