Planning and environment in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

As one of the few practices in the region with expertise in both planning and environmental issues, the depth of Browne Jacobson LLP's specialist teams allows it to advise public and private clients on the full range of contentious and non-contentious mandates. On the environmental side, Laura Hughes specialises in nature conservation work, while Richard Barlow is the relationship partner for key client Natural England. The team's planning work includes advises public authorities on major infrastructure projects, including the Lower Thames Crossing. Andrew Hopkin handles criminal compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Barlow; Laura Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hopkin; Stephen Coult


‘The Browne Jacobson Planning Team have delivered an excellent overall service to us, providing legal advice to develop our growth vision.

‘Stephen Coult has been an instrumental lead – the attention to detail, coordination and the briefings provided have been outstanding.’

‘The team understands our requests and understands the organisation and its nuances. The senior partner is practical with advice and is always available even at short notice. The team listens to ways to improve the services they offer.’

‘They have the ability to have open and honest discussions and they are supportive to an in-house organisation and understand the needs of the business and not just the law.’

Key clients

Wilson Enterprises Ltd

DPD Group UK Ltd


Thurrock Council

Homes England

The Coal Authority

Boots UK Ltd

London Borough of Croydon

Wheatcroft Properties Ltd

Hertfordshire County Council

Platform Housing Ltd

Natural England

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Thurrock Council on its response to the Development Consent Order for Lower Thames Crossing, an £8bn new tunnel and highway project.
  • Advising First Sentier Investors on the planning elements of the acquisition of Wheelabrator UK Waste business from Macquarie Investments and Real Assets.
  • Advising Enva on the implications of the circular economy and end of waste criteria policies at both UK and EU level.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP handles the complete spectrum of planning and environmental issues across its multiple East Midlands offices, and advises developers and housebuilders on the planning elements of residential, care and mixed-use developments, as well as representing clients in judicial review proceedings relating to nuisance and pollution allegations. From Leicester, the 'extremely knowledgeable and pragmaticEmma Tattersdill, who is a specialist in waste regulation and contentious issues, leads the environmental team. The Nottingham office houses Paul Brailsford, who leads the team nationally having taken over from consultant Chris Waumsley.

Practice head(s):

Paul Brailsford; Emma Tattersdill

Other key lawyers:

Chris Waumsley


‘Extremely good knowledge of environmental, waste and planning legislation.’

‘Emma Tattersdill’s knowledge of the environmental sector and the intricacies between land contamination through planning and waste legislation has been particularly useful. She is able to prepare written briefs that are clearly laid out and easy to understand for non-legal people.’

‘The team have offered excellent support to my business in the short time that I have been with them. Spot on for advice and collaboration.’

‘Paul Brailsford is a real star – I have worked with him many times over the years – he has in depth knowledge and is commercially astute and highly effective.’

‘They stand out as they provide a unique quality service, their advice has been invaluable to me during setting up my business.

‘They are very pragmatic and respond to my needs excellently. They get to the point and deliver advice in a frank and straightforward way. They accept the challenge.’

‘Emma Tattersdill – extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic.’

‘The planning team is really effective and efficient. Always well organised and well prepared – with a real commercial focus.’

Key clients

Freshwater Group of Companies

Larkfleet Group

Hallam Land

Wilford Lane Developments

Carta Real Estate

Hallmark Care/Principle Care

Country Court Care



Commercial Development Projects

Cranswick PLC

Lindum Group


Rula Developments

The Tarmac group of companies

The Travis Perkins group of companies

Carlsberg Breweries A/S


EM Lawshare

Work highlights

  • Advising a start-up entering the waste recovery sector on the rules for exporting waste for recovery to countries outside of the European Union.
  • Defending a logistics company against accusations of noise nuisance.
  • Advised Wilford Lane Developments Limited on the planning aspects of the acquisition and £20m redevelopment of a former Sainsbury’s site at West Bridgford.

Roythornes Solicitors

Roythornes Solicitors‘ ‘dynamic team‘ focuses on planning work, providing advice on housing, infrastructure and highway projects. The group is particularly strong on issues relating to residential developments, and works with a number of housebuilders on the drafting of s106 agreements, appeals and strategic planning work. Shruti Trivedi continues to lead the team, having established the firm’s planning practice in 2015. Trivedi has extensive contentious experience; she has previously acted in judicial review proceedings before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Shruti Trivedi

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Lockwood; Ben Arrowsmith


‘Fantastic strength, diverse practice.’

