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At Birketts LLP, newly promoted partner Tom Newcombe is ‘very strong on in-depth analysis’ and leads the team with Richard Eaton, who ‘shares the burden and wins the battle’. Newcombe advised Breckland District Council on its high-value Section 106 obligations. Consultant Philip Kratz is also recommended.

At Hewitsons, department head Deborah Sharples is ‘very professional and knowledgeable’, and advised Great Oakley Group on a residential development comprising 530 dwellings, a school and public amenities. Associate Gemma Dudley attracts praise for her ‘meticulous attention to detail’.

Howes Percival LLP has a ‘very knowledgeable and motivated team’ led from Norwich by Paul Wootton, who joined from Eversheds LLP. Amy Richardson moved from Taylor Vinters to build the team in Cambridge. Associate Jay Mehta is also recommended. The team is advising a special purpose vehicle comprising Catalyst and Blackstone on a 500-home mixed-use redevelopment in London. Sally Challinor joined Keystone Law.

Mills & Reeve LLPprovides excellent service and understands clients’ objectives’. ‘Outstanding planning lawyerBeverley Firthcommunicates complex matters clearly and simply’. Firth and Peter Seaborn, who joined from Eversheds LLP, advised Urban&Civic Waterbeach on a 9,000-home development on a former MOD site. Senior associate Caroline Bywater is also recommended.

For some, Ashtons Legal is ‘the best choice for tough planning litigation, delivering City of London service but not at City prices’. Consultant Bob McGeady, who advised a major housing association on a 1,000-home redevelopment, ‘brings a commercial edge to public law transactions’. Consultant Paul Harris is also recommended.

Eversheds LLP lost key partner Peter Seaborn to Mills & Reeve LLP but recruited experienced senior associate Julie Thornton from Hertfordshire City Council. She advised REG Windpower on planning agreements. Associate Howard Felstead advises residential developers on housing schemes across the South East of England.

Buckles Solicitors LLP continues to expand its team with the addition of Brendon Lee from HB Public Law – Harrow and Barnet Councils’ shared service legal team. He adds valuable experience representing local councils to the team, which includes senior associate Abigail Walters, who advised a housing association on numerous matters including Section 106 agreements.

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    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

    - Falcon Chambers

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