What our barristers do
Our barristers act in the full range of planning and environmental enforcement matters, including in relation to developments carried out without planning permission or in breach of conditions (e.g. enforcement, stop and breach of condition notices), and parallel enforcement provisions for listed buildings, conservation areas and the historic environment.
We also act in relation to enforcement powers for planning obligations, trees, hazardous substances and advertising, and prosecutions under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Water Resources Act 1980.
We advise and represent our clients throughout a development with a view to avoiding enforcement issues, resolving such issues when they arise, and bringing and defending challenges to the lawfulness of enforcement action.
Who our barristers act for
We act for developers, consultants, local authorities, objectors, third party interest groups and private clients in relation to all aspects of planning enforcement, as well as for and against regulators in respect of various enforcement regimes.
Where our barristers act
Our barristers appear regularly before enforcement-related inquiries, and in criminal proceedings in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.
Our barristers also appear in the High Court, where we have expertise in statutory challenges and applications for judicial review acting for claimants, defendants and interested parties.