Constanze Bell



36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
William Brown
Gary Smith
Mark Ronson


Constanze accepts instructions in all areas of licensing law.

Constanze’s varied licensing practice involves regular instruction to appear in the Magistrates and Crown Courts in licence revocation appeals. Constanze has also represented local authorities in prosecutions for plying for hire. She appears before licensing committees as an advocate and has acted as legal advisor for licensing committees. She regularly advises on licensing matters including the commission of regulatory offences and POCA proceedings.

Constanze has particular experience in dealing with taxi licence revocation cases in which the revocation is founded upon allegations of a connection to child sexual exploitation (‘CSE’). She recently successfully represented a local authority in the Crown Court in a case which involved special measures for a child complainant.

Constanze regularly addresses members of various branches of the Institute of Licensing on licensing law matters. She recently spoke at the East Midlands Branch meeting regarding the ‘Agent of Change’ principle in the revised NPPF.


Constanze has a varied public law, planning and environmental law practice. She was appointed to the Attorney General's Regional Panel (Junior Counsel to the Crown, C Panel) in April 2018.

Constanze is a member of the Kings Chambers author team who contribute to and produce the quarterly Bulletin for the Encyclopaedia of Local Government Law.

In September 2018 Constanze presented a paper at the 10th International Conference on Sustainable Development & Planning at the University of Siena, Italy. Her attendance at the conference was supported by a grant awarded by the Bar Council’s International Professional & Legal Development Grant Programme. Constanze is a regular speaker at Institute of Licensing, Women in Property and Lawyers in Local Government events. She is involved with the establishment of Women in Planning in the North East.

Before coming to the bar Constanze worked in the NGO sector. She was part of the legal team for ‘Control Arms’, a coalition of NGO’s working to secure a human-rights orientated Arms Trade Treaty. Constanze retains an active interest in human rights law and, in particular, in planning, regulatory and environmental cases involving human rights issues.  

Year of Call: 2013


Areas of Expertise

PEBA (Planning & Environmental Bar)

ELF (Environmental Law Foundation)

IAPP (International Association of Privacy Practitioners)

WiP (Women in Property)

Middle Temple

Northern Circuit & North Eastern Circuit


Attorney General's Regional Panel, Junior Counsel to the Crown, C Panel (April 2018- )


Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan London (2012-13), Very Competent

Graduate Diploma in Law, City University, London (2011-12), Commendation

History & Philosophy of Science BSc (hons), UCL (2007-10), First Class. First class in all three years, final year dissertation graded first class

Leeds Girls’ High School (LGHS).


Other (2018): Awarded an International Professional & Legal Development Grant by the Bar Council to present a paper at a paper at the 10th International Conference on Sustainable Development & Planning at the University of Siena, Italy

BPTC year (2012-13): Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholarship for BPTC; Winner, Human Rights essay competition, International Bar Association (2012)

GDL year (2011-12): Middle Temple Harmsworth Scholarship for GDL

Extracurricular: Winner of the Vodafone ‘World of Difference’ Competition (2011)

UCL (2007-10): UCLU Centenary Colours (2010); UCLU Debating Society Honorary Life Membership (2010); UCL Colours (2009); UCL Top in Class Prize (STS Department) (2008).



Bell, C., Sustainable Development in English Planning Policy: A Lawyer’s Perspective, WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, Volume 217, WIT Press, 2018, ISSN 1743-3541

(presented as a paper at the 10th International Conference on Sustainable Development & Planning at the University of Siena, Italy)

What does the revised NPPF mean for housebuilding in the UK?, August 2018, UK Construction Online News Article

‘Case Comment: R. (on the application of Mason) v Winchester Crown Court & CC of Hampshire [2018] EWHC 1182 (Admin), (August 2018) Encyclopaedia of Local Government Law Bulletin, Sweet & Maxwell 

Planning Permission in Principle: Why not Planning Permission in Practice? (with Freddie Humphreys), July 2018, Building Construction Design News Article

‘It’s not fair! Is it?’, (April 2018) Encyclopaedia of Local Government Law Bulletin, Sweet & Maxwell


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