Practice Profile

Jonathan is ranked by Legal 500 as a rising star in environmental law (2024), and is consistently ranked by Planning Magazine as a leading planning junior under the age of 35.

Jonathan welcomes instructions across all of Chambers’ practice areas. His clients include local authorities, developers, utility companies, statutory undertakers, interest groups and local residents. He regularly appears in the High Court, public inquiries and hearings, both on his own and as part of a team.

Jonathan’s principal areas of experience include:

  • Planning and environment
  • Infrastructure
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation
  • Rating and valuation
  • Public law, injunctions and committal proceedings
  • Rights of way and highways

Notable examples of Jonathan’s recent and ongoing work include:

Planning inquiries and tribunal work:

  • Counsel for Guildford Borough Council in 8-week inquiry relating to a proposed new settlement at the former Wisley Airfield in Surrey;
  • Junior to Rebecca Clutten acting for Acquiring Authority in a reference to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) for determination of compensation for compulsory acquisition of retail business premises (Warren James v Watford BC [2023] UKUT 153 (LC);
  • Counsel for local authorities (including LB Hackney, and Bracknell Forest Council) in a number of enforcement inquiries;
  • Counsel for Bracknell Forest Council in 4-day section 78 appeal inquiry following refusal of planning permission for 82 homes;
  • Counsel at 9-day inquiry promoting 55 home residential development at appeal following refusal of planning permission by local planning authority;
  • Appearing for the successful Westminster City Council as Rule 6(6) party in call-in inquiry into 8 Albert Embankment redevelopment scheme.

Judicial review and statutory challenges:

  • Jonathan has a busy court practice. Over the last three years Jonathan has appeared in cases before the High Court and Court of Appeal on 15 occasions. Some examples include:
  • Junior counsel for Secretary of State in two Court of Appeal cases arising from challenges to East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two DCOs (CO/1696/2022 and CO/1707/2022);
  • Junior counsel for Secretary of State defending judicial reviews of compensation payable to poultry keepers for culling of birds due to Avian Influenza (junior to Mark Westmoreland Smith) (CO/4451/2022).
  • Counsel for claimant in litigation following the successful challenge to local plan policies considering the issue of appropriate relief and steps taken to remedy unlawful policies in adopted plan ([2023] EWHC 1776 (Admin))
  • Counsel for Buckinghamshire Council in successful s.288 challenge to Inspector’s decision (CO/3711/2022).
  • Counsel for claimant in challenge to grant of planning permission in LB Croydon (CO/1225/2022);
  • Junior to Richard Honey K.C. in judicial review of planning decision in Buckinghamshire (CO/1608/2022);
  • Junior to Richard Honey K.C. in successful judicial review of planning decision affecting SEN school (issues including the scheme of delegation, noise, traffic and air quality) R (G) v Thanet District Council [2021] EWHC 2026 (Admin).
  • Junior to Cain Ormondroyd acting for billing authority (City of London) successfully resisting a challenge to a completion notice in the Valuation Tribunal for England (VTE).

Recent infrastructure work:

  • Jonathan has particular experience of advising water undertakers on their strategic planning, infrastructure consenting and the abstraction licencing regime;
  • Jonathan is advising Thames Water and Anglian Water on their Water Resources Management Plans, and supporting environmental assessments, which include strategic resource options proposed to be brought forward as NSIPs.

Injunctions and committal proceedings:

  • Sole counsel for National Highways Ltd in the High Court responding to an application by defendants to adjourn committal proceedings against them on the basis of prejudice to criminal trials (KB-2022-004333);
  • Junior counsel for HS2 Ltd in successful application for injunctive relief over the entire route. Jonathan has also acted for HS2 Ltd in successful applications for injunctions in respect of protesters at Euston Square Gardens (CO/361/2021), and in subsequent successful committal for contempt of court (QB/2021/4465);
  • Junior counsel for National Highways Ltd in successful injunction and committal proceedings relating to Insulate Britain direct action protestors on UK roads.

Jonathan is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior counsel scheme, a Commissioning Editor of FTB’s Environmental Law Blog, and an editor of Planning Appeal Decisions.

