Tim Mould KC

Call: 1987

Silk: 2006

Tims extensive practice includes planning, environmental, parliamentary, compulsory purchase, rating, highways and other aspects of local government law.

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Rating and Valuation


Practice Summary

Since Tim began his career at the Bar, he has appeared in many important cases at appellate level and at first instance in planning, compulsory purchase, environment, highways and rating law.

Tim has extensive experience of litigation in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in rating appeals and land compensation claims. He has appeared regularly before Parliamentary committees, both promoting railway schemes and under special parliamentary procedure. Since 2010 he has acted for the Government in the preparation of the HS2 high speed rail programme and the promotion of the HS2 legislation – the High Speed Rail (London to West Midlands) Act 2017 and High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Act 2021. He acted for the Promoter of the Crossrail Act 2008. His recent inquiry work has concerned rail improvement schemes and other transport related infrastructure.

Tim is consistently recognised in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 in the fields of planning, environment, rating and local government law.

Tim was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018. He sits in the Administrative Court and the Planning Court.

Tim's recent cases include:

  • Wyatt v Fareham Borough Council and Environment Agency [2022] EWCA Civ 983 (development control and protecting the marine environment from nitrates pollution)
  • Richards v Environment Agency [2022] 1 WLR 2593 [2022] EWCA Civ 26 (Regulation of waste disposal activities – positive obligation to protect life and amenity under articles 2 and 8 ECHR)
  • Sheakh v London Borough of Lambeth [2022] WLR(D) 170 [2022] EWCA Civ 457 (Low traffic neighbourhoods and disabled persons – the public sector equality duty)
  • High Speed Rail (Crewe – Manchester) Bill 2022 (completing the western leg of HS2 between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly)
  • London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust v Minister of Housing [2022] EWHC 829 (Admin) (statutory challenge to grant of planning permission for Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre at Victoria Tower Gardens Westminster)
  • Smith v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government [2021] 1650 (Admin) (compatibility of current definition of gypsies and travellers in Planning Policy for Traveller Sites with Articles 8 and 14 ECHR and the Equality Act)
  • Huddersfield to Westtown Improvements Order 2021 (Transport and Works Act Order inquiry – Network Rail’s Trans Pennine Railway upgrade)
  • Pro Investments Ltd v Hounslow Borough Council [2021] UKUT 201 (LC) [2021] RVR 305 (determination of land compensation for Brentford Community Stadium CPO)
  • Ricketts (VO) v Cyxtera Technology UK Ltd [2021] UKUT 265 (LC) [2022] RA 45 (rating assessment of data storage centres)
  • Cardtronics UK Ltd v Sykes (VO) [2020] 1 WLR 2184 [2020] UKSC 21 (rating assessment of ATMs in foodstores)
  • Sawkill v Highways England [2020] 1 WLR 3661 [2020] EWHC 801 (Admin) (scope powers of entry for survey – major infrastructure projects)
  • Packham v Prime Minister and Transport Secretary [2020] Env LR 10 [2020] EWCA Civ 1004 (net zero and the decision to proceed with HS2)
  • East West Rail (Bedford to Bicester) Improvements Order 2019 (Transport and Works Act Order inquiry – Network Rail’s reinstatement of the Varsity line)
  • Howbury Park Strategic Rail Freight Interchange Inquiry (2018) (planning inquiry into proposed SRFI development near Dartford)
  • Hughes (VO) v Yorkshire Museums and Gallery Trust [2017] RA 302 [2017] UKUT 0200 (LC) (rating assessments of museums and art galleries).

Current casework

Tim’s current casework includes the forthcoming House of Commons Select Committee proceedings on the High Speed Rail (Crewe – Manchester) Bill, HS2 related judicial reviews and land compensation claims, promoting an urban regeneration scheme at a forthcoming CPO inquiry, acting for farmers on proposed variations and revocations of water abstraction licences and advising on a range of rating and land compensation matters arising from the recent cases summarised above.

