Planning juniors secure Queen's Counsel accolade

Two planning barristers are set to be promoted to Queen's Counsel in the latest set of silk appointments, announced just before Christmas.

Graeme Keen (left) and Christopher Young
Graeme Keen (left) and Christopher Young

Christopher Young of No5 Chambers’ current assignments include new settlement proposals at Thorpe Arch and Cattal in Yorkshire, Silson Village in Huntingdonshire and the 5,000-dwelling Sherford development near Plymouth.

In February he is due to appear at the Court of Appeal in the Cumberlege test case, involving the scope of relevant material considerations in planning decisions.

Young was voted highest rated junior planning barrister in last spring’s Planning Law Survey and second highest for residential planning work, ahead of all but one existing QC.

Graeme Keen, who practises from Landmark Chambers, has been involved in a number of recovered housing appeals in recent years. Later this month, he starts a three-week retail call-in inquiry in Cheshire.

Keen’s recent inquiries include promoting the residential development of a site in West Sussex involving policy, highways, noise and arboricultural issues and defending a refusal of permission for a housing scheme in Kent, which raised a detailed housing land supply dispute and landscape impact issues.

Following a competition that closed last March, attracting 272 applications, the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel revealed 119 QC appointments last month.

The new silks will be formally appointed at a ceremony presided over by the Lord Chancellor on 26 February.

The role of Queen's Counsel is an internationally recognised quality mark that helps encourage advocates to maintain the highest standards of work. QC status opens up avenues for high-profile and complex work rarely available to junior counsel.


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