William Orbinson KC

Senior Counsel specialising in planning, energy, infrastructure, waste and related environmental law


Planning Energy Environment

Providing specialist advocacy and advice to the planning and development community

Specialising in planning, energy, and related environmental law issues, William Orbinson KC provides clients with success-focused planning advice, and pursues that focus in local development plan examinations, major project inquiries and hearings, appeals, enforcement appeals, judicial reviews and prosecutions. With more than a quarter of a century’s experience, he combines keen commercial instinct, close analysis, sound judgement, persuasion, and a deep understanding of planning and environmental law and policy to deliver success


Outcome-focused, specialist advocacy and advice

  • Residential
  • Retail and Commercial
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Judicial Review
  • Conservation
  • Enforcement
  • Environmental

View Services

The importance of being Local

Central to William Orbinson KC’s commercial and client-focussed approach is a deep understanding of how local planning policy and guidance are interpreted and applied by our planning authorities, the PAC and the Courts, drawn from his decades of working within the local planning system

Find out more


Publication of ‘Planning and Judicial Review: Case Summaries 1976-2016 – 2018 Update’ – Published June 2018

The 2018 Update for Planning and Judicial Review: Case Summaries 1976-2016 was published in June 2018 and contains summaries of all the planning judicial review decisions given in 2017 “… this series of texts has...

Purchase Publication

Planning and Judicial Review: Case Summaries 1976 – 2016

To allow those working in planning, development and the environment to identify and access with ease readily digestible outline information about decisions of the NI courts on judicial review applications “I predicted in the 2009...

Purchase Publication

View All Publications