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The leading planning set Chambers & Partners

Chambers & Partners ranks Landmark Chambers as the 2019 set of the year in both Environment/Planning and Real Estate. Landmark is said to be “the leading planning set”, with its “impressive bench of barristers” who are “extremely dedicated in their work” making this “go-to” set “pre-eminent… in terms of its strength in depth”. The Legal 500 also ranks Landmark as the 2019 set of the year in Real Estate, Environment and Planning, noting that it is the “go-to set for high value, complex matters and large development projects”, “the pre-eminent planning set” which is “totally dominant” and has “unrivalled strength in depth, with an enviable list of senior and junior counsel”. In Planning Magazine’s annual surveys of top planning barristers, Landmark QCs and juniors regularly do extremely well – the 2020 Survey featured 20 ranked Landmark silks, 12 ranked Landmark juniors, and seven of the top planning juniors under 35.

A team of Landmark barristers led by Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC and David Elvin QC edits the Encyclopaedia of Planning Law and Practice.

Landmark barristers appear at many of the biggest inquiries every year, and advise on development schemes at all stages. Expertise extends to all aspects of planning and development.

Landmark barristers have regularly been and are continually instructed in major infrastructure inquiries and cases of national importance for example Crossrail, High Speed 2 and Heathrow expansion.

Our barristers are experienced in the various routes to consent, whether through development consent orders under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects regime under the Planning Act 2008, Transport and Works Act Orders, planning permissions or hybrid Bills.

Members of Chambers appear in planning cases in the Higher Courts. Over the last year that has involved numerous appearances in the Supreme Court (e.g. R (Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)) v North Yorkshire County Council [2020] UKSC 3, R (Wright) v Resilient Energy v Severndale Ltd [2019] UKSC 53 and London Borough of Lambeth v SSHCLG [2019] UKSC 33), Court of Appeal (e.g. R (Plan B Earth) v Secretary of State for Transport [2020] EWCA Civ 214 and Renew Land Development Ltd v Welsh Ministers [2020] EWCA Civ 143) and the Planning Court. Since the introduction of the NPPF in 2012 Landmark barristers have been involved in many of the leading Higher Court cases on the interpretation of the NPPF.

Our “unrivalled breadth of experience and quality at all levels” (Planning Magazine) means that we are the first port of call for all aspects of planning law in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, no matter how big or small the development.

Moreover, Landmark’s expertise in public law, property law and environmental law makes us uniquely placed to advise on the many planning cases that overlap with these areas.

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