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UK Bar Guide
Individual Profile

Douglas Edwards QC

Francis Taylor Building - London

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  • Francis Taylor Building
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • EC4Y 7BY

Profile submitted by Douglas Edwards QC

Practice Areas

Practice involves planning, compulsory purchase, environment, administrative and local government, highway law and the law relating to town and village greens. He appears regularly for both appellants and local planning and other authorities at inquiries, in the Lands Tribunal and in the courts. Douglas Edwards planning inquiry practice has engaged a wide range of issues over the last year including major retail schemes, housing development, development of docks and proposed tall buildings. He represented the successful developers of a large retail park near Leeds as well as several large residential developments. He has considerable experience of planning enforcement both at inquiry and in the High Court in the context of injunction applications. He regularly advises and appears in respect of town/village green disputes and has had a number of notable and important successes for landowners in respect of such disputes. He is frequently asked to appear as inspector or to advise registration authorities in respect of these matters. He is regularly instructed by local planning authorities for complex enforcement cases and is noted for handling detailed factual disputes arising under ground (d) appeals and in lawful development certificate matters. He has considerable experience of gypsy and traveller work. Douglas regularly advises and appears in the Lands Tribunal on matters concerning compulsory purchase. He is a member of the Crossrail Panel of Counsel who appears and advises on compensation matters concerning that project. Douglas had been instructed on a number of listed building cases and has developed particular expertise in advising upon, and appearing at, inquiries in relation to enabling development proposals affecting listed buildings and in applying the guidance published by English Heritage concerning that subject. His other areas of specialism include mineral planning (in which he has recently had two notable successes, one for an appellant and one for a mineral planning authority) and also water and riverbank related development. He appeared recently in a controversial inquiry concerning the right to moor vessels temporarily on the River Thames.

Career

Called to Bar: 1992, QC: 2010.