Alex is a litigator specialising in contentious Planning and Environmental Law. He has a wealth of experience in dealing with statutory nuisance cases and environmental offences involving controlled waste, pollution, waste packaging and the Environmental Permitting regime.
Alex Madden at Thrings LLP is ‘extremely hardworking and totally committed’.
Alex’s planning practice covers statutory appeals against enforcement notices and refusal of planning permission, advising on the EIA Regulations and offences relating to Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas (including Tree Preservation Orders), and on statutory challenges to appeal decisions in the High Court and Judicial Review. He also advises developer clients on Town and Village Green Applications.
In addition, Alex advises on matters arising under the Licensing Act 2003 including the submission of applications, representation at Committee, PACE interviews and defending prosecutions in the Magistrates' Court.
Alex Madden is ‘knowledgeable and down to earth’.
Recent highlights include:
- Benford v Hart District Council  EWHC 240 – defended injunction proceedings commenced under section 187B on the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
- Ford v Secretary of State for Community to Local Government  EWCA 252 – advised on a statutory challenge in the High Court under Section 288 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990.
- Successfully defended a prosecution by the local authority in respect of a controlled waste offence contrary to section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 obtaining an award of costs out of central funds.
- Milton Keynes Council v Fuller & McVeigh  EWHC 1967 (Admin) - successfully defended High Court proceedings brought under section 111 of the Magistrates’ Court Act 1980 by Milton Keynes Council obtaining a costs award.
- Spencer v Wiltshire Council  JPL 1524 - Successfully appealed at Public Inquiry two planning Enforcement Notices issued by Wiltshire Council relating to the conversion of a redundant farm building to a residential dwelling and ancillary accommodation.
Alex is a regular speaker on the CLT circuit and presented a paper this year at the Butterworths Agricultural Law Conference. Alex is also ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for his planning expertise.