AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Giles Cannock QC is one of the highest-ranked Planning Barristers in the country. He has spent his entire practising career with Kings Chambers. He is a very well-regarded planning specialist, undertaking advisory work, appearing at Inquiries and the Courts at all levels. He represents developers and local authorities in relation to major housing schemes, significant renewable energy schemes (wind farms, underground storage of gas, fracking etc), infrastructure projects, retail development, enforcement and CPO’s.
Year of Call: 1998
All areas of planning and environmental law, with particular experience of promoting strategic housing sites where 5 year supply and/or needs assessment is in issue. He is also a specialist in promoting schemes for older people (sheltered housing, assisted living and CCRC’s), as well as large and small scale renewable energy, retail, minerals and waste and CPO schemes. He undertakes work in relation to environmental law, particularly with regard to environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment. Giles has successfully promoted many Local Plans at examination but also regularly appears for objectors at examination hearings. Giles accepts Instructions throughout England and Wales and in the Isle of Man.
Recent Significant Cases
Specialist Housing for Older People:
Giles has acted at the following retail Inquiries:
Waste and Recycling:
Giles recently secured planning permission on appeal for the significant deposit of inert waste to create a new golf course in the Green Belt, including rainwater harvesting scheme, for Belview Golf Ltd in Hertford (2018);
Giles has secured permission for a number of controversial and significant waste transfer/scrap metal schemes at the following locations:
Airports and Airfields:
Compulsory Purchase Orders/Valuation:
Giles accepts Instructions to appear as an advocate at inquiries into applications to register land as a Village Green. He is also regularly instructed by Registration Authorities to sit as an Inspector at Inquiries and to report to the Authority with recommendations. He undertakes Court work in relation to Judicial Reviews.
Giles practises in all areas of Highway Law. Such work is advisory, at Inquiry and in Court. He has promoted road schemes for Local Highway Authorities. He has also recently objected to a DCO promoting an extension to the A14 and to the Mottram-Hollingworth Bypass (for the Peak District National Park Authority). He also acts in relation to definitive map modification orders (promoting and objecting).
Giles undertakes work in relation to local authority decision-making, duties, powers and structures, particularly in areas connected with the above areas of expertise. He was formerly Junior Treasury Counsel (regional A Panel), regularly instructed to defend decisions of the Secretary of State.
Planning and Environmental Bar Association
North Eastern Circuit
MA (Cantab) – Emmanuel College, Cambridge
LLM Master of Law (Cantab) – Environmental Law and Policy: First Class
Chambers UK 2021
"Highly intelligent, commercially astute and able to grasp points of the case very quickly." "Possesses excellent advocacy skills together with the ability to provide clear advice."
Legal 500 2021
"Giles is very thorough and has an excellent eye for detail. He is easy to work with, has very good commercial awareness and possesses an ability to communicate effectively with everyone. He is an excellent advocate - sharp and to the point."
Chambers UK 2020
"An effective cross-examiner – you don't want to be cross-examined by Giles!" "Very impressive. He stands out as a good barrister."
Chambers UK 2019
"Extremely thorough. He can be on any case at an inquiry and his knowledge and command of the brief is outstanding. He is an assertive cross-examiner." "Incredibly knowledgeable and forensic in how he deals with things."
Legal 500 2019
"An adroit performer."
Chambers UK 2018
"Excellent at understanding a case and solid at cross-examination." "Very thorough and a very good team leader."
Legal 500 2018
‘A very astute advocate.’
Legal 500 2017
‘He is very sharp and speaks the client’s language.’
Chambers UK 2017
"He is very thorough and thinks a lot about a case in terms of strategy and getting the detail right. On the professional side the quality of his work is exemplary, and he is assertive and firm, but not aggressive. He is very good with clients, and is a good team player as he gets the best out of people." "A bright, strong advocate, very good on tactics in difficult judicial review cases."
Chambers UK 2016
"He is hard-working, enthusiastic, and takes care to understand the fine detail of the issues. His advice is always very sound, pragmatic and with an awareness of commercial considerations and implications. He is also an excellent team leader." "A trusted and reliable advocate."
Chambers UK 2015
“His preparation's second to none in my view. His attention to detail is brilliant." "He's excellent. He gets to grips with things very quickly, he's a good team player and he punches above his weight for his years."
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