The things I know - Gwion Lewis, Landmark Chambers

Barrister in planning, environmental and public law, Landmark Chambers.

Where did you study?

The University of Oxford, New York University and the European University Institute in Florence.

What attracted you to planning?

I am mainly interested in public law and planning law struck me as one of the most intellectually engaging areas within it.

How did you train in planning law?

I studied the public law principles underpinning planning law as an undergraduate. French planning law featured in my postgraduate studies at Oxford but it was during my pupillage at Landmark that I really got to grips with the detail of planning law in England and Wales.

What skills have you had to learn over your career?

The three most important qualities in an inquiry advocate are clarity, precision and attention to detail. You have to learn to read a lot of material quickly without losing sight of the bigger picture.

What or who have been the biggest influences on your career?

In my first year in practice I was appointed junior counsel for the Crossrail project, led by Landmark silks David Elvin QC, Nathalie Lieven QC and Tim Mould QC. Most of what I know about effective advocacy I picked up from observing the three of them in action.

What is your career highlight?

As a Welshman, I was very happy to appear for the Welsh ministers in the first case to be heard by the new High Court in Cardiff earlier this year.

What have you learnt outside work that has influenced your career?

Wales has yet to make the most of its devolved planning powers. There has been progress on an overarching national strategy but policy development in specific areas, especially transport and tourism, has been slow. I am keen to see that change by hosting more seminars in Wales about Welsh planning.

What further skills do you aim to obtain or develop?

I hope to be certified as an advanced speaker in Italian by the end of this year. I am available for inquiries in Sardinia, particularly in August.

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