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Planning and environment department.


Partner widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading planning and environment specialists and regularly features among the top-five UK solicitors within the annual Planning Magazine peer-group survey. Specialises in City of London and City of Westminster large scale office/retail/residential mixed-use projects, High Court challenge and complex legal and compulsory purchase negotiations.


Trained Hewitson Becke + Shaw; qualified 1994; assistant solicitor Hewitson Becke + Shaw 1994-96; joined Berwin Leighton (now Berwin Leighton Paisner) 1996; partner 2001; publications: author of chapter ‘Applying for Planning Permission’ in Sweet & Maxwell’s ‘Commercial Transaction Checklists’ and co-author of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessments publication ‘Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment’; editor of the College of Estate Management’s course module on Highway Law.


Law Society’s Planning and Environment Committee; trustee National Playing Fields Association; tribunal judge.


Thomas Becket Upper School, Northampton; Nottingham University (1991 LLB Hons); College of Law, Chester (1992 Law Society Finals).


Rugby (supporter of Northampton RFC) and hockey.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 'is an outstanding firm in the field of infrastructure planning' and its 'extremely experienced team of solicitors always provides absolutely top-quality advice in a client-friendly accessible way', according to one client. Mark Richards is a 'solid practitioner' and impresses clients with his 'excellent client relationship and business development skills'; he is currently assisting the energy division of a Fortune 50 company with its joint venture with Co Gen for the development of a biomass power plant. National Grid recently appointed a team led by Christian Drage to advise on the second phase of its London Power Tunnels project, and James Good continues to guide Tideway through the implementation and discharge of DCO requirements associated with its Thames Tideway Tunnel 'super sewer' project. Other key names include planning expert Tim Smith  and construction partner John Hughes-D’Aeth . The team recently welcomed rail infrastructure specialist Jason Chamberlain from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP .

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London: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Tim Smith - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Within: Planning

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP fields a ‘go-to infrastructure planning team'  headed by Tim Hellier, who is ‘highly accomplished, providing considered and incisive advice which inspires confidence’ and an ‘effective and robust negotiator when required'. Christian Drage is recommended for his ‘robust and well considered advice’, and ‘calm and reassuring nature'. His recent work includes leading on all planning, infrastructure, CPO and land assembly aspects for National Grid in relation to phase 2 of their multi-billion London Power Tunnels project. James Good is leading the firm's advice on the Thames Tideway project, consisting of a £4.2bn upgrade of London’s Victorian sewerage network stretching 15 miles under the city. Tim Smith (‘very strong technically, picks up issues quickly, very practical') IS advising Westfield on the development of a major retail extension to the Stratford Shopping Centre along with over 1,300 residential units at Cherry Park. Senior associate Rosalind Nuttall is ‘dependable and very user friendly’, while Robert Gowing is ‘a really impressive senior associate.’ Other clients include Heathrow, Tesco, and Aviva.

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