John Hobson, QC

John's principal areas of practice are in the fields of planning, environmental, compulsory purchase and highway law, together with a broad range of local government and public law cases.

He appears in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as public inquiries throughout the country, representing a wide variety of clients including developers, local and other public authorities.

John's recent cases include: representing the Mayor of London at an inquiry in respect of proposals for two tall tower buildings at the Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth; appearing on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the House of Lords (Supreme Court) in a case concerning the scope of possession orders and injunctions against travellers occupying Forestry Commission land; successfully promoting a compulsory purchase order for Birmingham City Council to secure the regeneration of Birmingham New Street Station; representing English Heritage on an appeal in respect of proposals for a new visitor centre at Stonehenge; appearing on behalf of Dorset County Council in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning village greens; and also acting on behalf of Nottingham City Council and Worcestershire County Councils at inquiries concerning proposals for waste to energy incinerators.

Practice areas


  • St John's College, Cambridge, LLM

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