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Jacqueline has a cross-discipline practice, encompassing property, planning and public law, as well as environmental law matters related to those areas of practice. Jacqueline’s cross-discipline practice is illustrated (inter alia) by her instruction for the Department for Transport in respect of High Speed Two (both in litigation and as part of the team promoting the Bill through Parliament) and in Fish Legal v Information Commissioner [2015] UKUT 0052 (AAC) in which she was instructed as junior counsel (to Tom de la Mare QC) for the water companies, drawing on both her environmental and property law expertise.

She is identified as a leading junior (Administrative & public law (including local government)) in Legal 500 (2016) and is described as, "extremely bright, and quick to absorb and retain information."

Planning & Environment

Jacqueline was part of the team of Landmark counsel instructed by the DfT to defend a number of challenges to the Government’s decision in January 2012 to seek powers to construct and operate HS2 Phase 1 by means of Hybrid Bill: R (Buckinghamshire CC & ors) v Secretary of Statement for Transport [2013] EWHC, [2014] UKSC 3, and the safeguarding directions for Phase 1: HS2 Action Alliance v Secretary of State for Transport [2014] EWCA 1579.  She was part of the team of Counsel instructed to promote the Bill for HS2 Phase 1 through Parliament (the High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Act received Royal Assent in February 2017) and is currently instructed, with Tim Mould QC, to advise the Department for Transport in respect of Phase 2A (West Midlands – Crewe).

Jacqueline is currently instructed to promote 3 Transport and Works Act Orders: the Greatmoor Railway Sidings TWAO (led by Tim Mould QC), and 2 TWAOs for Network Rail in the Anglia region.

Jacqueline’s planning work also encompasses advertising appeals, issues arising under the Highways Act 1980, and compulsory purchase & compensation.  Recent advisory and High Court work has included issues concerning the correct approach to paragraph 47 of the NPPF on appeals concerning proposed housing development, consents to disposals of land by local authorities requiring the approval of the Secretary of State, and powers available to local authorities to secure compliance with enforcement notices requiring the return of HMOs to a single dwelling-house.

Jacqueline has also been instructed on a number of matters concerning the Aarhus Convention, and appeared (with James Maurici QC) for United Kingdom before the Aarhus Compliance Committee on two communications concerning the Government’s January 2012 decision to proceed with HS2 (ACCC/C/100 & 101 – decision awaited). 


Jacqueline’s property work encompasses the full range of landlord and tenant, including leasehold enfranchisement, and real property disputes.. She has significant experience in mortgage disputes and rights of way, and regularly advises on cases involving planning and/or environmental issues. Recent work includes advising two landowners in separate disputes with utilities companies regarding the exercise of statutory powers in respect of private land, and a complicated possession claim involving the Mobile Homes Act 1983, a private landowner and local authority tenant.

She has a particular interest (and experience) in cases involving protestors, and applications for pre-emptive relief, both for private landowners and public authorities, including obtaining pre-emptive injunctions for local authorities to prevent encampments on sites of exceptional public interest and/or public utility in circumstances where there is a general, as opposed to immediate, threat of an encampment occurring.


Jacqueline undertakes a range of public law work, and has extensive experience in advising, and acting for, local and central government.  Recent local government work includes R (Hemming) v Westminster City Council [2015] UKSC 25, in which the Supreme Court decided that the EU Services Directive (2006/123/EC) as implemented by The Provision of Services Regulations 1999 did not preclude a licensing authority or regulatory body from charging a ‘success fee’ to successful applicants as a condition of holding a licence (with Nathalie Lieven QC). She regularly appears in the High Court, acting for a number of Government departments. Recent work includes acting for the DWP in a case raising the correct approach to diversion of income for the purposes of Regulation 19(4) of the Child Support (Variations) Regulation 2000 (as amended), and advising on the status of roads passing through land which historically formed part of the MOD estate.

Rating and Valuation

Jacqueline acts for a range of clients on rating matters. She is currently instructed on a number of matters involving the application, or implications, of Woolway v Mazars LLP, and recent cases include issues of retrospective business rates liability, business rates liability of social clubs and allowances to be made at stage 5 of the contractor’s basis of valuation to reflect an imbalance of bargaining power between the hypothetical landlord and tenant (Celsa Steel (UK) Limited v Webb (VO) [2017] UKUT133 (LC))


She was appointed to the Attorney General’s ‘B’ Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in September 2015, having previously been a member of the ‘C’ Panel (appointed April 2012).