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Dr Alex Williams

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Alex accepts instructions in all of Chambers' core areas.

Alex's broad practice focusses heavily on public law and human rights, with an emphasis on social housing, planning and licensing, but also includes aspects of commercial and information law.

Alex advises, drafts and regularly appears in both the civil and criminal courts for central and local government and private clients. His work with senior members of Chambers has given him experience of appellate litigation at Court of Appeal and Supreme Court level.

Clients value Alex's analytical ability and forensic approach to the issues. He is often instructed to appear, unled, against far more experienced barristers. As one instructing solicitor has commented:

"Alex conducted a complex planning case with calmness, thoroughness and politeness. His closing submissions were excellent and unravelled some complex issues that enabled the court to understand the case much better. I have no doubt that his advocacy was a significant reason for our success. I shall be instructing Alex again and have already recommended him to others."

Overview

Cases

Secretary of State rejects plans for up to 1600 dwellings in Braintree, NPPF para 170 on valued landscapes is considered
12.07.2019
The case The Secretary of State has recently dismissed Acorn Braintree Ltd's appeal concerning a proposal for up to 1600 dwellings and associated development on approximately 56.5ha of land on the....

High Court upholds Council’s enforcement policy on private sector landlords
12.03.2019

R (Humber Landlords Association) v Hull City Council [2019] EWHC 332 (Admin)

....

News

Obiter remarks now binding: Court of Appeal (radically) alters doctrine of precedent
04.05.2020
Last week a five-judge Court of Appeal handed down R v Barton and Booth [2020] EWCA Crim 575. The decision establishes that R v Ghosh [1982] QB 1053, on dishonesty....

New recommendations for councillors from Committee on Standards in Public Life
05.02.2019
On 30 January 2019, the Committee on Standards in Public Life published its long-awaited report on local government ethical standards, reflecting evidence obtained via a consultation exercise carried out from....

Overview

Cases

High Court upholds Council’s enforcement policy on private sector landlords
12.03.2019

R (Humber Landlords Association) v Hull City Council [2019] EWHC 332 (Admin)

....

Events

Cornerstone Barristers Housing Conference 2018
02.10.2018

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Hosted by the Cornerstone Housing Team, the conference will provide a thorough analysis of the latest developments in housing law and policy, as well as practical advice on a wide....

Seminar - Public law defences to possession claims
06.06.2018

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This seminar seeks to explain and explore the myriad public law and discrimination challenges often seen in defences to residential possession claims brought on discretionary and/or mandatory grounds. It is aimed....

Overview

Cases

Planning enforcement orders, time limits and self-certification
16.04.2020
Introduced into the TCPA 1990 by the Localism Act 2011, planning enforcement orders (PEOs) are a powerful tool for local planning authorities (LPAs) seeking to enforce against breaches of planning....

Secretary of State rejects plans for up to 1600 dwellings in Braintree, NPPF para 170 on valued landscapes is considered
12.07.2019
The case The Secretary of State has recently dismissed Acorn Braintree Ltd's appeal concerning a proposal for up to 1600 dwellings and associated development on approximately 56.5ha of land on the....

News

Response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee's inquiry on fracking
24.04.2018
Some of our planning barristers have responded to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee's inquiry into planning guidance on fracking. You can read the response here.  Our barristers have extensive experience in....

Events

Zoom webinar - Planning Enforcement Orders: Law and Practice
25.06.2020


Planning enforcement orders are a powerful - but heavily under-used - tool for local planning authorities wishing to take enforcement action. Joe Cannon and Alex Williams provide much-needed practical tips for....

Overview

Overview

Cases

High Court upholds Council’s enforcement policy on private sector landlords
12.03.2019

R (Humber Landlords Association) v Hull City Council [2019] EWHC 332 (Admin)

....