Between 2001 and 2006, Tim was a appointed to the Attorney General's A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (Common Law). Between 1997 and 2006, he was standing junior counsel to the Inland Revenue (Rating and Valuation). He is called to the Bar of Northern Ireland. He is a Bencher and member of Gray’s Inn.

Tim was joint head of Landmark Chambers from 2012 to 2015.


Tim's planning cases include:

  • Milton Keynes Council v Secretary of State [2012] JPL 728 (challenge to new planning regime for houses in multiple occupation).
  • St John’s School Northwood v Hillingdon Council [2012] JPL 693 (challenge to validity of breach of condition notice).
  • Cala Homes Ltd (No 2) v Secretary of State [2011] JPL 1458 (materiality of proposed abolition of regional strategies).
  • Barbone v Secretary of State [2009] (challenge to expansion of Stansted Airport).
  • BARD Campaign v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2009] (lawfulness of consultation on eco towns programme).

In 2012, Tim acted for Network Rail in defending the legal challenge to the Thameslink scheme for London Bridge Station, Gray v London Borough of Southwark.

Public inquiry work includes proposals for renewable energy development for the CoOp; ‘eco-village’ redevelopment and lawfulness of flying activities at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, proposals for a superstore at Bridgewater Retail Park Banbridge Northern Ireland, retail schemes in Ballycastle and at Buncrana Road Derry Northern Ireland; the redevelopment of the former HMS Ganges site in Suffolk, the Shard of Glass and the Dibden Bay Port inquiry. Practice experience includes tall buildings in London, development plan preparation, residential schemes including sheltered and affordable housing, renewable energy schemes and urban regeneration schemes.

Advisory work is wide ranging and includes EIA, SEA and Habitats, the interpretation and enforcement of development agreements and planning obligations, infrastructure schemes, renewable energy technologies, land reclamation and waste schemes including incineration and animal wastes, agricultural reservoirs, utilities permitted development rights, listed building conversion and refurbishment schemes, hotel development, retail planning at railway stations and planning in Northern Ireland, the Channel Isles and the Isle of Man.

Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

Tim has advised on a wide range of issues emanating from his work on the HS2 which related to the application of compulsory purchase and land compensation.

Other work includes the public inquiry into the East Street Farnham CPO (mixed use redevelopment scheme) and land compensation claims under the London Olympics CPO, the Thameslink TWA Order and light transit systems in Greater Manchester.

Tim’s compulsory purchase practice includes advising and acting for claimants and acquiring authorities in land compensation claims relating to schemes such as the East London Line Extension, the Bristol Broadmead Expansion Scheme, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the M6 Toll Road, the Liverpool City Centre Paradise Street redevelopment scheme, compulsory purchase for repair of the Grade 1 listed Apethorpe Hall and Croydon Tramlink.

Notable court cases in relation to compulsory purchase and compensation include:

  • Moto Hospitality Ltd v Secretary of State for Transport [2008] 1 WLR 2822 (section 10 compensation).
  • Ryde International plc v London Regional Transport [2004] 2 EGLR 1 (land compensation for loss of profits).
  • Clift v Welsh Office [1999] 1 WLR 796 (land compensation for injurious affection and physical damage).

His work on the Crossrail Bill required heavy involvement in addressing petitions which raised issues relating to compulsory purchase and land compensation. He has considerable experience and expertise in land valuation with an environmental element, including minerals and utilities valuation. He also has experience of litigation before the Tribunal in relation to restrictive covenants under section 84 of the Law of Property Act 1925, Brown v Heathlands Mental Health Trust [1996] 1 All ER 133 (compulsory purchase and restrictive covenants).

Highways, Footpaths and Rights of Way

Tim's notable cases in the law of highways and public rights of way include:

  • Fortune v Wiltshire Council [2013] 1 WLR 808 (principles of common law dedication and statutory extinguishment of vehicular rights of way under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006).
  • Herrick v Kidner [2010] 3 All ER 771 (statutory procedure for removing obstructions under s130A Highways Act 1980).
  • Godmanchester Town Council v Environment Secretary [2008] 1 AC 221 (statutory deemed dedication of public rights of way).
  • Wardens of Winchester College v Hampshire County Council [2009] 1 WLR 138 (statutory extinguishment of vehicular rights of way).