Jonathan undertook pupillage at FTB under the supervision of Melissa Murphy K.C., Mark Westmoreland Smith and Hugh Flanagan. Before this, Jonathan spent a year as judicial assistant to Sir Keith Lindblom L.J. (now Senior President of Tribunals), in the Court of Appeal.

Jonathan is the current Chair of the Compulsory Purchase Association Future committee.

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Inquiries and hearings

Jonathan has appeared at a number of appeal inquiries and hearings, acting for local planning authorities, developers and interested parties. Whether for an inquiry or a hearing, Jonathan enjoys working with a team in preparation for and during the event and helping his clients’ put their best case forward. Recent experience includes:

  • Junior to Simon Bird K.C. in 6-week inquiry relating to a proposed new settlement at the former Wisley Airfield in Surrey;
  • Sole counsel for Bracknell Forest Council in 3-day enforcement inquiry;
  • Sole counsel for LB Hackney in 2-day CLEUD and enforcement notice inquiry;
  • Junior to David Matthias K.C. acting for appellant in 9-day section 78 inquiry relating to 55 unit residential development;
  • Sole counsel for Bracknell Forest Council in 4-day section 78 inquiry following refusal of planning permission for 82 homes;
  • Sole counsel for Bracknell Forest Council in enforcement hearing relating to unauthorised development in the Green Belt;
  • Appearing for the Westminster City Council (a Rule 6(6) party) in call-in inquiry into 8 Albert Embankment redevelopment scheme;
  • Junior to Gregory Jones K.C. for appellant developer in 5-day combined s.73 and Enforcement Notice appeal;
  • Junior to Morag Ellis K.C. in planning statutory review proceedings in East Anglia;
  • Acting in an 8-day planning inquiry on behalf of an adjoining commercial landowner and Rule 6(6) party.

Court work

Jonathan has a busy court practice, having appeared in the Court of Appeal and High Court on 15 occasions over the last three years. The majority of these have been judicial reviews and statutory challenges to planning decisions, and Jonathan regularly provides advice to clients contemplating such litigation, as well as those responding to challenges. Recent experience includes:

  • Counsel for claimant in litigation following the successful challenge to local plan policies considering the issue of appropriate relief and steps taken to remedy unlawful policies in adopted plan ([2023] EWHC 1776 (Admin))
  • Counsel for Buckinghamshire Council in successful s.288 challenge to Inspector’s decision (CO/3711/2022). Case involved a failure to comply with Habitats Regulations, and failure to have regard to a material consideration.
  • Counsel for claimant in challenge to grant of planning permission in south London borough (CO/1225/2022);
  • Junior to Richard Honey K.C. in judicial review of planning decision in Buckinghamshire (CO/1608/2022), concerning the Kides principle, the scope of a delegation and EIA principles (amongst other grounds);
  • Junior to Richard Honey K.C. in successful judicial review of planning decision affecting SEN school (issues including the scheme of delegation, noise, traffic and air quality) R (G) v Thanet District Council [2021] EWHC 2026 (Admin)
  • ­Junior to Gregory Jones K.C. in section 288 challenge to an Inspector’s decision to grant planning consent in Bath (CO/1548/2021);
  • Appearing as sole counsel for Interested Party developer in hearing considering extent of Aarhus cost protection;
  • S.288 challenge to Inspector’s decision concerning a substantial residential dwelling (CO/2759/2020);

Advisory work

Much of Jonathan’s planning advisory practice is directed to assisting his clients achieve their objectives and avoiding appeals and litigation where possible. In recent years, this has included:

