19 09 2023
Brook House Inquiry report published today
Christopher has particular expertise in judicial review actions and public inquiries in the field of public law. In property law, Christopher has acted in a number of cases involving water courses and riparian rights and specialises in this area.
In planning law matters, Christopher has acted in a number of significant public inquiries dealing with compulsory purchase orders and urban regeneration schemes. He acted for the objectors to a regeneration scheme in the Aylesbury Estate CPO Public Inquiry. He also acts in relation to judicial and statutory review of planning decisions.
Christopher specialises in Compulsory Purchase Public Inquiry work.
He undertakes written work and advocacy in the following areas:
He has represented objectors to large developments in the following inquiries:
Christopher is currently instructed by a freeholder in relation to the proposed demolition and redevelopment of the Cressingham Gardens Estate in Lambeth and was instructed for a resident freeholder in a related judicial review application R (on the application of Plant) v Lambeth LBC  EWHC 3079 (Admin) .
Christopher acted for a developer in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the meaning of reserved matters in outline applications for planning permission, Crystal Property Limited v SSCLG  EWCA Civ 1265.
Christopher acted for the successful Claimant in R. (on the application of Seventeen De Vere Gardens (Management) Ltd) v Kensington and Chelsea RLBC  EWHC 2869 (Admin) in which a Local Planning Authority decision to decline to determine a planning application under section 70C Town and Country Planning Act 1990 quashed.
Christopher acted for the successful claimant in a judicial review of LB Hackney’s decision to grant planning permission in relation to a development which concerned the application of BRE guidelines to a children’s playground, R (on the application of Watt) v Hackney LBC  ACD 115.
Christopher represented the successful claimant in Venn v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWHC 3546 (Admin);  J.P.L. 447 and appeared with Richard Drabble KC in the Secretary of State’s appeal in the same case – SSCLG v Venn  1 W.L.R. 2328  C.P. Rep. 12  1 C.M.L.R. 52  Env. L.R. 14  J.P.L. 573  EWCA Civ 1539. The case concerned the scope under CPR r.45.41 of the availability of protective costs orders for environmental cases falling within the Aarhus Convention 2001
In October 2011, Christopher represented the travellers at the Dale Farm site in Basildon in proceedings in the Administrative Court and in the Court of Appeal – R (on the application of Sheridan & others) v Basildon District Council  EWHC 2938 (Admin) in relation to a judicial review of enforcement action and rights of children.
Christopher specialises in Water Courses and Riparian rights cases. He has advised extensively in the following areas:
Christopher’s notable cases include:
Christopher has advised owners of beaches and seafront land and local authorities in relation to proceedings concerning coastal erosion. He also advises in cases involving boundary dispute issues in relation to riparian land.
Christopher’s reported property cases include:
Christopher Jacobs has been practising in a range of administrative and public law areas for more than 25 years.
Christopher is a judicial review specialist and advises and represents clients in judicial review challenges across the public law spectrum. He is an acknowledged human rights expert and has developed an expertise in planning and property-related claims.
Christopher frequently represents local authorities in judicial claims brought against them and regularly advises local authorities on public law related matters.
Notable cases in which Christopher has acted include:
Approximately 40% of cases in which Christopher has drafted letters before claim or grounds for judicial review have resulted in Respondents conceding at the pre-action, pre-permission of post permission stages of the claim.
Christopher is currently instructed in the following public inquiries:
Other Public Inquiries Christopher has worked on:
Christopher has conducted seminars and advised institutions on the criteria for Core Participant status in the forthcoming COVID-19 Public Inquiry.
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19 09 2023
Brook House Inquiry report published today
14 08 2023
Landmark’s Christopher Jacobs quoted in The Times regarding Post Office Horizon IT Inquiry
R (on the application of Gomes) v Kensington and Chelsea RLBC  EWHC 778 (Admin)
This is an application for judicial review of decisions about the rehousing of the claimant, a...
10 02 2023
Landmark Chambers list of Attendees for MIPIM 2023
Webinar Series - Water Management - Part 1: Water Abstraction, Neutrality and Pollution
Robert Walton KC, Christopher Jacobs, Matthew Dale-Harris, and Charles Bishop
Brook House Public Inquiry
Christopher Jacobs acted for a core participant Detention Custody Officer in the Brook House...
R (on the application of Plant) v Lambeth LBC  EWHC 3079 (Admin)
The Claimant challenges the decision of the London Borough of Lambeth ('the Defendant') to grant...
20 10 2022
IICSA publishes final report into child sexual abuse
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