Huw specialises in public law particularly planning, compulsory purchase, devolution, local government and State aid; and acts for many public bodies and local authorities.

Huw is an administrative and public consultant specialising in planning, environment, compulsory purchase, devolution, local government and State aid. He acts for many public bodies and local authorities in England and Wales.

A graduate of Jesus College, Oxford, Huw joined the firm in 1987 after nine years in local government. At Geldards Huw’s practice was initially focused on the regeneration of Cardiff Bay notably the construction of the Cardiff Bay Barrage and the Wales Millennium Centre.

Huw is a Trustee of the National Library of Wales and chair of the audit committee and Joint Company Secretary of the Wales Millennium Centre. He the Chair of Public Law Wales, a member of the Board of the Legal Wales Foundation and of the Wales Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales. He is also currently involved with the reform of planning law in Wales.

Huw lives in Penarth and near St Davids, where he relaxes walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, scuba diving, underwater archaeology and naval history.


Huw Williams 'has an excellent understanding of local government in Wales'

Legal 500, 2019

"Huw Williams is praised by one client for having "an encyclopaedic knowledge of Welsh law and devolution settlement and being massively experienced in giving advice on planning and public law." Williams is an experienced adviser in relation to a wide range of town and country planning issues, compulsory purchase and highways matters."

Chambers & Partners Directory, 2017

"The "excellent" Huw Williams advises clients from the public and private sectors on a wide range of issues, including commercial contracts, governance and dispute resolution. He is especially well versed in negotiating waste management contracts."
Chambers & Partners Directory, 2017

"Huw Williams is regarded as a "leading figure" in this space and a lawyer who is "very good on planning matters." He is also regarded for his work on procurement, constitutional, infrastructure and environmental cases."

Chambers & Partners Directory, 2017

"Huw Williams is known as an expert in CPO work but also has a superb knowledge of national parks issues. He is a well-known, experienced practitioner in the Welsh market. One interviewee comments: "He understands legislation well and is also a Welsh speaker, which is helpful."
Planning,  Chambers & Partners Directory, 2016

"Market sources describe Huw as a very highly regarded practitioner who 'is knowledgeable about the public sector and has been working in it for years'."
Administrative & Public Law, Chambers & Partners Directory, 2015

"Huw Williams is 'well regarded in the industry' and has 'extensive experience' in a wide range of planning matters. 
Planning, Chambers & Partners Directory, 2015

"Clients appreciate that Huw Williams of Geldards LLP worked for a local authority before entering private practice, saying it makes him "a very experienced and insightful adviser." 
Local Government (UK wide), Chambers & Partners Directory, 2014 


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