  • Advising developer on appeal prospects in relation to green belt site proposed for release in now withdrawn emerging local plan;
  • Advising local authority on strategy for negotiation with appellant during course of appeal against refusal of planning permission;
  • Correct construction of Articles 7, 13 and 14 of the DMPO in the context of complex land ownership;
  • Advice to local authority on the application of Hillside and the Pilkington principle to landfill and AD site with multiple historic permissions and remediation conditions;
  • Scope of section 73 and 96A applications and in relation to time limit conditions;
  • Advising DLUHC on proposed planning law reforms;
  • Prospects of obtaining planning permission for substantial urban regeneration in inner London;
  • Prospects of obtaining planning permission for un-allocated green belt site in East Anglia;
  • Heritage planning matters concerning conversion of agricultural buildings to residential;
  • Advising on and preparing pre-action correspondence for challenge relating to a local authority scheme of delegation and the approach taken to flood risk; habitats issues; and assessment of noise impacts of development;
  • The scope of amendments under sections 73 and 96A of the TCPA 1990 in the light of Finney;
  • The scope and lawfulness of planning conditions and obligations, especially concerning third party land, off-site contributions and infrastructure funding and provision;
  • Lawfulness of planning conditions, and principles behind the power to impose;
  • Relation between planning conditions and competition law;
  • Heritage matters including in particular the correct approach to decisions concerning heritage assets, and the relationship between planning permission and listed building consent;
  • Public procurement law as relevant to planning: development agreements and Voluntary Ex-Ante Transparency Notices;
  • Use of regeneration and appropriation powers and relationship to restrictive covenants and registered village greens and commons;
  • Advising on waste planning matters for local residents groups;
  • Neighbourhood planning and local government reorganisation including the creation of new parishes;
  • Prior approval and permitted development rights – the power to refuse for reasons other than those prescribed;
  • The powers and scope of delegation by planning committee to officers;
  • Housing land supply issues;
  • Application of the tilted balance;
  • Community Infrastructure Levy and Social Housing Relief;

Plan-making

  • Counsel for claimant parish council in litigation following the successful challenge to local plan policies, considering the issue of appropriate relief and steps taken to remedy unlawful policies in adopted plan ([2023] EWHC 1776 (Admin))
  • Promoting Water Resources Management Plans for Thames Water and Anglian Water, and advising on environmental assessment. This work has involved detailed consideration of strategic questions over a long period of time during the formulation and consultation on the draft plans. It has also involved scrutinising environmental assessment work undertaken.
  • Advising local planning authority on powers to make and scope of supplementary planning documents.
  • Acting for a neighbourhood forum in relation to the Brent Local Plan examination – with issues arising relating to the evidence base for windfall policies;
  • Advising local planning authority on formulation of heritage policies and implication of duties to keep under review their conservation areas.
  • Advising on the Duty to Cooperate;
  • Assisting Morag Ellis K.C. in relation to a sensitive and strategically important site partly allocated for development in a local plan – issues related to the suitability and developability of the site for the purposes of the allocation;
  • Advice on the lawfulness of developer contributions in development plans and supplementary planning documents;
  • The publication of and public access to LDF documents;
  • Waste planning: the selection of sites, calculation of need and assessment of suitability of sites.

Enforcement

Jonathan regularly appears at a range of enforcement hearings and inquiries, for both local authorities and appellants. He particularly enjoys working collaboratively with a team and finding the best strategy in this area which can be technically complex. In addition to contentious work, his advisory work in this area has encompassed the following issues:

  • Prosecution for breach of enforcement notice;
  • Planning Enforcement Orders;
  • Merits of CLEUD appeals;
  • Advising on correct approach to CLEUD application;
  • Enforcement procedure: the breadth of types of parties with rights of appeal against enforcement notices;
  • Advising campaign group in the West of England in relation to complex former quarry and Energy from Waste site subject to old restoration conditions;
  • Nullity and clarity of enforcement notices;
  • Enforcement against development on riverbanks/waterways;
  • Enforcement and caravans;
  • Enforcement and human rights;
  • Enforcement action and previously lawful uses of land;
  • Certificates of lawfulness – requirements for application; power to issue; powers of variation;
  • Certificates of lawfulness and the meaning of substantial completion;
  • Injunctive relief for breach of planning control.

Section 106 and restrictive covenants

  • Advising on restrictions on disused burial sites;
  • Advising on drafting and effect of section 106 agreements;
  • Advising on scope to vary section 106 agreements;
  • Advising on use of commuted sums under section 106 agreements;
  • Jonathan has experience of and is comfortable advising on issues relating to land covenants more generally.

