Neil is the joint head of Landmark Chambers.
He has been a Recorder since 2002. He has sat as a Deputy High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division, Administrative Court, and Planning Court) since 2013. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) and is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn. Neil is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators.
He has extensive experience in planning, compulsory purchase, parliamentary and environmental work.
Major planning inquiries include the King’s Lynn incinerator proposal, the Smithfield General Market redevelopment, and Leeds NGT.
Recent court appearances include Morge v Hampshire County Council in the Supreme Court (consideration of the Habitats Directive; R (Watson) v LB of Richmond in the Court of Appeal (material considerations); Peel v Hyndburn in the Court of Appeal (interpretation of retail planning permissions); LB of Islington v Secretary of State (challenge to Class J permitted development rights) and Westminster and English Heritage v Secretary of State (challenge to a decision not to call in an application); CPRE v Dover District Council (challenge to permission for major development in the AONB, and application of regulation 122 of the CIL Regulations); Orbital Shopping Park v Swindon Borough Council (whether additional retail floorspace is liable to CIL).
Neil has particular experience in energy and other infrastructure projects. His energy experience includes advising on consent for generating stations, underground gas storage, and storage of nuclear fuel. He acted for the promoters of the Leeds NGT trolley vehicle system at the Transport and Works Act order inquiry in 2014.
Neil is recognised in the leading UK legal directories, including Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.
"He gives very clear, detailed advice and his manner as an advocate is excellent for a fraught inquiry." (Chambers & Partners, 2016)
"He is bright, well prepared and good on detail." (Chambers & Partners, 2015)
"Regularly instructed on a wide range of planning matters, he adroitly handles significant inquiries and court cases. He remains a popular choice amongst commentators due to his commercial approach and excellent advocacy. Expertise: "He provides very systematic analysis and gives very practical advice." "His written advice is among the most precise that you can get and he always makes himself available." (Chambers & Partners, 2014)
"Barristers, solicitors and clients were all enthusiastic about Neil Cameron QC and his work, calling him 'very personable, measured, forceful and excellent.' In addition to planning he also has significant environment, CPO, parliamentary and major public inquiry experience. He is another at the set who 'provides clear, practical advice.'" (Chambers & Partners, 2013)
"Highly knowledgeable and forensic in his analysis." (Legal 500, 2015)