Planning and environment in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP provides a ‘first class service‘ to public sector clients, which include governmental bodies, non-departmental public bodies, local authorities, NHS trusts and national parks, as well as corporate clients, advising on all environmental matters they may face. Combined with the planning expertise of the firm, the unit is adept at advising at the intersection of planning and environmental issues, such as environmental impact assessments. Richard Barlow heads the environmental team and advises public sector clients also in the context of judicial review proceedings and risk management issues. Laura Hughes covers both planning and environmental law and has a particular specialism in nature conservation matters and Andrew Hopkin is experienced in environmental cases concerning, among others, pollution, emissions and waste.

Practice head(s):

Richard Barlow; Laura Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hopkin; Stephen Coult


‘First class service’

Key clients

Wilson Enterprises Ltd

DPD Group UK Ltd


First State Investments

Thurrock Council

Homes England

The Coal Authority

Boots UK Ltd


London Borough of Croydon

Canal & River Trust

Hertfordshire County Council

Platform Housing Ltd

Natural England

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised First Sentier Investors on their recent acquisitions of both SSE plc’s stake in the Multifuel Energy-from-Waste joint venture for £995m and the entirety of the Wheelabrator UK Energy-from-Waste business from Macquarie Investments and Real Assets.
  • Provided strategic and operational advice to Jigsaw 24 upon their objective to become carbon neutral.
  • Advising the south east emergency services to provide a combined response to National Highways concerning the Lower Thames Crossing Development Consent Order.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP provides comprehensive advice regarding both planning and environmental issues and offers a planning consultancy service in order to advise clients on development projects from inception through to completion. The 'helpful, knowledgeable and proactive' team advises on all issues relating to development planning, provides assistance in environmental compliance matters and represents clients in judicial review challenges and environmental civil litigation. Paul Brailsford has an 'exceptionally wide range of knowledge regarding planning and the appeals process' and Emma Tattersdill has knowledge of environmental law, in particular in respect to waste regulation and environmental based civil litigation, which 'is to the highest level'. Clients note the 'outstanding level of knowledge on niche environmental topics'.

Practice head(s):

Paul Brailsford; Emma Tattersdill


‘Outstanding level of knowledge on niche environmental topics.’

‘Emma Tattersdill has provided an excellent level of service to our company. She’s extremely approachable, highly knowledgable and efficient in her work. She always provides us with very clear, detailed and pragmatic legal advice. She’s a clear expert in her field and I would go to no other lawyer for advice on environmental permitting or waste regulations.’

‘The team are helpful, knowledgeable and proactive regarding all planning matters. They have the ability to review and understand planning policies and work with councils to obtain planning approvals whilst co-ordinating a full team of consultants to support the planning process. I tend to use Freeths on more complex planning applications.’

‘Paul Brailsford is my key contact. He has an exceptionally wide range of knowledge regarding planning and the appeals process. You can always contact Paul, no matter how busy he is, and he works with a supportive team within the company.’

‘Emma Tattersdill is an exceptionally helpful and wise provider of legal advice. Her knowledge of environmental law is to the highest level and her ability to explain this, often to clients who are not always willing to listen, is particularly impressive. If I have a client that needs advice about environmental law, she is always my recommended first port of call.’

Key clients

Freshwater Group of Companies

Hallam Land

Allinson Homes

Keepmoat Homes

Lindum Homes

Hallmark Care/Savista Developments

Principle Care Homes

Country Court Care Homes


Commercial Development Projects

Carta Real Estate

Rula Developments

GMS Estates Limited

Leicester City Council

City of Lincoln Council

The Tarmac group of companies

The Travis Perkins group of companies

Carlsberg Breweries A/S

CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments)

EM Lawshare

Work highlights

  • Secured the allocation of 22 hectares of land for strategic employment use in Grantham for Carta Real Estate and successfully securing outline planning permission for 1 million sq ft of storage and distribution floorspace.
  • Secured detailed planning permission for Freshwater Group of Companies on the redevelopment of the former Tesco store site in Sevenoaks town centre to provide new food store, retail units and 104 apartments with a scheme value of £40m.
  • Advised City of Lincoln Council on the legal aspects of an application for 3,200 new homes, a leisure village, industrial park and associated transport infrastructure.

Roythornes Solicitors

Roythornes Solicitors provides 'strong, well-reasoned advice' advice on all aspects of planning to developers, landowners and local authorities and further advises developers and landowners on the impacts of the Environment Act 2021, with particular expertise in the issue of biodiversity net gain. The team also covers contentious planning litigation and is adept at advising on more niche issues, such as Listed Building Consent and general heritage matters. 'Extremely knowledgeable' Shruti Trivedi heads the practice, has extensive experience in complex planning, highway and infrastructure agreements and 'has a superb client manner that instils confidence'.

