William Hanbury

Call 1985


“Bill has a very good knowledge of property law and prepares well. Always gets his point across and provides sound advice.”

The Legal 500 2021
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Public Law/ JR

Bill undertakes most areas of public law, including public sector housing and judicial review challenges to housing and other decisions. He has also undertaken town and village green inquiries and challenges to inspector’s decisions at all levels of the judicial ladder.

He also undertakes rating work, both advisory and advocacy, and has appeared in the Lands Chamber and Administrative Court in rating appeals.

Bill has lectured widely to local authorities, local law society’s and conducted webinars for CLT.

Bill is consistently recommended as a leading individual in the Legal 500 guides.


Rates and the council tax

Bill has advised both billing authorities and rate payers in relation to rates liability especially for non-domestic rates and avoidance measures. He has appeared at all levels of the court and tribunal system including acting for the Oyston Angel Charity in Preston City Council v Oyston Angel Charity [2012] EWHC 2005 in which it was successfully argued that the premises concerned qualified for zero rating.

Towns and village greens 

Town and village green inquiries. Appearances include, in 2012, appearing for Kirklees MC in relation to the Churchfield site and acting for Scarborough in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in R (Barkas) v North Yorkshire Council and Scarborough Borough Council [2012] EWCA Civ 1373, [2014] UKSC 31.


Public Law/ JR cases

Re-: The Croft, Bickershaw [2017] UKUT (L C)

Pye v Stodday [2016] E WH C 2454 (C h)

Preston City Council v Oyston Angel Charity [2012] EWHC 2005 (liability of a charity for business rates on unoccupied premises)

R (on the application of Barkas) v North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council [2012] EWCA Civ 1373 (whether a recreation ground can be registered as a town or village green).