Masters of the Bench
Dr Charles Mynors
Full Title: Dr Charles MynorsCategory: Ordinary Bencher
Bench Call Date: 18.7.2017
Call Date: 22.11.1988
After obtaining degrees in architecture and town planning, Charles worked as a town planner in local government for nine years, and also qualified as a chartered surveyor.
He then qualified as a barrister, and practised at the planning Bar for 26 years. During that time he appeared in court and at inquiries; latterly he had a mainly advisory practice, and sat as an inspector at inquiries. He has been on the Estates Committee of the Inn for almost 20 years, with a particular interest in ensuring accessibility for disabled people; and was a member of the Bar Council Disability Panel, and on the committee of the Planning Bar Association (PEBA) and editor of its Handbook.
He is the author of Listed Buildings and Other Heritage Assets (fifth edition, 2017); The Law of Trees, Forests and Hedges; and The Control of Outdoor Advertising and Graffiti – and he was awarded a Doctorate by the University of Cambridge for Trees. He is also a visiting professor in the School of Planning at Oxford Brookes University, and lectures at the University of Bath.
Charles was appointed as the Chancellor of the Diocese of Worcester in 1998, and is author of Changing Churches: a practical guide to the faculty system (June 2016). He was for many years on the Committee of the Ecclesiastical Law Society, and is a member of the Legal Advisory Commission of the General Synod, and Chairman of the Overseas Bishoprics Fund.
He has long been involved in planning law reform, and was the author of a 2001 report for the Society for Advanced Legal Studies entitled The simplification of planning legislation. In 2016 he was invited to join the Law Commission to lead its project to simplify planning law in Wales.
Charles is married with two children and two grand-children. In his spare time, he is busy with church activities, and is learning to play the harp.