Advertisement consent

Jonathan is comfortable advising and acting for clients in matters concerning the Advertisement Regulations 2007. His recent work includes:

  • Acting as sole counsel for advertisement owner successfully resisting prosecution following Discontinuance Notice;
  • Junior to Craig Howell Williams K.C. in a case concerning relationship between advertisement consent and permitted development rights.

 

Jonathan is building expertise in a wide variety of environmental matters, and is co-editor of the FTB Environmental Law Blog. He is listed as a rising star in environmental law by Legal 500 (2024). His recent work has included:

  • Acting for Secretary of State defending judicial reviews of compensation payable to poultry keepers for culling of birds due to Avian Influenza (junior to Mark Westmoreland Smith) (CO/4451/2022).
  • Advising water undertaker on Water Framework Directive compliance;
  • Advising water undertaker in relation to water abstraction licences;
  • Advising government on environmental law reforms;
  • Advising on the relationship between restoration conditions, the environmental permitting regime and landfill tax for waste sites;
  • Advising on application of the Reservoir Act 1975;
  • Advising on the interaction between restoration conditions and planning enforcement;
  • The balancing of public safety against environmental factors in decisions governed by the Habitats Regulations and concerning IROPI considerations;
  • Prosecution for breach of abatement notice under the EPA 1990;
  • Prosecution for fly-tipping offences;
  • Advising on Appropriate Assessment under the Habitats Regulations, in particular the adequacy of mitigation and IROPI considerations;
  • Litigation arising from the Emissions Trading Scheme;
  • The proper approach to assessment of alternatives under the EIA Regulations;
  • Costs in environmental litigation;
  • Energy policy and climate change considerations in DCO context;
  • Ecology – protection of ancient habitats;
  • Green Deal Scheme appeals;
  • Tree felling licences and dangerous trees.

Jonathan has particular experience of advising water undertakers on their proposed infrastructure development – both at the strategic plan and project levels. Recently, this has involved:

  • Advising Thames Water and Anglian Water on their Water Resources Management Plans and proposed Strategic Resource Options being brought forward as NSIPs;
  • Reviewing environmental assessment work to support strategic water resources infrastructure;
  • Advising on the new Water Resources National Policy Statement;
  • Advising on the scope of provisions under the Specified Infrastructure Projects Regulations 2013;
  • Advising on abstraction licencing in the context of strategic water resources planning;

Jonathan is familiar with the policy regime and issues arising in relation to a number of other forms of infrastructure development, including offshore wind, power stations, electrical connections and road schemes. Recent experience includes:

  • Defending two challenges to East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two DCOs (CO/1696/2022 and CO/1707/2022, both of which are now pending before the Court of Appeal);
  • Advising on scope of section 35 directions;
  • Junior to Michael Humphries K.C. advising airport operator on legal framework for traffic management;
  • Advising local authority on permitted development rights in the context of airport infrastructure;
  • Assisting Michael Humphries K.C. and Hugh Flanagan in relation to litigation concerning car parks at Heathrow Airport;
  • Advising on the use of safeguarding directions for infrastructure.

Jonathan has a solid understanding of the law of compulsory purchase and compensation. In 2023 he was elected Chair of the Compulsory Purchase Association Future committee.

Recent work includes:

  • Junior to Rebecca Clutten acting for acquiring authority in a reference to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) for determination of compensation for compulsory acquisition of retail business premises (Warren James v Watford BC [2023] UKUT 153 (LC);
  • Assisting Rebecca Clutten with preparation for CPO inquiry into estate regeneration scheme;
  • Advising joint venture partner on garden village proposal and negotiations with statutory undertakers in relation to a confirmed CPO;
  • Advising on scope of acquisition and appropriation for planning purposes under TCPA 1990;
  • Advising on business disturbance generally;
  • Drafting notices of reference for Compulsory Purchase Compensation claims;
  • Drafting representations for DCO hearing regarding the requirement to consider alternatives;
  • Assisting Hugh Flanagan on CPO for road widening scheme – Consideration of scale of public benefits and justification for extent of land take;
  • Advice relating to Electronic Communications Code wayleave agreements;
  • Research into limitation and temporary possession issues in compulsory purchase.
  • Advice relating to Wayleaves payments – Calculation and nature of compensation payments;

Jonathan has experience in the following areas:

