John gained substantial experience of planning and environmental law during pupillage and is now developing his own practice in this area.
John has experience acting for local authorities in prosecuting environmental offences, including conducting one local authority's first prosecution under the Health Act 2006 in relation to the use of Shisha pipes within an enclosed premises. John also has experience acting for defendants in environmental proceedings.
During pupillage John assisted Estelle Dehon in a two week planning inquiry resisting a residential scheme of up to 200 units which involved housing land supply and heritage issues. He was subsequently instructed as a junior with Dr Ashley Bowes in a planning inquiry involving heritage and landscape issues in which he and Dr Bowes successfully resisted the proposed housing scheme, despite the existence of a housing land supply deficit.
During pupillage, John assisted in various High Court and Court of Appeal cases on environmental law and planning law issues. These include:
- Keenan v Woking Borough Council  EWCA Civ 438 (assisting Estelle Dehon as a pupil)
- Burford v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWHC 1493 (Admin) (assisting Estelle Dehon as a pupil).
- Preston New Road Action Group and Gayzer Frackman v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWHC 808 (Admin) (assisting Estelle Dehon and Marc Willers QC as a pupil).
John is comfortable with planning and environmental advisory work and during pupillage advised on a range of matters including, the application of a s106 planning obligation, implementation of a forty year old planning permission, enforcement issues and variation of conditions.
John also has an excellent understanding of the needs of clients in the environmental and planning sectors, having been seconded to a local authority's planning team during pupillage.