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Rupert Warren

Rupert Warren QC


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Rupert Warren QC is a specialist in planning and related areas of public law. He is joint Head of Chambers at Landmark. Rupert was called to the Bar in 1994 and took silk in 2012.

His practice is nationwide and he acts for many leading developers as well as central Government, local authorities and individuals.  He has particular expertise in the High Court and Court of Appeal, and in advisory work and advocacy on planning appeals. 

Residential development: Rupert acts for most of the country’s main housebuilders and development companies, recently securing planning permission from the Secretary of State for 1500 units in the Green Belt at Brockworth, Gloucestershire; achieving permission for the redevelopment of Hanstead Park, a major Green Belt site in St Albans; successfully advancing a 0% affordable housing development of 400 units at appeal for Barwood Strategic Land; successfully advocating the grant of permission in Devizes opposed by Neighbourhood Plan makers; promoting large urban extensions in south Oxford for Magdalen College and Thames Water; in Basingstoke for Basingstoke & Deane and Hants CC; and in Guildford adjacent to Clandon Park.  He has specialist knowledge of retirement housing and care, currently representing McCarthy & Stone in multiple appeals, Quantum Group, and Renaissance. 

In London, Rupert’s recent and current caseload encompasses: securing permission on appeal for a 28 storey tower for Essential Living at Swiss Cottage and a bespoke new dwelling in the Hampstead Conservation Area for the software entrepreneur Jez San; advising on proposed additions to Grade I Listed Buildings in Regents Park, Belgravia Mayfair, St James’ and Soho as well as appearing in the Carlton Tavern appeal (facsimile replacement); his advice also includes major Estate Regeneration for Circle in Merton and commercial and retail cases (see below). 

Rupert’s current heritage caseload is extensive, featuring the redevelopments of the former Nestle site in Hayes, Walton Court in Surrey, Soho Square, and development near the Grade I Kedleston Hall and Park, Derby (400 units secured on appeal).

He also specialises in retail, commercial, industrial, employment and infrastructure, and is currently advising and representing Segro (Northfields, Vantage Park), Tesco Stores (nationwide), the Kingswood Development Company (Hull) and Capital & Regional (Luton). He advised and represented DECC in relation to Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station. Recent work in the leisure field includes consent on appeal for Richard Caring’s extension to 34, and Time Out Market’s Spitalfields project.

Rupert was formerly a member of the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel of counsel, and He continues to advise DCLG on national policy, including the NPPF, PPTS and Housing White Paper.

What the Directories Say

Chambers & Partners 2016:

“A rising force in the planning field … he continues to advise the Government on high profile planning matters and to act for developers…”

“A really really outstanding lawyer, a master of contentious planning and a tremendously nice guy”

“The most impressive of the new generation”

Legal 500 2017:

A very sharp and able lawyer, and a pleasure to work with”.