  • Junior to Cain Ormondroyd, acting for billing authority successfully resisting a challenge to a completion notice in the Valuation Tribunal for England (VTE);
  • Successful judicial review by ratepayer of billing authority decision in respect of ERD relief (government policy related to impact of covid on ratepayers);
  • Advising billing authority on responding to appeal by case stated from Magistrates’ Court hearing;
  • Advising on correct approach to grant relief for non-domestic hereditaments;
  • The correct approach to Council Tax banding valuation evidence;
  • Advising on challenge to decisions of the VTE in relation to Council Tax;
  • Advising on approach to chargeable dwellings, aggregation and disaggregation;
  • Council tax liability issues and HMOs;
  • Interpretation and application of Material Day Regulations;
  • Issues arising relating to advertising hereditaments;
  • Schedule 5 exemptions;
  • Rates mitigation schemes and property guardianship – Jonathan assisted Mark Westmoreland Smith in a case concerning the identification, nature and valuation of hereditaments: London Borough of Southwark v Ludgate House Limited [2020] EWCA Civ 1637;
  • Scope of proposal matters and the jurisdiction of the VTE;
  • Rates mitigation schemes;
  • Valuation: contractors’ method – appropriateness of substitutions;
  • Advising in relation to unoccupied rates and exemptions for energy infrastructure.

Jonathan is well acquainted with highways law, rights of way matters and the law relating to Commons and Town and Village Greens. Particular experience includes:

  • Advising on rights and responsibilities of respective parties in relation to bridge maintenance, highway authority and Secretary of State powers to order improvement;
  • Acting as sole counsel for statutory objector in 9 day rail crossing extinguishment order;
  • Advising on stopping up orders under section 247 TCPA;
  • Advising on compensation under the Highways Act for stopping up and extinguishment;
  • Advising local authority on Traffic Regulation Orders;
  • Advising London Borough local authority on parking restriction regulations;
  • Town and Village Green registration and deregistration, specifically advising in relation to local authority powers of appropriation for planning purposes.

Jonathan has considerable experience in the field of injunction and committal proceedings, having assisted clients obtain a number of urgent out-of-hours injunctions to protect their land, and secure sanctions for contempt of the resultant court orders. He has particular experience in obtaining persons unknown injunctions in respect of trespass and nuisance. He is comfortable working in this area either as sole counsel or as part of a team. Particular recent examples include:

  • Sole counsel for National Highways Limited in the High Court responding to an application by defendants to adjourn committal proceedings against them on the basis of prejudice to criminal trials. This case involved a detailed analysis of the legal principles guiding the court when considering concurrent related criminal and civil proceedings and whether one might prejudice the other. (KB-2022-004333)
  • Junior counsel for HS2 Ltd in successful application for injunctive relief over the entire route.
  • Junior counsel for HS2 Ltd in successful applications for injunctions in respect of activists at Euston Square Gardens (CO/361/2021), and in subsequent successful committal for contempt of court (QB/2021/4465). Also in respect of other injunctions:  Cubbington and Crackley (PT-2020-BHM-000017), and Cash’s Pit (QB-2022-BHM-000044).
  • Junior counsel for National Highways Ltd in successful injunction (QB-2021-3626, 3576, 3737) and committal proceedings (National Highways Ltd v Heyatawin & Ors [2021] EWHC 3078 (QB); National Highways Ltd v Buse [2021] EWHC 3404 (QB); National Highways Ltd v Springorum [2022] EWHC 205 (QB)) relating to Insulate Britain direct action protestors on UK roads.
  • Advising a local authority in relation to availability of injunctive relief over land to be used in connection with infrastructure works;
  • Advising private companies in industries particularly exposed to the threat of unlawful direct action protest, as to options available when protests occur;
  • Jonathan also has experience advising on and representing local authorities in relation to other powers available in respect of unlawful occupation of land.

