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Timothy Corner

Timothy Corner QC


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The major part of Tim Corner’s practice is in the fields of planning and compulsory purchase and public law, including local government and environmental law. His planning work embraces all types of development and he appears in public inquiries and examinations throughout the country. He also appears in the higher courts and in compulsory purchase compensation cases in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).

Recent public inquiries include appearances for Sainsbury’s (planning appeal, new superstore and over 600 apartments), Berkeley Homes (planning appeal, housing and new school in the Green Belt), Haringey LBC (Wards Corner Compulsory Purchase Order), Lendlease and Solihull MBC (Touchwood extension CPO-extension to Solihull’s main shopping centre), Barratt Group and Hounslow LBC (Hounslow High Street Quarter CPO-redevelopment in Hounslow town centre for housing, leisure and retail uses), Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar (Shell Centre/Southbank Place call-in inquiry for major office and housing development opposite Palace of Westminster), Roxhill and Rigby Group (call-in inquiry for 5 million sq. ft. class B development in the Green Belt), and Fairview Homes (appeal inquiries in London and South East).

Tim Corner has extensive experience of planning and public law cases in the higher courts and in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), and is a former junior counsel to the Crown, A Panel. Recent cases include R (Hawksworth Securities PLC) v Peterborough City Council [2016] EWHC 1870 (Lang J, relevance of alternative sites in determining planning applications), William Hill v Crossrail [2016] UKUT 275 (Upper Tribunal, preliminary issue whether new parties can be substituted after expiry of limitation period), Dartford BC v Secretary of State [2016] EWHC 649 (Gilbart J, 5 year housing supply and paragraph 49 of NPPF), Leicester University v Secretary of State [2016] JPL 709 (Supperstone J, relevance of extrinsic evidence in interpreting planning permissions), Turner v Secretary of State [2015] EWCA Civ 582 (Court of Appeal, bias in public law), R (Foster and Langton) v Forest of Dean DC [2015] EWHC 2648 (Cranston J and Court of Appeal, Habitats Regulations), Attorney General v HMB Holdings [2014] UKPC 5 (Privy Council, valuation in compulsory purchase cases). 

Tim is listed by Chambers and Partners as a leading silk in planning law, and in the Legal 500 as a leading silk in planning, administrative and public, and environment law. Chambers and Partners list him as a “Star Individual” in planning.

Judicial Appointments
Deputy High Court Judge 2008
Recorder 2004

Other Appointments
Member, Department of Communities and Local Government Panel of Expert Planning Mediators since November 2012
Member of the Welsh Government Panel of Queens Counsel since 2009
Chairman, Planning and Environment Bar Association 2008-2012
Chairman, Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate 2006-2010
Member, Joint Oxford Planning Law Conference Committee, 2001-2010
Bencher of Gray’s Inn since 2007

Professional Associations
Planning and Environment Bar Association, Administrative Law Bar Association, United Kingdom Environmental Law Association

Articles in Journal of Planning and Environment Law on planning, environment and human rights

French, Italian

Directory Entries

Chambers & Partners

“Regarded as one of the strongest QCs in the planning arena” (2018); “A key figure at the Planning Bar….phenomenally clever and has a lovely manner with clients” (2016); "An outstanding barrister" (2015);"Stellar planning silk" (2014); "remains an undisputed 'star of the Bar'," according to interviewees. He is a "great all-rounder who is not afraid to tell clients what they need to know," and "impresses clients, expert witnesses and those instructing him with his ability to absorb material on matters outside his usual field." (2013); “ a first-class, thoroughly charming advocate” (with) “a brilliant mind,” he “grasps the key issues in an instant, mobilises witnesses and gets what he wants from a case," and is “client-friendly and accessible,” (2012); "one of the finest planning silks in the country" and "probably the hardest working lawyer at the Bar... [he] is a first-rate operator, who is very client-friendly and shows a very commercial approach" (2011); "a first-class mind and exceptional advocate... he's unflappable, incredibly client-friendly and always gets the balance of his arguments absolutely right" (2010); "Outstandingly bright and one of the most hard-working lawyers at the Planning Bar." 

Legal 500

Very excellent team player..thorough and forensic when needed and rises above when appropriate" (2018); “A strong choice for planning challenges….particularly strong in environmental related public inquiries” (2015)"first rate" (2011), "takes ownership of the issues in a case" (2011); "first-class intellect coupled with a very approachable style" (2010); “bright and articulate” (2009); “friendly and approachable” (2009); "[he] stands out as offering pragmatic and sensible advice" (2008); "superb" (2008) and "as comfortable in the High Court as he is on an inquiry, any case against Tim is always going to be difficult, he is quick on his feet and procedurally very astute" (2007).

Planning Magazine

Planning Law Survey 2017, top rated silk.