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Craig Howell Williams QC

Qualifications:

BA(Hons,) Dip Law, QC, CEDR Accredited mediator, MCIArb

Services:

Planning, Environment, Land Valuation, Compulsory purchase, Compensation, Infrastructure, Highways, Residential, Retail, Leisure, Listed buildings

CV

 

Craig is a member of Francis Taylor Building chambers in Inner Temple, London. He is acknowledged as one of the leading practitioners in the field and has acted in some of the most high profile cases. Craig specialises in planning, environment and related areas of public law. He represents developers and operators, local authorities, third parties and others at public inquiries and in a range of other tribunals. In court he has served as Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel) and has more recently appeared in a number of significant cases. He was appointed to silk in 2009.

He is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator, a member of the RICS Mediation Panel, a member of the CIArb, and an Assistant Commissioner to the Boundary Commission for England. He was recently appointed by the Government to serve on the DCLG's Planning Mediation Services Panel. 

Craig was voted one of the top-rated silks in the Planning Magazine Survey 2011. Commendations (from Planning Magazine, and Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories) include:

  • a "reputation as a silk with an enviable courtroom panache";
  • "a superb barrister";
  • a " "conscientious, extremely hard-working" individual who "leaves no stone unturned" and his presentation skills are acknowledged as "really quite superb"";
  • "a team player who comes over well with inspectors and clients. He has an eye for detail and can look at cases from different perspectives";
  • a "controlled and balanced high-quality performer at large planning inquiries and appeals", is "both thorough and at the same time practical ... he always bothers about the case, seeking all the while not to miss a trick...old fashioned courtesy";
  • "precise and timely advice in a friendly, approachable manner".

 


Qualifications and Appointments:

 

BA (Hons), Leeds University

Diploma in Law (University of Westminster)

Band Award from Grays Inn

Called to the Bar (1983 Grays Inn)

Junior Counsel to the Crown B Panel (1993-1999)

Appointed Queen's Counsel (2009)

Chairman of the London Luton Airport Consultative Committee (S35 CAA 1982) (1999-2002)

CEDR Accredited Mediator (2005)

Trustee of Planning Aid for London (Registered Charity) (2007-2012)

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2012-)

Lead Assistant Commissioner to the Boundary Commission for England (2012-)

Appointed to the DCLG's Planning Mediation Services Panel (2012-)

 


Professional Affiliations:

 

Planning and Environment Bar Association (1990-) (Secretary 1994-1996)

Parliamentary Bar Mess (1990-)

United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (2009-)

National Infrastructure Planning Association (2012-)

Compulsory Purchase Association (2012-)

Civil Mediation Council (2009-)

RICS General Mediation Panel (2010-)

Steering Group assisting Leonora Rozee in her report Planning in Mediation (2010) and in the Delivery of Recommendations Group (2011-)

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2012-)

 


Publications:

 

Expert Evidence and How to be a Good Witness (Journal of Planning Law 2010)

Planning Ahead (Solicitor's Journal 2010)

Mediation - the Flexible Alternative (RICS Land Journal 2011)

Mediation in Planning Related Disputes (Local Government Lawyer 2011)

Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation in the Lands Chamber (JPEL 2013)

Where there's a will there's a way - Mediation in compensation cases (Solicitor's Journal 2013)

 

 

Qualifications & Appointments

BA (Hons), Leeds University

Diploma in Law (University of Westminster)

Band Award from Grays Inn

Called to the Bar (1983 Grays Inn)

Junior Counsel to the Crown B Panel (1993-1999)

Appointed Queen's Counsel (2009)

Chairman of the London Luton Airport Consultative Committee (S35 CAA 1982) (1999-2002)

CEDR Accredited Mediator (2005)

Trustee of Planning Aid for London (Registered Charity) (2007-2012)

Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2012)

Lead Assistant Commissioner to the Boundary Commission for England (2012-)

Appointed to the DCLG’s Planning Mediation Services Panel (2012-)

 

 


 

 

Professional Affiliations:

 

Planning and Environment Bar Association (1990-) (Secretary 1994-1996)

Parliamentary Bar Mess (1990-)

