Charles Banner QC Joins Keating Chambers
Date: 1 July 2020
We are pleased to announce that Charles Banner QC is joining Keating Chambers with effect from 1 July 2020.
Commenting on the news Declan Redmond, CEO, said “Charles has a very successful legal practice in the development and infrastructure sector and his commercial expertise in planning, public procurement, environmental and public law is a great addition and extension to what we offer to clients.’
Marcus Taverner QC, Head of Keating Chambers, added ‘We welcome Charles to Keating. We are very fortunate to have a barrister of his calibre and experience joining us.’
Charles Banner QC was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2004 and to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2010. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019 (at the age of 38, the youngest of the 2019 silks). He practices across both jurisdictions as well as internationally. He is a registered foreign lawyer with the Dubai International Finance Centre Court and the Singapore International Commercial Court. He sits judicially on a part-time basis as a Justice of the Astana International Finance Centre Court in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
He has a heavyweight domestic and international practice, principally focused on (i) planning & environmental regulation, (ii) public procurement, competition & state aid and (iii) commercial dispute resolution in the context of development and infrastructure. He also has considerable experience of public law, EU law and commercial dispute resolution more generally. He is recommended as a leading QC in a total of 8 practice areas by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, and has appeared in 16 appeals in the UK Supreme Court.
The breadth of his practice means he is unusually well placed to assist clients in the development & infrastructure sectors over the lifetime of their project, from environmental and planning consenting, to public procurement, regulatory and project finance issues, to commercial disputes arising during or after the construction of the project.
His recent experience includes high profile judicial reviews concerning the HS2 and Stansted Airport Expansion projects, the Heathrow Airport Expansion litigation (the Plan B Earth and Heathrow Hub cases) concerning climate change and competition issues in the context of airport expansion, Rosneft’s and Gazprom’s challenges in the EU Courts to the EU sanctions on the Russian oil sector, acting for the successful appellants in the ground-breaking Faraday procurement case, and the widely reported Wylde case concerning the circumstances in which parties who are not economic operators under the Public Contracts Regulations can bring a claim for judicial review alleging a breach of the Regulations.
Charles describes his move from Landmark Chambers as ‘A great opportunity for synergies between my practice areas and those of other barristers at Keating. I am hugely excited by the range of shared projects, instructing solicitors & consultants, and clients that we have, from our experiences of serving different stages of the life cycle of development projects in every corner of England & Wales and Northern Ireland as well as internationally.’