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    Chambers and Partners, James Pereira QC

James Pereira QC

James Pereira QC, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

Year of call: 1996 (QC 2014)

Practice areas: Planning, Environment, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, Major Infrastructure Projects, Rating, Public Law, European Law

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James Pereira QC

Practice Profile

James specialises in planning, environmental, local government and administrative law, compulsory purchase and compensation.

In 2017 and 2018 he was nominated as Real Estate, Environment and Planning Silk of the Year by the Legal 500 Bar Awards and ranked in the top 10 planning silks in the 2017 Planning Magazine review of the UK planning bar.

Prior to taking silk in 2014, James was ranked number one in Planning Magazine's survey of the Junior Planning Bar for three consecutive years (2012, 2013 and 2014), and was named 'Junior Barrister of the Year' in Planning and Environmental Law by Chambers and Partners Directory of the UK Legal Profession on two separate occasions.

James is dedicated to bringing excellence and adding value to his clients' work, and to that end he invests regularly in his personal development and leadership training so that he can bring the benefits of his learning to his clients and support the teams that he works with. He co-writes a regular column in The Lawyer entitled "Loving Legal Life", giving advice on issues of well-being, leadership, career development and professional performace and has been commissioned to write on the same topics in the Bar's own journal, Counsel Magazine, for 2017-2018.   He is in demand as a speaker on these topics, and past engagements have included speaking at the Bar Conference, Middle Temple's "Thrive and Survive" series of lectures to the Bar, the Government Legal Service's Annual Staff Conference and the first UK Wellness for Law Forum held at the Inner Temple in 2017.  He tweets as @JamesPereiraQC.  He is an accredited Member of the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and is a certified NLP Master Practitioner.

James understands that the decision to instruct Leading Counsel is an important one.  He is always willing to meet potential clients to discuss how best he can meet their needs, prior to a decision to instruct him.

  • "...a pleasure to work with - clever, fast, efficient and an excellent advocate on his feet."  Legal 5020 2014

  • "...a calm, authoritative and dogged advocate." Chambers and Partners 2017

  • "Clients love him as he is really personable but also a tough advocate." Chambers and Partners 2017

  • "A genuine star, who is a real team player and a pleasure to work with."  "Part of the newer breed of silks, he is very versatile and totally dedicated."  Chambers and Partners 2016

  • 'Incredibly quick at assimilating huge amounts of information and focusing on what really matters' Chambers and Partners 2015

  • "He is first-class, particualrly when it comes to Development Consent Orders and EU environmental impact legislation".  "He really knows his law, and knows how to present aruguments." Chambers and Partners 2015

  • 'A very astute operator who never disappoints on the day' Chambers and Partners 2015

  • 'He has excellent legal and communications skills, and is tenacious and very calm under pressure - a star' Chambers and Partners 2014

  • James offers a 'razor-sharp mind, and a relaxed and appealing style of advocacy' and 'always exceeds expectations'.  The Legal 500, 2013

  • '...excellent, very clever and a nice guy as well.'  Chambers and Partners 2012

  • 'Impresses with his diligence, legal strategy and advocacy.'  The Legal 500, 2012

  • ' extremely persuasive man to put in front of a High Court judge'   Chambers and Partners 2011

  • ' excellent advocate, a very good communicator and excellent to work with.'   The Legal 500, 2010

  • 'A very good young advocate who is a tenacious cross-examiner. He is charming, easy to work with and attentive to clients' needs' Planning Magazine, 2008

Practice Areas

James is happy to provide details of his experience in specific areas and references as appropriate. Click on the links below to see an overview of his practice in different areas:

Public law
Nationally significant infrastructure projects
Environmental law (EU/UK/common law)
Compulsory purchase and compensation

Qualifications & Appointments

  • Called to the Bar in 1996 (Middle Temple), took silk 2014
  • MA, St. Catharine's College, Cambridge (1993).
  • LLM, King's College, London (1995).
  • BA Level Diploma in translation (Portuguese-English), University of Westminster (1996).
  • Visiting Professor in Environmental Law, King's College, London (current)
  • Council member of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (2011-2013)
  • Committee Member of the Administrative Law Bar Association (2005-2007).
  • Former Judicial Assistant to the Court of Appeal.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
  • Member of the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Other: Gourmet Essentials certificate, Le Cordon Bleu, London (2010); Leith's Sauce Workshop (2012); Grade 8 piano (currently self-teaching jazz improvisation); Creativity Workshop, Lisbon (2017); Voice and Communication Workshop (London 2017); Ironman 70.3 Triathlon finisher (2016,2017).