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Administrative & Local Government
Michael has significant experience in the field of judicial review. Challenges brought by Michael cover a broad range, including immigration and nationality matters, planning matters, environmental matters including developments such as windfarms and waste incinerators, and challenges to traditional local government and quasi-government decisions. He is currently involved in the judicial review of a local authority’s decision to change the traditional sodium street lighting in its area to LED lighting and has previously brought a challenge against the operators of several UK airports who sought to change the airside speeding penalty regime.
Significant Reported Cases
(on the application of Thangeswarajah) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 3288 (Admin) - Judicial review application relating to “fresh claims”, refused in the Administrative Court, successful in the Court of Appeal.
R(on the application of Castelli) v London Borough of Merton  EWHC 602 (Admin) – Successfully represented the Local Authority in the first reported case addressing the definition of a “hedge” under the “High Hedges” legislation.
Michael practises in the areas of town and country planning and compulsory purchase law, environmental and agricultural law, highways, local government and public and administrative law.
He has experience across a wide range of development types including residential schemes, commercial and industrial projects (including retail, office, leisure, hotel, landfill, waste incinerators, garden centres and equestrian centres). He has also advised on matters relating to wind turbines, village greens and rights of way and has petitioned the Cross-Rail Parliamentary Select Committee. He has significant expertise in matters relating to caravan and mobile home land use.
Michael spent fourteen years in the development industry, as an engineering geologist and latterly as a planning and environmental consultant. He dealt with a wide variety of matters including the design of complex foundation solutions, contaminated land remediation solutions and groundwater suppression measures.
He advised on such developments as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Heathrow Terminal 5, the Canary Wharf Development, a number of nuclear power stations and designed the innovative foundations for the Huddersfield Town FC stadium.
His previous career provides an obvious advantage when dealing with engineering and technical matters, particularly issues relating to contaminated land, landfill sites, flooding, heritage assets, habitats, species protection and highways.
Michael also advises in the wider field of public and administrative law, including immigration and nationality law. He regularly appears in the First Tier and Upper Tribunal, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal and has a number of noted cases (R. (on the application of Thangeswarajah) v SSHD  EWHC 3288 (Admin); E-A (Article 8: Best Interests of Child: Nigeria)  I.N.L.R. 273)
Michael enjoys cycling, running and swimming. He has completed over fifty half marathons, five marathons, four triathlons and the 2006, 2009 and 2012 Marathon des Sables, a 151 mile ultra-marathon across the Sub-Saharan desert.
Michael accepts Direct Public Access instructions.
Year of Call: 2002
Areas of Expertise
- Administrative & Local Government
- Environmental Law
Michael Rudd is ‘One of the leading authorities on Traveller cases.’ Legal 500 2017
Michael Rudd “…has a wide range of experience in development control matters” Legal 500 2015
Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA)
United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS)
BSc(Hons) Physics and Geology 1988
MSc (Dunelm) Advanced Engineering Geology 1989
LLM Environmental Law and Policy 2000
Diploma in Law (City University) 2001
Bar Vocational Course 2002