St John’s Chambers’ ‘very impressive’ team is noted for its expertise in planning matters.”


St John’s Chambers’ Planning team includes QCs, senior juniors and juniors, many recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories. The team practise nationwide and at all levels of the planning system – the High Court and above, inquiries, prosecutions and informal hearings.

The team has extensive knowledge in all areas of town and country planning, environmental law, and town and village greens. We offer a full service of heavyweight advocacy alongside technical advisory skills.

How can our barristers help you?

Our barristers can give you advice and representation in a wide range of areas including:

  • Town and country planning
  • Town and village greens
  • Enforcement
  • Compulsory purchase
  • Listed buildings and conservation areas
  • Minerals
  • Contaminated land
  • Wind farms
  • Section 106 Agreements
  • All aspects of Government and Local Plan policies

The Head of the planning team, Peter Wadsley, has recently been described by Chambers UK as the number one junior on the Western Circuit for planning and environmental work. Tim Leader, who has recently rejoined St John’s Chambers from a London set, has a countrywide practice in all areas of work.

The team are regularly instructed by local planning authorities, developers, private individuals and residents’ groups for assistance at all stages of the planning process.

All our team members can accept instructions direct from industry professionals under the Licensed Access scheme. This allows members of licensed organisations, such as the RICS, to instruct us without having to go through a solicitor.

Public Access

Some members of the team are also available to act, where appropriate, for members of the public, as well as commercial and non-commercial organisations, under the Public Access scheme. Read more.


The team delivers workshops and seminars in Chambers and regional centres. We also provide training on behalf of local Law Societies and in conjunction with firms of solicitors and also councils. We can also provide tailored in-house training for particular firms. If you would like any further information please contact Paul Nuttall 0117 923 4742 or email: [email protected]

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