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Tim Buley specialises in all areas of public and regulatory law, ranked in the top rank, band 1, of leading juniors across five practice areas in both of the leading legal directories. 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”. In August 2017, Tim was shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law Junior of the Year’ at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017. 

Tim is a member of the Attorney-General’s A-panel of Junior Counsel, and the Welsh Government A-panel. 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 50 Court of Appeal cases, as well as references to the Court of Justice of the European Communities, can be accessed via the Cases Tab.

Tim’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. He also 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”.

The breadth of his practice is demonstrated by his clients, who include commercial organisations, regulators, individuals, NGO’s and pressure groups (including Reprieve, Public Law Project, the Good Thinking Society, CPAG, Mind, JCWI, Bail for Immigration Detainees, the AIRE Centre, Medical Justice, the Family Bar Association, and the Environmental Law Foundation), most central government departments, the Welsh Government, many local authorities, NHS Trusts and a wide range of other public bodies (including the Judicial Appointments Commission, the Environment Agency, the Intellectual Property Office, the Law Society, various Ombudsman, the Land Registry, the Parole Board, the Marine Fisheries Agency, the Enemy Property Compensation Adjudication Panel, and HMRC).

Tim’s high profile work in the last 18 months has included a challenge to the Financial Reporting Council on behalf of a large firm of auditors (Baker Tilly LLP), a challenge to the Benefit Cap on behalf of CPAG in the Divisional Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court (JS and ors), acting for the government on Hinkley Point C power station, for a claimant in the lead case about the exceptional funding regime for legal aid and Article 47 of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights (Gudanaviciene), leading counsel for the developer in relation to environmental impact assessment for major infrastructure projects and local government consultation (Dillner), acting for the Good Thinking Society in a (conceded) challenge to NHS prescription of homeopathic medicines, sole counsel for the Secretary of State in social security Article 14 challenges in the Supreme Court and Upper Tribunal (Mathieson, Worley), acting for a number of claimants in the immigration field in challenges to their detention and deportation in the Admin Court and Upper Tribunal (Xue, Al-Sharifi, Dolat-Shahi), Advocate (amicus) to the Court of Appeal on an issue about its jurisdiction to reopen its own proceedings (Bishop v Chokhar), acting for the claimant in the lead case on the interaction between discretionary housing payments and the bedroom tax (Hardy), a number of Planning Court cases about the NPPF and the five year housing supply (Telford and Wrekin BC, Cawrey, Cullen, Thornhill Estates, Leeds BC), work for the Environment Agency including resisting a threatened judicial review of enforcement under the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and advice on implementation of the Water Framework Directive, an important case about local government audit and council tax (Nicholson v Grant Thornton LLP),two references to the CJEU in cases for claimants relating to export of social security benefits (Tolleyi) and EU rights of residence following domestic violence (NA (Pakistan), and many other reported cases across all his practice areas.

Details of these and other cases, with full case citations, can be accessed via the Cases Tab. 

Directory Rankings

Chambers UK 2017 (November 2016) 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.

..."A robust advocate." "Very good in court. Very experienced and a wonderful, forward-thinking strategist." 

Civil liberties and Human Rights, Band 1: Operates at every level of domestic court, frequently appearing 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.

..."He's very good at focusing on the main issues and is highly impressive in court." "Judges have a lot of respect for him, he knows how to run the court."

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.

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.

..."Tim Buley is fantastic - he's a very good public lawyer who's very straightforward to deal with. He listens to what you say and is happy to make a decision on it. He's realistic and competent."

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. 

..."Fantastic. He is very straightforward to deal with, listens to what you say and is realistic. A good drafter." "Excellent on local authority land disposal issues and judicial review proceedings."

The Legal 500 2016 (September 2016) recommends Tim 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 leading 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."

In past years the Directories have said that Tim is “an absolutely fantastic junior”, “technically outstanding”, a “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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