Heritage assets have become a flashpoint for litigation. This is unsurprising given the technicality of both policy and law concerning heritage assets (and their setting). In the past five years over 70 claims have been heard by the High Court/Court of Appeal concerning heritage matters.
Barristers at No5 Chambers have expertise at all levels of this complex area of law, from cross-examining expert witnesses at inquiries to litigation defining the correct approach to the question of the impact of development on heritage assets. Our barristers also have experience across the spectrum of heritage assets, from development that will affect the most important heritage assets to the nation and the world (i.e. Grade I listed, UNESCO World Heritage Sites) to development that may or may not impact locally valued non-designated heritage assets.
No5 Barristers' Chambers has advised on s.66/s.72 duties, how to address "setting”, the interpretation of national policy on heritage assets, prosecutions concerning heritage assets, injunctions requiring urgent repairs/rectification of harm to heritage assets/prevention of activity affecting heritage assets, and s.215 notices.
No5's expertise in planning law, public law, property law and environmental law means we are able to advise on complex cases with multiple issues across several areas of law.