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Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
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Clerked by:William Brown
Advising and appearing for and against Authorities involved in the promotion of highways and transportation projects. Promoted highways orders for the Secretary of State in 2003 and 2005, advised a County Authority in 2010 respect of objections to high speed rail links to Heathrow and in 2015 advised and appeared for Manchester United in respect of their representations to the Manchester Metro extension inquiry.
Significant Reported Cases
2016 : Objection to the confirmation of a CPO under planning powers in respect of a leisure building at Seaton Carew seafront adjoining conservation area.
2015: Advising Manchester United Limited in respect of representations to the Manchester Metro extension Inquiry.
2011: Advising Highways Agency on various development proposals in South West and have an impact on trunk road network, including at North West Quadrant Plymouth and Swindon Gateway. Appearing at Inquiry.
2010: Advising Surrey County Council in respect of “Airtrack “ proposals to extend high speed rail commuter services to Heathrow.
Specialist practitioner in planning and environmental law in which Gary is an experienced advocate and adviser. Gary is experienced in bringing and defending challenges to planning and environmental decisions in the Planning Court. Instructions in 2016 and 2017 include resisting procedural, environmental and policy challenges to the grant of planning permission to a Rugby Club, drafting grounds of resistance in a Statutory Challenge on the LPA’s understanding of affordable housing policy and the bringing of a challenge to the decision of the Secretary of State disagreeing with an Inspectors report on a major urban extension. Gary provides legal support to Plan Making Authorities including at EiP.
Gary has been instructed in a number of cases in the newly formed Planning Court, including successfully resisting a challenge by way of judicial review of the Lichfield Local Plan.
Gary has presented papers to specialist training events held by RTPI, NAPE, ACSeS, LLG and others and is a qualified Civil and Commercial Mediator.
Gary has a wide level of experience of government work from work on the AG’s Regional Panel and has experience of highways, land, environmental, enforcement, contractual and regulatory matters associated with planning and environmental law.
Year of Call: 1985
Areas of Expertise
- Public Law
Legal 500 2016
“ An excellent advocate with good interpersonal skills”
Legal 500 2015
"His advice is always concise, practical and solution-orientated”
Legal 500 2014
Member of PEBA
Attorney General’s Regional Panel 2002-2015
MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence
Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.