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At DLA Piper UK LLP, ‘commercially astute’ legal director Andrew Batterton leads the team in Leeds following Glenn Sharpe’s move to DWF, while legal director Ian Green heads the practice in Sheffield. The department has considerable experience in energy and infrastructure matters as well as handling development and regeneration work. Highlights included advising National Grid Electricity Transmission on the North West Connections project, and assisting Tata Steel UK with its objection to the promotion of the York Potash Harbour Facilities Order.

The ‘knowledgeable, personable and efficientJonathan Riley leads the ‘excellent’ department at Pinsent Masons LLP; Riley, who is recognised for his national infrastructure and energy experience, led advice to South Gloucestershire Council on its delivery of new homes and office space on the former BAE airfield at Filton. He is also advising six councils on the National Grid’s application for new electricity lines in their jurisdictions.

Squire Patton Boggs’ practice is headed by Richard Glover, who is ‘an expert in the energy field’. Glover acted for Yorkshire Water Services in a planning appeal and a High Court challenge relating to the Butterley Spillway, and represented RES in an appeal following the Secretary of State’s refusal to grant planning consent for a wind farm. Also recommended are David Hardy, who joined the team from Eversheds LLP, and consultant David Goodman, who is ‘a superb advocate’.

The ‘absolutely first-rate’ team at Walker Morris LLP is ‘well respected for its attention to detail and client care’. Key practice members include Andrew Williamson and the ‘commercially strong’ Richard Sagar, who ‘goes the extra mile to make sure no stone is unturned’. Sagar acted for Persimmon Homes in an appeal against a refused planning application for a residential development. The ‘experienced’ Chris Slater is recommended for compulsory purchase work.

The ‘great, experienced’ team at Bond Dickinson LLP is headed by Claire Brook, who is ‘knowledgeable and respected in the planning world’, and advised Hydrodec Re-Refining (UK) on its application for a development consent order (DCO). Legal director Jocelyn Denton, who regularly assists local authorities with development schemes, advised the London Borough of Lewisham on the £1bn redevelopment of Convoys Wharf.

Peter Nesbit now leads the practice at Eversheds LLP following David Hardy’s departure to Squire Patton Boggs. The department has strong retail sector credentials, and carries out all planning work for new client Morrisons. Renewable energy and minerals also continue to be strong areas for the team, which acts for clients including Tarmac and EDF Energy Renewables. ‘Highly committed’ principal associate Roddy Macdonald specialises in the housing sector.

At Nabarro LLP, department head Christopher Bowes has ‘sound knowledge of the area, is thorough and gives pragmatic advice’ across a broad range of sectors including minerals, waste, infrastructure and commercial developments. The practice, which has ‘exceptional strength in depth’, recently advised the North York Moors National Park Authority on a planning agreement for a deep mine proposal, and assisted Whitemoss Landfill with a DCO for a new hazardous waste site.

Rollits LLP is active across the residential, care home, education and affordable housing sectors for clients including Colton Care, East Riding College and Kingswood Parks Development Company. Practice head Mark Dixon advised Yorkshire Housing on a planning agreement for an affordable housing development.

The ‘professional, efficient and always positive’ team at Shulmans has ‘a growing reputation in the local market’, and focuses on residential sector work for a client list that includes Barratt/David Wilson Homes, Harron Homes and Jones Homes. The ‘excellent and well-respected’ Amanda Beresford leads the practice.

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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.

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