St John’s Chambers welcomes public and commercial law barrister Tim Leader

St John’s Chambers is delighted to announce that Tim Leader (Call 1994), formerly of 4 – 5 Gray’s Inn Square, has joined the set with immediate effect.

Tim specialises in public and commercial law. His public law practice includes judicial review and statutory review of decisions by public bodies and appearing at inquiries and tribunals, especially in the fields of planning and local government law. His commercial practice focuses on commercial and real property matters and contractual disputes.

Tim’s cases of interest include:

Runnymede Borough Council v Doig and others [2017] EWHC 1873 (Ch)Interim injunctions and human rights issues in relation to gypsies and travellers

Bloor Homes East Midlands Limited v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council [2014] EWHC 754 (Admin)
Calculation of 5 year housing land supply; prematurity; plan “silent or absent”; need for policies to incorporate a cost: benefit approach

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2016] EWCA 1040; JPL 358
5 year housing land supply, choice of HMA on s.78 appeals and for the preparation of local plans

Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] 2464 (Admin)
5 year housing land supply, affordable housing

Pathfield Estates Ltd v Haringey London Borough Council [2013] EWHC 2053 (Admin)
Interpretation of s.181 TCPA 1990 focusing on the distinction between operational development and a change of use for the purposes of Part VII of the Act

 R (de Whalley) v. Norfolk County Council [2011] EWHC 3739
Pre-determination and bias and the lawfulness of whipping following the enactment of the Local Government Act 2000

Shadwell Estates v Breckland District Council and Another [2013] Env. L.R. D2
Challenging local plans on environmental grounds relating to SPAs, Habitat Regulations and sustainability appraisals

R (Oadby Hilltop and Meadowcourt Conservation Area Association) v Oadby and Wigston Borough Co
Decision making by elected members and officer reports

Welcoming Tim back to St John’s Chambers after a 10 year spell as a senior officer in local government, Peter Wadsley, Head of the Public and Administrative Practice Group said:” We are so pleased that Tim has joined chambers as he comes with a formidable reputation for his public and commercial law experience. He adds further weight to our established and growing team”.

Tim said: “I am pleased to be re-joining St John’s Chambers. The set has an excellent reputation in the planning and local government field. It is also a progressive, modern chambers, having won the Bristol Law Society’s “Chambers of the Year” Award for two years running. The clerking is superb, and I am very excited at the prospect of working as part of the planning team”.