"She puts lay clients minds at rest with her quick analysis and her explanations of exoteric points of law and procedure."

― Legal 500 [2022]
Anne Williams
Call: 1980
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Anne Williams has been a specialist Planning and Environmental law barrister for over 20 years, having previously practiced at Landmark Chambers.  She is recommended by the Legal 500 (2022) and the Chambers UK Bar Guide (2022) and also ranked in the 2021 Planning Magazine’s Annual Survey‘s list of most admired planning law barristers.

She specialises in advising and appearing for developers and public authorities at Planning Inquiries, Hearings and in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Anne is regularly instructed by a large number of authorities throughout England. She sits as an Inspector in a number of Village Green inquiries. She is also a Visiting Professor at UCL.

Anne accepts public access instructions.

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Planning

Her Planning work includes:

  • Advising developers on pre-application discussions, the content of planning applications and prospects of success on appeal.
  • Representing appellant in Bangor Wharf inquiry – a residential scheme adjacent to Regents Park Canal.
  • Representing Christ’s Hospital School at inquiry for proposed major sports facility.
  • Advising on prior approval applications.
  • Advising a chain of pubs on the consequences of ACV listing.
  • DP World – proposed container port. Rail line and commercial and logistics centre containing 10 million sq ft of commercial development, Thames Gateway (this was a six month inquiry, and described as a ‘once in a lifetime’ case) and many office, retail and residential proposals involving planning and environmental issues. Click here to access the DP World London Gateway website.
  • Advising Bembridge Harbour, Isle of Wight on various developments
  • The National Gallery Extension (Trafalgar Square)
  • Stone Bassett New Town
  • Advising on proposals for a major strategic mixed use site in West Ham
  • She has promoted five development plans in inquiries lasting up to 3 months
  • Conducted the first Bar Direct planning case for The Outdoor Advertising Council of Great Britain. Anne has undertaken numerous ‘Advertisement’ cases.
  • Resisted a highly controversial application to register a village green on behalf of the main objector – Hythe Town Council.
  • Various section 288 challenges to Inspector’s decisions.
  • Appears for local authorities in particular when councillors have overturned officers’ recommendations.
  • Appeared in support at a major retail inquiry in Bognor Regis.
  • Regularly acts for local authorities resisting major housing developments, including Basingstoke & Deane District Council, Arun District Council, Hart District Council, Daventry District Council and Maldon District Council.
  • Very experienced in conducting cases relating to heritage conservation and design.
  • Advised Norfolk County Council on potential judicial review challenge.
  • Appears frequently for developers promoting residential and commercial development. Also advises on the implementation of planning permissions
  • Advised London Borough of Islington on affordable housing policy.
  • Appeared in a High Court challenge under the Habitats Regulations.
  • Also appears regularly in enforcement and LDC cases.
  • Advised in relation to the ‘Megamosque’.
  • Village green and Commons cases

Recommendations

"She puts lay clients minds at rest with her quick analysis and her explanations of exoteric points of law and procedure."

― Legal 500 [2022]

"Anne is client-friendly, easy to work with and thorough in her preparation." "She has an excellent advocacy style and is very good at drawing out people's strengths."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2022]

"She is thorough in her preparation and gets to the point politely and without aggression. I believe that she impresses clients with her friendly character and her quick understanding of what they want to achieve."

― Legal 500 [2021]

"Receives praise for her consistently high-quality client service, as well as her keen legal skills. As a barrister, qualified planner and regular inspector at village green inquiries, she is able to apply her extensive experience to high-profile and complex cases of all types. She represents developers and public authorities and has experience in cases which involve sensitive issues surrounding government and local government policy."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2020]

"She quickly gains the respect and confidence of clients. She is a consistent barrister who is thorough in her preparation and gets to the nub of issues. Clients are impressed by her personable character and quick understanding of what they want to achieve."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2019]

"Thorough in her preparation and gets to the nub of the issues."

― Legal 500 [2019]

"She presented the case in a really effective way and had a great deal of gravitas." "Thorough, organised and knowledgeable, she has excellent written and oral presentation skills and is widely experienced."

― Chambers UK Bar Guide [2018]
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Appointments

Anne Williams was appointed to the Enabling Panel of the Design Council (CABE). She regularly lectures and speaks at conferences on planning law and has made programmes for Legal Network TV. She was recently appointed a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, UCL.

Publications

Anne Williams has written articles for various publications including Planning – most recently on the application of the Habitats Directive to the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Areas.

  • Editorial Board of Garner’s Environmental Law
  • Editor, Atkins Court Forms, Town and Country Planning
  • Editor, Protection of the Environment and Public Health
  • Halsbury’s Laws: Contributor to Town and Country Planning volume and Open Spaces volume
  • Blundell & Dobry: Planning Applications and Appeals (Sweet and Maxwell). This successful and long-established work comprises a practical guide to all aspects of appeals and inquiries connected with the planning process.

Memberships

  • British Urban Regeneration Association
  • Planning and Environment Bar Association
  • RIBA Planning Group
  • Royal Town Planning Institute

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 March 2022

International Women’s Day 2022 – Six Pump Court Chambers

Six Pump Court is proud to celebrate the women barristers in chambers who practise in all areas of law:

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.

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.

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.

16th 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.

1st June 2020

Webinar: Heritage Assessment and Design in Planning Decisions

On Thursday 4th June, Six Pump Court and Women in Planning will host a joint webinar entitled Heritage Assessment and Design in Planning Decisions.

8th July 2019

Anne Williams invited to speak at AESOP Annual Congress

Anne Williams has been invited to speak at the AESOP Annual Congress in Venice on 9th-13th July.