Alex's journal publications as at:

7th April 2020

  • 'Planning Enforcement Orders, Time Limits and Self-Certification under Section 171BB TCPA 1990' [2020] Journal of Planning & Environment Law 224-230.
  • 'The Pointlessness of Section 6(5) HRA 1998' [2018] Judicial Review 128-144.
  • 'Judicial Review and Monopoly Power: Some Sceptical Thoughts' (2017) 133 Law Quarterly Review 656-682.
  • 'Public Authorities and the HRA 1998: Recent Trends' [2017] Judicial Review 247-262.
  • 'Public Functions and Amenability: Recent Trends' [2017] Judicial Review 15-26.
  • 'The British Bill of Rights Debate: Lessons from Australia' [2016] Public Law 471-490 (with George Williams).
  • Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights (4th edn, Routledge, 2016) (with Helen Fenwick and Gavin Phillipson).
  • 'Strasbourg's Public-Private Divide and the British Bill of Rights' [2015] European Human Rights Law Review 617-630.
  • 'Public and Private: Neither Deep Nor Meaningful?', in Kit Barker and Darryn Jensen (eds), Private Law: Key Encounters with Public Law (Cambridge University Press, 2013) 45-88 (with William Lucy).
  • 'The Scope of Section 6 HRA Revisited' UK Constitutional Law Blog (28 October 2013)
  • 'Horizontal Effect and the Constitutional Constraint' (2011) 74(6) Modern Law Review 878-910 (with Gavin Phillipson).
  • 'A Fresh Perspective on Hybrid Public Authorities under the Human Rights Act: Private Contractors, Rights-Stripping and "Chameleonic" Horizontal Effect' [2011] Public Law 139-163.
  • 'What is a Public Authority?', in David Hoffman (ed), The Impact of the UK Human Rights Act on Private Law (Cambridge University Press, 2011) 48-65.
  • 'Devolution', in Helen Fenwick and Gavin Phillipson, Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights (3rd edn, Routledge, 2010) 232-294 (with Gavin Phillipson).
  • 'YL v Birmingham City Council: Contracting out and "functions of a public nature"' [2008] European Human Rights Law Review 524-531.

The primacy of the policy in housing law (Humber Landlords Association v Hull City Council)

18th March 2019

In this article published by LexisNexis, Wayne Beglan and Dr Alex Williams discuss Humber Landlords Association v Hull City Council [2019] EWHC 332 (Admin), [2019] All ER (D) 62 (Mar), a case of practical importance to all public authorities engaged in the drafting or revision of policies. 

The judgment serves as a stark reminder of the court's central role in interpreting the policy and, in turn, the primacy of the policy itself. It demonstrates that claimants who rely less on the words of the policy and more on individual council officers' summaries of it are unlikely to advance their cases very far.

You can read the article in full here

  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Planning and Environment Bar Association

News: Public Law and Judicial Review

Obiter remarks now binding: Court of Appeal (radically) alters doctrine of precedent

4th May 2020

Last week a five-judge Court of Appeal handed down R v Barton and Booth [2020] EWCA Crim 575. The decision establishes that R v Ghosh [1982] QB 1053, on dishonesty....

Case: Planning and Environment

Planning enforcement orders, time limits and self-certification

16th April 2020

Introduced into the TCPA 1990 by the Localism Act 2011, planning enforcement orders (PEOs) are a powerful tool for local planning authorities (LPAs) seeking to enforce against breaches of planning....

Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Planning and Environment

Secretary of State rejects plans for up to 1600 dwellings in Braintree, NPPF para 170 on valued landscapes is considered

12th July 2019

The case The Secretary of State has recently dismissed Acorn Braintree Ltd's appeal concerning a proposal for up to 1600 dwellings and associated development on approximately 56.5ha of land on the....

Case: Public Law and Judicial Review, Housing, Property, Local Government

High Court upholds Council’s enforcement policy on private sector landlords

12th March 2019

R (Humber Landlords Association) v Hull City Council [2019] EWHC 332 (Admin)

....

News: Public Law and Judicial Review, Local Government

New recommendations for councillors from Committee on Standards in Public Life

5th February 2019

On 30 January 2019, the Committee on Standards in Public Life published its long-awaited report on local government ethical standards, reflecting evidence obtained via a consultation exercise carried out from....

News: Planning and Environment

Response to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee's inquiry on fracking

24th April 2018

Some of our planning barristers have responded to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee's inquiry into planning guidance on fracking. You can read the response here.  Our barristers have extensive experience in....