Jim Ryan


James was admitted a solicitor in 2001 and is a Solicitor Advocate (Civil).  He specialises and deals mainly with contentious planning matters, property development, highway law, rights of way, the law of commons and town and village greens.

Notable cases include: R (Cheltenham Builders Ltd) -v- South Gloucestershire Council (2003) a TVG case particularly concerning the meaning of â??localityâ?; R (Pridmore & ors) -v- Salisbury DC (2004) concerning the interpretation of the statutory requirements on an LPA when a developer fails to serve the appropriate notice on a 3rd party landowner; Gleeson Developments Ltd -v- SSCLG (2014) (CA) confirming that the Secretary of State has no power to withdraw a planning permission issued â??in errorâ?? and confirming that the SoS has no power to call-in an application after the decision has been issued.

Other cases of interest include overturning a Highway Authorities initial refusal to replace an accommodation bridge in a CPO scheme of road widening, which would have led to an established farm business ceasing to trade, and defeating a Claim by a servient landowner that a right of way had been extinguished by estoppel some years previously, where the servient landowner had completely failed to reduce an alleged agreement with a previous dominant landowner to writing, and failed to register the alleged agreement.

Areas of Practice


Year Qualified



LLB (Hons) 2:1, UWE, Bristol 1998
PG Dip, Legal Practice, UWE, Bristol 1999


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