Environment, Planning & Property Barristers

Planning, Environment & Property

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers has a strong planning, environmental and property group, comprising leading practitioners who are widely regarded as combining a strong academic background with pragmatism and versatility as well as being easy to work with.

Related practice areas

The environmental and planning team draws on the strength of chambers in public, energy, commercial and common law, including local government probity issues, to provide comprehensive advice in all areas of environmental, planning and property law. Our other relevant expertise is in European Union, international, tax and criminal law.

Our experience

Our barristers regularly appear in leading cases in the Supreme Court (and previously in the House of Lords), Court of Appeal and High Court, as well as undertaking public inquiry, Crown Court and magistrates’ court work. Other appearances include before the European Court of Justice, the European Court of First Instance, the Privy Council, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal and courts in the Caribbean.

What the directories say

Chambers was awarded Real Estate, Environment and Planning Set of the Year in The Legal 500 UK 2017 Awards. In addition, it is recent, and four time, winners of the Chambers & Partners Environment/Planning Set of the Year. Our team includes three of the last five Environment/Planning Silks of the Year. We have been described by Chambers & Partners as housing “a fine band of leading and much in-demand individuals”.

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Who to contact

Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan is the Senior Clerk for the Planning, Environment & Property team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9076


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Alison Foster QC

Alison Foster QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2002

Matthew Horton QC

Matthew Horton QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1989

Brian Ash QC

Brian Ash QC

Call: 1975 Silk: 1990

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

John Steel QC

John Steel QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1993

William Norris QC

William Norris QC

Call: 1974 Silk: 1997

Peter Village QC

Peter Village QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 2002

Colin McCaul QC

Colin McCaul QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2003

Adrian Hughes QC

Adrian Hughes QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Stephen Tromans QC

Stephen Tromans QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Charles Manzoni QC

Charles Manzoni QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Thomas Hill QC

Thomas Hill QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Paul Stinchcombe QC

Paul Stinchcombe QC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2011

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Richard Harwood OBE QC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2013

James Strachan QC

James Strachan QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Justine Thornton QC

Justine Thornton QC

Call: 1994 Silk: 2016

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2017

John Pugh-Smith

John Pugh-Smith

Call: 1977

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Call: 1978

Damian Falkowski

Damian Falkowski

Call: 1994

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

Richard Wald

Richard Wald

Call: 1997

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

James Burton

James Burton

Call: 2001

Rory Dunlop

Rory Dunlop

Call: 2002

Mungo Wenban-Smith
Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Andrew Deakin

Andrew Deakin

Call: 2006

Ned Helme

Ned Helme

Call: 2006

Philippa Jackson

Philippa Jackson

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Benjamin Tankel

Benjamin Tankel

Call: 2009

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Angela Rainey

Angela Rainey

Call: 2010

Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Call: 2010

Stephen Kosmin

Stephen Kosmin

Call: 2011

James Potts

James Potts

Call: 2011

Cleon Catsambis

Cleon Catsambis

Call: 2011

Samar Abbas

Samar Abbas

Call: 2011

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Melissa Shipley

Melissa Shipley

Call: 2011

Victoria Hutton

Victoria Hutton

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Nicola Kohn

Nicola Kohn

Call: 2012

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Sarah Bousfield

Sarah Bousfield

Call: 2013

Rosie Scott

Rosie Scott

Call: 2013

David Hopkins

David Hopkins

Call: 2013

Patrick Lane SC

Patrick Lane SC

Call: 1977

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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