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Barrister Awards 2012

JUNE 2012

Property/Real Estate Chambers of the Year

Landmark Chambers is a leading chambers in the UK offering integrated advocacy and advice in four key areas: Planning, Property, Environmental and Public / Administrative Law. We are modern, forward-thinking and innovative.


andmark is ranked as the number one Planning and Environmental Chambers in the UK by the top legal directories. We are consistently regarded as one of the leading sets in our other two main areas

of work: Property Law and Public/Administrative Law. In the latest edition, Chambers UK 2012, Landmark is ranked as a leading set in 8 separate practice areas, placing it as one of the elite sets across the whole of the bar.

Landmark Chambers comprises of 72 barristers who specialise in planning, property, environmental and public law. Of those 72, 21 are QCs. A number of our members of chambers sit as Deputy High Court Judges, Recorders and act as Arbitrators, Experts and Mediators. In our list of junior tenants 17 are members of the Attorney General’s panels of Treasury counsel; four are A panel, four are B panel and nine are C panel. Many senior members are former junior Treasury counsel. A number of members of chambers are members of Bar in Northern Ireland.

Working throughout the UK and abroad we have significant experience of litigation in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the Northern Ireland Court.

Landmark’s barristers act for the private and public sectors including government departments, statutory bodies, local authorities, companies, landowners, interest groups and individuals.

Areas of Expertise: Planning Landmark Chambers is the UK’s leading set in planning law. Widely known as the “planning super-set”, Landmark ”undoubtedly sets the standard at the Planning Bar... it has barristers unanimously hailed by sources as beacons of excellence”.

The group is led by no fewer than 18 silks whose names are synonymous with the country’s most high-profile cases in this area.

Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium, Renzo Piano’s Shard of Glass Tower, The Nelson Mandela Statue: these are just a few of the names that have featured in our diaries in recent years, and when a team of barristers were needed to promote Europe’s largest civil engineering project, Crossrail, Landmark was the clear choice.

Landmark’s Planners have regularly been and are continually instructed in major infrastructure inquiries and challenges of national importance. Our “unrivalled breadth of experience and quality at all levels” (Planning Magazine) means that we are the first port of

call for all aspects of planning law in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, no matter how big or small the development. Moreover, Landmark’s expertise in Public Law, Property Law and Environmental Law makes us uniquely placed to advise on the many planning cases that overlap in this area.

Environmental Landmark Chambers is the best placed set in the UK to advise on environmental matters. Landmark remains number one for Environmental law in the top legal directories and James Maurici was named ‘Environment & Planning Junior of the Year’ 2010. Landmark is described as the “first choice for planning and environmental matters” and in addition to our environmental regulatory work, our barristers are experts in the environmental aspects of town and country planning. With our strength in public law, we are the natural choice for environmental challenges in the higher courts. Our property barristers complete the package, with experience at all levels of advising on environmental issues in this area. Landmark is at the forefront of developments in environmental law at both domestic and European levels.

Property Landmark’s property law specialists are widely viewed as amongst the best at the Bar. Chambers & Partners’ 2012 Directory describes Landmark’s property practitioners as “exemplary”, “a personable team” who offer an “exemplary service” from “highly skilled professionals”. Five of our Silks and nine of our juniors are rated as leading practitioners in this field. Nicholas Taggart was selected as ‘Real Estate Junior of the Year’ at the 2011 Bar Awards.

We pride ourselves on our ability to offer a comprehensive and user friendly service across all aspects of real estate law. Our expertise includes traditional land law matters, such as conveyancing disputes, mortgages and property finance, restrictive covenants and easements. We comprehensively cover all aspects of commercial and private sector residential landlord and tenant law. By integrating our property expertise with Chambers’ expertise in planning and public law, we are a natural choice for private developers and those involved in public sector infrastructure projects.

In the wider property law sphere, our property practitioners are regularly involved in cases of involving contractual disputes relating to property (particularly overage disputes), nuisance, trespass (including mass trespass) and the property related aspect of professional negligence law. Individual members also have additional specialist expertise in, rights of light, party walls, property aspects of electronic

communications law, manorial rights and village greens.

We have a strong commitment to alternative dispute resolution: our members include acknowledged leaders in the field of rent review arbitration and expert determination. A number of property practitioners are also qualified as arbitrators and mediators and are on the list of Counsel to be appointed by the Chairman of the Bar Council to act as independent experts.

Public The consistently “talented” Public and Administrative Law team at Landmark covers the full range of work in this area with a raft of high profile cases to their names, and “proves a match for anybody” (Chambers & Partners 2011). Our 38 specialists, led by 7 QCs, appear frequently in applications for judicial review and subsequent appeals, in the UK and beyond, and have experience of all types of tribunals.

We regularly appear for individuals, commercial bodies, central and local government and a wide variety of civil society bodies and NGOs. Landmark are the leading set in the overlap between public, planning and environmental law, chambers has strong expertise in all areas of public law.

We are recognised for our work across the full range of public law cases. Examples of high profile cases we have been involved in include the Sharon Shoesmith appeal, Ken Livingstone’s challenge to the Standards Board, the Pinochet litigation, the immigration cap judicial review, the Leveson Inquiry and the protestors at Parliament Square and St Paul’s.

Seventeen of our barristers are currently appointed to the Attorney General’s A, B and C panels to advise cen- tral government. Two of our barristers are members of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Panel of Junior Counsel. Three members of chambers are on the Treas- ury Solicitor’s Freedom of Information list of counsel. Other regular Landmark clients are the Child Poverty Action Group, Friends of the Earth, the RSPB, Liberty, Reprieve, MIND and the Public Law Project.

Contact Details:

Landmark Chambers 180 Fleet Street London EC4A 2HG

Tel: 0207 430 1221

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