United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (2009-)

National Infrastructure Planning Association (2012-)

Compulsory Purchase Association (2012-)

Civil Mediation Council (2009-)

RICS General Mediation Panel (2010-)

Steering Group assisting Leonora Rozee in her report Planning in Mediation (2010) and in the Delivery of Recommendations Group (2011-)

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2012-)

 

Publications:

Expert Evidence and How to be a Good Witness (Journal of Planning Law 2010)

Planning Ahead (Solicitor’s Journal 2010)

Mediation – the Flexible Alternative (RICS Land Journal 2011)

Mediation in Planning Related Disputes (Local Government Lawyer 2011)

Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation in the Lands Chamber (JPEL 2013)

Where there’s a will there’s a way – Mediation in compensation cases (Solicitor’s Journal 2014)

 

 

Mediation profile

 

Profile and Experience:

Craig Howell Williams is a CEDR Accredited Mediator, a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Mediation Panel, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has recently been appointed by the Government to serve on the DCLG's Planning Mediation Services Panel.

He is a practising barrister and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2009. His practice as a barrister is widely based with extensive experience and expertise in planning, environment law and other areas of public law, representing developers/operators, local authorities and third parties (including local residents) in a range of courts and tribunals. He is regularly involved in large planning/infrastructure schemes, such as proposals for urban extensions, new settlements, airport extensions, new roads, and also in employment, leisure, retail and other commercial development projects. His experience shows versatility across many different legislative regimes, for example heritage and listed buildings, compulsory purchase and compensation, wildlife and countryside, advertisements and aggregates levy. He is instructed at all stages of the process and frequently involved in issues arising in: public consultation; environmental information assessment; proposal design; conditions and legal agreements (eg under s106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990); pre-inquiry discussions and agreed statements; and inquiry evidence.

His experience in mediation covers a range of subject matter reaching beyond the field of planning and environment law. He acted as Mediator in the case of Chui v Waverley Commercial Ltd & Amptill Town Council (in the Lands Tribunal 2009) (a claim under S237 of the TCPA 1990 following a town centre redevelopment scheme), and has more recently mediated cases relating to issues including compensation (a claim concerning land/rights acquired as part of the Olympics 2012 development project and a claim following the compulsory purchase under s226 of the TCPA 1990 of property owned by a Housing Association), section 106 TCPA 1990 (a negotiation on infrastructure obligations), contractual issues arising at a landfill site (methane gas to electricity generation), and landlord and tenant/rent arrears/licence/negligence/nuisance issues. He has also acted as Assistant Mediator in cases varying in subject matter including employment, contract, debts/loans and professional negligence issues.

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • BA (Hons), Leeds University
  • Diploma in Law (University of Westminster)
  • Band Award from Grays Inn
  • Called to the Bar (1983 Grays Inn)
  • Junior Counsel to the Crown B Panel (1993-1999)
  • Appointed Queen's Counsel (2009)
  • Chairman of the London Luton Airport Consultative Committee (S35 CAA 1982) (1999-2002)
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator (2005)
  • Trustee of Planning Aid for London (Registered Charity) (2007-2012)
  • Lead Assistant Commissioner to the Boundary Commission for England (2012-)
  • Appointed to the DCLG's Planning Mediation Services Panel (2012-)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Planning and Environment Bar Association (1990-) (Secretary 1994-1996)
  • Parliamentary Bar Mess (1990-)
  • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (2009-)
  • Civil Mediation Council (2009-)
  • RICS General Mediation Panel (2010-)
  • Steering Group assisting Leonora Rozee in her report Planning in Mediation (2010) and in the Delivery of Recommendations Group (2011-)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2012-)

Publications:

  • Expert Evidence and How to be a Good Witness (Journal of Planning Law 2010)
  • Planning Ahead (Solicitor's Journal 2010)
  • Mediation - the Flexible Alternative (RICS Land Journal 2011)
  • Mediation in Planning Related Disputes (Local Government Lawyer 2011)
  • Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation in the Lands Tribunal (JPEL 2013)
  • There is another way (Solicitor's Journal 2013)

 

 

 

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