Former UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Carnwath joins Landmark Chambers

Landmark Chambers has announced that Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill is to join Chambers as an Associate Member, as from 1 September 2020.

The set said Carnwath "will be available to undertake professional engagements (including arbitrations, expert determinations, mediations, or reports). He will seek to focus on his main areas of interest and expertise: environmental law and climate change, property and planning law, local government and administrative law, and Privy Council work."

As a Supreme Court Justice, he gave many leading judgments between 2012 and 2020 in the UK Supreme Court, and in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, particularly on issues relating to planning and the environment, property, rating, local government and administrative law.

He was called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1968 and initially joined 2 Paper Buildings (2PB) (one of the predecessor sets of Landmark Chambers). At the Bar, Carnwath practised mainly in planning and local government law, social security and administrative law.

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Between 1994 and 2001 Lord Carnwath was a High Court Judge of the Chancery Division.

Before joining the Supreme Court in 2012, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) in 2001 where he wrote many leading judgments, particularly on planning, property, and administrative law.

Joint Head of Chambers Paul Brown QC said: “We are greatly honoured that, following his retirement from the Supreme Court, Lord Carnwath has chosen to continue his stellar career at Landmark, a set with which he has had close links since his early practice at 2 Paper Buildings (later 4 Breams Buildings), which was one of the main chambers from which Landmark was formed.  

“Everyone at Landmark is delighted they will be able to call on Lord Carnwath’s significant experience, expertise and knowledge, particularly in the areas of environmental, planning and administrative law and we look forward to welcoming him to Chambers.”

Landmark Chambers’ Chief Executive Paul Newhall said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Landmark to build upon our success as one of the country’s leading sets in planning and environmental law. Landmark is consistently recognised and ranked in the top tier by legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners and we now look forward to developing our set’s excellent reputation still further with the support of Lord Carnwath.”

Adam Carey

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