Practice head(s):

Shruti Trivedi


‘Shruti Trivedi is extremely knowledgeable, completely committed to the clients’ cause and has a superb client manner that instils confidence.’

‘A strong team who give strong, well-reasoned advice. Key capabilities to hit deadlines, and bring in additional expertise as issues arise.’

Key clients

Allison Homes Limited (formerly Larkfleet)

Ashley King (Development) Limited

Boston & Fosdyke Fishing Society Limited

Chevin Homes

Elan Homes Limited

Flagship Housing Group

Gilbert & Goode Limited

Grace Machin Planning & Property

Hamilton Russell

Lagan Homes Limited

Larkfleet SW Limited

Longhurst Group Limited

Owl Homes Limited

Piper Homes Limited

Rose Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Tarmac Aggregates Limited

Tarmac Services Limited

Tarmac Trading Limited

Vistry Developments Limited

Tilia Homes Limited (formerly Kier)

Walsall Housing Group

Woodall Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Boston & Fosdyke Fishing Society on opposition to a DCO.
  • Advised Allison Homes Limited on a multi-phase development at Whittlesey, Peterborough.
  • Advised Woodall Homes on an ongoing basis in relation to a development at Clay Cross, Derbyshire.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP ‘promptly and effectively‘ advises landowners, developers and local planning authorities on all planning-related issues, such s.106 and highway agreements, and including planning prosecutions, injunctions, judicial review and statutory challenges. The team, headed by Simon Stanion, further provides planning due diligence support on corporate and real estate transactions. Paul Wakefield expertly‘ steers clients through ‘all the knotty planning issues accompanying sustainable urban extensions projects‘, and his ‘knowledge of complex Section 106 agreements‘ keeps clients ‘going back to him‘. ‘Very proactive‘ associate Kylie Wesson acts on both contentious and non-contentious planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Simon Stanion

Other key lawyers:

Paul Wakefield; Kylie Wesson


‘Paul Wakefield: has advised us for many years on all the knotty planning issues accompanying SUE projects. Has steered us expertly throughout.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau have provided sound advice promptly and effectively. The Planning Team at Shakespeare Martineau have provided excellent service through transfer of land to negotiating Section 106.’

‘Paul Wakefield’s knowledge of complex Section 106 agreements is why we keep going back to him. His negotiating skills are second to none and knows which battles to pick. Paul always makes himself available and uses plain English to explain legal jargon.’

‘Their attention to detail is good and communications are excellent.’

‘Paul Wakefield is able to pitch his comms at the right level in all correspondence so whether dealing with clients, local councils or other lawyers, it’s always clear what is required.’

‘Kylie Wesson runs a great team, and she has excellent communication and is very proactive rather than reactive. Their fees are sensible but competitive.’

‘Paul Wakefield: Always available to help, no matter how small the problem.’

‘The team communicates internally and responds efficiently and enthusiastically to queries and instructions. Billing is accompanied by full narrative, and is within or close to budget just about every time. Excellent value for money. Above all, without any exception I have come across, Shakespeares are fun to work with.’

Key clients

Rainier Developments

Gallagher Estates Limited / Gallagher Developments Limited

Court Collaboration Limited

David Wilson Homes Limited

Longhurst Group

BDW Trading limited

Redrow Homes

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College

Rutland County Council

Larkfleet Homes

The Lindhurst Group

W Westerman Limited

Midland Heart

Summix Developments

Platform Housing

Citizen Housing

Walsall Housing Group


Bromford Housing Group

Honeycombe Group

Kingswood Properties (West Midlands) Limited

Brackley Property Developments Limited

Bruker UK:Limited

Manor Oak Homes Limited

Skillman Investments LLP

Venture Properties Group Limited

Allison Homes

Peveril Homes

Parkers of Leicester Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised GEL on planning matters relating to delivery of 1000 homes and associated infrastructure on land south of Bodicote Way, Banbury, Oxfordshire.
  • Provided planning advice and drafting and completing a S.106 agreement in relation to the development of Birmingham’s second largest building.
  • Advised One Palace Green Limited in relation to the purchase of one a property on one of the most exclusive streets in the country, through carrying out of planning due diligence as part of the acquisition and providing further ongoing planning advice in relation to the impending planning application.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is recognised in particular for its work in large scale infrastructure devleopment projects, such as rail freight, renewable energy, airport runways and further public transport schemes. Paul Maile heads the team out of the Birmingham office and specialises in infrastructure and compulsory purchase matters and is noted for his advocacy services. The Nottingham office features partner Laura-Beth Hutton, who is experienced in development consent order applications for large infrastructure projects as well as renewable energy projects and whose practice includes residential work for housebuilders and local authorities.

