David Smith

Call: 1980

David's advocacy and advisory work on behalf of both the public and the private sectors focussing on planning and related matters.

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David's practice has developed from a specialism in both landlord and tenant and planning.

His planning inquiry work embraces both shorter and longer public inquiries. For the longer inquiries this tends to involve multi-disciplinary teams of consultants ranging from the technical to the creative. His inquiry and advisory work covers a wide range of topics and has embraced a considerable number of mineral proposals (both deep mine and opencast), many road proposals, a number of deep sea ports, several major airport inquiries, and a proposal for a large intermodal freight exchange. David’s inquiry work also features many aspects regularly found in complex Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) cases, such as air quality and emissions/depositions, noise, blasting, ecology and habitats, waste, flooding and water quality.

Qualifications and achievements


  • Law at Brunel University
  • Law at London School of Economics


  • Poland (Treasurer’s) Prize when called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1980


  • Philip Teichman Scholarship by the Inner Temple


  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Compulsory Purchase Association
  • Planning and Environmental Bar Association
  • Supplementary Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (Common Law): 1992-1999

Practice Managers

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Kevin Squires

Senior Practice Manager

020 7421 1351

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Jason Allen

Senior Practice Manager

020 7421 1306

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Noel Pudney

Assistant Practice Manager

020 7421 1398

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