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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).

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.

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

He is also a CEDR accredited mediator.

Planning
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.

Environment
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.

Rating
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 2 recent Supreme Court cases (Woolway and Monk). 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 2013-2015. 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:

“A brilliant advocate who is assertive in court without coming across as difficult. He is extremely approachable and very down-to-earth”.
"Exceptionally talented advocate and a master of detail. He is extremely practical and works exceptionally well with retail clients. His unfussy and clear approach is appreciated by clients and those instructing in equal measure." (Chambers and Partners; 2017 planning)

"He is very personable, efficient and, in terms of drafting, he delivers very quickly." "He is reliable and has a good rapport with clients." (Chambers and Partners; 2017 local government) 

“Considerably experienced in High Court planning disputes.” (Legal 500; planning)

For previous years' recommendations please click here.

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