Nigel Pleming QC

Year of call:
1971
Silk:
1992
Email:
nigel.pleming@39essex.com

Clerks:
+44 (0)20 7832 1111

“when he speaks, the court listens: he gets straight to the meat of an argument and is amazing at communicating complicated detail”
Chambers & Partners

Nigel Pleming QC is consistently noted in the legal directories. In the Legal 500 he is recommended in the areas of Administrative and Public law, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (including Police Law), Environment and Tax law.

Similarly in Chambers & Partners he was highly ranked in Administrative & Public law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Environment, Professional Discipline, Tax and Indirect Tax. Chambers & Partners also named Nigel in the Chambers 100, a list of the top 100 Silks practising at the Bar across all practice areas.

Nigel won the Public Law Silk of the Year award in the Legal 500 UK 2015 Awards.

Environmental and Planning Silk of the Year in the 2010 Chambers Bar Awards.

He was nominated, one of five, by The Lawyer magazine for the Barrister of the Year Award 2007. As well as being nominated, one of three, for Public Law and Human Rights Barrister of the Year – Chambers Bar Awards in 2005 and 2007.

Quotes

  • “A wonderful advocate with the wisdom of experience” Chambers & Partners 2017
  • “He handles really impressive work and is very robust and unflappable.” Chambers and Partners 2017
  • “In a league of his own and clients love him” Legal 500 2016
  • “He is excellent on his feet without the need to be aggressive and always has the ear of the court.” Legal 500 2016
  • “His courtroom style is such that when he speaks you see the court listening. He is very personable and smooth and he really gets the ear of the court.” “One of the last true gentlemen at the Bar. I have never seen someone with the court in their hand quite like he does.”
  • “He’s a real pleasure to work with, so knowledgeable and has such vast experience that you learn a lot from working with him.” “He’s bright and pragmatic with a strong understanding of local and central government.” Chambers & Partners 2016
  • “An experienced barrister whose broad practice spans indirect tax litigation.” Legal 500 2015
  • “Prodigiously bright.” Legal 500 2015
  • “His performance in court lends him a fantastic reputation.” Legal 500 2015
  • “A leader in the field (Civil Liberties).” Legal 500 2015
  • “Always impresses.” Legal 500 2015
  • “Bright, pragmatic and an extremely good advocate.” Chambers & Partners 2015
  • “He’s spectacularly experienced and takes everything in his stride.” Chambers & Partners 2015
  • “He has been doing this work a long time and is very effective.” Chambers & Partners 2015
  • “An incredibly nice person and a very well-respected advocate – the court listens when he speaks.” Chambers & Partners 2015
  • “He’s spectacularly experienced and his advocacy is very impressive. We couldn’t ask for a better leader of a team.” Chambers & Partners 2015
  • “He is an absolute pleasure to deal with and is so user-friendly.” Chambers & Partners 2015
  • “An impressive advocate.” Legal 500 2014
  • “He has a great depth of experience.” Legal 500 2014
  • “A great team player” Legal 500 2014
  • “Recommended for his VAT litigation expertise” Legal 500 2014
  • “A superbly persuasive advocate.”Legal 500 2014
  • “He is a fantastic advocate with real gravitas, who is very good at making the case he is advancing sound reasonable or unreasonable depending on what needs to be achieved. He is extremely reassuring in court.” Chambers & Partners 2012
  • “a legendary advocate” Chambers & Partners 2012
  • “Simply one of the most outstanding public law silks at the Bar” Chambers & Partners 2012
  • “no challenge is too great” Chambers & Partners 2012
  • “A superstar” Legal 500 2011
  • “A clever, persuasive and acute lawyer” Legal 500 2011
  • “Prodigiously clever and a formidable advocate,” he earns enormous respect from peers and clients. “He is highly experienced, personable and very skilled.”Chambers & Partners 2010
  • “Intelligent, experienced and overwhelmingly charming,” Nigel Pleming QC is an outstanding silk whose name reverberates around local government circles. Chambers & Partners 2010
  • According to observers, “his tactical nous is second to none” and his courtroom style is “intelligent, experienced and charming.” Chambers & Partners 2010
  • “persuasive advocacy and vast sector knowledge.” Chambers & Partners 2010
  • “Good sense and and excellent advocacy” are his hallmarks Chambers & Partners 2010
  • “has a fantastic practice,” enthusiastic sources say Chambers & Partners 2010

