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Richard Adams

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Jones Day

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Real Estate; Real Estate & Property Companies.


Richard Adams, Associate, practices town and country planning law. He has extensive experience with planning agreements and obligations under the Town and County Planning Act 1990 as well as assessing planning situations for proposed purchases by clients. He has a particular interest in highways law, having negotiated agreements on behalf of the Arsenal Football Club under the Highways Act 1980 as part of the relocation of the club's stadium to Ashburton Grove. Between 2004 and 2006, Richard was involved in advising West Midlands International Airport Limited regarding planning issues at Coventry Airport, in particular the proposed development of a passenger terminal for two million passengers annually, which was the subject of two major public inquiries, including the longest planning enforcement appeal in history. Richard recently advised British Land in securing over 22,000 sq.m. of retail floor space at Whiteley, Hampshire, and acted for Highcross in securing permission for a major mixed-use scheme of approximately 100,000 sq.m. at Lakeside Business Park, Portsmouth, comprising (among other elements) significant office floor space, aparthotel, and private medical facility. Richard advises British Land on numerous retail properties, including their out of town retail portfolio. He also advises Metric Property on their retail portfolio and Arlington Business Parks Partnership on their business parks in England.




Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.


The College of Law, Chester (Legal Practice Course with distinction 2000); University of Manchester (LL.B. with honours 1999).

London: Real estate


Within: Environment

Jones Day is best known for its brownfield remediation work, but the team also advises real estate and corporate clients on environmental risk in complex and high-value transactions, as well as on renewable energy projects, in particular solar PV projects. Head of team Chris Papanicolaou has a ‘mastery of tricky points of detail, all tempered with a refreshing common sense'; he specialises in the waste management, industrial, building products, automotive, and mineral sectors as well as on contaminated land transactions. The team recently advised International Automotive Components Group Limited on concluding a confidential, highly complex and sensitive industrial processes production line relocation agreement with HS2 and the Secretary of State for Transport. It is also advising Owens Corning on its €900m acquisition of Paroc Group, a leading producer of mineral wool insulation for building and technical applications in Europe. Richard Adams ‘marshals his material and deploys his argument to secure the best outcome for the client.’ John Cowley is recommended for contract law matters.

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