Foundation Scholar: Queens’ College Cambridge
Chambers UK 2023
“An enthusiastic and excellent communicator as an advocate, and within the professional team”
Legal 500 2023
“Piers is approachable and fully committed to the job in hand, providing good advice and giving a very positive impression to clients.”
Chambers UK 2022
“Piers provides very succinct, to-the-point advice.” “He is confident, knowledgeable and articulates matters of law well.”
Recent High Court appearances include:
Counsel in Jones v Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council  EWHC 1909 KC successfully challenging a district judges decision to dismiss an application for an Abatement Order relating to noise from a Multi-Use Games Area.
Counsel in R (oao Cathie) v Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council  EWHC 2148 (Admin) successfully defended a local authority’s decision to discharge a planning condition concerning the impact of odour on amenity.
Counsel in Keyhole Bridge User Safety Group, R (On the Application Of) v Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council  EWHC 3082 (Admin) successfully challenging the decision of a local authority to revoke a Experimental Traffic Regulation Order.
Examples of recent inquiry experience include:
Appeared on behalf of a local planning authority at a called in inquiry by the Secretary of State supporting the erection of a new Mosque in Preston.
Appeared on behalf of local planning authority at a called in inquiry by the Secretary of State resisting a new Category C prison in the Green Belt.
Appeared on behalf of a luxury hotel in the Lake District defending their construction and a golf course and luxury safari tents without planning permission.
Appeared on behalf of Gladman Retirement Living Ltd obtaining planning permission for a specialist accommodation for the elderly in Birmingham
Examples of recent Compulsory Purchase Order inquiries:
Appeared for acquiring authority at an inquiry which conﬁrmed a CPO under Highway Act 1980 to allow for the delivery of a £5 million city centre junction scheme.
Appeared for the acquiring authority at an inquiry which conﬁrmed a CPO against an empty six-bedroom Property which the Owner claimed he had recently moved into and was purporting to carry out work on.
Appeared for the acquiring authority at an inquiry which conﬁrmed a CPO against half-ﬁnished development which had been abandoned in 2012.
Examples of recent development plan examination appearances include;
Appeared on behalf of a formal coalition of six parish councils to object to the Warrington Local Plan
Appeared on behalf of Gladman Developments to make representations to the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan.
Appeared on behalf of the Isle of Man Government to support their Area Plan for the East.
Appeared on behalf of Gladman Developments to successfully make representations that the Oundle Neighbourhood Plan could not proceed to Referendum