Brendon Moorhouse

Year of call: 1992

"Very personable, pragmatic and easy to work with. He provides a sense of authority and gives one confidence that he really knows what he's doing."
Chambers UK 2020

Brendon Brendon

Brendon is head of Guildhall Chambers Public Law Team and practices in environmental, planning and court of protection law.

He also deals with serious crime, white collar crime and regulatory crime cases.

Environment

Brendon Moorhouse is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association Litigation Working Group and Waste Working Group and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Environment and Technology Department at University of West of England.

He deals with both civil and criminal environmental cases.

Recent work includes succesfully representing Gwent Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth, the Woodland Trust and CPRW in the M4 (Newport) Highways Act public inquiry and work on enforcement in a Marine Protection Area that is part of a UK Overseas Territory.

He has acted on judicial review/EU Commission complaint of the Welsh Government in relation to river pollution on behalf of Afonydd Cymru (The Welsh Rivers Trust)

He dealt with the first ever appeal against dredging permit conditions imposed by NRW that went to a 'hearing' before an inspector.

He has been instructed to work for diverse clients from ClientEarth and LEAPPP to FTSE 100 companies. His environmental practice includes dealing with nuisance cases, pollution incidents, clinical waste, planning breaches, dredging permits as well as advisory work, such as advising corporate entities of preventive measures against nuisance action as well as on permiting cases. He has dealt with all manner of planning enforcement cases in both magistrates and Crown Court for both local authorities and defence.

He also deals with serious and complicated Environmental Criminal cases and has recently been approved as a Category A (top) prosecutor on the Attorney Generals Panel of Specialist prosecutors.

He is as comfortable in the High Court as the Crown and Magistrates Courts handling all manner of serious environmental, regulatory and planning cases.

Significant Cases

  • The M4 Newport Planning Inquiry
  • Fuller and McVeigh v Milton Keynes District Council [2011] EWHC 1967 (Admin) - a leading case on the definition of ‘depositing’ waste under Section 33 Environmental Protection Act;
  • Moss and Sons Ltd v CPS [2012] EWHC 3658 (Admin) - the first ever Administrative Court case in Bristol, involving a challenge to the prosecution decision to bring charges.

Planning

Brendon Moorhouse deals with a variety of contentious and non-contentious planning matters.

As well as advising on smaller matters, he has been instructed to represent Gwent Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth, the Woodland Trust and CPRW at the public inquiry in their succesful opposition to the M4 (Newport) Highways Act proposal. He has also been instructed to provide legal planning support for a team involved in one of Europe's largest anaerobic digestor projects.

He regularly deals with planning breaches - both prosecuting for local authorities, or representing those prosecuted and also in matters where recovery strategies are required.

As part of his planning and environmental law practise he is also instructed to deal with permitting applications and appeals, especially those involving environmentally sensitive locations including dredging applications and appeals in Natura 2000 designated sites.

Court of Protection

Brendon Moorhouse is the head of Chambers Public Law team, with oversight of the Court of Protection Team.

He is a member of COPPA, and is responsible for regular legal updates within Guildhall's COP team.

He has received instructions from the Official Solicitor, the Public Guardian and other privately instructed work. 

Crime

As a criminal practitioner Brendon Moorhouse is known for dealing with heavyweight and complicated cases, defending and prosecuting in equal measure. He regularly appears against and co-defending with Queens Counsel and is instructed by CPS headquarters to deal with NCA  investigated sex crime and drugs cases.

His practice includes dealing with large-scale fraud/alleged crime with a national and international dimension. Recently he dealt with a VHCC case involving the importation of veterinary medicines to the UK from Europe and further afield. The case involved both legally produced medicines (grey imports to the EC) and counterfeit substances. He has advised on a significant international criminal investigation involving alleged counterfeit importation of goods lawfully manufactured and imported to the UK from within the European community.

He deals with many consumer protection cases that have included defending in a private prosecution brought by Apple against a online technology reseller, defending in copyright and trademark infringement case brought on behalf of motor manufacturers and a street vending/fraud case.

Additional international criminal work has included instructions in relation to foreign proceeds of crime proceedings and also extradition.

Brendon Moorhouse regularly represents company directors, facing prosecution for insolvency/bankruptcy offences, director disqualification, fraud allegations and proceeds of crime.

In addition to dealing with serious ‘general’ crime involving for example, murder, attempted murder, National Crime Agency/CPS headquarters drugs conspiracies, firearm armed robbery and fatal road accidents, he is also regarded as an expert in technology crime involving the use of computers.

