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Tim Buley specialises in all areas of public and regulatory law and planning and environmental law. In December 2013 he was ranked as one of Chambers UK’s Top Junior Bar 100, in its inaugural (and still only) listing of the top UK barristers. The Legal 500 2016 says that Tim is “probably the leading junior at the Administrative Law Bar”, and Chambers UK 2018 describes him as “one of the most accomplished junior counsel at the Bar”. Other comments from the current editions include ““I don’t think there is a better junior at the Bar, he is an outstanding lawyer”, “at the cutting edge of EU rights”, and “masterful representation ... in high profile judicial review challenges”. He was shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law Junior of the Year’ at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017 and is the only junior currently listed in Band 1 in Admin law in both directories, with band 1 listings in five areas in both Chambers UK 2018 and the Legal 500 2017 (full Directory rankings below).

Tim is a member of the Attorney-General’s A-panel of Junior Counsel (since 2013), and the Welsh Government A-Panel. Tim has also been appointed by the Attorney-General as a Special Advocate, who can be instructed to represent individuals and organisations in closed material proceedings. He appears as sole and leading counsel, including regular appearances against silks, at every level of the domestic court system including the Supreme Court. A list of Tim’s reported cases, which include 8 Supreme Court cases and over 60 Court of Appeal cases, as well as references to the Court of Justice of the European Communities, can be accessed via the Cases Tab.

Tm’s practice covers the full range of public law work, from commercial and regulatory matters, through constitutional and EU law, planning and the environment, local government and healthcare, to civil liberties and human rights, immigration, and social welfare. He is equally experienced acting for and against public bodies, and for commercial interests and individuals.

The breadth of Tim’s practice is demonstrated by his clients, who include commercial organisations and developers, regulators, individuals, NGO’s and pressure groups, most central government departments, many local authorities, and a wide range of independent and non-departmental public bodies. He has a strong commitment to legal aid and pro bono work and in 2009 was named as one of the Attorney-General’s Pro Bono Heroes for “outstanding commitment to pro bono work”.

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Details of Tim’s wide range of reported cases, with full case citations, can be accessed via the Cases Tab. He is qualified to accept public access instructions. 

Directory Rankings

Chambers UK 2018 (November 2017) describes Tim as a “leading draw” who is “one of the most accomplished junior counsel at the Bar”, and recommends Tim in five areas:

Administrative and Public Law, Band 1: Masterful representation of claimants and defendants in high-profile judicial review challenges to legislation and important public body decisions. His broad practice encompasses commercial, regulatory and human rights claims. Recent cases include challenges to welfare reform, energy policy and professional discipline.

“Very persuasive orally and he has a good grasp of the legal issues. He presents issues in a way which is easy for judges to understand." "His drafting is really quite exceptional. He is an exceptionally elegant drafter.”

Civil liberties and Human Rights, Band 1: A leading junior in the human rights and civil liberties field who operates at every level of domestic court, with a particular focus on appellate work and judicial reviews. He frequently appears on behalf of central and local government, individuals and pressure groups. His portfolio encompasses diverse matters, covering areas such as planning, environmental, social welfare and immigration.

"Reliable, easy to work with and bright." "He knows the law back to front." "Tim is skilled at navigating the complexities of a case."

Immigration, Band 1: A leading junior, he is highly regarded for his public law knowledge and immigration expertise. He routinely acts for claimants in a diverse range of cases, including deportation and detention matters. He is also regularly instructed to act on behalf of major immigration charities.

"He is very good on running novel arguments and is at the cutting edge of EU rights." "I don't think there is a better junior at the Bar, he's an outstanding lawyer”.

"Community Care, Band 1: Standout junior who specialises in social welfare, human rights, immigration and EU law. He is experienced in every level of domestic court and acts for a variety of clients, including government and other public sector bodies, pressure groups and individuals. "… he can turn his hand to anything, and he's very good on EU law."

Local Government, Band 4:Impressive junior with strong experience in public law and public sector matters, particularly cases arising within the context of community care, social housing and planning. Advises a range of clients, including individuals, commercial entities and pressure groups. "He's a brilliant drafter – he's diligent and enthusiastic." "He's a good tactician – he's very attuned to the points that will play well."

The Legal 500 2017 (September 2017) describes Tim as Landmark’s “standout junior” and recommends him in the first rank of juniors in Administrative and Public Law (“probably the leading junior at the Administrative Law Bar”), in Civil Liberties and Human Rights (“extremely clever and knowledgeable”), and Immigration (“strong expertise on free movement issues”).

Chambers 100 UK Bar (December 2013) identified Tim as one of the top junior barristers in the UK across all practice areas:

A specialist in public law, human rights, EU and planning and environmental law …"Able to immediately grasp the fundamentals of very complex issues and advise clearly on the key points and merits," he "always looks for the creative angle to litigation and provides an excellent overview of the legal framework."

Tim has been ranked as a leading junior in both directories since 2010. In past years the Directories have said that Tim is “an absolutely fantastic junior”, “technically outstanding”, highly impressive in court", "Judges have a lot of respect for him”, “standout junior”, “lawyer’s lawyer”, “excellent”, “outstanding reputation”, “a really serious force to be reckoned with”, “a first class public lawyer”, “has the respect of the court”, “admired by peers and clients alike for his technical ability”, “passionate, probing and won’t take no for an answer”, “can-do attitude” and “as good as it gets in a junior”. He has been identified as a leading planning junior in Planning Magazine, and (in 2009) as one of the Attorney-General’s Pro Bono Heroes for “outstanding commitment to pro bono work. 

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