Timothy Leader


Tim Leader - 4 -5 Grays Inn photo

Call 1994 Middle Temple 
Qualifications 
University of Birmingham, BSc (Hons) Geography 1982 ;  University of Sheffield, MA Town and Regional Planning 1985;  University of Warwick Business School, Master of Public Administration 2007. MRTPI

Expertise


Tim appears regularly at public inquiries and has handled all kinds of proposals, including those for housing development (with a focus on those raising issues relating to the need for housing and housing land supply), employment, retail, listed building waste and minerals matters. Other aspects of his practice include:-

  • Working closely with and advising local authorities on the preparation of local plans and appearing on behalf of local authorities and developers at examinations in public
  • Promoting town centre redevelopment and sustainable urban extensions, including through the making of compulsory purchase orders
  • Gypsy and traveller planning applications, appeals and enforcement, including injunctions (focusing on human rights and discrimination issues and the assessment of need)
  • Advising on and appearing at public inquiries into sensitive development affecting Green Belt, SPAs, SACs, listed buildings, registered historic parks and garden, conservation areas and windfarm development
  •  Negotiation and re-negotiation of section 106 agreements
  •  Planning enforcement: injunctions, stop notices, “direct action” under s.178 of the 1990 Act and enforcement appeals
  • Town and village greens, and commons
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation on behalf of developers, land owners and local authorities

Tim also has a established practice in disputes over commercial property (especially dilapidations) and real property. He also advises on professional liability matters, involving planners, surveyors, solicitors and architects, and in high value commercial disputes in fields such as telecoms and insurance.

Tim appears regularly at public inquiries and has handled all kinds of proposals, including those for housing development (with a focus on those raising issues relating to the need for housing and housing land supply), employment, retail, listed building waste and minerals matters. Other aspects of his practice include:-

  • Working closely with and advising local authorities on the preparation of local plans and appearing on behalf of local authorities and developers at examinations in public
  • Promoting town centre redevelopment and sustainable urban extensions, including through the making of compulsory purchase orders
  • Gypsy and traveller planning applications, appeals and enforcement, including injunctions (focusing on human rights and discrimination issues and the assessment of need)
  • Advising on and appearing at public inquiries into sensitive development affecting Green Belt, SPAs, SACs, listed buildings, registered historic parks and garden, conservation areas and windfarm development
  •  Negotiation and re-negotiation of section 106 agreements
  •  Planning enforcement: injunctions, stop notices, “direct action” under s.178 of the 1990 Act and enforcement appeals
  • Town and village greens, and commons
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation on behalf of developers, land owners and local authorities

Tim’s local government practice focuses on vires issues, local authority modernisation, procurement, environmental protection (especially EPA 1990), licensing and state aid, the creation of shared services, local government reorganisation, local authority contracting and housing.

Practice Overview

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.

Cases of interest

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

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 and the distinction between operational development and a change of use

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