William Webster of 3PB Barristers is well known for his expertise in various areas of planning law, including village greens, assets of community value and public rights of way. He frequently acts for local authorities, landowners and developers.
Strengths: "He is a focused barrister.”
“William is always supportive.”
Chambers UK 2024/Planning/Western Bar/Band 1
Chambers UK 2023/Planning/Western Bar/Band 1
'William is very experienced and knowledgeable in this area of law. He has good management skills in a public inquiry setting and communicates readily and clearly with all parties. His reports and recommendations are also extremely detailed and thorough.'
Legal 500 2024/Planning and Environment/Leading Juniors/Western Circuit - Ranked: Tier 1
‘William is highly knowledgeable about planning law, and he focuses on the cases' key points. His communication with judges is both clear and persuasive.'
Legal 500 2023/Planning and Environment/Leading Juniors/Western Circuit - Ranked: Tier 1
Strengths: "He is very easy to work with and accessible, and has a wealth of experience."
Chambers UK 2022/Planning/Western Bar
‘William is a recognised expert in town and country planning. He is efficient, knowledgeable and thorough.’
Legal 500 2022/Planning and Environment/Leading Juniors/Western Circuit
Strengths: "William is approachable, clear in his advice and puts the client at ease due to his thorough comprehension of complicated issues."
Chambers UK 2021/Planning/Western Bar
‘His chain of thought is clear, precise and the advice covers all aspects that a client may wish to cover. William is strong in his area and also considers costs efficiency for the client without prejudicing the client's position.’
"Of particular note, William Webster is a specialist in the law of village greens having sat as an inspector at numerous non-statutory inquiries and has also appeared in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in leading village green cases. 'In a public inquiry setting, he has the ability to explain the issues to the applicants who have no legal knowledge and background in a way that avoids being patronising and conveys the meaning in a readily understandable way,' said one solicitor."
Legal 500 2021/Planning and environment
‘He has superb planning knowledge.’
Legal 500 2020/Construction/Planning and Environment
'An expert in land law.'
Legal 500 2018/19 Construction/Planning and Environment
‘A feisty and forceful advocate.’
Legal 500 UK 2017/ Construction/Planning and Environment
"A careful lawyer and an effective advocate."
Legal 500 UK 2016 /Construction/Planning and Environment
Recommendation from an instructing solicitor:
"Verdict on William Webster today – very good indeed, 120/10 thanks.".
"I cannot thank you enough for the introduction to William Webster. Both my clients and myself were more than impressed with not only his hard work, the way in which he was able to absorb, in such a short time, all the papers in an extremely complex matter in which both my and his predecessors had made elementary mistakes.
His “bedside manner” with his lay clients was second to none. His conduct in court with both his opponent and the judge was exemplary.
Chris, once again, you have helped me out of a difficult situation for which I will ever be grateful. If only there were more clerks like you who are willing to go that extra mile.
I have recommended 3PB to all in this firm as well as the criminal practice, to which I am a consultant and my daughter’s new firm in London.
Rest assured you will be my 1st port of call for all my southern work and Mr Webster in particular for ALL my property work."