Public inquiry work includes acting for West Berkshire Council promoting of a public path creation order on the Thames Path National Trail at Purley, Berkshire.

Tim is consulting editor on Halsbury’s Laws 5th Ed Volume 55 (Highways, Streets and Bridges).


Tim's environmental cases include:

  • Crossrail (promoting the Crossrail Bill through Parliament (2005-2008), RSPB v Secretary of State [2014] Env LR 14 (impact of expansion of Lydd Airport on EU protected species and habitats).
  • R (Evans) v Basingstoke Council [2014] 1 WLR 2034 (compatibility of enforcement time limits with EIA Directive).
  • River Faughan Anglers Ltd’s Application for Judicial Review [2014] NIQB 34 (protection of the River Faughan ASSI under the Northern Ireland Habitats Regulations).
  • Brown v Carlisle City Council [2010] JPL 1571 (challenge to EIA of airport re-development scheme).

Rating and Valuation

Tim has many years’ experience in rating and council tax litigation. His litigation and advisory work includes and the impact of proposals in the Growth and Infrastructure Bill to extend the life of rating lists to 2017. 

im’s rating practice in silk has covered museums, the reconstitution of ports hereditaments, oversupply allowances for city centre offices, minerals, large stores, unoccupied property rating, charitable rates relief, mobile phone networks, sports stadia and national parks.

Notable valuation cases include:

  • Selfridges’ Oxford Street store and Harrods’ Knightsbridge department store. 

Notable court cases include:

  • Gallagher v Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [2008] 1 WLR 1852 (rating and human rights).
  • Chilton-Merryweather v Hunt [2008] RA 357 (impact of traffic growth on council tax assessments).
  • Baker v Citibank NA [2007] RA 93 (rating of new offices in Canary Wharf).
  • Cinderella Rockerfellas v Rudd [2003]1 WLR 2423 (rating of floating night club).

Tim is consulting editor on Halsbury’s Laws 5th Ed Volume 70 (Local Government Finance). From 1997 to 2006, Tim was standing junior counsel to the Inland Revenue on rating and valuation.


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Whether it's providing support as an individual cross-practice barrister or a cross-disciplinary team of Landmark counsel, we are able to draw on an outstanding array of complementary skillsets and knowledge bases. This often achieves a better result than instructing multiple barristers from different specialist sets. This also improves the quality of client care through increased levels of communication, quicker response times, and a coordinated approach to clerking and fees, made possible by our team-based cross-practice approach.

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Local Government


Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

Highways, Footpaths and Rights of Way

Development Consent Orders

Development Contracts and Overage




Minerals and Waste

Planning Appeals, Inquiries and Hearings

Planning Judicial and Statutory Reviews

Transport Orders and Parliamentary Bills


Aarhus Convention and Environmental Justice

Ecology and Biodiversity


Environmental Assessment (Environmental Outcomes)

Environmental information

Environmental Regulation

Habitats and Species






Charitable Relief and other Exemptions

Collection and Enforcement Cases

Council Tax

Empty Properties

Non-Domestic Rates Litigation

Valuation Disputes


Local Government

Enormously impressive."

Chambers and Partners

Chambers Top Ranked UK Bar 2024 Uk leading silk 2024 Planning and Land Use Silk of the Year

Qualifications and achievements


  • Jodrell Classics Scholar - Queen’s College, Oxford
  • Tim has a degree in classics and a diploma in law


  • Shortlisted for the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2023 Planning and Land Use 'Silk of the Year'


  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Compulsory Purchase Association
  • Parliamentary Bar Mess
  • Planning and Environmental Bar Association (served as a member between 2017-2021)
  • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association


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