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DLA Piper UK LLP’s team is praised for its ‘extraordinary business acumen and ability to just get it’. It continues to advise Argent Group on planning applications for Paradise Circus. Practice head Trevor Ivory’s ‘grasp of law and finding an angle is unsurpassed’, and senior associate Amy Truman and associate Jim McAvan have ‘considerable experience in housing development’.

Paul Maile’s team at Eversheds LLP is particularly known for its renewable energy and housebuilding expertise. The team advised Forewind on the consents for a number of offshore wind farms in the North Sea. Maile and senior associate Lucinda Holloway are ‘consummate professionals who give digestible, concise and sound advice’.

Recent highlights for Andrew Thomas’ team at Gowling WLG include advising Goodman Shepherd on the proposed development consent order for a rail freight interchange at Etwall, and assisting the Greater London Authority with the making of a compulsory purchase order to enable the regeneration of the Southall Gasworks site. Director Graham Wrigglesworth has a particular focus on the energy sector.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s practice is led by the ‘very thoroughRebecca Warren, who specialises in residential development. Warren is advising Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council on a significant housing project on land to the west of Basingstoke. Another key player in the team is senior associate Heidi Slater, who has a ‘detailed knowledge of the development consent order process’.

Planning boutique Zyda Law is led by Paul Zyda, who has ‘unbeatable experience of energy infrastructure work’. The team is also strong in the waste sector and advised Britaniacrest on challenging the Secretary of State’s dismissal of a planning appeal relating to an extension to an existing tipping/waste reception shed.

Senior partner Niall Blackie leads the team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, whose expertise extends to planning appeals on agricultural matters. In one highlight, Blackie successfully negotiated a Section 106 agreement relating to a planning application to develop farmland into over 200 houses.

Following Gerry Sheedy’s retirement, names to note at Gateley Plc include senior associate Matthew Scudamore and associate Melissa Huree, who both arrived from Shakespeare Martineau LLP. BDW Trading and Keepmoat Homes are clients.

Knights Professional Services Limited’s three-partner team comprises Carl Copestake, Andrea Bruce and Rob Pattinson. Bruce has particular expertise in mineral developments.

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Simon Stanion focuses on contentious development proposals and successfully acted for Paragon Property Development in an appeal relating to a change of use application.

Shoosmiths LLP’s practice is led by Tim Willis, who is ‘relaxed but authoritative’, and is hailed by one client as being ‘as reliable as the sunrise’. The team acts for a mix of clients in the public and private sector, and is advising IM Properties on court of appeal proceedings relating to the use of land for a proposed housing development in Lichfield.

At Wright Hassall LLP, department head Pritpal Singh Swarn is ‘particularly helpful in Section 106 negotiations’. Key clients include Bromsgrove District Council, Orbit Group and Two Rivers Housing.

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  • Parking rights: here to stay? Consent might be the surprising answer 

    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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