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    "He pulls a team together and gives a very clear steer. He is polite and engaging, yet steely in cross-examination."

    Chambers and Partners, Craig Howell Williams QC

Craig Howell Williams QC

Craig Howell Williams QC

Year of call: 1983 (QC 2008)

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

Craig Howell Williams QC, Mediation Profile

Profile and Experience:

Craig is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator and a RICS Accredited Evaluative Mediator, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the RICS President’s Mediation Panel. He was also appointed to serve on the first DCLG's Planning Mediation Services Panel. He has also written a number of articles on the subject of ADR in planning and compensation law.

He acted as Mediator in the following planning, compensation or land use related cases:

  • Chui v Waverley Commercial Ltd & Amptill Town Council (in the Lands Tribunal 2009) (a claim under S237 of the TCPA 1990 following a town centre redevelopment scheme);
  • a claim concerning land/rights acquired and compensation as part of the Olympics 2012 development project;
  • a claim following the compulsory purchase under s226 of the TCPA 1990 of property owned by a Housing Association;
  • a claim following a compulsory purchase scheme in relation to regeneration and the redevelopment for a new Arsenal FC club;
  • and a claim concerning a blight notice served in relation to rights to be acquired as part of an energy related DCO project in the South West of England),
  • a section 106 TCPA 1990 dispute relating to infrastructure obligations;
  • contractual issues arising at a landfill site (methane gas to electricity generation);

He has also acted as Mediator, Co-Mediator or Assistant Mediator in other cases involving a variety of issues eg landlord and tenant/rent arrears/licence/negligence/nuisance issues/employment/contract/ debts/loans and professional negligence.

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • BA (Hons), Leeds University
  • Diploma in Law (University of Westminster)
  • Band Award from Grays Inn
  • Called to the Bar (1983 Grays Inn)
  • Junior Counsel to the Crown B Panel (1993-1999)
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel (2009)
  • Chairman of the London Luton Airport Consultative Committee (S35 CAA 1982) (1999-2002)
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator (2005)
  • Trustee of Planning Aid for London (Registered Charity) (2007-2012)
  • Lead Assistant Commissioner to the Boundary Commission for England (2012-2013)
  • The DCLG’s Planning Mediation Services Panel (2012-2015)
  • RICS President's Mediation Panel (2010-)
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2012-)
  • RICS Accredited Evaluative Mediator (2017)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Planning and Environment Bar Association (1990-) (Secretary 1994-1996)
  • Parliamentary Bar Mess (1990-)
  • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (2009-)
  • National Planning Infrastructure Association (2012-)
  • Compulsory Purchase Association (2012-)
  • Civil Mediation Council (2009-14)
  • RICS General Mediation Panel (2010-)
  • Steering Group assisting Leonora Rozee in her report Planning in Mediation (2010) and in the Delivery of Recommendations Group (2011-12)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2012-)