Rupert Warren QC specialises in all aspects of planning and related fields.

He was called in 1994. He moved to Landmark from 2 Mitre Court Buildings in 2003. He took silk in 2012.

Rupert aims to provide the highest quality service in advocacy and advisory work in the planning field. His approach is based on delivering this service in an innovative and user-friendly way. Where appropriate, that includes developing an in-depth understanding of the clients business.

Before taking silk Rupert was a member of the Attorney General's "A" Panel of counsel. He advised the Department on the drafting of the NPPF and the PPTS, and continues to act for the Government in relation to some departmental decisions. He is currently acting for DECC in relation to judicial reviews of the consent for Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station.

His practice is centred on planning and compulsory purchase. It is built around a core of High Court advisory and appellate work.  In 2012-13 Rupert appeared in the Court of Appeal in Elliott & Payne v SSCLG (the Crystal Palace Park case, relating to the correct scope of outline planning permissions), Cornwall Waste Forum v SSCLG (St Austell incinerator, relating to the competent authority in Habitats cases), Bowen-West v SSCLG (EIA scoping and phased development), Fox Strategic Land v SSCLG (consistency/prematurity in housing cases), Collins v SSCLG (human rights and the rights of the child in planning) and R (Watson) v Richmond on Thames (material considerations).  High Court work in the same period included R (Heathrow Hub Limited) v SS Transport (one of the HS2 challenges), R (Wakil) v Hammersmith & Fulham (Shepherd's Bush Market redevelopment), Burton v SSCLG (gypsies, human rights), R (Estates and Agency Properties Limited) v Barking (development plan policy interpretation), R (Oldfield) v SSCLG (EIA screening) and R (Lymington River Association) v SSCLG (Habitats and revocation). He also acted in the first judicial review of a decision of the IPC (Innovia Cellophane v IPC). 

Rupert advises and appears for a wide range of interests in the development world. His 2013 inquiry workload includes appeals for Redrow, Croudace Strategic Land, Tesco, McCarthy & Stone, the Caprice Restaurant Group, Oxford University, Land Securities, the Church Commissioners, Harrodian School, Bewley Homes and Devon County Council. It covers housing, leisure, retail, education, waste and infrastructure. He regularly appears and advises in relation to the formulation of policy, including neighbourhood plans. He often appears as part of a team at appeal hearings, and conducts training for planners, surveyors and lawyers on hearing and inquiry practice.  His practice is national in geographical scope.

Rupert's current compulsory purchase case load includes cases for the GLA (Olympics CPO), the HA (A2, T5 Spur Road), and Unex Properties (Cambridge Guided Bus CPO). In rating, he continues to act for ratepayers and HMRC, with current Upper Tribunal hearings relating to Fosse Park Leicester and Celsa Steel. 

Rupert is one of the editors of Sweet & Maxwell's Encyclopedia of Planning Law, and a committee member and past Chair of the Oxford Joint Planning Law Conference. He is a past committee member of PEBA.

What the Directories Say

Planning Magazine's 2013 survey placed Rupert fifth amongst planning silks, noting that he had achieved that ranking one year after taking silk. It describes him as "calm and capable":

Rupert has been described on Legal 500 (2013) as "a rising star with a great future ahead of him", saying "clients like him because he is very thorough and very commercial at the same time".


Rupert's main clerk at Landmark is Jay Fullilove. He can be contacted directly on 020 7421 1301, or

Clients are also more than welcome to contact Rupert directly at


Rupert was a scholar at Whitgift School and the Marjoribanks Scholar in Classics at Christ Church, Oxford. He obtained a First Class Honours degree there in 1992, followed by a Diploma in Law from City University. He was called to the Bar as a Karmel Scholar by Gray’s Inn in 1994.

Rupert is the editor of Volumes 5 and 6 of the Sweet & Maxwell Encyclopedia of Planning Law and Practice. He also contributes to Butterworths’ Local Government Law (on compulsory purchase) and to Halsbury’s Laws. He is a past Committee member of PEBA and currently sits on the Committee of the Joint Planning Law Conference. He regularly gives seminar presentations with Landmark, LGG and the RTPI.


15 Mar 2013

R (Buckinghamshire CC, HS2 Action Alliance Ltd and Heathrow Hub Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport [2013] EWHC 481 (Admin)

High profile judicial review challenge to the Government’s January 2012 White Paper on High Speed Rail: High Speed 2 – Decisions and Next Steps

14 Jul 2008

Millgate Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government

A challenge under s. 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to the decision of an Inspector to dismiss an appeal for the demolition of 2 existing dwelling houses and the erection of 14 two bedroom apartments in two blocks of seven apartments at Crowthorne

08 Jul 2004

R (Cherwell DC) v FSS

A case concening Crown development

26 May 2004

Chiltern DC v FSS

04 Mar 2004

Wood v FSS

Concernning gypsies, Green Belt land and Human Rights

14 Oct 2002

Fisher v SSTLR

15 Mar 2002

Waltham Forest v SSETR

Concerning the scope of s.192 applications

03 Sep 2001

Everett v SSETR

A case regarding the enforcement of Human Rights

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