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Graeme Keen

Graeme Keen


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Graeme practices principally in four areas: planning, environmental, compulsory purchase and public law. Graeme's clients include developers, landowners, local planning authorities and individuals and he is instructed by solicitors and planning consultants. Graeme's practice covers advocacy and advisory work and he frequently appears at Public Inquiries and Examinations, in the High Court, the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), as well as the 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.

Graeme is recommended in Chambers & Partners 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, including advisory work, Public Inquiries and hearings in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and the High Court.


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 also provides mock Inquiry training and training for members and officers. He is a member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association, Administrative Law Bar Association and UK Environment Law Association.

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