David Manley QC

Year of Call: 1981
Year of Silk: 2003



David has a busy specialist practice and includes in his clients several National House Builders; a leading provider of Sheltered Accommodation; a range of Institutional Developers of Commercial Property and a large National Restaurant Chain.

He advises on Village Green matters and regularly sits as an Inspector in non-statutory Inquiries.

His involvement in energy and waste projects is extensive having  promoted three Wind farms through inquiry in 2009. In 2010 he has promoted a 10MW Combined Heat and Power Plant at Barry Docks  through inquiry and advised on various others, and promoted two windfarms through inquiry. He is retained by Sellafield Plc in respect of ongoing planning issues.

Significant Reported Cases

Wainhomes (South West) LTD v SOSCLG and Wiltshire County Council [2013] EWHC 597

Hughes v South Lakeland DC [2014] EWHC 3979 (Admin)

R (on the application of Mid Counties Co-Operative LTD) v Forest of Dean DC [2014] EWHC 3059 (Admin)

Satnam Millennium LTD v Warrington BC [2015] EWHC 370 (Admin)

Recommendations  & Memberships

Chambers UK 2015

"He's thorough, and gets to the point, and doesn't always just tell you what you want to hear. He explains the law accurately and in an understandable way. He's very personable, so it is always a good experience working with him." "He is a very strong advocate. He's confident and excellent at cross-examination. He gets to the bottom of every case and knows the detail."

"He's incredibly intellectual but very approachable as well - he gives very commercial advice, he's quick to respond and he's a brilliant advocate. Very client-friendly." "He's the king of inquiries."

Legal 500 2015

"Approachable and easy to work with"

"He has a great presence in the inquiry forum, both as an advocate and as an inspector"

Chambers UK 2014

David's preparation is thorough and he has a very sound approach to the analysis of planning cases. He is balanced in his presentation of cases at appeal and provides thoughtful advice in conference.

He has a keen eye for detail and what really matters in a case; he's a very polished advocate. 

Chambers UK 2013

David Manley's QC practice covers all aspects of planning and environmental law work, and has a particular emphasis on the renewable energy sector. He is well known for his inquiry and judicial review work, and he recently appeared in the Todmorden public inquiry in relation to an application challenging the development of a wind farm.

David Manley QC is head of the planning team at the set and receives excellent client feedback for his "good knowledge" and the quality of his advocacy. "He has a good grip on the case before him and a certain commanding presence which puts people at ease. When he acts as an advocate he brings out a bit more of the terrier in him." Although primarily an inquiry practitioner, he also appears in judicial reviews on a regular basis.

Chambers UK 2012

David Manley acts for both public and private sector bodies in environment and planning cases, where his primary focus is on the energy and waste sectors. Ever even-handed, his recent work has included representing several wind farm developers as well as acting for residents opposing wind farm developments. "He is extremely good at taking a lot of information on board quickly to present a coherent argument," note those who instruct him.

..has worked on several renewable projects recently, including the release of land from a registered common to allow two wind farms to be built. Observers note that he is "highly accomplished, smooth and very polished on his feet."

Chambers UK 2010    David Manley QC is said to be,

"An excellent all-round advocate who is incredibly enthusiastic in the way he presents his case - his arguments are very energetic, while his advice is really practical and straightforward.  He draws praise for his work with the giants of the nuclear industry and has a strong track record in waste management proceedings. Extremely intelligent and a strong advocate".

Career & Education:

Year of Call:

Joined Chambers:




1981 (Inner Temple)



BA (Hons)


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