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Guy Williams was called to the Bar in 2000. He specialises in planning, environmental, transport and infrastructure, compulsory purchase and rating law. Guy is on the Attorney General's 'B' Panel of Junior Counsel.

Guy appears very regularly at planning inquiries in relation to all kinds of development. He acts for developers, local authorities, public bodies and interest groups and has a wide experience of appeals, called-in applications, enforcement matters and compulsory purchase inquiries. This year he has appeared at numerous housing inquiries for local authorities and developers. These focused on issues as to housing land supply and the consequences for development plan policies, OAN, countryside and strategic gap policies, transport and sustainability impacts, and Green Belt. He also promoted the Brent Cross CPOs. Other inquiries recently include the promotion of a new school in the Green Belt, commercial development near Heathrow airport,  Strategic Rail Freight Interchange and infrastructure proposals, gypsy and traveller sites, and enabling development proposals in the setting of grade 1 listed buildings.

Guy also specialises in judicial review and statutory challenges relating to planning and local government in the higher courts on behalf of the Secretary of State as well as local authorities and developers.

Guy has an extensive practice in all matters relating to compulsory purchase, from advising acquiring authorities and developers on strategy and promoting CPOS, to all matters of compensation arising from compulsory acquisition. This year Guy promoted the Brent Cross, Cricklewood CPOs for the London Borough of Barnet, a two month inquiry relating to schemes to create a new mixed use town centre at Brent Cross, and deliver 7,500 homes which have now all been confirmed.

Guy is also a member of the panel of counsel appointed to advise GLA/TfL on matters of compulsory purchase and compensation. He recently acted for TfL in a £4m claim for loss of earnings from a waste recycling facility securing an award of only £40,000.

He also has an active rating practice, and is currently instructed in relation to the rating of ATMs with test cases being heard by the Court of Appeal in May 2018.

Details of some of Guy’s recent cases and inquiries can be seen via the above links.

Guy practices in the following areas:

Planning and Environmental Law

Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

Rating and Local Government

What the Directories Say

For many years Guy has been identified as a leading junior in Chambers & Partners, the Legal 500 and Planning Magazine’s Legal Survey (ranked 4th and 5th in the last two years). Guy was the No. 1 ranked Barrister under-35 when he was last eligible for the category.

Chambers & Partners 2018:  “He grasps the issues very quickly, and provides clear, relevant and practical advice in a really pragmatic way. He is absolutely superb, and goes above and beyond what an advocate should do."

"Guy Williams is particularly strong in relation to compulsory purchase compensation matters."

Legal 500 2016: “He is highly intelligent and has a great grasp of the pertinent issues.’

Chambers & Partners 2015 and 2016: "He provides very helpful advice - he is fantastic." "He provides clear planning advice on development projects and he is extremely approachable."

"He is a rising star."

Guy is a member of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA), the Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA) and the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA).

He is an assistant editor of the Encyclopedia of Planning Law.