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DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘proactive and positive’ team is known for its strengths in planning matters pertaining to energy and infrastructure, as well as for handling development and regeneration work. Andrew Batterton, who leads the development and infrastructure planning teams in Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, ‘is at the top of his game and a leading UK expert in CPO’; he has expertise in large infrastructure planning, and mines and minerals matters. Senior associates Claire Stoneman and Sophie Stewart have strengths in Development Consent Orders (DCO) and CPOs. Batterton is advising the National Grid on the North West Coast Connections Project, particularly the consenting, property and commercial aspects, which includes assisting with the pre-application process and statutory consultation and development consent application. He is also advising British Airways on the development of its headquarters in Heathrow, and assisted with the compulsory purchase of land for the development and subsequently defended a compensation claim brought by a landowner. Other highlights include advising Sheffield City Council on the West Bar Square development, which includes handling planning applications, indemnity agreements and CPOs.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team head Jonathan Riley is known for his expertise in national infrastructure planning and high-profile energy projects. Strategic planning advisor Jan Bessell has strengths in the energy and transport sectors. Senior associates Jo Miles and Nick McDonald focus on road schemes, energy generation and national infrastructure projects. Riley is advising South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council on the £300m promotion of a new 100 hectare international advanced manufacturing park, which involves assisting with a DCO application, advising on the land acquisition strategy and structuring the promoting corporate vehicle. He is also advising Drax Power on the promotion of the White Rose Carbon Capture and Storage power station project, including handling the main DCO application, the environmental permits, consultation processes, and negotiations with local authorities and other stakeholders. McDonald is assisting Ballymore with a major mixed-use town centre scheme at Brentford Waterside, which includes advising on a CPO indemnity agreement, land and rights required in the CPO and related matters such as stopping up and planning variations.

At Squire Patton Boggs, the ‘response times are excellent, industry knowledge is very good, and advice is always appropriate, straightforward and clear’. Practice head Richard Glover’s ‘depth of knowledge, presentation skills and experience are key factors in clients’ success’; he has particular expertise advising on issues pertaining to the Electricity Act 1989, wayleave hearings for utilities, and wind and solar farm planning. David Hardy, who is dual-qualified as a solicitor and barrister, handles planning work related to energy, residential and commercial developments, mines and minerals and transport development matters. Senior associate Julia Dixon’s recent work includes representing clients in public inquiries, including inquiries concerning an underground gas storage proposal, a gas pressure reduction installation and supermarket developments. Glover recently advised SP Manweb on applying for wayleaves regarding the construction of overhead lines in Wale; assisted Ineos Upstream with the development of wells for the potential production of shale gas; and is advising ITV on negotiations with TfGM concerning the construction of a tramline near its studios. Hardy handled a planning appeal for Energiekontor concerning the extension of a wind farm in Yorkshire, which resulted in in the granting of planning permission, and also represented Midland Pig Producers in an appeal over an environmental permit application, which was granted following an inquiry.

Walker Morris LLP’s practice has ‘an excellent reputation and standing in the wider North’ and ‘strong commercial acumen and compares excellently to its competition’. Practice head Andrew Williamson ‘leaves no stone unturned’; he represented Peveril Securities and Sladen Estates in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a student development in Durham. The ‘meticulousRichard Sagar, who ‘goes the extra mile to get the best job done’, advised Persimmon Homes on the planning application and subsequent public inquiry concerning the development of 156 properties. Chris Slater’s strengths lie in negotiating planning and highways agreements, community infrastructure levies and compulsory purchase work; he advised Grantley Hall on the planning aspects of the conversion and extension of a Grade II listed building. Senior associate James Garbett advised the London Borough of Bexley on an application brought by the Peabody Trust concerning a demolition and subsequent mixed-use development. Other clients include Commercial Estates Group, Hallam Land Management, Taylor Wimpey and Linden Homes.

CMS’ team is led by the ‘well-respected and knowledgeableChristopher Bowes, who has ‘great client care skills’ and is ‘relaxed but on the ball’. Bowes recently advised new client Inhabit on the planning aspects of its mixed-use scheme in Leeds and assisted Hammerson with the compulsory acquisition of land required for the redevelopment of a significant quarter of Leeds City Centre. Other work included acting for Tarmac in a planning inquiry concerning a review of old minerals permissions at a quarry in Wales. ‘Efficient and hard-working’ senior associate Rebecca Roffe is ‘an absolute star; she is great at energising and propelling a team through a case’.

At Bond Dickinson LLP, practice head Claire Brook and legal director Jocelyn Denton are the key names. The duo have notable strength advising on regeneration schemes, CPOs and large infrastructure projects, and also handle waste, energy and chemical-related planning matters. Denton recently advised the London Borough of Lewisham on the £1bn redevelopment of a mixed-use site in Bermondsey, which is part of the Borough’s wider regeneration scheme, and assisted Doncaster Council with planning advice concerning the construction of a new road. Brook advised Town Centre Securities on planning applications and s106 agreements relating to a hotel development, and assisted Wheelabrator Technologies with an application for a DCO for an energy-from-waste plant.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s practice is led by Peter Nesbit, who focuses on planning matters pertaining to mixed-use developments and large infrastructure projects. Principal associate Roddy Macdonald has expertise in handling planning appeals and judicial review challenges and advises on the promotion of sites for planning permission, the negotiation of complex planning obligations, EIA issues and town and village green issues. Macdonald recently represented Miller Homes in securing planning permission for three Leeds-based sites following an appeal, and advised Siglion on the planning aspects of the promotion of its Chapelgarth strategic housing site. Nesbit advised Kier Group on the planning aspects of its retail park and residential development in Wakefield.

Rollits LLP’s team ‘makes its regional presence felt by delivering a London City service’ and ‘provides very prompt response times and has a proactive approach’. Highly regarded team head Mark Dixon has strengths in negotiating s106 agreements, advising on the planning aspects of new care homes and mixed-use developments, and handling redevelopment projects carried out by education institutions. He recently advised Central Land Holdings on s106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 related to the planning application for a residential development with a supermarket and school; David Myers advised the same client on a variation deed associated with a major urban extension in Derby. Other clients include The Abbeyfield Society, Cranswick, East Riding College, Heron Foods and Bishop Burton College.

Shulmans LLP’s team is led by the ‘superbAmanda Beresford, who has ‘a keen eye for small detail and offers commercial and practical advice’. The practice is known for its strengths in handling planning-related judicial reviews, residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, infrastructure projects, CPOs, planning appeals and highways matters. Recent highlights include advising Extra MSA Group on a planning application for a new motorway service area, which included s106 and highways agreements; advising Greggs following an objection to a planning application for a starter home development on land allocated for employment adjacent to Greggs’ manufacturing facility; and representing Barratt/David Wilson Homes in a planning appeal against the local authority’s refusal to grant permission for the development of 300 houses in East Ardsley. The group also handled three judicial reviews for Shepherd Homes concerning the local council’s decision to grant planning permission for a residential development.

Weightmans has ‘an exceptionally well organised, strong regional team’, which is led by Lee Gordon, who has ‘great strategic vision and does everything to a high standard’. The team advises on major residential and urban extension projects, CPOs, and planning issues related to energy and infrastructure matters. The team recently advised Charnwood Borough Council on the North East Leicester Sustainable Urban Extension project, a development that will see 4,500 properties built over a 15 year period. Gordon, along with David Mathias, represented a nationwide logistics company in a judicial review challenge against Peterborough City Council’s decision to grant planning permission that would impact the client’s network.

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