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John was called to the Bar in 1989 and was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of Treasury Counsel for seven years before taking Silk in 2010. John’s highly regarded domestic practice is complemented by a successful international practice encompassing planning and commercial work.
In the UK, John is a leading silk in the areas of town and country planning, environmental law, highways, compulsory purchase & compensation and administrative law. He also practices in a broad range of civil and commercial litigation matters including complex rating cases.
Chambers & Partners comments that John is “very, very astute, focused on the real commercial issues and a real problem solver” and a “very effective advocate, particularly in inquiries“. Legal 500 states that John “gives clear, confident advice at an early stage on the merits of a case”.
John regularly appears at public inquiries into development including housing, distribution warehousing, retail (food and non-food), town centre mixed use schemes, healthcare facilities, private householder development, purpose-built student accommodation, hotel development (including in the countryside), hostels, immigration appeal centres, football stadia, and motorway service areas.
His planning work also includes promoting infrastructure development such as strategic rail freight interchanges, renewable energy projects, guided busways, new roads and major highway improvement schemes. He advises on Development Consent Orders, development plans (including neighbourhood plans) and has recently appeared at numerous examinations in public. He has considerable experience across all aspects of planning enforcement.
John was an assistant editor of the Encyclopaedia of Planning Law and served for six years between 2000 and 2006 as the Treasurer of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association.