Ian enjoys an extensive national planning and public law practice. He is highly rated, consistently featuring in Planning’s list of top-rated junior barristers. He appears for both developers and local planning authorities at inquiries for housing, employment, retail, energy and waste schemes. He also appears at development plan examinations (both promoting and objecting to draft plans), and at CPO inquiries (as well as proceedings in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) dealing with compensation issues arising out of compulsory purchase). On top of his busy inquiry practice, he appears in the High Court on judicial reviews, statutory planning challenges, and injunctive proceedings.
A few examples of recent inquiry experience include;
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Year of call: 1993
"PEBA, of which he is a member of the Committee".
BA(Hons), LLM (distinction)
Legal 500 2020
"His practice includes planning inquiries and judicial reviews of planning decisions."
Chambers UK 2020
"He is a clear and pragmatic adviser." "He can turn his hand to anything. He's really good to deal with and is QC quality." "He is first rate – user-friendly and very practical."
Chambers UK 2019
"An excellent advocate. He is quick-thinking on his feet, very switched-on, very personable and enthusiastic. He gives you his time and focus."
Legal 500 2019
"A very quick thinker on his feet."
Chambers UK 2018
"Approachable, proactive and friendly in his approach. He always delivers in a timely manner." "A clear and pragmatic adviser. He is hands on and a great team player."
Legal 500 2018
"A very polished and accomplished advocate."
Chambers UK 2017
"He is quite formidable in his intellectual capacity and approach to jobs. The insight he brings reduces complex cases to quite simple points. Intellectually he is very good and he has an easy charm about him." "He is an excellent advocate who is quick-thinking on his feet."
Legal 500 2017
"Excellent at managing difficult issues and a strong team leader."
Chambers UK 2016
"A clear and pragmatic adviser who is a great team player." "An excellent advocate who thinks quickly on his feet."
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