Tim’s practice extends from the largest of developments (the Greenwich Peninsula) through superstores, quarries and new highways to cutting-edge litigation for individuals before the European Court of Human Rights.
He has also appeared in the House of Lords, and conducted development plan, complex CPO and transport inquiries. He acts for developers, landowners, mineral operators, NGOs and individuals.
Tim’s specialist areas include:
- Planning Appeals and Development Plan Inquiries, Residential, mineral, superstore and other retail development, employment and leisure, wind farms, forward planning.
- Planning Obligations, Section 106 agreements, including those for the largest of developments, Community Infrastructure Levy.
- Minerals, Aggregates, Minerals Local Plan Inquiries.
- Environmental, Environmental protection, landfill, waste incinerations, European Directives, Windfarm inquiries.
- Compulsory Purchase, City and Town-centre redevelopment, new highways, flood-alleviation, amenity land, cemeteries, housing estate redevelopment.
- Lands Tribunal Proceedings, Compensation for CPOs and highway impact.
- Highways, Compulsory purchase, highways inquiries, s278 agreements, footpaths and bridleways.
- Judicial Review and Statutory Appeals.
- Human Rights and Equality, Issues relating to planning before the European Court of Human Rights, the Administrative Court and the Planning Court.
- Village Greens, Tim is instructed by Commons Registration Authorities to sit as an Inspector at public inquiries into registration of town and village greens.
- Neighbourhood Planning- Tim is instructed by local planning authorities to examine neighbourhood plans and neighbourhood development orders.
- Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpersons.
- Other Local Government and Public Law Matters, Transport and Works Act Inquiries: railway, light railway and waterway, Parliamentary committees, Judicial Reviews related to housing, policy formation, caravan sites, local taxation and disabled persons, Property Misdescription Act, Telecommunications Code, Caravan sites and mobile homes.
Tim has spoken at seminars and other events abroad (as well as in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on ECHR and EU law and on arbitration. This has encompassed Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia and Turkey. Tim has also written extensively on planning law, property rights, European law and arbitration.
“He does a lot of impressive work on behalf of Gypsies and Travellers.”
Chambers UK 2020
“Highly experienced in cases involving travellers.”
Legal 500 2020
“His work is impeccable. His advice is clear-cut and straight to the point. He is very efficient with his time.” “Vastly experienced and clever.”
Chambers UK 2019
“He has impressive analytical abilities.”
Legal 500 2019
“He is a very effective adviser. He doesn’t waste time and effort: he is very focused and hands-on. He is also always very approachable and flexible”
Chambers UK 2016
“Represents parties such as landowners, local authorities and housebuilders”
Legal 500 2015
Well versed in a wide range of planning issues and maintains an excellent profile in the circuit. Sources commend his expertise in and deft handling of complex public inquiries. “He’s well prepared and well briefed in everything he does on our behalf.”
Chambers UK 2015
“Sources particularly note his expertise in relation to Traveller sites, whether acting for Travellers or the local authority.”
Chambers UK 2014
“According to one peer, Timothy Jones has an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of planning law.’ He acts for Gypsies and Travellers, landowners, housebuilders and local authorities. His recent cases include R (Wrenn) v Wiltshire and Redrow, the successful resistance of an application for Judicial Review on behalf of housebuilders.”
Chambers UK 2013
Barnsley v Secretary of State  EWHC 206 (Admin)
Butler v Bath (CA)  EWCA Civ 1614,  JPL 941
Chapman v United Kingdom (ECtHR) 33 EHRR 18
Cotswold Grange Country Park v Secretary of State  EWHC 1138 (Admin),  JPL 981
Leah Investments Ltd v Welsh Ministers  EWHC 1532 (Admin)
LDRA Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government  EWHC 950 (Admin)
Moore and Coates v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Equalities and Human Rights Commission intervening)  EWHC 44 (Admin)  P.T.S.R.
R (Bleaklow Industries Ltd) v Peak District NPA  EWHC 3387 (Admin);  JPL 1484
R (Carespec Ltd) v Wolverhampton City Council  EWHC 521 (Admin)
R (CPRE) v Swindon BC  EWHC 1586 (Admin)
R (Jones) v North Warwickshire BC (CA)  EWCA Civ 315;  2 PLR 59
R (Maxwell) v Wiltshire Council  EWHC 1840 (Admin)
R. (on the application of Midcounties Co-operative Ltd) v Swindon BC  EWHC 3775 (Admin)
On the RICS / NPIERS Panel for Neighbourhood Planning Examiners
He sits as an examiner of Neighbourhood Plans and Neighbourhood Development Orders.
Tim is a member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association, the Administrative Law Bar Association and the Compulsory Purchase Association.
He is a member of the Bars of England and Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Accredited Mediator (LSM)
Tim Has Passed the WJEC Mynediad examination in Welsh
Tim has passed the WJEC Mynediad and Sylfaen examinations in Welsh
(2019) Gypsy and Traveller Law (3rd ed). Legal Action Group.
Tim Jones contributed to the Planning Law chapter