year of call: 2011HSargent@landmarkchambers.co.uk
Heather took up tenancy at Landmark in October 2013 following completion of her pupillage and accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers' work. Prior to joining Landmark she spent 10 months working as a trainee in the EU institutions, first for the Legal Service of the European Commission and subsequently at the Court of Justice of the EU (Cabinet of Advocate-General Sharpston).
Heather’s planning law experience includes abandonment of use, change of use, EIA, enabling development, enforcement notices and proceedings, permitted development rights, planning conditions, SEA and section 106 agreements. Recent planning work includes appearing (as junior to Nathalie Lieven QC) for nine claimant London Boroughs in a High Court challenge to the Mayor of London's Revised Early Minor Alterations to the London Plan (on grounds relating to affordable rented housing) and appearing for the appellant (as junior to Charles Banner) at a six day inquiry in relation to a retail-led regeneration scheme on the edge of Newmarket town centre.
Environmental and EU Law
Recent environmental work includes advising on the Climate Change Act 2008 (as junior to David Elvin QC) and advising on costs in relation to an Aarhus Convention claim. Heather has a particular interest in EU environmental law, having worked on Case C-258 Sweetman v Ireland (Article 6 of the Habitats Directive) as a trainee at the Court of Justice of the EU in 2012.
Heather regularly appears in the County Court in possession claims; other recent work includes a right to manage hearing before the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). During pupillage Heather gained experience of a wide range of property work, including adverse possession, commercial leases, forfeiture, leasehold enfranchisement, local authority transfers, open space land, rent review, restrictive covenants and the Water Industry Act 1991.
Heather has a long-standing interest in public law, having previously given tuitions in Administrative Law to students at the University of Oxford, taught Constitutional and Administrative Law at Birkbeck and written an MPhil thesis on the Human Rights Act 1998.
During pupillage Heather gained experience of judicial review in a broad range of contexts and also gained extensive experience of rating law.
Heather speaks fluent French and is learning Welsh. Away from Chambers she amuses herself by playing the piano and the viola, swing dancing and going to the theatre.
26 Feb 2014
Six day inquiry into the refusal by Forest Heath District Council of planning permission and listed building consent for a retail-led regeneration scheme on the edge of Newmarket town centre, including a 3716sqm ASDA food store, 4 retail units, a cafe and restaurant, an art gallery and the restoration of a complex of highly dilapidated listed buildings on the High Street frontage.
07 Apr 2014
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