‘A dynamic team with a multitude of skillsets to support clients. A firm I recommend both professionally and personally to deliver on time and to budget.’

Key clients

A C Gotham & Son

Ashley King (Developments) Limited

Beeswax Dyson Farming

Chevin Homes Limited

DSL Holdings Limited

Evolution Homes

Elveden Estates Limited

Fowler Forest Farm Limited

G A Jenkinson & Sons Limited

Hull, D R, M J and CR

Ikon Residence

Kaaimans International Limited

Karam Properties Limited

Kier Living Limited

Langton Evans & Walker Limited

Larkfleet Limited

Larkfleet S W Limited

LEP Developments Limited

Lincolnshire Bomber Command

Longhurst & Havelok Homes and Partner Construction Limited

Longhurst Group Limited

M Good & Son Limited

Owl Homes Limited

Partner Construction Limited

Persimmon Homes (East Midlands)

Persimmon Homes (Midlands) Limited and David Wilson Homes (South Midlands)

Persimmon Homes (South West) Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited and Cerep III Trowbridge SARL

Persimmon Homes Wessex

Piper Homes

Potter, RSC, C L & K F Marsh

RBH Properties Limited

Rose Homes Limited

Sleaford Town Council

Mr P L Stroude & Mrs W S Stroud

Work highlights

  • Advising M Good & Son on a complex planning appeal relating to the refusal of planning permission for a residential development.
  • Advising Tarmac on a major strategic site which is being promoted through the local plan process for a significant industrial allocation.
  • Advising Rose Homes Limited on a number of issues arising from the lawful commencement of a development.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Focusing on planning work, Shakespeare Martineau LLP primarily acts for housebuilders, though is developing increased expertise in the healthcare and education sectors. Paul Wakefield leads the Nottingham team and advises on major projects in the local area; in 2020, he advised Blocwork on a s106 agreement relating to a scheme to develop 300 apartments on land adjoining Nottingham railway station. Simon Stanion splits his time between the Leicester and Birmingham offices and specialises in contentious work, representing planning authorities, developers and landowners. At associate level, Kylie Wesson is experienced in both public and private sector planning issues.

Practice head(s):

Simon Stanion; Paul Wakefield

Other key lawyers:

Kylie Wesson


‘The team’s strength and ability to negotiate complex Section 106 agreements with the Local Planning Authority, whilst providing continued legal advice, stands out.’

‘Paul Wakefield continues to go above and beyond with regards to his working practices and advice provided with regards to a range of planning subject matter.’

‘The team we work with are characterised by enthusiasm for the job, and give excellent value for money. They are always happy to quote fixed fees where appropriate, and to stick to them. We have worked for many years with the planning team, going through a very difficult Judicial Review of a major mixed-use planning permission as well as several Section 106 agreements of varying complexity. Their professional expertise is of the highest order.’

‘Paul Wakefield has been our go-to planning lawyer for almost 10 years. His stand-out qualities are his preparedness to talk around a subject in principle and in detail to arrive at the best solution, without clock-watching the discussion time; his enthusiasm for the job and positive attitude; and his sensible attitude to fee negotiations. Simon Stanion guided us expertly through a two-year judicial challenge which went all the way to the Supreme Court and held up a major SUE development. With client anxiety running high, he offered calm and measured advice, backed up the QC with first-class briefing material…and we won!’

‘Reliable and efficient legal and planning advice when it is needed.’

‘We’ve developed a great partnership with Shakespeare Martineau and their dedication to all planning matters, in particular in dealing with complex S106 Agreements. We appreciate their attention to detail and negotiation skills in what often can be the most timely process of securing planning permission.

‘Paul Wakefield, Partner at Shakespeare Martineau has been the go-to advisor for negotiating our S106 Agreements. Paul’s knowledge and advice has been instrumental in helping us secure planning permission on a number of sites, often advising on some complex S106 in a timely and efficient manner. Overall Paul is a natural negotiator and is excellent value for work for when it comes to planning and S106 matters, and would thoroughly recommend his advice and services.’

‘Kylie Wesson – has been outstanding with her advice and negotiations when required to deal with section 106 agreements. In particular when negotiating with planning officers, local councils and borough councils to complete in a timely manner and with the right results.’

