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Kirsten Hewson

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Kirsten is a partner handling all aspects of planning law for private and public sector clients, with particular expertise in drafting planning agreements, public inquiries, judicial review and compulsory acquisition. Major clients include IKEA, O&H and Hewlett Packard.


Trained Ashford Borough Council; qualified 1996; planning solicitor Ashford BC 1996-97; planning solicitor Lovells 1997-2003; joined planning law group of Shoosmiths 2003; made partner 2004.


University of Warwick; College of Law, Guildford.

London: Real estate


Within: Planning

Kirsten Hewson heads the team at Shoosmiths LLP, which specialises in residential development, acting for clients such as Crest Nicholson, Derwent Developments, Caprice, Mayer Bergman, Bovis Homes and Bewley Homes. Hewson is advising a Malaysian construction company on the planning aspects of a £300m multi-use building in Mint Street at Tower Hill; and is leading a team advising O&H Developments on the £50m redevelopment of three buildings in Grafton Street in Mayfair. Tim Johnson continues to advise Persimmon Homes on a major greenfield development in Northamptonshire for up to 3000 dwellings.

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South East: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Kirsten Hewson - Shoosmiths LLP

Within: Planning

Shoosmiths LLP fields a team that is 'in the top rank of planning solicitors', and is many clients' 'go-to firm for planning matters'. Headed by Kirsten Hewson ('insightful, proactive and always delivers'), the practice handles public and private sector planning matters for clients including Stonegate Developments, Grainger and the Ministry of Defence. Recent highlights include advising Altitude (Ascot) on a successful appeal against refusal of planning permission for residential development in the Green Belt; continuing to act for Grainger on the Aldershot army town redevelopment, most recently involving a variation to the s106 agreement and advice on the delivery of infrastructure; and acting for Buckland Capital on the promotion planning application for 6,000 residential units at Welborne in Hampshire, which will be one of 14 sites allocated as a garden village in England. Matthew Stimson has 'a wealth of knowledge and is professional in his approach'. Paul Weeks is also recommended.

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