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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, planning and environmental law barrister at Francis Taylor Building

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

Call 2001; Jeremy's practice covers:

  • planning and environmental law (including infrastructure, compulsory purchase, and compensation)
  • judicial review and statutory challenge;
  • public law and local government law (including non-domestic rating and the council tax, and licensing);
  • commons and village greens.

He has particular expertise in renewable energy, infrastructure and environmental impact assessment.

  • "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.

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.