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Administrative Law

As a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of Treasury Council, John appeared on behalf of the Government in numerous statutory challenges and claims for judicial review in the planning, environmental, compulsory purchase, other administrative fields and human rights in addition to acting for clients from the private sector. He has enormous experience in High Court public law litigation in these and other administrative law matters. He has been appointed as an amicus in the High Court and Court of Appeal a number of times.

Recent Administrative Law cases

Keith Langmead v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – 2 day High Court acting for the landowner challenging the Secretary of State’s recovered decision to refuse planning permission for housing development (March 2017).

Newry Chamber of Commerce’s application for judicial review 
Judicial review challenge to a planning permission for a large-scale retail-led redevelopment, raising issues under the Habitats Directive, the EIA Directive and the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (2015).

R. (on the application of Williams) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – challenge to a Development Consent Order for substantial windfarm development in North Wales (2015).

Gleeson Developments Limited v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & Ors - Judicial review of Secretary of State’s decision to withdraw planning permission after it had been issued (2014).

For further information on John’s administrative law work and examples of cases/further information please click on the cases tab.