Douglas Armstrong QC

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Douglas Armstrong QC is a member of the Planning and Environmental Law Group at No5 Barristers’ Chambers.
Douglas Armstrong’s principal areas of practice cover Planning, Environmental, Property, Local Government, Administrative, Constitutional and Licensing law. He has appeared at inquiries, hearings and challenges concerned with a wide range of matters including residential and retail development, landfill/waste, mineral, flooding, roads, infrastructure, compulsory purchase, renewable energy generation proposals, enforcement notices, listed buildings and local plans. He has represented developers, planning authorities and special interest groups. Douglas advises on Development Plan policies, large infrastructure (including roads, rail and bridge) proposals, Section 75 Agreements and Performance Bonds and Environmental law issues including contaminated land. He has appeared in the Court of Session in statutory appeals and judicial reviews. Douglas has appeared in the Supreme Court.
Douglas has advised on major public procurement and competition law issues. Douglas has appeared in relation to numerous licensing matters including a number of recent cases in relation to the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Civic Government (Scotland) Act. He has advised on Licensing policy under the 2005 Act and in relation to Taxi and Entertainment licenses. He has appeared before Licensing Boards. Douglas has advised on Rating and Valuation matters. He has advised on Core Path Plans and access rights and has appeared in the Lands Tribunal and the Land Court. Douglas has advised numerous local authorities and interested parties on Administrative, Local Government and Election law. Douglas regularly advises on Public Law Matters. He appears at Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He has also appeared and advised on Regulatory Crime matters.
Recommendations
Chambers UK Directory (2015): Acclaimed for his expertise in heavyweight matters across the infrastructure and energy fields. Sources note his impressive background in the environmental aspects of major developments: "He thinks very strategically there’s always a game plan and he gives very pragmatic, sensible advice." "He very quickly becomes part of the team. He’s approachable, an excellent communicator and pretty damn brilliant on his feet.“ (2014): A hugely experienced silk whose practice is principally focused on planning, environmental and property work. He receives regular instructions from a broad range of clients including planning authorities, special interest groups and developers. “His thoroughness in preparation is reflected by his eloquence on his feet.” (2013): Douglas Armstrong QC is a highly respected planning silk with attendant expertise in complementary areas such as environment, property, local government and administrative law. Sources note that he is “very experienced in planning and public law, and a pleasure to deal with for instructing solicitors.'' (2012): ''Douglas Armstrong QC is approachable, pragmatic and highly effective”. (2011): “he is acclaimed for his ability to rapidly grasp the intricacies of complex matters.” (2010): “...the determined and skilful cross-examiner Douglas Armstrong, QC, is always willing to take on complex instructions, even if it’s on extremely short notice and he still always manages to be fully prepared.”
Chambers and Legal 500
Legal 500 (2014): “Experienced in cases involving infrastructure, residential and retail development and compulsory purchase.” (2013): “Turns work around quickly and is a pleasure to instruct.” (2012): “Douglas Armstrong QC, is always thorough and well prepared and solid in his written advice and on his feet.” (2011): An “absolute expert on planning and environmental law”, “adept at expressing himself in opinion work and stellar in presenting cases at inquiries or in court.” (2010): “Always fully prepared and a determined and skilled cross-examiner.” (2009): “Douglas Armstrong, QC, can fairly be said to be in the top rank of planning QCs.”
Chambers and Legal 500
Notable Cases
Tesco Stores v Perth and Kinross Council
2014
CSOH 153
Ross Estates v Scottish Ministers
2014
CSIH 74 (appealed to Supreme Court)
Trump International v Scottish Ministers and Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited
2014
CSOH 22
The Firm of Archid v Dundee City Council
2013
CSOH 137
The Watling Street cases
Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Scottish Ministers
2013
CSIH 64
Cairngorms Campaign and Ors v Cairngorms National Park Authority
2013
CSIH 65, (2012) CSOH155 (Appealed to Supreme Court)
Tesco Stores Ltd v Dundee City Council
2012
UKSC 13, (2011) SC 457, (2010) CSOH 128
North Lanarkshire Council v Scottish Ministers
2013
CSIH 58, (2012) CSOH 150
Robertson Property and Ors v Moray Council and Anr
2012
CSOH 72
Invergordon Energy from Waste Inquiry
2012
Penelope Uprichard v Scottish Ministers
2013
UK SC 21, (2012) SC 172, (2010) CSOH 105
Buzzworks Leisure Ltd v South Ayrshire Licensing Board
2012
SLT 442
Shore Energy - Energy from Waste Inquiry
Hallam Land Management Limited v Edinburgh City Council and Anor
2011
SLT 965
Ross Estates v Scottish Ministers (challenge to Energy for Waste proposal)
Portobello Waste Transfer Station Inquiry - Appeal by Viridor Waste Management Ltd against the decision by City of Edinburgh Council
8 June 2010
ROC UK Limited v City of Edinburgh Licensing Board
2010
SLT (Sh.Ct.) 247
BP Oil UK Limited v City of Edinburgh Licensing Board
2011
SLT 491
Penelope Uprichard v Fife Council
2010
SCLR 184
Commonwealth Games Village CPO Inquiry
Bar Budda Enforcement Notice Appeal
2009
Cairngorms National Park Local Plan Inquiry
2009
Lower Kilmardinny/Westpark Planning Inquiry
Aviemore Highland Resort Limited v Cairngorms National Park (14 January 2009) and 2009 SLT (Sh.Ct) 97
14 January 2009
SC 121
Edinburgh Local Plan Inquiry
2008
Glasgow Local Plan Inquiry
2008
East End Regeneration Route CPO/Stopping Up Inquiry
2008
Crown Parks Limited v Angus Council, Arbroath Sheriff Court
2008
Wheatlands Farm Steading Purchase Notice Inquiry
Appointments
Vice-Chairman, Terra Firma Chambers, 2008-2012
Member of various ad hoc committees of the Faculty of Advocates
Qualifications
LL.B (Hons) (1986), University of Aberdeen
Dip.L.P. (1987), University of Aberdeen
Practising member of English Bar since 1999, No5 Chambers, London, Birmingham and Bristol.