Oliver Lawrence

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Oliver completed his pupillage in Planning and Environment Law under the supervision of Richard Kimblin QC in 2019. After his first six months of practice, he was included in the 2020 Planning Law Survey as one of the top rated planning barristers under 35.
Oliver has been involved in several high-profile court cases including R (Heathrow Hub Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport [2019] EWHC 1069 (Admin) and Friends of the Earth Ltd v SSHCLG [2019] EWHC 518 (Admin). He was instructed as a junior by CALA Homes to bring a s288 claim in the High Court shortly after obtaining tenancy.
Oliver has also been instructed as a junior at a number of significant inquiries. As a junior to Paul Cairnes QC, Oliver recently secured planning permission for 350 homes in West Malling, Kent. The sites had been allocated for employment use.
Oliver’s advisory practice encompasses the following areas of expertise:
- Breaches of Condition
- Commencement of Development
- Policy Interpretation
- Judicial Review
- Permitted Development Rights
- S106 Agreements
- Injunctive Relief
- Heritage Assets
- The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations
Oliver’s interest in environmental law encompasses the regulatory field. He has been instructed as a junior Counsel on several occasions to defend prosecutions for environmental offences in the criminal courts. In his own right, Oliver has represented many prosecuting authorities and is well placed to advise them on matters relating to planning enforcement, statutory nuisance and community protection.
Oliver finished as a runner up in the Inner Temple Advocacy Competition 2019. He has appeared before appellate tribunals on several occasions in the course of his pro bono work.
Awards
Inner Temple Advocacy Prize 2019 – Runner Up
Qualifications
BA, Philosophy Politics and Economics, Oxford

Latest News & Publications

Oliver Lawrence joins Richard Kimblin QC to talk through some of the experience to date of virtual hearings, examinations and trials and we look at the upsides, the downsides and how you might want to influence the way in which your case is heard....

Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020
By now, there may be some who need a gentle reminder that the home is preferable to the office. They need look no further than the Kings Hill decision...

Date: Tue, 05 May 2020
Planning conditions are useful tools that can address a wide variety of objections. Conditions can enhance the quality of a development, mitigate its adverse effects, and pave the way to permission....

Date: Wed, 08 Apr 2020