Advocates Library Parliament House Edinburgh EH1 1RF
Year of Call: 1981
Year of Silk: 1998
John Campbell called to the Scottish Bar in 1981 and admitted to Lincoln’s Inn in 1990. His primary practice areas are in Town and Country Planning, Energy and Land and Rural Law. He works all over the UK in Planning matters and also in ADR, particularly Arbitrations. He is extensively consulted by regulatory authorities, councils, members of the public and developers. He is very approachable, and places great emphasis on the value of team work. A specialist in inquiry work, he has conducted many types of statutory and non-statutory inquiry, and has appeared in related judicial reviews and appeals. He has acted as counsel in arbitrations, is qualified to sit as an arbitrator, and teaches and writes on planning and environmental law, and domestic and international arbitration law and practice.
He is a Member of Trinity Chambers, Newcastle, where he holds a Direct Access ticket. He is a Member of the Construction Panel of Experts for the Mersey Gateway Project, acting as a Dispute Review Board for the PPP project for a replacement 1500m six lane toll bridge across the Mersey from Runcorn to Widnes. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, and Chairman of the SHBT, Scotland’s largest Building Preservation Trust.
John is rated in Chambers 2015, 2016 & 2017 in the field of Planning and Environment:
"Lauded for his depth of experience across the sector, receiving particular recognition as a go-to for strategic advice on wind farm developments. He is also well regarded for his deft advocacy. He knows the market inside-out."
Widely acclaimed for his breadth of expertise in renewable energy projects and his strength in high-profile contentious matters. He is acknowledged for his strong representation of objectors and interested parties, careful and through approach to public inquiries, and also enjoys an impressive reputation for his work in residential development. "He's very experienced, a good operator in court and he gets good work."