Practice Profile

Armin is a second six pupil and is accepting instructions across Chambers’ practice areas.

He was supervised by Isabella Tafur in his first seat, and is currently being supervised by Richard Honey KC. He has gained exposure to the breadth of Chambers’ practice areas, and in particular, to planning, infrastructure, compulsory purchase, and public and environmental law.

Immediately prior to commencing pupillage, Armin served as the Judicial Assistant to Sir Keith Lindblom, the Senior President of Tribunals, at the Court of Appeal. Armin assisted exclusively with cases concerning planning, environmental, and local government law. These included some of the most significant such cases of recent years.

Before his call to the Bar in 2023, Armin helped build the client services team at a successful tech start-up. His background makes him particularly well-equipped for handling technical and commercial matters.

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  • Armin has assisted in drafting advice on numerous planning matters. This includes draft opinions on whether the siting of caravans fell within a site’s permitted use, whether an LPA could lawfully refuse to determine a CLU application in light of a technical defect, and whether the siting of a shipping container constituted “development” under the 1990 Act.
  • In his first seat, he observed a major s.78 planning inquiry concerning a mixed-use proposal for housing and an SEN school. Armin assisted in drafting a cross-examination of a technical witness and the closing submissions.
  • Armin also observed extensive DCO hearings concerning the Lower Thames Crossing and the Immingham Ro-Ro facility. Armin assisted in preparing notes on inquiry evidence.
  • Armin assisted in preparing an advice on the application of the Public Sector Equality Duty to a major commercial entity undertaking quasi-governmental activities.
  • Armin drafted a summary grounds of resistance in a judicial review, and drafted an application resisting permission to appeal a judicial review case.
  • Armin has already been instructed, and succeeded, against highly experienced counsel in a matter concerning Temporary Events Notices. He has also been instructed to appear in an upcoming review of an establishment that is alleged to be operating unlawfully as a nightclub, again against highly experienced counsel.
  • Armin assisted in the preparation of an advice concerning the lawfulness of a local authority’s proposed procedures for licensing hearings.
  • Armin assisted in drafting a substantial opinion concerning whether a PROW had been dedicated under the Highways Act 1980, and in particular, whether the evidence suggested the PROW had been sufficiently challenged by the landowner.
  • BPP - Bar Course (Dist.)
  • BPP - Graduate Diploma in Law (Dist.)
  • University College London (MA) - Legal and Political Theory (Dist.) 
  • University of Cambridge (BA) - Political Philosophy - 2.i
  • Lord Denning scholarship (Major scholarship)
  • Lord Bowen Scholarship (Most prestigious GDL scholarship offered by Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Career Commitment Scholarship, BPP
  • Dean’s List, UCL (Recognised as amongst the most outstanding students across the university)
  • Second Prize, Bar Council Law Reform Essay Competition 2021 - ‘I owe my soul to the graduate recruitment team: Rethinking penalty clauses in employment contracts’
  • Best in Category (Access to Justice), vLex/Justis International Law and Technology Essay Competition 2020 - ‘Let justice be done though the overheads fall: How online courts promote access to justice.’
  • Merchant-Fisher Academic Scholar, George Watson’s College (Full-fee scholarship and bursary, 2009-2015)
  • Winner, Lincoln’s Inn Debating Shield, 2021/2022
  • Finalist, Law Society Donald Dewar Schools Debating Tournament 2013
  • Finalist, Auld Hoose Schools Debating Competition 2012
  • Finalist (representing Scotland), Oxford International Schools Debating Tournament 2009
  • Prior to commencing pupillage, Armin spent a year as the judicial assistant to Sir Keith Lindblom, the Senior President of Tribunals, at the Court of Appeal. Armin assisted exclusively with cases concerning planning, environmental, and local government law. These included some of the most significant cases of recent years, including R. (Friends of the Earth v SSIT/UKEF [2023] EWCA Civ 14, R. (The Spitalfields Historic Building Trust) v LB Tower Hamlets [2023] EWCA Civ 917, and Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) Plc v SSBEIS [2022] EWCA Civ 1579. He also assisted with a number of cases concerning the lawfulness of planning decision letters and officer reports, and a major case concerning the proper interpretation of NPPF policies concerning National Parks and AONBs.
  • His academic background is in political philosophy, which has prepared him well for matters concerning local and national governance.  
  • ALBA
  • PEBA
  • UKELA
Latest from Armin
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May' 24
Case Note: Friends of the Earth v Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero [2024] EWHC 995 (Admin)

On the 3rd May 2024, the High Court held that the government’s Carbon Budget Delivery Plan (“the CBDP”), which the Secretary of State for BEIS had devised pursuant to section 13 of the Climate Change Act 2008 (“the CCA”), was unlawful. 

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Apr' 24
The policies they are a-renewing: A closer look at the new national policy statements for renewable energy NSIPs

In 2011, the government published its first National Policy Statements for Energy Infrastructure (“EN 2011”). These were important documents, setting out the government’s policy for energy-related Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (“NSIPs”). 

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