Practice head(s):

Paul Maile

Other key lawyers:

Karen Mutton; Laura-Beth Hutton; Martin Pinnington

Key clients



Anglian Water


Menter Mon Cyf

Tritax Symmetry


Oxfordshire Railfreight Limited

Inspired Villages N

Taylor Wimpey

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP advises national house builders, land promotors and corporate clients on planning matters including contentious matters, such as judicial reviews and statutory challenges, and is further adept at advising on environmental and habitat issues. Paul Hunt and Chris May are both 'extremely knowledgeable' and 'can provide assistance across a range of matters including appeals'. Senior associate Sarah Hollis is another key member of the team. Paul Wootton heads the team from the Norwich office.

Practice head(s):

Paul Wootton

Other key lawyers:

Chris May; Paul Hunt; Sarah Hollis


‘The people are hard-working and responsive, always pushing to get things through as efficiently and effectively as possible.’

‘Howes Percival not only offer a high standard of service in terms of their level of expertise and professionalism, but also deliver this with personality and pragmatism.’

‘They set themselves apart from competitors as the team are always easy to contact, meet deadlines, return calls/emails without fail, willing to talk through potential matters to provide their initial thoughts and are always transparent regarding fees.’

‘We work with Paul Hunt extensively across a broad range of planning matters. His attention to detail and depth of knowledge is excellent, and provides significant comfort that your best interests are being promoted at all times.’

‘They are a very capable firm who always provide excellent advice to sometimes very complex matters.’

‘The team are all very friendly and down to earth, no question is too big or small. I also like that they provide very clear quotations and fee updates.’

‘Paul Hunt and Chris May are extremely knowledgeable and can provide assistance with a range of matters including appeals. No query is too small for either of them and regularly provide quick advice over email or the phone. Both have exceptional work ethics and also are able to provide multiple solutions tailored specifically to client desires.’

‘Sarah Hollis has provided many years of assistance with general planning advice and also completion s106/S106A agreements, working quickly and effectively with all parties.’

Key clients

/CODE Student Ltd

Vistry Partnerships Limited

Kler Group Limited

Anchor Hanover Group

CVS Group Plc

Mulberry Property Development Limited

Sowden Group Limited

Persimmon Homes (North Midlands) Limited

FPC (Banbury) Limited

Kaplan Property Group

Davidsons Developments Limited

Hazelton Homes (Midlands) Limited

Countryside Properties (WPL) Limited

Hampton Brooks

Langton Homes

Fisher German

Summix Ltd

Manor Oak Homes

Christchurch Properties Ltd

Persimmon Homes (East Midlands)

Jelson Ltd

Memoria Ltd

CJC Development Company Ltd

Grace Homes Ltd

Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd

Persimmon Suffolk

HNC Developments LLP

HGT Developments LLP

Windermere Capital Ltd

Palmer-Tomkinson Trust

Parkers of Leicester Limited

Parker Strategic Land Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented an owner/developer consortium in securing a grant of planning permission for a new garden village north of Birstall, Leicester, including 1950 houses, a care village, 15 hectares of employment land, retail centre, new primary school etc.
  • For KBC Developments LLP; instigating proceedings in the High Court – Business and Property Court seeking a declaratory judgement as to the rights to connect a multi-million pound railway bridge to a highway and the rights of the owner of the land where the highway is located, to block such a connection without payment of compensation.
  • Acted on behalf of a major house builder in respect of a project for the development of a major housing lead urban extension including two new primary schools and a site for a new secondary school together with a new southern distributor road to Melton Mowbray. Working in collaboration with other developers / promoters and the county highway authority.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's planning team acts for national and local housebuilders, public sector bodies and corporate clients to deliver a variety of buildings and infrastructure. Tim Willis is experienced in residential and logistics-led projects and has a niche in planning litigation. In relation to the new Environment Act 2021, the team assists clients with issues concerning provision of bio-diversity net gain through bespoke planning agreements. Kathryn Jump and Lisa Tye are the joint heads of the national planning team. Stuart Tym joined from Irwin Mitchell in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tim Willis; Kathryn Jump; Lisa Tye

Other key lawyers:

Will Thomas; Stuart Tym

Key clients

Historic England

Boots UK Limited

Barwood Land

South Kesteven District Council

Leicestershire County Council

Maximus Strategic Land Limited

Parker Strategic Land

Persimmon Homes Limited

Drew Smith Homes Limited

Nurton Developments Limited

Romo Holdings Limited

Churchill Retirement Living Limited

Tanglewood Care Homes

Brunswick Real Estate

Northwood Investors

Safestore Properties Limited

American Golf Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Boots UK Limited in the negotiation of the section 106 Agreement for the development of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone, a landmark scheme for the construction of 900,000 sq ft of commercial space and up to 675 new homes adjacent to Boots’ UK headquarters.
  • Acted for Churchill Retirement Living Limited in the successful High Court challenge of the Secretary of State’s refusal to grant planning consent for a new retirement apartment complex.
  • Advised Northwood Investors on planning issues associated with the acquisition and refinance of real estate assets worth over £250 million.