Planning

Overview

“ ‘Excellent, friendly’ Six Pump Court provides ‘first rate’ advice on a range of planning matters, with criminal and regulatory expertise to complement its strengths in planning.” – Legal 2022

 

The breadth of Chambers’ areas of specialism, including our highly successful (and ranked) Regulatory and Environmental teams, provides our clients with a depth of talent and experience within Chambers that distinguishes Six Pump Court from other sets planning sets in London.

Our planning law barristers appear regularly in the full range of courts and tribunals engaged in planning law, including inquiries and hearings into planning applications and appeals, enforcement appeals and the examination of local plans, CIL charging schedules and neighbourhood plans. We also appear at inquiries and hearings into proposed compulsory purchase orders, development consents, village greens and other statutory orders concerning highways and Public Rights of Way

Six Pump Court is also recognised for its experience and expertise in related areas of public law and civil litigation, appearing regularly in the Senior Courts at first instance and on appeal. Our planning law barristers have considerable experience of cases involving judicial review and statutory challenges in the Planning Court; appeals by way of case stated in the Divisional Court; and claims for planning injunctions in the Interim Applications Court in the Queen’s Bench Division.

Our planning law barristers are instructed by a diverse range of public, private and third sector clients. We act for a large number of local authorities across the country, government departments and other statutory bodies engaged in planning matters, undertaking a diverse mix of plan-making, decision-taking and enforcement work.  Our members also act for a wide variety of developers, businesses and individuals, assisting them to navigate the complexities and uncertainties of the regime of planning control and enforcement in pursuit of realistic and effective outcomes.

Many of our members are recommended as specialist planning barristers in the Chambers UK Bar Guide and Legal 500.

Testimonials

“ ‘Excellent, friendly’ Six Pump Court provides ‘first rate’ advice on a range of planning matters, with criminal and regulatory expertise to complement its strengths in planning.”

― Legal 500 [2022]

"The degree of professionalism and expertise at Six Pump Court is impressive."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2022]

“Six Pump Court is well regarded for planning work in both advisory and litigation contexts, with an affinity for matters that overlap with related disciplines such as regulatory and environmental law.”

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2021]

"Six Pump Court provides high-quality advice and advocacy in a range of planning matters. Its barristers are frequently instructed by local authorities to act in planning enforcement cases and residential development matters. "

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2020]

“The set’s potent public sector expertise is augmented by its considerable experience of acting on behalf of private clients on a host of matters, including enforcement actions, appeals and judicial reviews.”

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2018]

“Six Pump Court has ‘always been a go-to set for planning matters, with an excellent range of barristers who are ready to help and go beyond the call of duty’. The set was reappointed to the London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA) panel for planning, and members also act for private clients such as landowners, developers and infrastructure providers.”

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2017]

“The set remains a top choice for local authorities requiring representation in appeals and inquiries, particularly in regard to planning enforcement, local plans and community infrastructure levy matters. This expertise is demonstrated by the set’s appointment to the London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance.”

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2016]

Latest news

25th July 2022

Planning Inquiry Training – Anne Williams and Angelica Rokad

Six Pump Court are pleased to offer planning inquiry training to prospective parties involved in a planning appeal.

8th July 2022

Legal 500 Bar Awards 2022 – Six Pump Court receives nominations in four categories

Chambers is delighted to announce four nominations at the Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2022.

22nd June 2022

Planning permission for exploratory fracking dismissed

In June 2022, the Secretary of State found in favour of the council's case and dismissed the appellant's application for planning permission for exploratory...

25th February 2022

EIA Parameter Plans interpreted in line with common sense

Megan Thomas QC acting for Canterbury City Council successfully defended two judicial reviews seeking to challenge the discharge of conditions on an outline planning permission.

30th November 2021

Six Pump Court barristers listed in Who’s Who Legal UK Bar 2021

Stephen Hockman QC, David Hercock and Christopher Badger are been included in the WWL UK Bar 2021 list of leading barristers in Environmental Law.

26th November 2021

Discounts of 25% on books by Six Pump Court authors

Today (Friday), Law Brief will be running a Black Friday discount of 25% for all books available on their website.

29th October 2021

Diversion Orders Webinar

The second webinar in our Public Rights of Way series will cover Diversion Orders.

29th October 2021

Six Pump Court welcomes Brendon Moorhouse

Six Pump Court is pleased to announce that specialist environmental and regulatory law barrister Brendon Moorhouse has joined Chambers.

8th October 2021

Six Pump Court Environmental Law Conference – 3rd December

Six Pump Court is pleased to announce our first full day Environmental Law Conference, bringing together specialist counsel with leading external speakers to cover a range of topical environmental issues.

14th September 2021

New Christ’s Hospital School £25m sports centre plans approved

Horsham District Council’s planning committee have approved a major application to build the facilities. Anne Williams and Angelica Rokad represented the School.

3rd September 2021

DMMO Applications webinar

The first webinar in our Public Rights of Way series will cover DMMO Applications and be held on 6th September.

14th July 2021

Public rights of way webinar series

Six Pump Court Chambers will be presenting a series of three webinars on public rights of way.

12th July 2021

New book on flood claims

This book entitled ‘A Practical Guide to the Law of Flood Protection and Flood Claims’ by William Upton QC was published this week.

