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John has been in practice since 1991. He was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of Treasury Counsel for seven years before taking Silk in 2010. He is admitted to:-

  •          the Bar of England & Wales
  •          the Northern Ireland Bar
  •          the Hong Kong Bar
  •          the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean (BVI)
  •          the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts 

He appears by ad hoc admission in the Grand Court and Court of Appeal in the Cayman Islands.

He has both a domestic and international practice. In the United Kingdom he specialises in all matters relating to town and country planning, environmental law, highways, compulsory purchase & compensation, administrative law matters (including related human rights aspects). Internationally, he practices in a broad range of civil and commercial litigation matters including complex rating cases.

In addition to public inquiries he frequently appears in the higher courts in England & Wales (including the Upper Tribunal), Northern Ireland, Hong Kong (including the Lands Tribunal and Town Planning Appeal Board), the Cayman Islands and the BVI.

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

Areas of Practice

John practices in the following areas:

About John Litton QC

John lives in London. He runs to keep fit and has run the London Marathon more than once. He skis and fishes for pleasure. Always up for a challenge, he cycled from London to Paris in September 2010 and climbed Mount Kinabalu in 2016. Good food and wine are long-held passions.

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John Litton was awarded an LLB (2:1) from Southampton University (1988). Initially appointed to the “B” Panel of Treasury Counsel in 1999, he was appointed to the “A” Panel in 2004 and re-appointed to that Panel in 2009 before taking silk in 2010. He served for 6 years (2000 – 2006) as the Treasurer of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an Associate Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators.

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