Sarah Clover


Planning

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
Gary Smith
Mark Ronson
Jake Brooke

Planning

Described as a Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Leading Junior 15/16 and "a real fighter", Sarah has extensive experience of working with developers and local authorities in all development and enforcement cases. Sarah has detailed experience of: Housing; Retail; Transport; Footpaths; Heritage issues; Waste and Recycling; HMO’s; Environmental issues; Minerals; ROMPs & Prohibition Orders; Protected Species; Listed Buildings Prosecutions; Magistrates’ & Crown Court. She is an expert in the cross over between planning and licensing.

Significant Reported Cases

Acted for Flintshire County Council at the Flintshire Unitary Development Plan Inquiry.

Staffordshire County Council, Cat & Kittens Lane, Featherstone, Staffordshire: Park & Ride and development of up to 1000 dwellings.

Gloucestershire County Council, Farm Lane, Leckhampton, Gloucestershire: 360 dwellings as part of a strategic allocation of up to 3000 dwellings in the RSS.

Acted for the Developer in relation to the regeneration of St Michael’s Industrial Quarter in Bridport.

Melap Singh –v- Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council (S. 288 Appeal). [For the Claimant]

Kirpal Singh v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Coventry City Council (s. 289 Appeal and Judicial Review). [For the Claimant]

R.F.Salvidge Farms Recycling Site (Waltet), Hampshire County Council: Strategic Waste Transfer / Recycling Facility (secured permanent permission at Inquiry). [For the Developer].

R (Gillespie) v Tewkesbury Borough Council and Kingsdell Properties Ltd (Admin)

The Bank, Wakefield v Home Office &West Yorkshire Police (2012). For The Bank. Consent Order from the Home Office and Police in Appellant’s favour.

Sahara Sandpit, Quarry & Landfill; Melksham 2012: (Certificate of Lawfulness waste recycling secured at Inquiry). For the Developer. Appeal allowed.

Land at Audley Avenue Newport, Telford 2012; Junior to Ian Dove QC; Application for Supermarket. [For the LPA]

Oakland International (Seafield Farm) Bromsgrove; Major international chilled storage and distribution centre in the Green Belt. For Bromsgrove District Council; 2014. Appeal refused.

St Christophers Drive & Oundle Bypass, Northamptonshire, Outline Application by Persimmon for 95 units. For the LPA; 2014. Appeal refused.

For the Developer. Thrupp Farm, Radley, Oxfordshire; Rare and complex appeal ( 5 day Inquiry) against a Prohibition Order; (ROMP) 2014. Prohibition Order not confirmed.

Bridgerow Ltd v Cheshire West & Chester Borough Council [2014] EWHC 1187 (Admin). For Bridgerow Ltd. Appeal allowed.

Pershore Road, Evesham, Worcestershire; BFP Developments LLP, outline up to 126 dwellings in a Strategic Gap. For Wychavon District Council; 2015. Appeal refused.

Tewkesbury Road, Bredon, Worcestershire; Gladman Developments Ltd, outline up to 98 units. Heritage issues. For Wychavon District Council; 2015. Appeal refused.

Land at Whitford Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire; Catesby Estates Ltd & Miller Homes Ltd; outline up to 490 dwellings. Transport issues. For Bromsgrove District Council, 2015. Appeal refused.


 

"An excellent advocate with a keen eye for detail, who is always willing to take on a challenge." "She is a formidable advocate and phenomenal at written work." "Very approachable, knowledgeable and easy to work with."

Chambers UK

Profile


Licensing

Sarah is one of the leading barristers in the country in Licensing, acting for a wide range of clients. She has been involved in some of the most important cases in the last decade, and is a pioneer in this modern licensing regime. Sarah has been successfully involved in challenging the Home Office and Police forces to settle statutory interpretation of the Licensing Act 2003. She is nationally recognised as an expert in this field. Sarah is Chair of the West Midlands Region of the Institute of Licensing, and sits on the Board of Directors. Sarah Clover was the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 from June 2016 to March 2017.
 

Planning

In planning, Sarah has extensive experience of working with local authorities and developers in all development and enforcement cases. She regularly appears at planning inquiries, hearings, prosecutions and appeals, including the High Court. She has had notable successes, and is described as “feisty” and “a real fighter”.