Related Cases


Administrative & Public Law

  • The Queen (on the application of British American Tobacco Ltd and others) v Secretary of State for Health [2016] All ED 143
  • RWE Generation UK PLC v Gas and Electricity Markets Authority [2015] EWHC 2164 (Admin)
  • The Queen on the Application of 1. Philip Morris Brands Sarl 2. Philip Morris Limted 3. British American Tobacco UK Limited -and- The Secretary of State for Health [2014] EWHC 3669 (Admin)
  • Fortis TCI Ltd v Islandcom Telecommunication [2014] UKPC 33
  • Core Issues Trust v Transport for London  [2013] EWHC 651 (Admin); [2014] EWHC 2628 (Admin)
  • Bancoult v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2014] EWCA Civ 708, [2014] 1 WLR 2921
  • Belize Bank Ltd v Attorney General of Belize [2011] UKPC 36.
  • Mossell (Jamaica) LTD (T/A Digicel) v (1) Office of Utilities Regulations (2).
  • Cable & Wireless Jamaica LTD (3) Centennial Jamaica LTD [2010] UKPC 1.
  • R. (on the application of Action Against Medical Accidents) v General Medical Council [2009] EWHC 2522 (Admin).
  • London & South Eastern Railway Ltd v British Transport Police Authority [2009] EWHC 460 (Admin).
  • R (Singapore Medical Council) v General Medical Council & Simon Shorvon (QBD) [2006] EWHC 3277 (Admin).
  • R (Munjaz) v (1) Ashworth Hospital Authority & (1) Mental Health Act Commission (2) MIND (3) Secretary of State for Health (HL) [2006] 2 AC 148, [2006] Lloyd’s Rep Med 1.
  • R (Crown Prosecution Service) v Bow Street Magistrates’ Court & Samuel James & five ors (DC) [2006] EWHC 1763 (Admin).

Human Rights & Civil Liberties

  • Core Issues Trust v Transport for London  [2013] EWHC 651 (Admin); [2014] EWHC 2628 (Admin), and 2014] EWCA Civ 34
  • R v Chaytor (David), and others [2010] UKSC 52, [2011] 1 AC 684.
  • R (Corner House Research & ors) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (HL) [2008] UKHL 60 [2009] 1 AC
    756.

VAT

  • Associated British Ports [2016] UKFTT 491 (TC)
  • Intelligent Managed Services Limited v HMRC [2015] UKUT 0341 (TCC)
  • ELS Group v HMRC [2015] UKUT 0048 (TCC)
  • Pendragon PLC v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2013] EWCA Civ 868, [2014] STC 844, [2015] UKSC 37, [2015] 1 WLR 2838
  • National Exhibition Centre Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2015] UKUT 23, [2015] STC 1185
  • Arachchige v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2010] EWCA Civ 1255, [2011] STC 33.
  • AstraZeneca UK Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2010] STC 2298 (ECJ).
  • Revenue & Customs Commissioners V Atrium Club Ltd 5 May 2010 [2010] EWHC 970 (Ch).
  • R (on the application of BMW AG & ANOR) v Revenue & Customs Commissioners [2009] EWCA Civ 77.
  • Revenue & Customs v Zurich Insurance Co (CA) 15 March 2007 [2007] EWCA Civ 218.
  • Lime Avenue Sales and Services Ltd (2) Benenden School Trust v Revenue & Customs Commissioners
    (V&DTr) [2007] STI 2241.

Environmental & Planning

  • Hysan Development Company Limited v Town Planning Board (Hong Kong) [2016] FACV Nos 21 and 22 of 2015
  • East Sussex CC v Information Commissioner (C-71/14) [2016] CMLR 5, [2016] Env LR 12
  • Bancoult v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2014] EWCA Civ 708, [2014] 1 WLR 2921.
  • R. (on the application of Badger Trust) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2012] EWHC 1904.
  • R (on the application of Homesun Holdings Ltd) v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change [2011] EWHC 3575 (Admin).
  • R. (on the application of Hillingdon LBC) v Secretary of State for Transport [2010] EWHC 626 (Admin),  [2010] JPL 976.
  • R (National Grid Gas plc) v Environment Agency [2007] UKHL 30, [2007] 1 WLR 1780 (House of Lords).
  • R (Greenpeace Ltd) v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (QBD) 15 February 2007 [2007] EWHC 311 (Admin).
  • Shiu Wing v Director of Environment, Hong Kong (first instance and CA final instance) 30 November 2006.
  • R (Edwards & Pallikaropoulos) v Environment Agency and others (CA) [2006] EWCA Civ 877.
  • R (Edwards) v Environment Agency and others [2006] 1 WLR 3041 (QBD) Human Rights & Civil Liberties.
  • R v Chaytor (David), and others [2010] UKSC 52, [2011] 1 AC 684.
  • R (Corner House Research & ors) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (HL) [2008] UKHL 60 [2009] 1 AC
    756.

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