AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Stephanie has a busy practice in planning and local government which includes all areas of planning work from court challenges and inquiries to prosecutions. She acts for a variety of public and private sector clients and is qualiﬁed to accept instructions via public access.
Stephanie is consistently ranked as one of the top planning juniors nationally. Chambers and Partners describes her as “a rising star of the Planning Bar” and Legal 500 states that she is “a superb barrister, highly intelligent and quick to grasp the issues, an excellent advocate, tenacious and thorough”
Planning court work, JR and injunctions
Stephanie regularly appears in the Planning Court and Queen’s Bench Division. She has experience of both bringing and defending proceedings including successfully defending challenges to Councils’ decisions to grant planning permission and in bringing claims against such decisions. She has several ongoing cases in the High Court due to report in 2021.
Recent cases include:
R (Asda Stores) v Leeds City Council  EWCA Civ 32 –
R (Thompson) v Gwynedd Council
Dunne v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Care (UK) Ltd v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
R (Bedford Estates Bloomsbury) v LB Camden
successfully representing a neighbourhood forum in relation to a challenge to the decision to send the plan to referendum – R(Legard) v RBKC  EWHC 32 (Admin)
successfully representing LB Southwark in an application for a high court injunction – LB Southwark v Hadjimina  EWHC 510 (QB)
successfully representing Tonbridge and Malling BC in their applications to obtain an injunction and then later to commit the defendants for breach of that injunction – Tonbridge and Malling BC v Smith & Others
successfully representing South Bucks DC and ensuring that permission was refused to challenge a decision to grant planning permission for a housing scheme
successfully challenging a number of TPOs made by LPAs via s.288 of the TCPA 1990
Stephanie has a particularly busy practice in obtaining High Court injunctions on behalf of local authorities. Stephanie has thus far been successful in obtaining every injunction sought including seeking to halt the creation of Gypsy and Traveller sites and prevent unauthorised works to listed buildings.
Stephanie has experience and accepts instructions in relation to a variety of major infrastructure projects including those proceeding via all main consenting regimes i.e through Parliament, under the 2008 Act and TWAOs. She therefore has experience of a wide variety of infrastructure projects and the resulting compulsory purchase of land:
Stephanie has experience of CPOs and compensation matters proceeding in the Upper Tribunal. She is currently providing ongoing advice to Blackpool Council in relation to a major town centre CPO to deliver the regeneration of an allocated site for mixed uses including three indoor theme parks of national significance.
As part of Stephanie’s work with a London local authority she has regularly advised the council in relation to their ongoing large redevelopment andCPO schemes. She has also advised and assisted a number of landowners in relation to objections to compulsory purchase schemes, compensationmatters and counter notices.Additionally, Stephanie assisted Guy Roots QC in the Court of Appeal hearing of Lancaster City Council v Thomas Newall Ltd  EWCA Civ 802relating to compensation awarded by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) for disturbance following compulsory acquisition of land.
Stephanie has a busy specialist tree practice after initially working closely with Charles Mynors prior to his appointment to the Law Commission. Stephanie has been successful in challenging a number of TPOs on behalf of developer clients via s.288 challenges where the TPOs were preventing the development of important sites. Stephanie has also successfully represented a number of defendants being prosecuted by LPAs in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts for carrying out works to trees on their land and regularly advises on all areas where trees interact with the development of land.
She has previously spoken at the Arboricultural Association annual conference on this niche area and has been invited to do so again in 2018. She is also a member and contributor to the UKTC online forum and regularly provides training to tree oﬃcers and arboricultural consultants.
Stephanie has advised both individuals and planning authorities on compensation, the extent of historic tree preservation orders, the removal of protected trees and the recovery of compensation for damage to trees on behalf of local authorities using the CAVAT system.
Village Greens and Commons
Stephanie has represented both applicants and objectors to village green applications including at inquiry. Most recently, Stephanie successfully acted for a Council seeking to resist the registration of an area of adopted highway verge as a town or village green and has previously successfully represented a Council resisting registration of a Council-run sports ground.
Whilst under the supervision of Philip Petchey, Stephanie attended both Court of Appeal hearings in the matter of Newhaven Port and Properties v East Sussex CC  EWCA Civ 276 and  EWCA Civ 673 and assisted with the grounds of appeal to the Supreme Court.
Stephanie has particular experience of large scale projects including power stations, rail and road projects and energy schemes. She has successfully represented appellants, local authorities and statutory consultees as sole counsel and as junior both at planning inquiries and hearings including:
successfully representing Theatres Trust in relation to the proposed redevelopment of a listed cinema on Shaftesbury Avenue, London
representing Bolton Council at a called-in inquiry concerning a large logistics development in the Green Belt
representing a developer at linked appeals in Basildon which would collectively see the redevelopment of the whole town centre including several tall buildings, thousands of homes and commercial floor space
advising a Sussex authority in relation to their emerging local plan
successfully representing Sport England at a major inquiry into proposed development of playing fields for an extra care scheme.
Stephanie has also provided written advice and advice in conference in relation to a wide range of planning matters including CIL charging schedules, neighbourhood plans including advising clients and drafting objections, local plans including the lawful adoption of DPDs and SPDs and various aspects of the GPDO and 1990 Act.
Stephanie’s ongoing work includes representing a housebuilder at a large multi-disciplinary inquiry and several ongoing legal challenges in the High Court concerning major redevelopment projects in Manchester and London.
She has previously spoken at the Arboricultural Association annual conference on this niche area and has been invited to do so again in 2018. She is also a member and contributor to the UKTC online forum and regularly provides training to tree officers and arboricultural consultants.
Chambers UK 2021
"Client-friendly and understands the need to be commercial." "She is practical and knowledgeable and is a strong advocate." "She is very user-friendly and reassuring in her advice, particularly in relation to tree matters."
Legal 500 2021
"Stephanie is a superb barrister, highly intelligent and quick to grasp the issues, an excellent advocate, tenacious and thorough. She works hard to deliver the desired outcomes and understands the pressures that local authorities work under. She is also approachable and responsive and was as highly regarded by our instructing officers as by us lawyers."
Education and Qualifications
Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent), BPP Law School 2008
MA (Cantab) Law (II.I), Selwyn College, Cambridge University, 2007
Planning and Environment Bar Association
National Infrastructure Planning Association
Compulsory Purchase Association
Parliamentary Bar Mess
Women in Planning
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Paul Tucker QC and Stephanie Hall successful in London public house inquiry
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