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William Hicks QC

Year of call: 1975

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Practice Summary

William has been involved in a wide range of planning work for over 40 years. Particular areas of expertise include retail, residential, highways, infrastructure, transportation, listed buildings, environment and energy.

William acted as counsel for Dubai with Derek Bowett and Sir Frank Layfield in the Dubai/Sharjah Boundary Arbitration 1981. The issue was the land and sea boundary between the two emirates. The inland boundary runs almost entirely through desert. Evidence of control was scarce. It involved two and half year's work. William interviewed Bedouin, researched the India Office Records, the Admiralty Library and old air photographs, made a new map of the desert, interviewed three ruling sovereigns, and dug up an old town buried under the sand.

William is ranked as a leading planning barrister by Chambers & Partners, and as a leader at the bar for both planning and energy by the Legal 500. He is said to deliver "practical advice on solutions to unlock progress."