Profile submitted by Suzanne Ornsby QC
Suzanne Ornsby is a highly proficient public, planning and environmental lawyer with wide experience of acting for utilities, multinationals, planning authorities, action groups and individuals. She is regularly involved in controversial judicial challenges as well as promoting or opposing major infrastructure proposals relating to water and electricity supply, minerals and waste, together with commercial and residential schemes including those affecting the built heritage.
She has an extensive practice relating to plan making. She has promoted numerous Development Plan Documents and is currently instructed on the North Hertfordshire, West Oxfordshire and Aylesbury Vale Local Plans and also on the Joint Spatial Plan for the West of England. She successfully appeared in the Court of Appeal ( EWCA Civ 228) in one of the first legal challenges relating to a Neighbourhood Plan and has recently successfully defended the Farringdon Neighbourhood Plan ( EWHC 1711 (Admin)).
Suzanne also has an extensive and varied planning practice including appearing at section 78 appeals. She has appeared at numerous appeals into residential schemes ranging from small scale proposals to major urban extensions. Recently she successfully appeared for a rule 6 party in defending proposals to change aviation buildings at Manston Airport to non-aviation use, where the local planning authority had decided to no longer defend the appeal. She is presently instructed to appear at a called in inquiry into proposals to expand the regional retail facility at the Mall at Cribbs Causeway.
Suzanne also works for utility companies and is currently instructed on two water resource management plans. She successfully appeared for Thames Water at the major inquiries held into the UK’s first desalination plant.
Member and previous secretary of the Planning and Environment Bar Association, UKELA, the Administrative Law Bar Association, the Criminal Bar Association, the Compulsory Purchase Association and Health and Safety Lawyers Association. She is a trained advocacy instructor for the Middle Temple.
Called to Bar: 1986 Appointed Queen’s Counsel : 2012.