Leading QC joins Keating Chambers to set up new planning practice

Keating Chambers has appointed barrister Charles Banner QC to establish a new planning and environment practice at the chambers.

Charles Banner. Image: Keating Chambers
Charles Banner. Image: Keating Chambers

Appointed Queen’s Counsel last year, Banner ranked joint eighth in this year’s Planning Law Survey league table of the highest-rated planning silks.

He was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2004 and to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2010. In 2018, he was named the highest-rated junior barrister in the Planning Law Survey.

Banner joins Keating Chambers from Landmark Chambers and will offer planning law services alongside the firm’s existing construction, public procurement, and infrastructure practices.

Declan Redmond, chief executive at Keating Chambers, said: “Charles has a very successful legal practice in the development and infrastructure sector and his commercial expertise in planning, public procurement, environmental and public law is a great addition and extension to what we offer to clients.”

Banner has acted on cases including judicial reviews into the High Speed Two (HS2) rail project and Stansted Airport’s expansion and represented Arora Group as an interested party in a judicial review challenge to the Airports National Policy Statement.

He has also appeared at planning inquiries for housebuilders including Persimmon and CALA.

Banner said the move was a "great opportunity for synergies between my practice areas and those of other barristers at Keating". 

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