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Lisa Busch

Lisa Busch QC

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Lisa was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2000 and took silk in 2016. She specialises in planning and environmental law, local government and public law (including equality and human rights) and immigration law. As a junior, she was included in the “top 100” list of junior counsel in the UK published by Chambers and Partners, which states:

“Lisa Busch’s wide-ranging practice takes in everything from environmental and planning cases to local government matters … An expert in human rights … Busch is known for her facility with complex matters and is ‘a top choice if you have a difficult case on your hands’”. 

Before taking silk, Lisa was on the Attorney-General’s A Panel of Counsel, having previously been appointed to the B and C Panels. She is also on the B Panel of Counsel established by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She regularly appears in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in various divisions of the Lower and Upper Tribunal and in public inquiries.

For further details of the different areas of Lisa’s practice, please click on the links below. 

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Planning and environmental law

Administrative and public law

Local government

Immigration

Appointments

  • Tutor in Philosophy, Balliol College, 1997-1998
  • Research Assistant, Law Commission for England and Wales, 1998-1999
  • Visiting Fellow in Human Rights Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law 2001-2004
  • Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Law, King’s College, London 2007-2008
  • Appointed to the Parliamentary Bar with effect from 2013

What the Directories say

Lisa was consistently rated as a recommended junior in her areas of practice in both Chambers UK and Legal 500. As a New Silk, she is recommended in five areas, namely planning, environmental law, administrative and public law, local government and immigration. The latest editions say: 

Chambers UK, Planning, Environment: A new silk with an extensive history of high-end government work. Lisa has sat on the Attorney-General’s panel for over a decade and has attracted the praise of peers and clients for her involvement in some of the most high-profile recent planning debates, including HS2. She is noted as a go-to barrister for High Court matters. “Lisa is very conscientious, very hard working, very thorough and very passionate”. “She has very detailed knowledge of the law relating to environmental and planning cases”. 

Chambers UK, Administrative and Public law: “A skilled advocate who is lovely to listen to”. “Calm, clear, measured, reliable and first-rate judgment”. “She is a good advocate for difficult, sensitive cases because she is so thoughtful and can present cases in a tactful and humane way”. 

Chambers UK, Local Government: Regularly instructed in public law and local government matters, including major challenges in the High Court and Court of Appeal. She is well-versed in civil liberties issues and is a member of the Attorney-General’s A Panel of Counsel. 

Lisa is listed as a Tier 1 new silk in the 2017 edition of Legal 500 in Administrative and Public Law (including Local Government); Environment; Immigration (including Business Immigration); and Planning, and is described as ‘extremely effective in cross-examination’ and ‘a rising young silk’.

She was also listed in the 2016 edition as follows:

Planning: "An expert on the planning aspects of large infrastructure projects" (2016)

Environment: "Experienced in high-profile government cases" (2016)

Administrative and public law: "Great strengths in oral and written advocacy" (2016)

Immigration: "A new silk with pedigree including heavyweight Article 8 and Article 3 cases" (2016)

As a junior, Lisa was recommended in Chambers UK as follows:

Planning: “direct and encouraging when working on difficult material”, “very friendly and co-operative, and able to secure satisfactory outcomes for her client while remaining fair” (2015); “she is superb, and manages to spin difficult cases into something better” (2014); “a broad public law practice that includes a substantial amount of planning and environmental law work” (2013). 

Environment: “acts for local authorities, individuals and central government” (2015); “very comprehensive and through in her knowledge of the law, and expresses herself eloquently in court” (2014); “frequently appears before the High Court and Court of Appeal on a wide range of environmental matters” (2013); “an excellent courtroom manner” (2012). 

Administrative and public law: “she is very impressive” (2015); “she is great. She is very experienced and has good judgement”, “a mature and sensible individual with good instincts” (2014); “has always impressed me with her analysis and approach” (2013); “a highly valued public law advocate” (2012). 

Local government: “a strong junior who is frequently instructed in some of the most high profile local government matters. Her workload includes high stakes planning and infrastructure matters” (2015); “an impressive junior” (2014); “impresses clients with her analysis and is described as ‘excellent’” (2013); “the most practical of barristers as she is quick to respond to clients’ needs, sensitive to political and tactical considerations, and very good on pure legal points”, “highly effective”, “quick-minded in her responses and able to sensibly stick to the big points” (2012). 

She received similar recommendations in Legal 500. She was also ranked as a leading junior in Planning Magazine on a regular basis.