Practice Summary


Tim is approachable, practical and a good team player. He 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.

Public law

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 of housing land supply), and employment, retail, listed building waste and minerals matters. Other aspects of his practice include:-

  • Appearing on behalf of local authorities and developers at examinations of local plans.
  • Promoting town centre redevelopment and sustainable urban extensions, including through the making of compulsory purchase orders.
  • 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
  • Town and village green.

Tim’s local government practice focuses on vires issues, local authority modernisation, procurement and state aid, the creation of shared services, local government reorganisation, local authority contracting and housing.

Tim also has a strong practice in high value commercial disputes in fields such as telecoms and insurance, and in disputes over commercial property (especially dilapidations) and real property.

Recent Cases of Interest

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)

Pathfield Estates Ltd v Haringey London Borough Council [2013] EWHC 2053 (Admin) (Interpretation of s.181 TCPA 1990 and 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 Council [2011]  EWHC 60 (Admin) (pre-determination and bias and the conduct of committee meetings by elected members)

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