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    "He is very adept at getting to the bottom of issues and he has a good ability to turn around documents."

    Chambers and Partners, Jeremy Pike

Jeremy Pike

Jeremy Pike

Year of call: 2001

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

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Jeremy Pike

Practice Profile

Jeremy’s practice covers

  • non-domestic rating and the council tax;
  • planning and environmental law (including Development Consent Orders under the Planning Act 2008, compulsory purchase and compensation, transport and works orders, and private bills);
  • judicial review and statutory challenge, public and local government law;
  • commons and village greens.

He has particular expertise in renewable energy, infrastructure and environmental impact assessment, and non-domestic rating. His practice covers England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. He sits as a village greens inspector. He was formerly a contributing editor to Ryde on Rating, and is a contributing editor to the Encyclopaedia of Compulsory Purchase and Compensation.

  • "He is very good on his feet and can hold his own against silks." Chambers and Partners, 2015

  • "An effective advocate, who is responsive and personable, and very good to work with." Chambers and Partners, 2015

  • "Recommended for wind farm planning disputes." Chambers and Partners, 2015

  • "A very promising junior." Chambers and Partners, 2015

Recent Notable Cases


  • Broadview Energy v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2016) (Court of Appeal) - appearance of ministerial bias/procedural impropriety
  • R (Goring PC) v South Oxfordshire DC (2016) (High Court) - challenge to hydroelectric proposal in the River Thames at Goring
  • R (SOGHCG) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2016) - challenge to large solar farm proposal in the countryside
  • R (Keep Us Rural) v Newport DC (2016) - challenge to large solar farm proposal on the edge of Newport
  • Nemo Link UK-Belgium electricity interconnector
  • Hornsea 2 Offshore Windfarm – the largest offshore windfarm development in the world
  • Preesall underground gas storage proposal, Fleetwood
  • Triton Knoll offshore windfarm
  • Burbo Bank Extension offshore windfarm
  • R (Halite Energy Group Ltd) v Secretary of State for Climate Change & Energy - (successful challenge to government decision to refuse Preesall Underground Gas Storage scheme)
  • R (Eaton) v Natural England - (resisted application seeking to compel Natural England to apply for injunction against windfarm developer, where birds likely to collide with wind turbines)
  • R (Friends of Basildon Golf Course) v Basildon Council - ('screening' under the EIA Regulations)
  • R (Brown) v Carlisle City Council and Stobart Air - (first successful challenge to grant of planning permission for freight distribution centre at Carlisle Airport - whether works required under a planning obligation should be regarded as part of a wider 'project' for EIA purposes)
  • R (Barnes) v Secretary of State - (decision-maker's approach to noise assessment of windfarms)
  • R (Mageean) Secretary of State - (circumstances in which Inspector and Secretary of State should revisit EIA screening decision)

Jeremy advises developers and local authorities on residential land and development, urban regeneration and CPO, village greens and public rights of way. Recent residential clients include Persimmon Homes, Bellway, Hallam Land, Mulalley/One Housing Group, Edward Ware Homes, and Marlborough College.

He has considerable expertise in town and village greens and commons, and public rights of way. He sits as an Inspector for commons registration authorities. Jeremy has been involved in some of the leading cases in this area including the Oxfordshire County Council v Oxford City Council and Robinson litigation in the House of Lords, the Lewis v Redcar BC litigation in the Supreme Court, and the recent Lancashire County Council v Secretary of State and Bebbington litigation in the High Court.


Jeremy appears regularly in the Valuation Tribunal, and Magistrates’ Courts, as well as the High Court, in relation to rating valuation and enforcement matters, on behalf of both ratepayers and Billing Authorities.

  • R (Secerno and others) v Oxford Magistrates and Vale of the White Horse District Council  - Appeared for ratepayer in High Court challenge to decision of Magistrates Court to impose rating liability orders - important post-Encon decision in the field of rating, concerning the statutory duty of Billing Authorities to pass on information to the Valuation Office, where failure to do so often leads to large retrospective rating bills for ratepayers.
  • First Shurgard UK Ltd v London Borough of Lewisham - High Court challenge, on behalf of ratepayer, concerning failure of a Billing Authority to comply with its statutory duty to pass information to the Valuation Officer, leading to the issue of a large retrospective rating bill.
  • Trunkfield (Valuation Officer) v London Borough of Camden (Lands Tribunal) - Appeared for local authority in important case on question of whether two adjacent premises should be rated as one property, or should be separately rated.
  • Friends Life Co. Ltd v Alexander (VO) (Valuation Tribunal)  - Appeared for the ratepayer in a challenge to a rating completion notice which was found to be unlawful.
  • Derwent Holdings Ltd v Whitehead (VO) (Valuation Tribunal)   - Important case concerning the validity of rating completion notices, and whether a Billing Authority has the power to withdraw a notice once issued.
  • Williams College Oxford Programme v Oxford City Council (Valuation Tribunal) - Ongoing litigation concerning council tax exemptions for visiting students to Oxford University
  • Preservation and Promotion of the Arts v Trafford BC (Manchester Magistrates' Court) - Ongoing litigation on the application of the charitable use exemption to premises occupied by an arts charity

Other matters on which he advises:

  • general valuation matters
  • transitional relief
  • ‘prohibited by law from occupation’/derelict properties
  • rates mitigation litigation, particularly archive storage (Principled Logistics), beneficial use, snails in boxes etc,
  • completion notices, and
  • charities exemptions.

Qualifications & Appointments

  • LLB, LLM (King's College London).
  • Contributing editor to Ryde on Rating and the Council Tax.
  • Sits as an Inspector for commons registration authorities.

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