Crawford, Colin

Colin Crawford practises in all aspects of public law, specialising particularly in local government law, planning, environment, and judicial review.

Since joining Chambers after an academic career, he has developed an extensive practice advising on all aspects of local authority law, including powers, constitutional matters, reorganisation, standards and probity, ombudsmen, finance, judicial review, trading, best value, and procurement.

He has acted for a wide variety of local authorities, central government, police and fire authorities, monitoring officers, the Standards Board, companies, private individuals, councillors, and various universities. While much of this is advisory work, he has also appeared in the Court of Appeal, High Court, and before the Adjudication Panels for England and Wales, the District Auditor, the Valuation Tribunal, the First Tier Tribunal, and he has both advised and appeared before local standards committees.

In addition to local government law, he also advises in planning and environmental law advising and appears for local authorities, developers and third parties in the High Court and Court of Appeal on judicial reviews relating to local government, planning and highways matters, on s.288 and other statutory appeals, and applications for injunctions in planning and highways matters.

He is a CEDR-accredited mediator and is a firm believer in alternatives to litigation. He will act as mediator in a wide range of disputes, but is particularly well suited to disputes involving public authorities and sensitive political issues.

He also maintains an active interest and advises on ombudsmen and other non-judicial grievance remedying mechanisms.

In addition to the extensive local government practice outlined above, and being instructed in more than 150 inquiries, including several major inquiries, he has been heavily involved in matters of legal reform and undertakes a number of consultancy roles and training for public authorities. He also publishes widely in these areas, and his writing has been cited and approved in court.

He undertakes training for both officers and elected members to suit the needs of the particular authority.

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This material was sourced from the Kings Chambers website.