22nd June 2021

Anne Williams and William McBarnet successfully represent appellant at planning inquiry

The appellant had appealed the decision of the local council not to grant planning permission for the development of a low carbon home in Dorset.

16th June 2021

Planning Law Update – 28th June

We are very pleased to be hosting a Planning Law Update webinar this month.

7th June 2021

Solar Salt Projects in Africa: environmental legal issues

In a paper for a recent webinar, Chris Badger discusses some of the environmental and legal issues that can arise in arbitration disputes, with specific reference to issues that can arise in developing markets.

28th April 2021

Homestead planning inquiry to begin in May

Anne Williams and William McBarnet will represent the Appellant at this four day planning inquiry into the Homestead, a low carbon home in Bothenhampton, Dorset.

22nd March 2021

Breaches of Enforcement Notices lead to prosecution

Giles Atkinson represented the defendants who were convicted for breaching listed building enforcement notices.

19th March 2021

A Practical Guide to Environmental Enforcement

Six Pump Court environmental law practitioners Christopher Badger and Stuart Jessop are the authors of a new practical guide to environmental enforcement.

15th March 2021

Megan Thomas and Simon Taylor appointed as Queen’s Counsel

Six Pump Court is pleased to announce Megan Thomas and Simon Taylor's appointment as Queen's Counsel today.

Events

30th June 2022

Planning Law Update

We are delighted to offer another in our series of Planning Law updates.

14th June 2022

UKELA Conference 14 -18 June

On 14th -18th June the UKELA conference will take place and we are delighted to be one of the sponsors once again.

24th January 2022

Public Rights of Way Webinars – Highway creation, adoption, and extinguishment

The third webinar in our Public Rights of Way series will consider some of the issues which can arise when new highways are created in conjunction with new development.

3rd December 2021

Environmental Law Hybrid Conference – 3rd December 2021

Six Pump Court is pleased to announce our first full day Environmental Law Conference, bringing together specialist counsel with leading external speakers to cover a range of topical environmental issues.

29th November 2021

Recent case law from the Planning Court – Women in Planning

Women in Planning together with Six Pump Court Chambers are hosting this webinar rounding up recent case law from the Planning Court.

8th November 2021

Public Rights of Way Webinars – Diversion orders

The second webinar in our Public Rights of Way series will cover some of the trickier points relating to highway diversions under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Highways Act 1980.

6th September 2021

Public Rights of Way Webinars – Definitive Map Modification Order applications

The first webinar in our series is for new rights of way officers, and anyone who would like to refresh their knowledge of some of the basic (and some of the more challenging) issues relating to Definitive Map Modification Order applications,

28th June 2021

Planning Law Update Webinar

We are very pleased to be hosting a Planning Law Update webinar this month.

14th June 2021

UKELA Conference 14 -18 June

We are delighted to be one of the sponsors once again at this year's event. Members of Six Pump Court will be taking part and presenting some of the sessions.

19th June 2020

Webinar: Heritage Assessment and Design in Planning Decisions

On Friday 19th June Six Pump Court will host a webinar entitled Heritage Assessment and Design in Planning Decisions.

20th March 2019

Piercing the Corporate Veil: The Principle of ‘Separate Legal Personality’

Six Pump Court presents the third in our series of Environmental Law Seminars to be held this year.

28th February 2019

Company Directors and Environmental Responsibilities

Six Pump Court presents the second in our series of Environmental Law Seminars to be held this year.

31st January 2019

Private Nuisance: Key Contemporary Issues or “Bringing Home the Bacon”

Six Pump Court, together with UKELA Eastern Region presents an environmental seminar - Private Nuisance: Key Contemporary Issues.

13th July 2018

Friday 13th July – Regulatory Law Conference 2018 (Birmingham)

Six Pump Court will present a Regulatory and Planning Law Conference to be held on 13th July in Birmingham.

20th November 2017

Regulatory and Planning Law Conference 2017 (Leeds)

Six Pump Court presents a Regulatory and Planning Law Conference to be held on 20th November in Leeds.

The event will cover a variety of topics providing essential updates on specialist areas, informative discussion on topical issues and practical tips for regulators and for those who represent the regulated.

12th July 2017

Piercing the Veil’ Incorporation and Liability for Environmental Damage: Widening the Net

Six Pump Court presents the third in our series of Environmental and Public Law Seminars to be held this year. Wednesday 12th July –...

11th July 2017

Private Nuisance Litigation Masterclass

Our series of Masterclass Environmental Law Seminars continues next month with a second seminar, Private Nuisance Litigation Masterclass to be held on 11th July.

Our planning team

Stephen Hockman QC

Stephen Hockman QC

Call: 1970, QC: 1990
W Robert Griffiths QC

W Robert Griffiths QC SC

Call: 1974, QC: 1993
Richard Barraclough

Richard Barraclough QC

Call: 1980, QC: 2003
Megan Thomas QC

Megan Thomas QC

Call: 1987, QC: 2021
William Upton QC

William Upton QC

Call: 1990, QC: 2019
Mark Watson QC

Mark Watson QC

Call: 1994, QC: 2018
Mark Harris

Mark Harris

Call: 1980
Mark Beard

Mark Beard

Call: 1996
Noémi Byrd

Noémi Byrd

Call: 2004
Thaiza Khan

Thaiza Khan

Call: 2006
Mark Davies

Mark Davies

Call: 2017