Anthony Crean QC

Administrative & Public Law and Local Government


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William Brown
Gary Smith
Mark Ronson
Jake Brooke

Administrative & Public Law and Local Government

Representing Developers and LPA’s in Planning and Environmental Judical Reviews, s288 and s289 hearings.

Significant Reported Cases

Cheshire East Council –v- SOSCLG & Richborough Estates [2015] EWHC 410 (Admin) in which he won a s288 on behalf of the Council. This is an important judgment in understanding the relationship between an Inspector's legal duty in determining a housing appeal and the scope of NPPF paragraph 49.

GRA Acquisition Ltd v Oxford City Council [2015] EWHC 76 (Admin) in which he successfully resisted a claim for judicial review of the Council’s decision to designate Oxford Stadium, a former greyhound racing and speedway venue, as a conservation area. 

Robert Hitchins Ltd v Worcestershire County Council [2014] EWHC 3809 (Admin) in which he successfully judicially reviewed the Council over transport payments in a s106 agreement

IM Properties Development Ltd v Lichfield District Council [2014] EWHC 2440 (Admin) - judicial review to a local in a case which also confirms that the proper application of the “exceptional circumstances” test for release of land from the Green Belt remains a planning judgment for the Plan Making Authority and there was no requirement to address a “falsification doctrine”

Cheshire East Council v SOSCLG & Rowland Homes  (2014) EHWC 3536 (Admin) – s288 challenge on habitats point

CEG v SOSCLG & David Wilson Homes  [2014] EWHC 3089 (Admin) in which he successfully opposed a judicial review in relation to an urban extension approval.

Gregory v Welsh Ministers (2013) EHWC 63 in which he successfully quashed permission for a windfarm in Anglesey

R (Young) v. Oxford City Council & Another [2012] EWCA Civ 46 in which he successfully opposed the grant of a Protective Costs Order and thereby summarily terminated a Court of Appeal challenge to a major planning permission.

Feeney v. Oxford City Council [2011] EWHC 2699 in which he successfully struck out a challenge to an adopted Core Strategy;


"He is incredibly smooth and one of the leading silks in the area." "He is an excellent advocate in the planning and environment sector. He can synthesise difficult stuff and really articulate it all very well indeed."

Chambers UK


Anthony is regarded as one of the leading planning silks in the UK. He was awarded the prestigious title Silk of the Year in all categories of practice outside London in 2015 by the legal 500. Chambers UK have consistently placed him in the top tier of silks in planning work. He is universally regarded as an excellent all round advocate for both Inquiries and Court. He is regularly instructed at an earlier stage by Developers to provide strategic advice. 
The following is a sample of observations which professional clients have made about him:

"He comes up with solutions and workable strategies to solve problems; he is good at thinking on the hoof."

'I love watching the pure theatre of his cross-examination'

'A flamboyant and reliable silk with a very effective style'

'A persuasive and charming manner but gets to the heart of the matter'

'You come away feeling as though you've been given a very clear steer'

'Very user friendly'

Year of Call: 1987

Year of silk: 2006


Areas of Expertise



Chambers UK 2018

"Friendly, approachable and highly accomplished. He is able to give clear and concise advice." "A wonderful advocate. He commands the respect of the court and is devastating in cross-examination."

"He is brilliant with clients and inspires trust in them. He is also a wonderful, incisive advocate who commands the respect of the court and is devastating in cross-examination. Absolutely at the top of his game." "Very experienced in planning and also approachable."

Legal 500 2018

‘Decisive and focused on getting to the precise point of a case.’

‘He is decisive, focused and cuts through the unnecessary parts of cases.’

Chambers UK 2017

"He is an innovative and strategic thinker who is good with clients." "He's an imaginative and able lawyer."

"He is incredibly smooth and one of the leading silks in the area." "He is an excellent advocate in the planning and environment sector. He can synthesise difficult stuff and really articulate it all very well indeed."

Legal 500 2017

‘A friendly and concise practitioner, who has impressive advocacy skills.’

‘A superb advocate – clear and concise.’

Chambers UK 2016

"His cross-examinations are first-rate: he identifies the weakness in the opposition. He is quite a showman, but he doesn't lose sight of where he needs to get to. And he has a very open, charming manner." "In terms of incisiveness, he is just excellent: it takes him five minutes to get to the issue."

"Anthony is a highly accomplished planning lawyer and advocate. He is adept at getting efficiently to the heart of a case and he is relentless yet agile in pursuit of his arguments. He is an excellent performer on the legal stage - often introducing levity to otherwise turgid proceedings."

Chambers UK 2015

"He's robust and a great tactician."

"He's bright and a showman - an ideal choice in tricky situations, or where spoiling tactics are required. Ingenious."

"He's very charming. He speaks softly and carries a big legal stick. He tends to be very succinct in what he does, whether it's written or rhetorical presentation skills - there's nothing wasted in what he says."

Legal 500 2014

“Approachable and experienced in planning appeals”


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