Timothy Straker QC

Joint Head of Chambers

Call: 1977  Silk: 1996

"Extremely responsive and someone who puts forward robust arguments."

Chambers UK 2019

‘He has superb subject knowledge, gravitas, and an enviable intellect.’

Legal 500 2019

"He is extremely responsive and able to put forward robust arguments. He offers excellent attention to detail, including proposing arguments which may not have been considered previously."

Chambers UK 2019

"He provides very pragmatic advice."

Chambers UK 2019

"One of the elite, whom local authorities instruct for definitive answers."

Legal 500 2016

“He is simply magisterial; he’s impressive, understated and knows the law like the back of his hand.”

Chambers UK 2015

"He is an experienced and very impressive public law barrister."

Chambers UK 2019

Practice Summary

Timothy Straker QC has a wide ranging public law practice. He has made multiple appearances at the highest levels in the United Kingdom. He has acted for London Boroughs and Greater London Authorities in relation to large scale projects (Cycle Super Highways, Regeneration, Housing etc)

His work frequently relates to large projects, often associated with regeneration and active involvement by local government or government bodies. This work generally includes compulsory purchase. He will appear later this year in the Court of Appeal in respect of the compulsory acquisition of land surrounding Tottenham Court Road, he played a substantial part in both Crossrail and HS2 as they proceeded through Parliament, a different configuration of Romford Station was achieved. He has promoted major housing schemes particularly schemes involving mixed use town centre redevelopments. He has detailed experience in regeneration in both urban and rural areas.

He has detailed knowledge of election law. He acts for returning officers and the Electoral Commission in referenda, European, parliamentary, mayoral and local authority elections. He has acted in all the major election cases in the last twenty years. He has acted for London Boroughs and the Greater London Returning Officer.

He has undertaken major planning inquiries for promoters and authorities including London Boroughs. These extend from Compulsory Purchase Orders and Inquiries in the Docklands to 51 Storey Developments in the East End. He promoted a major scheme near Enfield Lock and has pursued the biggest railway developments in recent years notably a new line from Oxford to Marylebone. He promoted the first new bridge over the Mersey for many years; it is now under construction and will be opened in 2017. This is a multi-million pound project involving very substantiation acquisition of land and rights.

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Local Government

Timothy Straker QC has acted for most local authorities in England and Wales, he is well known to the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives. He is known for his work in across the whole range of local authority life, which is particularly useful in the promotion of schemes by Local Authorities of which many examples can be given.


Timothy has extensive experience in planning Law, he has been named planning silk of the year. He has promoted and resisted many substantial proposals, involving office, housing, minerals and transport. His wide spread experience of environmental assessment and large infrastructure projects is complementary to his planning work as is his substantial court work which includes the leading cases on environmental assessment.

Planning & Environment

Timothy Straker QC was planning/environmental silk of the year in 2009/10 and again in 2015. He has acted in leading environmental impact assessment cases both in the Courts and at Inquiries. His experience was recognised by engagements in respect of environmental impact assessments in Greece and in Trinidad. He has acted in respect of recycling and waste generally.

Elections & Governance

Timothy has appeared in the all important election cases of the last twenty years. He has acted for returning officers throughout the country and has appeared for the Electoral Commission. He has been closely involved in the elections for the Greater London Authority ever since the body was created. He has presented petitions in Trinidad and sat as an election commissioner. He acted for a Greater London Returning Officer and Returning Officers across London Boroughs generally.


Tim appeared in major infrastructure cases both for promoters and interested parties. He successfully promoted a new bridge over the Mersey, substantial expansion of Felixstowe, the creation of a new container terminal at Harwich, a railway between Felixstowe and Ipswich and a new railway from Oxford to Marylebone. He has promoted urban regeneration in Enfield, West Bromwich and Dartford.

Judicial Review

Tim has appeared in multiple Judicial Review cases. He is authorised to sit as a deputy High Court judge across the whole Queen’s Bench Division including the Administrative Court and the Planning Court.

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