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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Ward Hadaway’s ‘excellent knowledge and level of service’ translates into a steady of flow of contentious and non-contentious instructions, which frequently play into the team’s key strength of assisting national housebuilders with residential development matters. Recently, Robin Atkin, who jointly heads the team with Neil Robson, advised the North West division of the Barratt Group and David Wilson Homes on a number of Section 106 agreements and their implications for the planning and development of 2854 homes. Atkin also excels in village green and highway matters, and acted for St Modwen Developments in defence of a village green application concerning the client’s proposed residential and leisure development. In other work, he advised Story Homes on matters pertaining to a diversion of a public footpath running across a development site in Crawcrook. Associate and commercial and transactional planning law expert Nick Gholkar assisted two landowners with the application for mineral extracting and auger mining at Druridge Bay on the Northumberland coast, and advised Darlington Borough Council - in its capacity as landowner - on a garden village development near Darlington town centre. West Cumbria Mining instructed Kamran Hyder to assist with the planning application for the development of an existing surface mine entrance for a new metallurgical coal mine.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s ‘first-rate’ planning team provides a ‘consistently excellent and efficient service in all aspects of planning combined with a very personable approach’. ‘Highly regarded’ and ‘exceptionally meticulous’ managing associate Stephen Dagg is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and has a ‘wealth of expertise with specific emphasis on highway and transport-related matters’. Clients also praise his ‘exceptional attention to detail’ and the ‘ability to get results for the client’. Associate Antonia Murillo is also ‘highly recommended’, particularly for planning litigation, and noted as ‘combining her extensive knowledge with a commercial perspective’, while ‘extremely personable’ associate Kate Ashworth is ‘highly committed and goes the extra mile to get results’. Claire Brook heads the team from Leeds following Frank Orr’s departure in July 2017. Recently, she advised Bellway Homes on various developments and subsidence issues requiring negotiations with the Coal Authority and the local planning authority.

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