His caseload has included many high profile cases that have featured in television reports:

  • "Hunting Britain’s sex traffickers" - Channel 4 documentary on brothel keeping.
  • "Hate on the Doorstep" - BBC Panorama undercover program about racial offences in Bristol.
  • The "One Show" - "Wildlife Crime – Wings of Deceit".

Recommendations


CHAMBERS UK 2019

Environment

A highly regarded junior with particular expertise in environmental law and regulatory matters. He has a wealth of experience of handling noise abatement, watercourse pollution, waste packaging and illegal deposits of waste cases. He is also well known for his work on conservation matters. He is experienced appearing for his clients in public inquiries.

"He is an impressive junior and very easy to work with."

Recent work: Acted for Gwent Wildlife Trust and others in a public inquiry concerning the protection of a 10 kilometre stretch of an SSSI from destruction by the M4 Newport project.


LEGAL 500 2019

Construction, planning and environment

He builds good rapport with clients, judges and juries.


CHAMBERS UK 2018

Environment

Leading Junior - Band 1

A highly regarded junior with particular expertise in environmental law and regulatory matters. He has a wealth of experience of handling noise abatement, watercourse pollution, waste packaging and illegal deposits of waste cases. He is also well known for his work on conservation matters.

Strengths: "He is very personable and knows his stuff."


LEGAL 500 2017

Construction, Planning & Environment

Leading juniors

‘His lovely client manner instils confidence.’


CHAMBERS UK 2017

Environment

Leading Junior - Band 1

A highly regarded junior with particular expertise in environmental law and regulatory matters. He has a wealth of experience handling noise abatement, watercourse pollution, waste packaging and illegal deposits of waste cases.

Strengths: "The main environmental junior on the Western Circuit." "His criminal background provides him with a wide knowledge base. Clients count on his experience to know how to proceed with a case."


LEGAL 500 2016

Construction, Planning & Environment

Leading juniors

'Easy to work with and experienced in environmental prosecutions.' 


CHAMBERS UK 2016

Environment

Leading Junior - Band 1

Is the most prominent environmental junior on the Western Circuit, with particular strength in criminal regulatory work. He has significant experience in waste, pollution, nuisance and permitting. 

Strengths: "A real environmental specialist who is great to work with and highly responsive." "He has a very good reputation in dealing with contentious environmental work."


LEGAL 500 2015

Construction, Planning & Environment

Leading juniors

'He is extremely practical, and can think outside the box to find solutions'.


CHAMBERS UK 2015

Environment

Leading Junior - Band 1

Acclaimed for his expertise in prosecutions and defence work in the environmental field. He is frequently instructed to defend a range of clients in Environmental Agency prosecutions, and is well versed in regulatory matters.

Strengths: "He's very easy to work with and he knows his stuff. it's a mix of knowledge of the criminal system with a good understanding of regulatory practices"

Recent work: Successfully prosecuted R v Beavan, a high-profile Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) case involving the illegal movement and theft of rare birds at the NAtional Birds of Prey Centre.  


LEGAL 500 2014

Construction, Planning & Environment

Leading juniors

'He is experienced in all stages of environmental litigation.'


CHAMBERS UK 2014

Environment

Tier 1 on the Western Circuit

"His practice is focused on the criminal aspects of environmental law; he regularly defends clients facing prosecutions by the Environment Agency or local authorities on environmental grounds.

Expertise: "He is an exceptional advocate with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the criminal justice system." "He is a quick thinker with a real detective brain."


CHAMBERS UK 2012

"Brendon Moorhouse is a convincing advocate."


CHAMBERS UK 2011

'A leader in the field of criminal law' - 'Brendon Moorhouse is "excellent and constantly manages to pick out the hidden details in each case."'

CLERK CONTACT INFORMATION

For further information and enquiries please contact:

Crime: Lucy Northeast & Grant Bidwell

Environment: Lucy Northeast & Grant Bidwell

Planning:  Lucy Northeast & Grant Bidwell

Court of Protection: Ezweni Ncube

Appointments

  • Attorney General's Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates
  • CPS Advocate Panel - Grade 4
  • CPS Fraud Panel - Level 3
  • CPS Proceeds of Crime Panel - Level 3
  • CPS Serious Crime Group Panel - Level 3
  • A' list panel of specialist regulatory advocates for Environmental and Health and Safety work

Memberships

  • UKELA Waste Working Group and UKELA Litigation Group
  • COPPA
  • On the South West Administrative Law (SWALA) committee. 

education

  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • LLB Hons, Bristol Polytechnic