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Reuben Taylor

Reuben Taylor QC



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Reuben Taylor was called to the Bar by Grays Inn in 1990. He specialises in all aspects of Planning, Environmental, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation Law.

He has developed a particularly strong reputation for dealing with noise, road traffic, air quality and other technical environmental impact issues.

Reuben is listed as a leading junior in planning by the Legal 500 (2011) and Chambers & Partners Directory 2012 ("Always succinct and to the point, he provides an extremely reliable service and excels in technically complicated matters.")

He has been described by Planning Magazine as respected for his intellect and ability to grapple with technical arguments and as an outstanding junior with excellent client skills. Adept at handling technical aspects of planning and environmental legislation.


Reuben has a busy Inquiry and High Court practice. Early in his career he helped secure planning permission for the Eton Rowing lake which was the venue for the rowing regatta at London 2012. He represented BAA plc at the Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5 inquiry. More recently Reuben had particular responsibility for noise issues acting for the Government on the Crossrail project.

He has a wide client base ranging from local authorities to a number of major national and international developers. His clients include Canary Wharf Group, Tesco, B&Q, Taylor Wimpey plc, Persimmon Homes, Bellway Homes, BAA plc, Transport for London, Eton College and English Heritage.

Other recent cases:

  • R. (on the application of McCarthy) v Basildon [2008] EWHC 987 (Admin);
  • R. (on the application of Buglife: The Invertebrate Conservation Trust) v Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corp [2008] Env. L.R. 31
  • MR Dean & Sons (Edgware) Ltd v First Secretary of State [2007] EWCA Civ 1083
  • R. (on the application of Blyth Valley BC) v First Secretary of State [2006] EWHC 3619 (Admin)
  • R. (on the application of O'Brien) v Basildon DC [2007] 1 P. & C.R. 16
  • R. (on the application of Orange PCS Ltd) v Islington LBC [2006] J.P.L. 1309
  • R. (on the application of Cherwell DC) v First Secretary of State [2005] 1 W.L.R. 1128


Reuben has also established a powerful reputation as an environmental lawyer appearing in the leading case on the meaning of Best Available Techniques within the Pollution Prevention and Control system: R. (on the application of Rockware Glass Ltd) v Chester City Council [2007] Env. L.R. 3.

He also has significant experience in the field of environmental impact assessment where he has appeared in a number of the leading cases including: R v Durham County Council ex p Huddleston [2000] 1 W.L.R. 1484, BAA Plc v Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions [2003] J.P.L. 610 and R. (on the application of Fernback) v Harrow LBC [2002] Env. L.R. 10

Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

Reuben has an established practice in the field of compulsory purchase and compensation law. Most recently he has been involved in Greenweb v London Borough of Wandsworth [2008] EWCA Civ 910 a case which hit the national headlines.

He also secured the compulsory purchase order for the London Array, the worlds largest offshore windfarm.