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  1. Planning and environment
  2. Leading individuals

Elizabeth Shepherd heads the ‘consistently good’ environmental team at Eversheds LLP, which includes ‘brilliant’ senior associate Catherine Henney and which stands out for its ‘pragmatic approach to solutions’. Richard Lloyd leads on planning matters, and Michelle Naylor (who was promoted to partner in May 2015) ‘understands the wider projects picture’. Highlights included advising Mayfield Development Partnership on the Mayfield regeneration scheme in Manchester. Principal associate Matthew Collings joined from Squire Patton Boggs in June 2015.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team is headed by the ‘exceptional’ Mike Pocock, who is ‘hugely experienced in planning matters’ and led London Borough of Croydon on a judicial review regarding the redevelopment of a shopping centre. Legal director Claire Gregory is an ‘expert’ and heads the environmental team. Associate Alison Messenger specialises in contentious environmental work and joined from Eversheds LLP in November 2015.

Kate Creer heads the planning team at DLA Piper UK LLP, where associate Sophie Stewart is ‘a real star’. It continues to advise Liverpool Football Club & Athletic Grounds on the expansion of Anfield stadium and is assisting Cheshire West and Chester Council with the Chester Northgate regeneration.

Rod Hunt (who is ‘second to none in terms of his legal knowledge’) heads the contentious environmental team at Clyde & Co LLP, which handles high-profile criminal investigations. Chris Morrison is ‘adept at getting straight to the central issue in a no-nonsense way’. Jason Bleasdale is also noted.

The ‘thorough and tenacious’ team at Shoosmiths LLP advised Vastint UK Services on the CPO to deliver a mixed-use residential scheme on a derelict site. Kathryn Jump is ‘commercial and responsive’, and ‘always goes that extra mile to secure their objective’. The ‘fantasticLisa Tye is also recommended.

The ‘impressive’ department at Weightmans LLP advised Charnwood Borough Council on the North East Leicester Sustainable Urban Extension project. The ‘excellent’ Simon Colvin heads the environment team and the ‘thorough’ Lee Gordon heads the planning team. Consultant Ray Clarke is based in the Leeds and Manchester offices.

The team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP is noted for its ‘high level of business acumen and industry knowledge’, and advised Peel Holdings on the £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme. It also advised London Borough of Wandsworth on the Vauxhall Nine Elms Opportunity Area. Colette McCormack is ‘always calm, collected, constructive and clear in her advice’.

David Harries heads the team at Aaron & Partners LLP and is noted for his expertise on energy projects. David Delaney is recommended for planning matters, and Richard Forrester is also singled out.

At Addleshaw Goddard LLP legal director Michelle Headridge is recommended for environment matters. Former planning head Grant Anderson joined Hill Dickinson LLP in July 2015.

Claire Petricca-Riding leads the team at Brabners LLP and is noted for her ‘impressively detailed, specialist knowledge of environmental law’. Director of planning Kevin Halewood is also recommended.

At specialist environmental firm ELM Law, Keith Davidsonbrings his experience and tactics to secure the commercial advantage’.

In July 2015 Grant Anderson joined Hill Dickinson LLP from Addleshaw Goddard LLP alongside senior associate Lynette Day. Anderson heads the team, which acted for Bamford Property and a consortium of landowners on the promotion of 90 hectares of land in Derbyshire for a mixed-use housing development.

At Squire Patton Boggs, ‘brilliant’ team head Rob Elvin is experienced in environmental matters including air, water, ground pollution, and permit appeal cases. Matthew Collings joined Eversheds LLP in 2015.

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