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Charles Banner was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2004 and to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2010. He practices across both jurisdictions as well as internationally. He has a broad practice covering a wide range of areas of law, falling principally within the following categories:

  1. Development & infrastructure (particularly in the energy, transport & residential sectors) – including the planning/development consent process and all aspects of planning law, environmental & other regulation, project finance, contracts & procurement, commercial dispute resolution and compulsory acquisition.
  2. Government & regulation – including all aspects of public sector & state activity, administrative & constitutional law, EU law, human rights, economic sanctions, environmental law, healthcare, public procurement, state aid & competition, regulatory law and international trade & investment law.

See below for links setting out his full experience in these areas and details of his international work.

Described in Chambers & Partners UK 2016 as “a QC in all but name already”, in Legal 500 UK 2017 as “a match for any silk”, and in Planning Magazine’s Planning Law Survey 2017 as “one of the best court advocates I’ve seen”, Charles regularly acts as sole or lead counsel in complex and demanding litigation, arbitration and public inquiries, often in cases where the other parties have instructed QCs. He acts for commercial and private clients as well as NGOs and public authorities. He is a member of the Attorney General's A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, in which capacity he represents the UK Government in some of its most challenging and high profile cases in the domestic courts and internationally. 

Charles divides his time between Landmark's offices in London (where he lives) and Birmingham (where he is from and still has family). He is happy to meet clients in whichever location is more convenient for them.

Recognition includes:

  • Top-ranked junior in the planning sector (including infrastructure) in the latest editions of both Legal 500 UK Bar 2017 (one of two Tier 1 juniors) and Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018 (the sole junior in the ‘Star Individual’ category).
  • Voted No.1 rated planning junior in Planning Magazine’s Planning Law Survey 2018 (based on a poll of several hundred development & infrastructure industry professionals) and in the Top 10 of all planning barristers, including QCs, in the residential sector (the only junior in the list). Previously voted No. 1 junior aged under 35 for 3 consecutive years of the survey until no longer eligible (2013-2015).
  • Winner of 'Environment and Planning Junior of the Year', Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017.
  • Shortlisted for ‘Real Estate, Environment and Planning Junior of the Year’, Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2018.
  • Ranked as a leading junior by Legal 500 UK Bar 2017 and/or Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018 in 7 other areas: administrative & public law, civil liberties & human rights, energy, environment, European law, local government and public procurement.

Experience includes:

  • 90+ planning inquiries / examinations.
  • 100+ reported court cases.
  • 16 appeals in the UK Supreme Court / House of Lords, including 2 as sole or lead counsel (click here for details).
  • 12 cases before the European Union Courts (Court of Justice & General Court), including 10 as sole counsel for the United Kingdom (click here for details).
  • 7 cases before the UNECE Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee, including 5 as sole or lead counsel (click here for details)
  • 3 cases before the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Parliamentary Select Committee Hearings on HS2.

Appointments include:

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • ADR Group Accredited Mediator.
  • Council Member, United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (2016-present).
  • College Lecturer in Law, University of Oxford, 2010-2015 (holding weekend classes in EU law and administrative law at Lincoln, Oriel and Regent’s Park Colleges). 

Alongside his private practice at the Bar, Charles holds the following non-executive board positions:

Details of experience

 Please click on the orange links for details of his experience in the following practice areas:

For details of his work in Northern Ireland, click here.

International work

Charles is co-founder and Deputy Head of Landmark International, the international brand of Landmark Chambers. His practice has a strong international element, full details of which are on the Landmark International website. He has rights of audience in the Dubai International Finance Centre Courts (Part II Registered since 2015) and the Singapore International Commercial Court (Full Registered Foreign Lawyer since  2017). He holds an Advanced Certificate in International Arbitration (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2016) and is an Associate Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. In 2008 he undertook a secondment to Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong, working on real estate, construction and planning litigation and arbitration in Hong Kong. He has a working knowledge of French and Russian. 

Examples of recent work (2017-2018)

  • Numerous planning appeals and development plan examinations across England for the promoters of new residential developments. In 2018 this includes proposals for 1210 dwellings at Woolborugh Barton, Teignbridge District (for the consortium of landowners), 150 dwellings in Capel St Mary, Babergh District (for Persimmon), 140 dwellings in Chinnor, South Oxfordshire (also for Persimmon), 43 self/custom-build houses in Burghfield Common, West Berkshire District (for Charlesgate Homes) and 40 dwellings in Hermitage, West Berkshire District (for CALA Homes).

  • Prime London residential developments at Duke’s Lodge adjacent to Holland Park (for Christian Candy’s CPC Group), Chester Gate adjacent to Regent's Park (also for the CPC Group), the former Harrods Depository at 60 Sloane Avenue, South Kensington (a complex land use swap involving the relocation of existing offices to new bespoke office development in Kensal Green) and 1 Campden Hill & 69 Campden Hill Road (a substantial Grade II listed property near Kensington High Street).

  • Securing a favourable planning policy framework for Jaguar Land Rover’s long term business plans in the UK (including three development plan examinations).

  • Acting for the Education and Skills Funding Agency in relation to its joint application with Hertfordshire County Council for planning permission for a new 6 form of entry secondary school in the Green Belt within St Albans District. 

  • High Speed Two (acting for objectors before the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee and in Parliamentary Select Committee hearings).

