AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Piers has a varied planning, environment, licensing and highways practice. He is regularly instructed by local authorities, developers and the wider public in planning inquiries. He has also been instructed by both local authorities and developers at local plan and neighbourhood plan exams. He appears in the High Court on behalf of local authorities, and private companies or developers. He has also practiced on the Isle of Man on behalf of the Government.
He is instructed in enforcement proceedings which have ranged from defending Enforcement notices in front of Inspectors to justifying s.215 notices to the Magistrates. He has been involved in securing the relatively uncommon Planning Enforcement Order and litigation and prosecution arising from Tree Protection Orders. Piers has successfully appeared in both the County Court and High Court obtaining Planning Injunctions against unlawful development.
Piers regularly appears in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts on taxi and premises licence appeals. He has also prosecuted and defended environmental prosecutions both in the Magistrates and the Crown Court.
His highway practice has ranged from resisting a s.37 complaint against the public adoption of a highway, to working on a case involving the operation of a s.56 notice relating to the inadequate drainage of the highway, and to appearing at public rights of way and highway CPO public inquiries. Piers also advises on issues arising out of village green applications.
Piers has worked for both local authorities and objectors on Compulsory Purchase Orders. This has included helping local authorities put in place proper systems for bringing forward CPOs (from preparing to make the Order all the way to implementing a confirmed Order) and also appearing at CPO inquires, and dealing with the resulting compensation and References to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) for both claimants and local authorities. This has included successful CPOs under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Housing Act 1985 and Highway Act 1980.
Piers is qualified to accept Public Access work.
Piers carries out a number of training sessions for local authorities and developers on planning, enforcement, CPOs, public sector equality and licensing. He has also given talks at various conferences and RTPI events.
Prior to joining chambers, Piers spent a year with Richard Buxton Environment and Public Law Solicitors. This involved working on every part of the judicial review process from taking first inquiries to analysing judgments. Piers retains an active interest in working on planning cases involving environmental issues.
Year of call: 2016
Recent High Court appearances include:
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Environmental Law Foundation
Foundation Scholar: Queens’ College Cambridge
Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School (2015-2016): Very Competent
Graduate Diploma in Law, City University (2014-2015): Commendation
Archaeology and Anthropology BA Hons, University of Cambridge (2011-2014): First Class
Eton College 2005-2010
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