In this area, Jonathan has experience of the following:

  • Advising on scope of noise abatement notices;
  • Successfully prosecuting breaches of abatement notices
     

Public law

Jonathan has experience in a variety of public law matters, including the following:

  • Sole counsel for National Highways Limited in the High Court responding to an application by defendants to adjourn committal proceedings against them on the basis of prejudice to criminal trials. This case involved a detailed analysis of the legal principles guiding the court when considering concurrent related criminal and civil proceedings and whether one might prejudice the other.
  • Advising on councillor conduct in local government;
  • Advising on the relationship between faculty and secular law jurisdictions in the context of whether land is consecrated;
  • Advising a London borough on a proposed judicial review of market stall licensing arrangements;
  • Advising on the legal principles applying to applications to re-open court hearings on the basis of unfairness;
  • Advising prospective claimant on definition of “philosophical belief” under Equality Act 2010, and merits of litigation relating to discrimination on this basis;
  • Assisting Department for Work and Pensions in relation to Post Office Horizon IT public inquiry;
  • Prison law and human rights – the right to an oral hearing by CART tribunal;
  • Duty of candour in judicial review proceedings;
  • Enforcement proceedings and human rights;
  • Local government powers – Extent of devolved powers, and local government reorganisation;
  • Issues arising in the settlement of judicial review proceedings;
  • Scope of local authority schemes of delegation;
  • Lawfulness of closed and confidential proceedings/discussions and need for transparency in local government decision-making;
  • Advising on building safety and cladding in the light of the Grenfell disaster;
  • Advisory work on London local authority finance raising powers.

Licensing

  • Appearing before licensing Sub-Committees for applicants and Responsible Authorities;
  • Defending appeals against decisions under the Licensing Act 2003 in the Magistrates Courts on behalf of various London Boroughs;
  • Advice to London Borough local authority on the merits of defending Licensing Act 2003 appeals following refusal of applications;
  • Advisory work on controlled product licensing;
  • Advising on animal licensing regime, local authority powers, and primary authority arrangements;
  • Jonathan assisted Gary Grant acting for the West Midlands Police in relation to summary review proceedings for public house relating to coronavirus restriction breaches.

Information law

  • Interaction between legal privilege and rights of access to information under the FOI and EIR regimes;
  • Restrictions and limits on the sharing of information between public authorities.

Public order and anti-social behaviour law

Jonathan has experience in the following areas:

  • Procedure under ss.77-78 CJPOA to remove unauthorised encampments;
  • Lawfulness of public order conditions – human rights & proportionality;
  • Civil anti-social behaviour orders (Closure Orders, Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Stalking Orders and Sexual Risk Orders).
  • King’s College London, Theology BA (First Class Honours, top of year) (2015);
  • King’s College London, Theology MA (Distinction, top of year) (2016);
  • City University London, Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation) (2017);
  • BPP University Law School, Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent) (2019).

Bar Awards, Prizes & Scholarships

  • Excellence Scholarship, BPP University (2018)
  • Advocacy Scholarship, BPP University (2018)
  • Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2018)
  • Lord Haldane Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)
  • Partial Fee Scholarship, City University (2016)

Jonathan won a number of mooting competitions during his studies, including the UKELA national mooting competition (2017); The 9-12 Bell Yard inter-varsity criminal law moot (2016): the KCL Bar Society/Wildy & Sons contract law mooting competition (2015).

University Awards & Scholarships

  • Hanson Prize for the Philosophy of Religion (MA) (2016)
  • Relton Prize for Christian Doctrine (MA) (2016)
  • Walton Scholarship for postgraduate study, King’s College London (2015)
  • Sellers Prize for Christian Theology (2015)
  • Hanson Prize for Philosophy of Religion (2015)
  • Mascall Prize for Christian Doctrine (2015)
  • Bishop Collins Memorial Prize for Church History (2015)

Previously, Jonathan was a planning caseworker at Southwark Law Centre, where he provided pro-bono advice and representation to members of the local community in relation to planning and regeneration matters.

