Harrison Grant wins court victory in Heathrow third runway saga

Lord Justice Carnwath has ordered the Government to re-examine its decision to open a third runway at Heathrow.

A coalition of local authorities, residents and green groups, which included Greenpeace and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), instructed London boutique Harrison Grant to challenge the airport expansion programme.

Harrison Grant name partner Kate Harrison instructed 39 Essex Street’s Nigel Pleming QC to argue against the development because it contradicted the UK’s climate change targets.

In his judgment Carnwath LJ stated: “Whether there should be a third runway at Heathrow Airport is a question of national importance and acute political controversy.

“It’s a matter on which the main parties are currently divided and which may well become a significant debating point at the forthcoming general election.”

The judge stopped short of calling the expansion scheme illegal, but told the Government to revisit plans to consider more fully its own climate change policy and impact on road congestion.


Claimant: Harrison Grant partner Kate Harrison instructed 39 Essex Street’s Nigel Pleming QC and Nathalie Lieven QC of Landmark Chambers, David Forsdick also of Landmark Chambers and 39 Essex Street’s Richard Walds for the London Borough of Hillingdon & others.

Defendant: The Treasury Solicitors instructed 11KBW’s Jonathan Swift (now QC) Karen Steyn, and Landmark Chambers’ James Maurici for the Secretary of State for Transport Lord Adonis.

Interested party: Brick Court Chambers’ Martin Chamberlain was instructed to act for

Transport for London.