Sponsored content: Two No5 Chambers barristers to be appointed Queen's Counsel

No5 Chambers is delighted to announce that Paul Cairnes and Richard Kimblin are to be appointed Her Majesty's Queens Counsel by the Lord Chancellor on Monday 22 February 2016. Our congratulations go to them all and of course to their families who have supported their success.

Paul Cairnes (left) and Richard Kimblin
Paul Cairnes (left) and Richard Kimblin

Paul Cairnes was called to the bar in 1980 and is regularly instructed to appear and advise in high profile and large scale development proposals and has considerable High Court experience with regard to planning and environmental issues. Over recent years Paul has successfully promoted large scale residential and commercial development schemes throughout the country, most recently in Dorset, Sussex and Devon. His High Court work has involved the Aarhus Convention, development impacts upon NHS funding, planning and State Aid and enforcement. Paul is presently instructed in promoting a number of large scale mixed use development schemes in the Midlands and the South East as well as advising various LPAs on their emerging development plans.

Richard Kimblin was awarded a PhD in 1991 and worked on major infrastructure and research projects such as: artificial groundwater recharge in the London Basin (now long operational); the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and comparative European environmental protection law, for the European Commission.

Kimblin was called to the bar (Middle Temple) in 1998.  Throughout, he has practised up and down England and Wales in planning, public law and regulatory cases.  This has kept him at inquiry, in the High Court and Court of Appeal and also in the criminal courts.  Some areas of particular interest and focus have been:

Planning policy – Housing (South Northamptonshire – what is a policy for the supply of housing land?; Cotswold – meaning of ‘persistent under delivery’) the Green Belt (Redhill; Timmins); Heritage (Whitby re §133 Framework)

Infrastructure – DCOs; onshore and offshore renewables including the year-long Mid-Wales inquiry, gas-storage, rail, road and canal line orders and associated compulsory purchase;

Environment – EIA litigation (Wye Valley Action Group; Gilbert; San Vicente; Mackman); Habitats Directive issues (Abbotskerswell); Enviromental Liability Directive and Water Framework Directive (Seiont, Gywrfai and Llyfni Anglers' Society v Natural Resources Wales); trees (Distinctive Properties – what is a tree?); statutory nuisance and environmental permitting including related trial, sentencing, confiscation and issues of statutory interpretation such as Walker and Son (Hauliers) Ltd v Environment Agency.

Richard has been a pupil supervisor and mentor to junior members of the bar, including Jack Smyth, Thea Osmund-Smith and Nina Pindham. He is the immediate past Chair of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and was an elected member of its Council for 10 years.

For further information please contact Tony McDaid or Andrew Bisbey on 0845 2105555 or planning@no5.com.

This article was written and edited by No5 Chambers.

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