Craig Howell Williams KC

Call: 1983  QC: 2008
Practice Profile

Craig is a CEDR Accredited Mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also an appointed member of the RICS President’s Panel of Mediators for Compulsory Purchase Disputes. He contributed to the Compulsory Purchase Association’s Land Compensation Claims Protocol. He was 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 compensation and planning law.

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

  • a High Court claim alleging professional negligence relating to written legal advice in the context of the planning status of land
  •  the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Order 2016;
  • contractual issues arising at a landfill site (methane gas to electricity generation);
  • a section 106 TCPA 1990 dispute relating to infrastructure obligations;
  • 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 claim following a CPO relating to the regeneration and redevelopment of a new Arsenal Football Club;
  • a claim following the compulsory purchase under s226 of the TCPA 1990 of property owned by a Housing Association;
  • a claim concerning land/rights acquired and compensation as part of the Olympics 2012 development project;
  • a claim under S237 of the TCPA 1990 following a town centre redevelopment scheme;

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.

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  • 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)
  • RICS President’s Compulsory Purchase Disputes Panel (2024-)
  • 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-)


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