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Craig Howell Williams QC joins Dispute Mediation Consultancy

Wed, 24 August 2011

Craig Howell Williams QC a leading planning advocate has joined the Dispute Mediation Consultancy as an Accredited Associate Mediator. Check out his full Cv on our Find A Mediator pages.

Craig specialises in planning and environment law and related areas of public law. He is acknowledged as one of the leading practitioners in the field and has acted in some of the most high profile cases. He represents developers and operators, local authorities, third parties and others at public inquiries and in a range of other tribunals. He is regularly involved in large planning/infrastructure schemes such as proposals for urban extensions, new settlements, airport expansions, new roads, and also in employment, leisure, retail and other commercial development projects. His experience is extensive and shows versatility across many different kinds of legislative regime, for example heritage and listed buildings, compulsory purchase and compensation, applications under the Wildlife and Countryside legislation, advertisement regulations, highways and aggregates levy. 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 and is a member of the RICS Mediation 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. He is supportive and very tactful when telling his client how to do things";
  • 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".

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