  • London Heathrow Airport – acting for the Arora Group (one of the principal landowners at and around Heathrow) in connection with its proposals for expansion of Heathrow Airport, including a third runway, which is being promoted as a cheaper alternative to the proposals advanced by Heathrow Airport Ltd.

  • Keuper Gas Storage Project Development Consent Order (sole counsel for the project promoters).

  • The North-South Ireland Electricity Interconnector (for the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure).

  • The A5036 Port of Liverpool Access Scheme (for Highways England).

  • Acting for the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in two judicial review claims concerning changes to the rules relating to the energy capacity market.

  • A three week public inquiry into the Environment Agency’s proposed restrictions (on Habitats and Water Framework Directive grounds) on Southern Water’s licences to abstract water from the River Test and River Itchen.

  • Greenland Group’s £multi-million Chancery Division litigation against Minerva concerning overage provisions in the £135m sale contract for the Ram Brewery Site in Wandsworth.

  • A £10m+ Commercial Court claim relating to alleged contamination in food supplied to one of the largest commercial pig farms in the UK.

  • Arbitration proceedings concerning the interpretation of a contract for the maintenance and repair of the tidal defence gates at a major UK harbour.

  • Acting for a well-known care services provider in a £multi-million contractual dispute with a NHS regional clinical commissioning group over the interpretation of a contract for the provision of health services to NHS patents.

  • Public procurement litigation in the Court of Appeal concerning a £125m development agreement for the redevelopment of the London Road Industrial Estate in Newbury (Faraday v. West Berkshire BC) and in the High Court concerning the a £108m development agreement for the regeneration of Farnham town centre (Wylde v. Waverley BC).

  • Advising the UK Government on the EU law and international trade law implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland.

  • Acting for HM Treasury in the Court of Appeal in a case relating to the asset freezing of a high profile former member of the Mubarak government in Egypt who is subject to international sanctions.

  • Acting for the UK in the EU General Court resisting Rosneft’s and Gazprom’s challenges to the EU sanctions on the Russian oil sector.

  • Representing the UK in CJEU proceedings concerning (i) responsibility for processing asylum claims arising out of the Syrian refugee crisis, (ii) the enforcement of paid annual leave under the Working Time Directive and (iii) the regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms.

  • Representing the UK in the European Court of Human Rights in proceedings concerning the compatibility with the ECHR of the costs regime in environmental litigation in England & Wales.

  • Advising the Department for Health on regulation of novel tobacco products, and representing it in litigation concerning the EU-wide ban on snus oral tobacco.

  • Acting for Transport for London in Chancery Division and Court of Appeal proceedings concerning the extent of its interests in London's roads.

What the directories say

undefined The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms 

Quotes from clients and solicitors in Chambers & Partners UK Bar, Legal 500 UK Bar and Planning Magazine’s annual Planning Law Survey have included:

  • "Full of energy and boundless intelligence”
  • “He inspires confidence by his enthusiasm for the project and is a delight to work with.”
  • "An exceptionally talented lawyer with very good cross-examination and presentation skills, he really knows how to get projects through the planning process. He stands out in the strong class of juniors he's in."
  • "His ability to get on top of complex cases is very, very impressive and he has an attractive style of advocacy."
  • "He is massively personable and a pleasure to work with. He has a very good eye for spotting key details in a case, he is strong on analysis of complex facts to produce a coherent narrative and he is very clear in how to structure the case to bring out its strongest points."
  • "He's a star of the junior Bar and has exceptional client servicing skills."
  • "Has the ability to make the most challenging and complicated legal issues seem straightforward."
  • "One of the stars of the future at the Planning Bar, he's regularly operating across from leading silks already and is tremendously respected."
  • Knowledgeable, enthusiastic and persuasive in his advocacy.”
  • A terrifically clever, smooth and confident advocate; undoubtedly a future silk.”
  • He has the ear of the court because they know the points he raises are worth hearing."
  • Knowledgeable and enthusiastic with excellent client skills.”
  • He has a very positive attitude and an ability to deal with complex issues swiftly and confidently.’
  • He is very bright, incredibly responsive and great with clients – a match for any silk.”
  • “Very good at sorting the wheat from the chaff.”
  • A QC in all but name already.”
  • “One of the best court advocates I’ve seen.”
  • “A real rising star of the planning bar.”
  • “He is excellent on the client service front and a very bright guy with great expertise in many aspects of the law.”
  • “Very commercial as well as academic, and with a nice advocacy style.” 
  • "He has a quick brain, is very personable and has a great depth of knowledge of planning matters."
  • "He is affable, approachable and client-friendly.”
  • Really impressive in terms of his advocacy."
  • “A pleasure to deal with. He is responsive, clear and concise in the advice he provides."
  • “Super-bright, extremely pleasant to deal with and very much in demand.”
  • “Bright, engaging and wonderfully enthusiastic.” 
  • “He gets the detail of things and does not shy away from the difficult points.”
  • “He’s got exceptional client feedback… client friendly, enthusiastic, motivated and organised.”
  • “He has a sharp intellect, an eye for detail and a mastery of the case facts and law.”
  • “Always impressive.”
  • “He is personable and ready to listen, and gives clear and decisive answers to questions… a highly effective advocate with an approachable manner." 
  • "He is capable of undertaking a tremendous amount of work with great enthusiasm." 
  • “Combines obvious intellect with a naturally helpful manner.”
  • Stunningly good.”

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