Planning and environment in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's team in Nottingham occupies a unique position in the market due to its depth of expertise in all areas of planning and environmental law. The firm acts for large corporates, public sector clients and charities, among others. The scope of its work includes various contentious matters, regulatory approvals and developments. Richard Barlow has a strong track record in planning and environment work, including judicial reviews, risk management issues, planning due diligence and joint venture agreements. Laura Hughes has notable expertise in nature conservation projects. Andrew Hopkin is best known for representing claimants and defendants in environmental disputes. Stephen Coult brings invaluable expertise to the planning team as a Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Surveyor. Senior associate Ben Standing is another notable individual.

Practice head(s):

Richard Barlow; Laura Hughes


‘Browne Jacobson’s team are experts in their field, but one of their main strengths is that they are able to understand the nuances of the organisation in which I work and tailor their advice to suit my needs.’

‘The team is calm and collected in the most contentious of situations, and offers pragmatic and tailored advice in a timely manner. They are a real pleasure to work with.’

‘The team has a lot of knowledge and experience, along with a good understanding of the relevant legislation.’

Key clients

Natural England

Welsh Government

North Midlands Construction PLC

The Coal Authority

DPD Group UK Ltd

Walsall Council

Homes England

Via East Midlands Ltd

Boots UK Ltd

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

London Borough of Enfield

Ashfield District Council

London Borough of Croydon

Work highlights

  • Advised Natural England on its appeal against the July 2018 decision of the First-Tribunal to vary a Natural England’s Stop Notice served against Julian Warren.
  • Advised Walsall Council in relation to the steps required after it transpired that land it designated in 2012 as contaminated was in fact not.
  • Advised Homes England on its responsibilities in relation to a retaining river wall situated on a section of the River Irwell for which it is a riparian owner.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP team, which is based in Nottingham and Leicester, predominantly advises developers and private companies on the planning aspects of commercial, residential and mixed use projects. On the environment side, the firm acts for clients in various disputes brought by the Environment Agency, and it also assists them with obtaining permits and ensuring regulatory compliance. Nottingham-based partner Chris Waumsley focuses on assisting clients with developments across the East Midlands, including PRS schemes. Emma Tattersdill in Leicester specialises in environmental disputes. Paul Brailsford, who works in London and Nottingham, is another key member of the planning team.

Practice head(s):

Chris Waumsley


‘Very good knowledge of planning law and practice mixed with a very sound commercial approach to solving client problems.’

‘Mark Bassett is a very sound planner.’


Key clients

Millenium Land (10M Consortium)

Larkfleet Group


Taylor Lindsey Ltd

East Midlands Consortium

Redrow Homes

Simons Group

Henry Boot Developments


Barratt Homes

Urban and Civic

Investin Plc

Carlsberg/London Fields Brewery

South Lincolnshire Estates

Work highlights

  • Advised Henry Boot Developments on its strategic urban extension of Tamworth in Warwickshire.
  • Advised Helier on the development of a large scale urban extension in Mansfield involving over 800 dwellings.
  • Advised Henry Boot on the preparation of its planning applications for 400 dwellings in North Derbyshire.

Roythornes Solicitors

Roythornes Solicitors's 'extremely efficient and successful' team advises developers, landowners and local authorities on all aspects of various planning and development transactions and disputes, including environmental projects. The firm has particularly strong expertise negotiating Section 106 and highways agreements. Shruti Trivedi specialises in contentious planning and environmental judicial reviews and legal challenges. Trivedi also regularly drafts and negotiates planning, highway and infrastructure agreements, and boasts particular expertise in residential projects. Associate Charlotte Lockwood advises clients on contentious and non-contentious planning and development matters.

Practice head(s):

Shruti Trivedi

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Lockwood


‘Shruti Trivedi plays a key role in providing legal planning advice for a number of development sites at different stages of advancement. She has shown herself to be a true asset to the company and I often call her for advice on matters before raising legal instructions.’

‘This team has specific skills in planning law that other firm cannot supply.’

‘The team at Roythorns are cohesive at all time and show real tenacity in the face of complex issues presented to them, often under difficult time frames.’

‘The key strengths of this practice are professionalism, communication skills, clear pricing for work and forecasting of work to be invoiced. ‘

‘Small dedicated team that jump on the work quickly. Issues don’t get lost or forgotten about and practical advice is given quickly.’

Key clients

A C Gotham & Son

Mr B A Alcock

Alcocks J M, B, and AD

Ashley King (Developments Limited

Mr Richard Beeby

Richard & Elizabeth Butler

Chevin Homes Limited

DSL Holdings Limited

Evolution Homes

Fowler Forest Farm Limited

G A Jenkinson & Sons Limited

Brian Hedley

Hull, D R, M J and CR

Ikon Residence

S B & D E Julian

Kaaimans International Limited

Karam Properties Limited

Kier Living Limited

Langton Evans & Walker Limited

Larkfleet Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising M Good & Son on a complex planning appeal relating to the refusal of planning permission for residential development on a major land holding.
  • Advising Tarmac on a major strategic site which is being promoted through the local plan process for a significant industrial allocation.
  • Advising clients who own significant land interests in connection with an emerging Neighbourhood Plan and a wider emerging Local Plan framework.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's 'efficient and supportive' planning team, with offices in Nottingham and Leicester, provides a full-service offering to developers and house builders engaged in residential and commercial projects, which includes representing clients before local planning authorities and in judicial reviews. Leicester partner Simon Stanion is an expert in contentious development proposals, in which he is known to advise landowners, developers and local planning authorities. Paul Wakefield, based in Nottingham, frequently handles planning applications and appeals, with a particular focus on urban extensions and infrastructure projects. Richard Thurling recently joined Gowling WLG.

Practice head(s):

Simon Stanion

Other key lawyers:

Simon Stanion; Paul Wakefield


‘A highly professional and informed team with exceptional knowledge of current planning legislation as well as the local market.’

‘Practical approach and a very good knowledge of the law.’ 

‘Excellent in depth knowledge of the S106 process and claims.’

‘The partners are very hands on, knowledgeable and supportive.’

‘Paul Wakefield has always given me clear concise thoughts and appraisals of the scheme in question. He’s also a seriously good negotiator and always gets me the result I need.’

Key clients

Wildgoose Homes

Blewbury Court Limited

Rainier Developments

Court Collaboration Limited

Waters Homes Limited

David Wilson Homes Limited

Orbit Homes (2020) Limited

BDW trading limited

Redrow Homes

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Tatton Hall Homes Limited

Larkfleet Homes

The Lindhurst Group

W Westerman Limited

Warmflame Developments Limited


Brackley Property Developments Limited

North West Leicestershire District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the Lindhurst Group on securing planning permission for sustainable urban extension to the south of Mansfield.
  • Advising Court Collaboration on the development of Birmingham’s largest building.
  • Advising Redrow in connection with a development at the former RAF Newton site in Nottingham.