“He is a tenacious advocate who really fights his corner.” Chambers & Partners
Commentaries in the UK directories, including The Legal 500 2021 and Chambers and Partners UK Bar and the Planning Magazine’s Planning Law Survey (juniors) in which Juan has been rated over many years, include: “commercially aware”, “extremely professional and diligent” and an “accessible and tenacious practitioner who has achieved some spectacular results” who demonstrates “a relaxed and clear style”.
Juan acts in all areas of major infrastructure (specialising in energy and transportation), planning, environmental law, construction, compulsory purchase, land valuation and compensation, highways, rights of way and agriculture. He regularly works with infrastructure bodies, developers, landowners, surveyors, utilities as well as local authorities. He combines these areas with his significant experience in related civil liability and property law fields as well as less frequented areas such as railway law, water law and environmental taxation. Juan also has extensive public law experience in related judicial review claims and statutory challenges.
Juan advises and represents in connection with a wide range of infrastructure projects, including promotion through the DCO process and schemes under the Transport and Works Act, Planning Act and the Electricity Act.
Notable UK energy, natural resource and transportation infrastructure work includes (as sole barrister):
Transportation projects include those promoted by Highways England and a high number of mitigation schemes in connection with residential development and compulsory purchase.
Juan’s infrastructure work overlays with his UK and international experience in waste production, management and transfer (engaging the Basel Convention on transfrontier waste shipments to Sri Lanka and the Middle East).
Juan acts on major planning projects, including housing. Juan promotes significant residential schemes, and commonly advises from inception. Ongoing instructions (as sole counsel) include promoting a 1250 units scheme in Kent.
Juan has in depth experience of planning inquiries and hearings. Significant instructions include:
In addition to a wealth of general planning, construction and civil liability advisory work, Juan has much experience in strategising the formulation of development proposals, including:
Juan has advised in connection with many local plans (UK & NI), acting for both landowners and local authorities. From 2018, Juan acted for Leeds City Council on major parts of what, over recent years, has been the most geographically-extensive local plans/processes in England. Juan has also lectured widely on local plan regimes.
Juan has a significant environmental law practice. He frequently advises on Strategic Environmental Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessments, Habitats and conservation more widely, in the context of his infrastructure, planning and environmental permitting work.
Juan also has much experience in waste (hazardous/other) in the domestic, EU and international law fields. He has advised considerably on UK waste management sites and mining, both from private client and domestic and international regulatory perspectives. He presently acts for a number of prominent UK-based waste recycling centres, engaging several environmental authorities and NGOs, arising from extra-territorial, large-scale waste repatriation from Sri Lanka, India and the Middle East (Basel Convention).
Juan also advises on air quality, climate change, land remediation and flooding.
Juan acts in landfill tax assessments and appeals (including a landfill tax assessment appeal of £5M+ value, before the First-tier Tribunal (Tax)).
Juan is experienced in Lands Tribunal proceedings. He represents CPO objectors against housing, planning and highway CPOs and is experienced in the assessment of compensation arising from compulsory purchase and other statutory compensation. Juan has been instructed in compensation proceedings against HS2. Juan is presently representing bodies, including Network Rail, in other statutory compensation proceedings.
Juan’s compensation work often engages issues including planning assumptions for the assessment of compensation, injurious affection, business and management time loss, Pointe Gourde, betterment, and ransom value.
Notable instructions include:
Juan is known as a leading practitioner in highway law, all rights of way matters and aspects of agriculture law. Significant reported judgments, overlaying with key rights of way legislation and the evolution of public/private rights claims, include: R (oao Ramblers) v SSEFRA  EWHC 716 (Admin) (Highways Act 1980; statutory incompatibility); R (oao Network Rail) v SSEFRA  EWCA Civ 2069 (TCPA 1990; scope of s.259 TCPA stopping up).
Juan speaks widely on highways and transport matters. In 2020 Juan addressed the Northern Transport and Infrastructure Development Forum on the reformulation of the Northern Powerhouse initiative, for projected transport growth. He also conducts in-house seminars with major infrastructure bodies and County Councils.
Juan’s agriculture law experience includes advising one of the top two largest soft and top fruit farm holdings in the UK on matters including consenting and strategising on agricultural practice.
Juan’s planning and highways/rights of way-related cases, incorporating a wide range of local government law principles, at first instance and on appeal (as sole Counsel) include:
Juan advises generally on real property, including rights of light, drainage, adverse possession, proprietary estoppel, easements and restrictive covenants, and party wall disputes. Juan’s commercial & residential landlord and tenant experience includes leases and forfeiture.
Complimenting his infrastructure and planning practice, Juan is also instructed in construction law-related fields including high value highway repair liabilities and defective highway surfacing and drainage (Cheddar Gorge landowner; South Gloucester Council – £2M+ civil claim ongoing; Business and Property Courts; Chancery Division).
Juan also combines his experience of central and local government law, litigation experience, and dedicated commercial approach, with advising on the contractual and tortious liabilities of public authorities, professional negligence and other claims (proprietary estoppel and unjust enrichment claim over ‘land-take’ agreement).
Juan has experience in prohibitory relief applications against unauthorised trespass and development, and is familiar with drafting and challenging complex orders in large, multi-claimant and defendant proceedings. Juan also has experience in restraint orders and resisting asset recovery.