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Shoosmiths LLP

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Tim Willis

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Shoosmiths LLP

Work Department

Real Estate - Planning


Tim is an experienced member of the national planning team and leads the Birmingham planning team. He specialises in planning and compulsory purchase law and procedure, and as a Member of the Law Society Planning Panel and Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute is a trusted adviser to a number of West Midlands based developers. He was made a Partner at Shoosmiths in 2012. His experience ranges from providing strategic planning advice on major mixed use and residential led developments (including reviewing and advising upon Environmental Statements), to drafting and negotiating Section 106 and Section 278 planning/highways and other infrastructure agreements. He has had the care and conduct of judicial review actions and Section 78 and Section 288 planning appeals and has appeared as advocate at numerous planning and enforcement enquiries. He has promoted compulsory purchase orders and highway stopping up/diversion orders. He has recently worked on many high profile projects including: assisting Centro with planning/highway and compulsory purchase advice in relation to the New Street Station ‘Gateway’ project in Birmingham;.advising on a 1,000 home strategic urban extension in Oakham, Rutland for Hawksmead Limited including the negotiation and completion of a Section 106 Agreement containing complex viability review provisions, and the successful defence of judicial review proceedings issued by a rival developer; advising UHB Trust in relation to the proposed major redevelopment of Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham; acting for British Waterways Marinas Ltd in relation to the provision of new infrastructure within a Marina site in London including the availability and application of permitted development rights and other powers; advising Larkfleet Ltd in relation to a 1,000 home urban extension in Grantham, including the care and conduct of the call-in inquiry (and subsequent section 288 High Court appeal) and the drafting of a Section 106 agreement containing complex financial viability review triggers.


Trained Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council; qualified 1993; legal assistant/trainee legal executive CS Ranson and Co 1979-82; clerical officer Civil Service 1982-84; legal assistant planning, civil litigation Test Valley Borough Councill 1984-86; senior legal assistant Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council 1986-98; planning solicitor/associate planning solicitor Burges Salmon Solicitors Bristol 1998-2004; associate planning solicitor Cobbetts Solicitors 2004-07; associate planning solicitor Shoosmiths Solicitors 2007-11; senior associate 2011-12; partner 2012.


Law Society Planning Panel; Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute


Tidworth Down School; Cricklade College (Business Studies 1979; Fellow of lnstitute of Legal Executives 1990)


Music, sport and long walks in the country.

West Midlands: Real estate


Within: Planning

Shoosmiths LLP ‘combines personal service and insightful advice’. The firm handles works concerning both residential and non-residential developments, some of which for local authorities. The ‘experienced and friendlyTim Willis has ‘excellent negotiation and drafting skills’- he and the ‘efficient and knowledgable’ Anna Cartledge (who was promoted to partner in May 2018) continue to advise IM Properties on a planned development in the Blythe Valley Park in Solihull, which will necessitate the use of green belt land. In the non-residential space, the pair advise Safestore on proposals to develop several warehouses. Other clients include Maximus Strategic Stafford, which the pair advise on a proposed 3,000 home extension to Stafford, and Hart District Council, which the practice advises on a matters relating to proposed changes to a Grade 1 listed building. The Duchy of Lancaster is another client.

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