Peter Wadsley is experienced in cases at the intersection between environmental and planning law. He is highly experienced in inquiries and appeals, as well as in judicial review proceedings, and frequently acts on behalf of local authorities.”

Chambers UK 2024, Planning

Peter specialises in planning, local government and environment law. He heads the Public & Administrative Law Practice Group at St John’s Chambers. He also has extensive experience in public rights of way inquiries and associated topics, as well as in judicial review proceedings. He frequently acts for developers, local authorities and third parties in many inquiries. He is described by Chambers UK as ‘the number one junior on the Western Circuit for planning and environmental work’ and Legal 500 as the ‘leading planning junior on Circuit.’

Peter is qualified to undertake public access work in appropriate cases, for further information, please visit our Public Access page.

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Peter is a legal legend.”

Chambers UK 2023, Planning

Peter is excellent – he’s outstanding with cross-examination, very skilful on his feet and very easy to get along with.”

Chambers UK 2022, Planning

Peter’s advice and opinions are pragmatic, sensible and strike the right note.” “His strengths are his ability to think on his feet and the fact that he is very user-friendly.” “Peter’s advice is provided clearly and succinctly, and he dedicates himself to the job.”

Chambers UK 2021, Planning

“Peter is very able, courteous and friendly.” “He is a genuine master of his craft.”

Chambers UK 2020, Planning

A real thinker on his feet. He is very persuasive when arguing points in court. He continues to be the number one junior on the Western Circuit for planning and environmental work.”

Chambers UK 2019, Planning

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  • Qualifications & awards:

    • MA, LLM (Cantab)
    • Post-graduate Certificate in Environmental Law (Bristol University)
  • Professional memberships:

    • Planning and Environmental Bar Association
    • Western Circuit
    • Formerly a practising solicitor and a partner in a commercial and licensing practice in Bristol
  • Peter Wadsley is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please read here.