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Bond Dickinson LLP’s ‘outstandingly brilliant’ team is headed by the ‘exceptional’ Frank Orr and excels in infrastructure projects, regeneration schemes, compulsory purchase issues and planning litigation. Managing associate Stephen Dagg, who is noted for his ‘meticulous attention to detail’, advises on issues arising from development consent orders, particularly in the energy and transport sectors. Orr was part of the team advising Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey on the planning aspects of a development which will feature residential, retail and recreational properties, while Dagg acted alongside Bristol-based Jonathan Bower for Intu Properties on the proposed redevelopment of a shopping centre in Milton Keynes. Dagg also acted for the Society of Merchant Venturers with Leeds-based Claire Brook in an objection to a proposed definitive map modification order involving land owned by the client. Other clients include Grainger, Sabic UK Petrochemicals and Standard Life.

The ‘brilliant’ team at Ward Hadaway features ‘incredibly competent individuals, who are geared towards going above and beyond clients’ expectations’. Joint practice head Robin Atkin (who has a niche specialism in village green and highways matters) recently acted for Persimmon Homes in its objection to a village green application, assisted Northumberland Estates with its objection to a scheme by Highways England to upgrade a road junction that will impact an area adjacent to the client’s land, and handled the planning aspects of Barratt Manchester’s residential development in Ribble Valley. Fellow practice head Neil Robson, who is ‘calm, realistic and holds the confidence of the client’, regularly advises on town planning and compulsory purchase inquiries and also specialises in energy-related planning matters. A recent highlight for Robson involved advising Newcastle University on the completion of a section 106 agreement relating to a site development involving new student accommodation, an extension to the University’s sports centre and a new sports science building.

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