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Dan Kolinsky was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2015. He was a member of the Attorney General’s "A" Panel having also served on the B Panel and C Panel (appointed 2003). He sits as a Recorder (appointed 2018).

Dan's practice covers planning, environmental, rating, local government and public law. He frequently acts as an advocate in the High Court and Court of Appeal, at public inquiries and before the Upper Tribunal. He has appeared as an advocate in the Supreme Court.

His clients include central government, local government, developers, interest groups, ratepayers, individual claimants and NGOs.

He is also a CEDR accredited mediator.

Dan is an experienced planning inquiry advocate. He has extensive experience in High Court planning cases for claimants, developers, local and central government. He has particular expertise in regeneration projects in London and affordable housing viability. He accepts instructions on behalf of developers, local planning authorities, statutory bodies, local groups or any other participant in the planning process. For planning cases and inquiries please click here.

Dan has extensive experience of High Court challenges to complex environmental projects – acting for and against the decision making bodies. For environmental cases please click here.

Dan frequently appears in non-domestic rating cases acting for ratepayer, valuation officers and billing authorities. He has considerable experience in cases relating to whether the rating list entries are correct, exemption issues, completion notices, unoccupied rates disputes, valuation issues and collection/enforcement. He has appeared in 3 recent Supreme Court cases (Iceland, Monk and Woolway). He was made an honorary member of the Rating Surveyors’ Association in 2017. For rating cases please click here.

Public Law and Local Government
Dan is an experienced public law practitioner acting in a wide range of areas including local government, regulatory law and social security. He advised the Airports Commission throughout its process. For cases please click here.

Advocacy before Tribunals
Dan has extensive experience appearing in before the Upper Tribunal and first tier tribunals across a full range of areas including education, care standards and all aspects of social security law.

What the Directories say

Dan has been consistently recommended as a leading practitioner in the legal directories in the areas of his practice – planning , local government, environment and public law. He also regularly features in the annual survey of the legal professional conducted by Planning Magazine.

Endorsements from current editions of the Legal Directories include:

“He is an extremely talented junior QC, who is very astute, articulate and knowledgeable."

"He's absolutely excellent on complex matters with multiple issues and witnesses. Great with local authorities and very good on important viability cases, he inspires confidence."

"Personable and hardworking."

"He's very impressive in terms of his advocacy."

(Chambers & Partners (2018) – planning and local government; Legal 500 (2018) environment, planning and property)

For previous years' recommendations please click here.