John Hunter


Admin, Public Law and Local Government

Manchester

36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082

Leeds

5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123

Birmingham

Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
William Brown
Mark Ronson


Admin, Public Law and Local Government

John is recommended as a leading junior in adminstrative & public law by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. He appears regularly in public law cases before the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal. Specific areas of expertise include: education, housing, prison law, immigration and asylum, human rights, highways law.

John is appointed to the Attorney General’s Civil Panel. Between 2004-2005 he was judicial assistant to Lord Nicholls and Lord Rodger in the House of Lords.

Significant Reported Cases

R (Piffs Elm) v. Tewkesbury Borough Council [2016] EWHC (Admin) – local government; apparent bias; alternative remedies.

R (Jedwell) (No.2) v. Denbighshire County Council [2016] EWHC 458 (Admin); [2016] 2 CMLR 49; [2016] Env LR 24 – environmental impact assessment; cross-examination; reasons; discretion as to relief.

R (Edwards) v. Flintshire County Council [2016] EWHC 459 (Admin); [2016] ELR 208 – school closure; consultation; discretion as to relief.

R (Jedwell) v. Denbighshire County Council [2015] EWCA Civ 1232; [2016] Env LR 17; [2016] JPL 459; [2016] PTSR 715l [2014] EWHC 1633 (Admin); [2015] Env LR D2 – environmental impact assessment; cross-examination; duty to give reasons; discretion as to relief.

R (Robert Hitchins Ltd) v. Worcestershire County Council [2015] EWCA Civ 1060 – judicial review; declarations; section 106 agreements.  

R (Kelton) v. Wiltshire County Council [2015] EWHC 2853 (Admin) – local government; apparent bias; Habitats Directive; listed buildings and conservation.

R (MRH Solicitors Ltd and others) v. The County Court Sitting at Manchester [2015] EWHC 1795 (Admin) – judicial review; fraud; fairness; article 6 ECHR.

R (Williams) v. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and RWE Power [2015] EWHC 1202 (Admin) – time limits; ouster; environmental impact assessment; Habitats Directive.

R. (Newhaven Port & Properties Ltd) v. East Sussex County Council [2015] UKSC 7; [2015] 2 WLR 601; [2013] 3 WLR 1389; [2013] 3 All ER 677; [2013] 2 P & CR  8; [2013] EWCA Civ 276 – local government;  town and village greens; byelaws; statutory undertakers.

R (Redrow Homes North West Ltd) v. Knowsley Borough Council [2014] EWCA Civ 1433; [2015] 1 WLR 386; [2015] 2 All ER 228; [2015] RTR 12; [2015] BLGR 42; (2014) 158(43) SJLB 49 – judicial Review; local government; highways; section 38 agreements.

Harrogate Borough Council v. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and another [2014] EWHC 1506 (Admin); [2014] JPL 1040 – statutory review; service of documents; extension of time; relief from sanctions in public law cases.

R (AA Iran) v. Upper Tribunal [2012] EWHC 1784 (Admin) – judicial review; immigration; best interests of the child; Reception Directive; duty to trace.

R (Elvington Park Ltd & Anor) v. York Crown Court [2011] EWHC 2213 (Admin) [2012] Env LR 10; [2011] L.L.R. 833; [2012] J.P.L. 173; [2011] A.C.D. 121 – judicial review; local government; appeal by case stated; statutory nuisance; fairness; article 6 ECHR.

R (Holdsworth) v. The Parole Board [2011] EWHC 2924 (Admin) – judicial review; fairness; right to an oral hearing.


Profile

 

John is recommended as a leading junior by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 in adminstrative & public law and planning law. He also features in Planning Magazine’s list of the top rated junior planning barristers nationally. He has appeared in a number of leading cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

John is appointed to the Attorney General’s Civil Panel. Between 2004-2005 he was judicial assistant to Lord Nicholls and Lord Rodger in the House of Lords.

Year of call: 2002
 

Areas of Expertise 
  • Administrative, Public Law and Local Government
  • Planning & Environment

 

Recommendations

Chambers & Partners

Legal 500

Planning Magazine

"He is very professional and his written work is very good. He understood and clarified our position perfectly and was able to summarise it in a really concise and clear manner that put our case across perfectly." "He is a very good advocate to work with, and has an incredibly good memory and a genuine interest and enthusiasm about the law and its detail." (Chambers and Partners UK, 2017)

"Very good advocate." "He is very, very straightforward. In terms of working with him, he is very reassuring. You know that he will support you." "Incredibly good memory and a genuine interest and enthusiasm about the law and its detail." (Chambers and Partners UK, 2017)

‘He has an excellent courtroom presence.’ (Legal 500, 2017)

"He is always fully on board with us, is really quick-thinking and able to predict where a case is going." "The biggest benefit he brings is his ability to liaise with the client and understand what the client's requirements are." (Chambers and Partners UK, 2016)

“Academically and practically effective.” (Legal 500, 2015)

"His advocacy in court is relaxed, but very effective. He asks pertinent questions that cut through any line of defence.” “He is bright, intellectual and enthusiastic.” “He's extremely bright, and when dealing with clients and solicitors he's always able to listen and then formulate the best possible case.” “He provides clear and concise advice to clients, and he's very approachable.” (Chambers and Partners UK, 2015)

“Recognised for his handling of appeals and challenges in a range of legal spheres including planning and environment, immigration law and prison law” (Chambers and Partners UK, 2014)

“Modest and approachable.” (Legal 500, 2014)

“Instructing solicitors report being ‘absolutely delighted’ with his performance, saying that ‘he is very logical in the way he approaches a case, and he won't let go of points without a fight.’” (Chambers and Partners UK, 2013)

Memberships 

Planning and Environmental Law Bar Association

Administrative Law Bar Association

Northern Administrative Law Association

Appointments

Attorney General’s Regional Panel (Civil)

Qualifications

John attended secondary school and sixth form college in the north-east. He studied Philosophy and Spanish Literature (BA Hons First Class & Gibbs Prize – The Queen’s College, Oxford University). He studied European Literature as a postgraduate (MSt. Distinction – The Queen’s College Oxford University) before deciding to convert to law (CPE Commendation – Northumbria University). He studied for the bar in London (BVC Very Competent – Inns of Court School of Law) and was awarded a Sir Thomas More scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn.

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