Mr William Orbinson QC
As NI’s first Senior Counsel with an exclusive specialism in planning, energy and related environmental law issues, William Orbinson QC spends his time providing outcome-focussed planning advice, and acting in development plan inquiries, appeals, enforcement appeals, prosecutions and judicial reviews. The sole Northern Ireland Associate of PEBA: The Specialist Bar Association for Planning, the Environment and Local Government, Mr Orbinson is also the only local Silk to have qualified as a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and to be an Affiliate of the Irish Planning Institute and a member of the UK Environmental Law Association. He has written our main texts on planning appeals, planning policy, prematurity, environmental assessment, energy development, enforcement, and local government planning functions, while his ‘Planning and Judicial Review’ and 'Planning and Judicial Review: Case Summaries 1976-2016' drew on his extensive experience of the judicial review court. His most recent publication is the 2018 Update to his Planning and Judicial Review: Case Summaries text, published with a Foreword by Lord Kerr in June 2018.