Martin Kingston QC - Planning & Environment
“His knowledge knows no bounds. He's also client-friendly and solution-focused.” “He has set the standard at the Planning Bar for the last 20 years.”
Chambers UK 2017
"One of the best lawyers of his generation and a star individual nationally, not just in the Midlands. He is a class act." "Exceptional, a delight to work with and a first-rate silk, ideal for complex cases. He's clear-thinking at all times."
Chambers UK 2017
Martin specialises in all aspects of Planning Law, with a particular emphasis on Infrastructure, Judicial Review and Major residential proposals, including new settlement proposals and urban extensions. Martin is consistently recognised as one of the leading Planning Barrister’s in the UK by the development industry. Martin’s experience includes:
Infrastructure and Energy
Martin has extensive experience of a variety of large scale Infrastructure projects, including NSIP’s, and has appeared on numerous occasions at DCO hearings. Amongst others, Martin has worked extensively on Nuclear power proposals (including at Hinckley Point, Wyllfa and Sellafield), proposed Airport runway extensions (including Heathrow and Birmingham Airports) and Rail freight interchange’s (including Helioslough and East Midlands). Martin was the first QC to be appointed by PINS to provide advice and advocacy services on behalf of an Examining Panel when appointed to assist the Thames Tideway Super Sewer Examining Panel.
In addition, Martin has extensive experience of road infrastructure, electricity connectivity, gas storage and ports.
Judicial Review and Statutory Appeals
In the course of the last year, Martin has appeared in three leading Supreme Court cases related to Public / Planning / Compulsory Purchase Law Issues. In addition, he has been involved in High Court / Court of Appeal proceedings related to Public Law issues of a variety of different kinds. Issues have included the interpretation of National and Local Planning Policy, Compulsory Purchase legal and related valuation issues and public benefits funded by development projects.
Martin has been involved in the consideration and presentation of over 15 separate petitions in the HS2 parliamentary select committees in the House of Commons and House of Lords.
Residential and Commercial proposals
Martin has extensive experience of advising house builders, promotion companies, investors and landowners on major mixed use, residential and commercial schemes. Martin has advised on a number of new settlement proposals of up to 12,000 new dwellings and frequently advises on mixed use schemes of in excess of 1,000 new dwellings and large scale proposals in London. Many of these schemes include issues such as new rail and road infrastructure, heritage, landscape and green belt issues.
Martin has promoted a number of large scale employment schemes, including large scale distribution depots, and a number of Motorway Service Area’s, including obtaining consent for the recently opened Gloucester Services MSA; the only MSA to be granted Planning permissions without the need to go to appeal.
Many of these schemes are promoted through the local plan process, and Martin has appeared at a large number of examination’s in public in recent years.
Martin has advised on, and acted as advocate, on a number of large scale minerals proposals. Experience includes Aggregates, Open cast coal, Fullers Earth and Minerals Local Plan Inquiries. Recently Martin was involved in obtaining planning permission for one of the world’s largest Potash extraction proposals within a National Park.
Member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association
Assistant Chairman of the Agricultural Lands Tribunal
Assistant Commissioner of the Parliamentary Boundary
Legal 500 2016
‘A magisterial advocate, who is always well prepared and focuses on the core issues.’
Legal 500 2016
"He is very good and a nationally significant silk." "He is an extremely successful senior advocate."
"He is the man to go to in the industry when you want the definitive answer." "He is both masterful in his command of planning and assembling the argument, and also immensely charming and charismatic. He is someone of immense experience and skill."
Chambers UK 2016
‘Hugely impressive ability to marshal detail quickly and to articulate a clear strategy.'
‘He has encyclopaedic knowledge of planning law and keen tactical ability.’
Legal 500 2015
Enjoys an enviable standing as a leading planning silk in the Midlands and nationwide, with unquestioned expertise across the full spectrum of planning work. He is held in particular esteem for his clear, precise analysis of complex issues, and for his handling of major infrastructure work. "He's at the top of the tree. He's fantastic - absolutely phenomenal in terms of intellectual firepower." "He keeps things so simple and makes arguments extremely forcefully. He has a wonderful advocacy style."
Chambers UK 2015
Martin Kingston QC is "A very skilful, sought-after advocate." and "Recommended for his strategic skills"
Legal 500 2014
Martin Kingston QC as a stellar reputation amongst planning solicitors and barristers nationwide. Sources particularly praise his abilities when it comes to handling large-scale planning inquiries.
"He is an immensely experienced individual who has an ability to simplify complex issues and present arguments in a robust and very persuasive fashion."
"He is an absolutely outstanding advocate with a fine legal brain, who inspires confidence in clients."
Chambers UK 2014