Dr Alex Williams

Call: 2017

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Dr Alex Williams
Daryl Hughes, Senior Practice Manager

Alex is a seasoned public lawyer with years of high-level academic experience to underpin his practice, which focuses mostly on planning law but also takes in licensing and social housing matters involving a significant public-law element. He has represented clients at all judicial levels including in the Supreme Court and several appearances in the Court of Appeal. He regularly acts unled in High Court matters and at public inquiries.

Legal 500 has ranked Alex as one of a handful of rising stars at the planning Bar. He represents the full range of planning clients but boasts a particularly enviable list of developer clients. He frequently receives instructions from some of the UK’s foremost planning and property consultancies and has acted for high-profile national and international corporate clients including the Vidal Sassoon Group, in relation to its recent plan to open a new world-class training academy in Soho.

Clients value Alex’s analytical ability and forensic approach to the issues as well as his clear and pragmatic strategic advice. He is often instructed to appear unled against more experienced barristers including King’s Counsel.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Alex was a Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights Centre at Durham University, where he specialised in public law and human rights. He has published widely in high-profile academic and practitioner journals, has lectured to expert audiences both in the UK and abroad and has acted as a consultant to the Law Commission on its misconduct in public office project. He is a contributor to the most recent edition of Cornerstone on the Planning Court (2nd edn, Bloomsbury, 2021) and to the most recent edition of Supperstone, Goudie & Walker on Judicial Review (7th edn, LexisNexis, 2024). He is also a contributor to LexisPSL on human rights issues and co-author of a major public-law textbook, Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights (4th edn, Routledge, 2016), which has served as core reading on many undergraduate law courses across England and Wales.

Alex studied at Cambridge (BA, MA) and Durham (MJur, PhD), receiving several awards for academic and mooting achievement. In addition to his tenured post at Durham University, he has held visiting fellowships at Cambridge University, University College London and UNSW, Sydney.