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Graeme Keen

Graeme Keen QC


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Graeme is a specialist in planning and related areas, including environmental, compulsory purchase and public law. He took silk in February 2018. 

Graeme’s clients include developers, landowners, local planning authorities and individuals and he is instructed by solicitors and planning consultants. His practice covers advocacy and advisory work and he frequently appears at Public Inquiries and Examinations, in the High Court, Crown Court and Magistrates Courts. Graeme has also acted for parties involved in mediations.


Graeme's planning practice includes Public Inquiries and High Court work for developers, local government and other interested parties and includes housing, retail, major infrastructure projects, environmental matters, compulsory purchase, listed buildings, highways, as well as Local Plan Examinations. Much of his appeal work involves appeals recovered by the Secretary of State.

Graeme is recommended in Chambers & Partners 2017/18: "Very detail-oriented and gets on really well with clients and planning consultants. He produces very strong work and is both very commercially astute and a real problem solver... thoroughly pragmatic, intelligent and experienced... able to effortlessly pull on case law from memory. He is very experienced in housing land supply issues and major housing appeals generally." In 2016: “Excellent in all he does: he's very thorough, he gets the points very quickly and he provides very accurate advice to lay clients, who are helped to understand what to expect.” “Thorough diligent and extremely hard-working.” In 2015: “Renowned for his handling of large public inquiries. He is also well known for the expertise he brings to matters involving CPOs... He is always a safe pair of hands, and is extremely knowledgeable and practical... He offers clear, concise advice, is sound in his tactics and takes a no-nonsense approach."


Graeme has been instructed on a number of high profile Public Inquiries involving environmental matters and also has expertise in defending environmental prosecutions in relation to matters such as waste disposal and pollution.

Compulsory Purchase

Graeme has considerable compulsory purchase experience, in particular on an advisory level and at Inquiry.


His public law practice predominantly relates to planning and environmental matters. He has represented local authorities and private clients, on a wide range of issues, for example, judicial review, statutory appeals, injunctions for breach of enforcement notices and compulsory purchase matters.


Graeme is a member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association, Administrative Law Bar Association and UK Environment Law association. He regularly gives papers at Landmark Seminars and has conducted seminars on Planning Law at University College London, on the M.Phil. Town and Country Planning Course, lectured for the Local Government Group, Central Law Training, the RTPI summer school, PINS training week and various other organisations. He also provides training for council members and officers.

Graeme is a graduate of King’s College London where he read Law. After graduation he attended the Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course, and worked as a part-time lecturer in Constitutional Law at King’s College London.

Graeme’s main clerk is Kevin Squires: 020 7421 1351;