Sarah brings a particular edge in advocacy to her regulatory work, born of her long experience, prosecuting at Grade 4. She is a formidable advocate.

Sarah is a qualified and accredited Mediator.

Sarah has an established High Court practice, and is experienced in public law matters.

Sarah is a Public Access Barrister.

Sarah is instructed nationally by consultants, solicitors, private developers and local authorities, in all aspects of development and enforcement.

 

Year of Call: 1993

Areas of Expertise
  • Licensing
  • Mediation
  • Planning

Memberships

Institute of Licensing (Chair of West Midlands Region, and Board Member)

PEBA

Civil Mediation Council

 

Qualifications

1991 BA (hons) Jurisprudence, Merton College, Oxford

1992 Master's Degree LLM, University of Pennsylvania Law School, USA (Potts Scholar, Ivy League, USA)

1990 Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship

1991 Sir Thomas More Award

1993 Inns of Court Studentship

1993 Kennedy Scholarship

Sir Thomas More Award

Pupillage Award

Denning Society (Society of Scholars of Lincoln's Inn)

 

Recommendations

Sarah Clover was the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 from June 2016 to March 2017

Report Paragraph 12. Acknowledgements

“During the course of our inquiry we have been fortunate to have as our specialist adviser Sarah Clover. She is a barrister whose encyclopaedic knowledge of licensing, planning and regulatory law has been invaluable to us. We are most grateful to her for her exceptional contribution to our work.”

Chambers UK 2018

"She does her homework. She knows everything there is to know, so she doesn't miss a trick. She's in there like a flash." "First choice for high-profile and complex licensing challenges outside of London." 

"Hard-working, diligent and a colourful advocate." "She gets straight to the point."

Chambers UK 2017

"An excellent advocate with a keen eye for detail, who is always willing to take on a challenge." "She is a formidable advocate and phenomenal at written work." "Very approachable, knowledgeable and easy to work with."

"Her sense of humour, professionalism, confidence and unquestionable planning expertise just shine through." "A very good team player who gels excellently with everyone. She is very organised and a very good advocate."

Chambers UK 2016

"She is tenacious, conscientious and down-to-earth, as well as being completely and utterly expert."

"Fantastic - she is proactive and user-friendly."

"She is experienced, conscientious, committed and pragmatic. She is a really safe pair of hands, and is prepared to fight the client's corner tooth and nail."

Chambers & Partners 15/16

Licensing – Midlands: Notable Practitioners

Sarah Clover of Kings Chambers 
Strengths: "She is tenacious, conscientious and down-to-earth, as well as being completely and utterly expert." "Fantastic - she is proactive and user-friendly."

Planning – Midlands: Notable Practioners

Strengths: "She is experienced, conscientious, committed and pragmatic. She is a really safe pair of hands, and is prepared to fight the client's corner tooth and nail."

Legal 500 2018

‘An expert in licensing law.’

‘A fierce advocate, who is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Tenacious and never afraid to fight a client’s corner.’

Legal 500 2017

‘A very able and hardworking barrister.’

‘Has a phenomenal reputation. She has serious attention to detail allied with thorough knowledge and a pragmatic approach.’

‘She has a phenomenal reputation and will fight to the end for a client.’

Legal 500 “Leading Juniors” 15/16

Legal 500

Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Sarah Clover - Kings Chambers ‘The top licensing barrister outside of London, without a doubt.’

Sarah Clover - Kings Chambers ‘A real fighter.’

Construction, planning and environment – Leading juniors -

Sarah Clover - Kings Chambers ‘She has an excellent eye for detail.’

Legal 500 'Leading Juniors' 14/15 –

Planning & Environment: "A real fighter";
Licensing: "Very approachable; a good legal brain".

Chambers & Partners 14/15: "She is very helpful, approachable and always on hand to advise us." "She's really feisty, incredibly knowledgeable and well researched, and knows her case law really well."

Chambers & Partners 13/14: "Widely noted for tenacity in court and keen dissection of police evidence"; "A rising star". 

"A safe pair of hands with excellent client care skills." "Approachable, knowledgeable and very impressive." 

C&P 12/13: "Gets an excellent press from everybody". 

"Making a name for herself in the world of licensing"

Sarah is an expert in the Hospitality & Leisure Industry.

She is Chair of the West Midlands Region, Institute of Licensing.

 

Chambers UK Logo 2016

 

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