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    "He is masterful in his assembly of case law and knowledge of particularly environmental regulations."

    Chambers and Partners, Gregory Jones QC

Gregory Jones QC

Gregory Jones QC

Year of call: 1991 (QC 2011)

Practice areas: Planning, Environment, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, Major Infrastructure Projects, Local Government, Ecclesiastical Law and Religious Liberty, Rating, Public Law, European Law

Gregory Jones QC

Practice Profile

Gregory's practice covers all aspects of administrative law including judicial review and statutory challenges, town & country planning (including major house building), motor sports,  major infrastructure projects (DCO consents), compulsory purchase, environmental law, Parliamentary, EU law and public procurement, education, and local government.  Regularly appearing at both public inquiries and in the higher courts, Gregory acts on behalf of developers, local planning authorities and third parties. Gregory has also developed a particular expertise in off shore marine spatial planning and EU environmental law.  


  •  "a really excellent silk"  Who's Who Legal, 2019

  • "The thinking man's QC." "Not just the meat-and-two-veg planning silk.  He can deal very comfortably with European issues and complexity acorss the board."  Chambers and Partners 2017

  • "He is very good at putting across his arguments to judges, and is a good courtroom practitioner."  "Good with clients, he gives clear and innovative advice, and is tenacious in court."  Chambers and Partners 2017

  • "He is masterful in his assembly of case law and knowledge of particular environmental regulations."  Chambers and Partners 2016

  • "He is thorough, bright and has an engaging courtroom style."   Chambers and Partners 2016

  • "Incredibly bright, and particularly good on complex aresa of law with an EU or environmental bias." Legal 500 2016

  • "A likeable, quick thinking advocate who is always fun to work with and who shows a deep understanding of the implications of EU environmental law on the UK planning system." "He has a very calm and resassuring approach, and his expertise in environmental impact assessment is invaluable."  Chambers and Partners 2015

  • "An authority on environmental impact assessment, habitats directives and wider planning and environment issues.  He is also renowned for his expertise in matters involving CPOs."  Chambers and Partners 2015

  • "He has a very calm and reassuring approach, and his expertise in environmental impact assessment matters is invaluable." Chambers and Partners, 2015

  • "A superb advocate", The Legal 500, 2015

  • "Recommended particuarly for High Court work, in which his qualities shine out to the full." Legal 500 2015

Qualifications & Appointments

  • Dates of Call: 1991 Lincoln's Inn 1997 King's Inns, Dublin, Republic of Ireland 2008 Inn of Court, Northern Ireland
  • 2011 Queen's Counsel
  • Appointment to Welsh Government's Panel of Queen's Counsel
  • Elected Common Councilman, City of London (2013 - onwards)
  • New College, Oxford. MA (Oxon.), University College, London, LLM (EC law) (Lond.)
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the Institute of European Law, King's College, London
  • Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Deputy Chancellor of the Dioceses of Truro and also of Exeter.  Deputy Chancellor of Ely (2010 - 2012)
  • Member of the Bar Council
  • Member of the Administrative Court User's Group
  • Member of the House Council, St. Stephen's House, Oxford University
  • School Governor, Colfe's School (2005-2011); Leathersellers' Federation of Schools (2011 - onwards)
  • Member of the Guild Church Council of St Lawrence, Jewry, the church of the Corporation of London


  • Treasurer of the Oxford Union (HT 1989).
  • President of the Oxford University Law Society (TT 1988).
  • New College Rugby 1st XV (1986-88).
  • British Debating Team Tour of the USA (English Speaking Union debating scholar) (21 universities across 19 states) (1989).

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  • Stagiaire European Commission (General Secretariat dealing with delegation of powers and written legal procedure) (1990).
  • European Commission Young Professionals Study Tour of USA (1990).
  • Jean-Pierre Warner Scholar to the European Court of Justice (Cabinet of Advocate General Jacobs) (1995).
  • Senior Lecturer in EC Law at South Bank University (1993-1997).
  • Naui Advanced Scuba Diver.

To see "The things I know" Interview in Planning Magazine with Gregory click on