Before undertaking pupillage at FTB, Jonathan spent a year as judicial assistant to Lindblom L.J. in the Court of Appeal, during which time he gained experience in a variety of fields including:

  • Planning and environment (Green Belt policy; Neighbourhood Development Plans procedure; Enforcement procedure and human rights; Housing Need; Consistency of Inspector’s decisions; CIL Regulations; Housing land supply; Scope of heritage asset setting; Duty to give reasons);
  • Rating/Valuation (Hereditaments – occupation);
  • Village Greens (Statutory Incompatibility);
  • EU Public Procurement (Development agreements and VEAT notices);
  • Highways (Stopping up orders and planning conditions);
  • Public Law (Consultation duties);
  • Civil Procedure (re-opening of final appeals; costs in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber));
  • Immigration;
  • Property law (service charges);
  • Coronial/Inquest law (threshold for fresh inquest).

Prior to coming to the Bar, Jonathan worked for a political communications and campaigns consultancy. He has a keen sensitivity to the political dimension which is often relevant to his clients’ interests.

Planning and Environmental Bar Association
Compulsory Purchase Association
United Kingdom Environmental Law Association
National Infrastructure Planning Association

Latest from Jonathan
10
Jun' 24
Planning Permission Granted For Major Mixed-Use Development at Former Wisley Airfield, Surrey

Following an 8-week public inquiry held in the autumn of 2023, the Secretary of State’s appointed Inspector (C Downes) has allowed an appeal against non-determination and granted planning permission for a major residential-led mixed-use scheme at the site of the former Wisley Airfield, Surrey. 

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03
Jun' 24
Supreme Court Refuses Permission To Appeal in East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two Offshore Windfarm Case

The Supreme Court (Lord Briggs, Lord Burrows and Lady Simler) has refused permission to Substation Action Save East Suffolk Ltd (“SASES”) to appeal against the decision of the Court of Appeal in R (SASES) v. Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero [2024] EWCA Civ 12.

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22
Mar' 24
Court of Appeal Rejects Challenge to the Use of Non-Objection and Confidentiality Clauses in Heads of Terms To Acquire Land Required for a Proposed NSIP

On 22 March 2024 the Court of Appeal (Sir Keith Lindblom SPT, Dingemans, Andrews LJJ) unanimously dismissed an appeal by Suffolk Energy Action Solutions SPV Limited against the decision of Holgate J to reject a judicial review challenge brought against the grant of development consent for two offshore windfarm projects: East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two.

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18
Jan' 24
Court of Appeal Dismisses Challenge to EA1N and EA2 Offshore Windfarm DCOs

On 17 January 2024 the Court of Appeal (Coulson, Lewis, William Davis LJJ) unanimously dismissed an appeal by Substation Action Save East Suffolk Limited against the decision of Lang J to reject the judicial review challenge brought against the grant of development consent for two offshore windfarm projects: East Anglia One North and East Anglia Two.

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07
Sep' 22
Climate Change and the European Court of Human Rights: Agostinho v Portugal & Ors 39371/20

The magnitude of the issue of climate change is reflected in its ever-increasing invocation and appearance in litigation across diverse jurisdictions, and its frequent reference in legislation and administrative decisions as a material consideration. 

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22
Jun' 22
An Introduction to ESG

ESG has become a much mused over acronym in recent years, but what does it mean? In this short post I intend to sketch a few introductory remarks with a focus on why the topic may be of interest to environmental lawyers. What follows is taken from a paper I delivered at the FTB Quarterly Environment Update Seminar in May.

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25
Jun' 24
Breakfast Briefing: The Supreme Court Decision in Finch

The decision turned on the correct interpretation of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 and underlying Directive 2011/92. The question before the Supreme Court was whether, when considering an application involving the commercial extraction of oil at the Horse Hill Well Site for production, the local planning authority should have required an assessment of the impact on the environment of 'downstream' greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the eventual use of the refined products of that oil.

In a judgment handed down today, the Supreme Court allowed the appeal, holding that the local planning authority should have required such an assessment.

The case will have implications for a wide variety of projects.

Gregory Jones KC and Alexander Greaves acted for interveners, West Cumbria Mining Ltd.

The judgment and summary can be found here.

A news item about the case can be found here.

Practical Information

There is no charge to attend but places are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Date: Tuesday 25 June 2024
Venue: Francis Taylor Building, Inner Temple, London, EC4Y 7BY.
Time: Registration over coffee and pastries from 8.00am. Briefing from 8.30-9.30am.
Booking: To reserve places, please complete the online booking form.