Key clients

Wildgoose Homes

Rainier Developments

Gallagher Estates Limited / Gallagher Developments Limited

Court Collaboration Limited

Waters Homes Limited

David Wilson Homes Limited

Longhurst Group

BDW Trading limited

Redrow Homes

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College

Water Homes Limited

Larkfleet Homes

The Lindhurst Group

W Westerman Limited

Midland Heart

Summix Developments

Platform Housing

Citizen Housing

Walsall Housing Group


Bromford Housing Group

Honeycombe Group


Brackley Property Developments Limited

North West Leicestershire District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the Lindhurst Group relating to implementation of planning permission for sustainable urban extension to the south of Mansfield.
  • Providing planning advice and drafting and completing a S.106 Agreement in relation to the development of Birmingham’s second largest building.
  • Advising W Westerman Limited in connection with the delivery of a large housing development in Broxtowe.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Nottingham team works alongside the Birmingham office to provide contentious and non-contentious planning advice relating to projects in the renewable energy and residential development sectors. Legal director Karen Mutton is the key name to note in the region, and has developed a niche specialism in retirement living mandates, and also advises on the implementation of development consent orders for onshore wind projects. Associate Laura-Beth Hutton assists with the planning requirements of infrastructure projects, most notably in the rail sector.

Other key lawyers:

Karen Mutton; Laura-Beth Hutton; Martin Pinnington


‘Our business and Eversheds has developed an excellent relationship enabling us to rapidly access lawyers to receive advice to suit our business needs. The advice is excellent and the lawyers very personable which assists the relationship and the trust which has been established.’

‘Karen Mutton and Martin Pinnington are my ‘go to’ lawyers with all planning related queries. We are able to readily contact them with queries either for phone calls to chat through issues or to request written advice. They understand our business and are able to tailor their advice to meet our requirements. The service they provide is excellent.’

‘The fact that I haven’t used another major practice speaks volumes of the regard I have for Eversheds, albeit it comes down to the individuals who I work with day to day.’

‘Laura-Beth Hutton is professional and knowledgeable in her field but above all else she is proactive and ensures that she is very much a key member of the team always going above and beyond expectations.’

Key clients


RWE Renewables UK Limited

Menter Mon Cyf

Tritax Symmetry Ltd

AWG Holdings Limited

Heyford Park Developments Limited

Community Windpower Limited

Barratt Homes/David Wilson Homes

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

L&G Senior Living

Work highlights

  • Advising RWE Renewables UK Limited in connection with its proposed development of an extension to the existing Rampion 1 windfarm, to be known as Rampion 2.
  • Advising Menter Mon Cyf in respect of an application for a Transport and Works Act Order for the development of an offshore tidal energy generation station.
  • Representing Heyford Park Developments Limited in relation to its development at the former RAF Upper Heyford.

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP predominately advises housebuilders on all elements of residential development schemes, and is also adept at assisting with plans to build supermarkets, student accommodation and mixed-use developments. Chris May and Paul Hunt are the key partners in the Leicester office; both have experience in representing clients in the Court of Appeal, and assisting with the negotiation and drafting of agreements relating to large projects in the local area. Associate Sarah Hollis focuses on the housebuilding sector.

Other key lawyers:

Chris May; Paul Hunt; Sarah Hollis

Key clients

Jamie Lewis Residential Lettings Limited/CODE Student Accommodation

Kler Group Limited

Mulberry Property Development Limited

Persimmon Homes (North Midlands) Limited

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

Work highlights

  • Representing an owner/developer consortium in securing a grant of planning permission for a new garden village north of Birstall, Leicester.
  • Representing HNC Developments Ltd in proceedings in the High Court seeking to quash the grant of planning permission.
  • Advising Hampton Brook on a strategic employment site in Milton Keynes.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has recently established a full-time planning group in the East Midlands with the arrival of senior associate Will Thomas from Browne Jacobson LLP in 2019. Thomas has experience of all areas of planning law, and recently acted for Historic England in judicial review proceedings relating to plans to construct a tunnel underneath Stonehenge. Tim Willis, who is primarily based in Birmingham, also operates from the Nottingham office.

Practice head(s):

Tim Willis

Other key lawyers:

Will Thomas

Key clients

Romo Holdings Limited

Maximus Strategic Land Limited

Nurton Developments Limited

Brunswick Real Estate

Safestore Properties Limited

Storefast Solutions Limited

Worcestershire County Council

Debden Developments Limited

Hallam Land Management Limited

Historic England

North West Leicestershire District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Romo Holdings Limited in relation to its planning application for a large mixed-use gateway scheme in Kirby, Ashfield.
  • Acted for Maximus Strategic Land Limited on the negotiation of the section 106 Agreement for the Stafford northern urban extension, a scheme for the development of up to 2,000 houses.
  • Advised an investor on planning issues associated with the acquisition of real estate assets worth over £100m.