1st April 2019

Six Pump Court barristers ranked in Planning Law Survey 2019

Members of Six Pump Court have been included in the rankings of the most highly regarded planning barristers published in the latest Planning Law Survey.

3rd December 2018

Anne Williams represents London Borough in a National Planning Policy test case

Anne Williams appeared on behalf of the London Borough of Islington appealing against a refusal of planning permission for a key residential development in Tollington Park.

9th October 2018

Anne Williams acts in planning appeal considering proposed residential development in light of new NPPF advice

Anne Williams will represent the London Borough of Islington in an upcoming planning appeal relating to a proposed residential development in the Tollington Park Conservation Area.

25th May 2018

Anne Williams to speak at Conference on Regulatory Issues in Property Law

Anne Williams will be speaking at this weekend's Regulatory Issues in Property Law Conference 2018 hosted by the Cambridge Centre for Property Law (CCPL).

27th March 2018

Anne Williams represents local authority at inquiry into plans to convert a footpath into a cycle track

Anne Williams has successfully appeared on behalf of the London Borough of Waltham Forest at an inquiry into the local authority's plans for the conversion of a public footpath to a cycle track.

10th November 2017

Bangor Wharf housing planning appeal

Six Pump Court barristers will represent both parties at an upcoming planning appeal relating to a major housing development on Regent’s Canal, Camden

11th November 2016

Anne Williams represents restaurant in immediate Article 4 Direction

Anne Williams has represented the Le Colombier restaurant in Chelsea regarding an immediate Article 4 Direction made by the Royal Borough of Kensington and...

5th October 2016

Deliberate Concealment in Planning Enforcement Case

Anne Williams has successfully defended a client against allegations of deliberate concealment in a recent planning enforcement case. The case was brought by the...

20th September 2016

Anne Williams successfully defends council’s decision on housing policy

Anne Williams has successfully defended a decision of Arun District Council to refuse planning permission for 100 dwellings in the area of St Mary’s,...

30th August 2016

Anne Williams appointed to the Lexis PSL Planning editorial board

Anne Williams has been appointed to the Lexis PSL Planning editorial board. Along with other experts in planning law she will advise on the...

29th March 2016

Six Pump Court barristers ranked in Planning Law Survey 2016

Members of Six Pump Court have been included in the rankings published in the Planning Law Survey 2016. Anne Williams and Mark Beard have...

2nd February 2016

Mock Public Inquiry – Friday 18th March

Six Pump Court in association with The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London will be presenting this Mock Inquiry on Friday...

4th August 2015

How to Operate Skilfully and Advantageously within the Planning System

Anne Williams will be speaking at a forthcoming White Paper Planning Conference entitled 'How to Operate Skilfully and Advantageously within the Planning System'. Anne...

18th May 2015

Application of Barnwell Manor principles test

Anne Williams has successfully represented the Nicholls Lane Field Action Group in an Inquiry into a refusal by Stafford Borough Council for a residential...

13th April 2015

Members of Planning Team ranked in Planning Law Survey

Members of Six Pump Court's Planning Team have been ranked highly in the annual Planning Law Survey for 2015. William Upton, Mark Beard and...

3rd March 2015

Planning for Conveyancers – a webinar

On 4th March, Anne Williams and Laura Phillips will present a webinar entitled ‘Planning for Conveyancers’ as part of the LexisNexis series of webinars...

26th January 2015

Six Pump Court strengthens ties with The Bartlett, UCL

A team of barristers from Six Pump Court, including Anne Williams, recently appointed as a Visiting Professor, Mark Beard, Pascal Bates, Ian Rees Phillips...

5th November 2014

Anne Williams appears on behalf of residents action group opposed to proposed residential development in Moddershall Valley

Anne Williams is appearing on behalf of an action group of residents (Nicholls Lane Action Group) who are opposed to a proposed residential development...

5th October 2014

Anne Williams – Village Green Inspector

Specialist planning and environmental law barrister at 6 Pump Court Chambers, Anne Williams is sitting as Village Green Inspector in Enfield.

5th October 2014

Anne Williams joins the editorial team of Garner’s Environmental Law

6 Pump Court Chambers Planning barrister, Anne Williams has been appointed to the editorial board of 'Garner's Environmental Law'. This loose-leaf title, published by Lexis Nexis...

5th October 2014

A Guide to Conducting Planning Inquiries – Podcast available

A 30 minute podcast called 'A Guide to Conducting Planning Inquiries' can now be downloaded. This podcast is a step-by-step practical guide to planning...

24th September 2014

Anne Williams acting for local authority in a major mixed use redevelopment case

Anne Williams is acting for the Royal Borough of Kingston council in a major mixed use redevelopment case which includes 200 student bedrooms. Amongst...

15th August 2014

Anne Williams acting for local authority in a major mixed use redevelopment case

Anne Williams is acting for the Royal Borough of Kingston council in a major mixed use redevelopment case which includes 200 student bedrooms. Amongst...

28th July 2014

Anne Williams and Gordon Menzies host seminar at MWAI Architects on recent changes to the planning regime

Anne Williams and Gordon Menzies hosted a seminar at MWAI Architects this month in which they spoke about the recent changes to the planning...

21st July 2014

Members of Six Pump Court ranked in Planning newspaper’s 2013-2014 Planning Law Survey

Members of the Six Pump Court have been ranked highly in Planning newspaper’s annual Planning Law Survey for 2013-2014. Members featured in all three...

9th July 2014

Anne Williams appointed Visiting Professor at the Barlett School of Architecture and Planning

Anne Williams has been appointed Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, part of University College London. UCL is one of...

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30th June 2022

Planning Law Update

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

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