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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.

The planning team at CMS is headed by Martin Evans, who stands out for his ‘great ability to see and articulate the issues in complicated planning cases'. Recent work includes leading advice for Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Life on their £4.5bn mixed-use regeneration scheme, which involved one of the longest CPO inquiries in the UK in recent years. Evans also led the team advising new client Quintain on a planning applications for its regeneration of Wembley Park, next to the Wembley Stadium. Robin Hutchison and Stephen McNaught advised National Grid on major interconnector projects between UK and France. Ashley Damiral  is ‘the consummate London planning lawyer, with judgement and an in-depth knowledge of planning law that a top QC would be proud of.’ Joshua Risso-Gill is also recommended.


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Pinsent Masons LLP's national head of planning, Iain Gilbey , advised China Gateway International Limited on its application for planning permission in the Kent Downs for the largest development in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to date. Head of infrastructure planning, Robbie Owen is leading on all planning aspects of the £17.6bn Heathrow Expansion Project. Head of London Planning, Nicholle Kingsley, leads on all planning aspects of the redevelopment of Elephant & Castle shopping centre. ‘Diligent, approachable, with in-depth knowledge of the NSIP process’, Emma Harling-Phillips is acting alongside Gordon McCreath for Highways England on all aspects of its proposed application for development consent for the £1.6bn ‘Stonehenge Tunnel’.  Francis Tyrrell  is ‘particularly strong in relation to infrastructure planning matters with a good eye for detail'. Associate Sheelagh MacGregor is also recommended as ‘conscientious and diligent and very capable at fighting her corner'.

Ashurst is praised for its ‘abundant industry knowledge, advising above and beyond the legal realm'. Trevor Goode heads the firm's planning and public sector team, which specialises in regeneration schemes. Goode recently advised the Berkeley Group on the continuing regeneration of the former Southall Gasworks site, one of London's largest strategic brownfield sites; and acted for Grosvenor on the planning application for the Bermondsey Project, a new £500m urban neighbourhood in South London. Richard Vernon, Melanie Jordan and Lucy Thomas advised Lendlease on the planning and CPO strategy related to its successful bid to become the JV partner on the £2bn Haringey regeneration scheme, set to deliver over 6,400 new homes, a new mixed-use town centre and substantial commercial retail office and community space. Senior associate Charles Reid is also highly recommended.

Bircham Dyson Bell handles a range of planning issues related to major infrastructure projects. Key figures include Mark Challis, who is ‘calm, thoughtful and careful, always a good person to have on your side’, and Angus Walker, a leading NSIP specialist with extensive experience in hybrid bills. Nick Evans is leading the team advising TFL on all aspects of the authorisation of the Crossrail 2 scheme, including the means whereby it may be authorised, environmental assessment and public consultation. Nick Brown is leading the firm’s third DCO for National Grid, for the construction of a £73m electricity transmission connection between Richborough and Canterbury in Kent for the new UK to Belgium interconnector. Shabana Anwar and Jenny Dorricott advised Lambeth Borough Council on CPO and property advice for three regeneration projects worth £60m, consisting of large affordable housing developments. Also recommended are Tom Henderson and Sarah Clark. Other clients include Highways England, London Luton Airport Limited, Transport for Greater Manchester, Peel Group and the Environment Agency.

Dentons' team is headed by Stephen Ashworth, who specialises in major housing projects, including new towns and garden settlements, and retail schemes. Ashworth's recent development work includes the £1bn Winstanley and York Road project. Ashworth also continues to advise Great Western Developments Limited on the £775m Paddington Cube proposals, specifically on judicial challenges of the scheme. Roy Pinnock and Lucy McDonnell are acting for Sainsbury's in a public inquiry into the supermarket's Ilford scheme (which proposes to provide up to 683 residential units, with community uses and a replacement store); they are also advising on the client's Whitechapel store redevelopment.

The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘very approachable and accessible’, with extensive knowledge and experience in residential and commercial property and a strong developer client base, including Barratt David Wilson Homes, the largest volume housebuilder in the UK. Stuart Andrews leads the team, which recently acted for Henley Camland, a development investment and delivery company working in partnership with Land Securities on the restructuring of the Ebbsfleet settlement; and acted for Third Energy on a fracking scheme at Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire. Senior associate Morag Roddick focuses on distribution, transport and mining projects along with major urban residential-led extension. Senior associates Karen Mutton and Laura-Beth Hutton are also recommended. Monica Peto stepped down from partnership, but remains at the firm as parliamentary agent.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides ‘a consistently high level of service and sector-leading planning knowledge.’ Head of team Matthew White is ‘one of the biggest names in planning'. Recent work includes advising British Land on the £2bn redevelopment of Canada Water, a 19-hectare site including the Harmsworth Quays Printworks, which will include a new urban centre and 3,500 homes. Catherine Howard continues to advise AQUIND Limited on proposals for a £1.1bn 2GW capacity interconnector project, running 150 miles undersea between the UK and France, the route of which will pass through five local planning authorities as well as requiring a marine licence. Howard also advised EDF Energy on its application for a new nuclear power station, Sizewell C in Suffolk, particularly in relation to consultation prior to making its DCO application. Counsel Charlotte Dyer is ‘an extremely dedicated practitioner and the speed and efficiency with which she produces high quality work is very impressive.’ Associate James Gibson  joined the team in April 2017 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Hogan Lovells International LLP is noted for providing ‘responsive, practical, commercial and imaginative advice.’ Claire Dutch leads the team, specialising in all aspects of planning law and with particular experience in infrastructure and energy projects. The team excels in public inquiry work: Dutch acted for GreenOak Real Estate on the Whitechapel Estate regeneration inquiry, negotiating a complex s106 agreement with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, including obligations regarding the provision of nurses' accommodation for Barts NHS Trust and Queen Mary University. The ‘knowledgeable, practical, responsive and creative’ Michael Gallimore acted on the largest retail public inquiry in 2017, advising M&G Real Estate, intu and JT Baylis on their planning application for a retail and leisure expansion to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, a key regional shopping centre in Bristol. Senior associate David Wood is ‘industrious, very thoughtful and excellent at problem solving’. Senior assoicate Hannah Quarterman is ‘strong on compulsory purchase and compensation issues'.

Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘a very good firm for planning, particularly where it involves infrastructure planning work'. The practice is headed by Duncan Field, who is a ‘very able planning lawyer and absolutely delightful to work with, guiding clients effortlessly through the trickiest of legal problems.’ The team continues to advise The Crown Estate in relation to its ongoing £1bn Regent Street Vision investment programme. Other recent work includes advising on the successful applications for planning permission and listed building consent for the conversion of the Old War Office in Whitehall from its previous Ministry of Defence function to a 125-bedroom luxury hotel complex; and providing ongoing advice to London City Airport in relation to the complex implementation of its £400m expansion project. Associate Victoria Watson advises on Central London mixed-use developments and UK-wide infrastructure schemes.

‘A wise thinker who provides pragmatic advice on many issues’, Patrick Robinson leads the six-partner planning team at Town Legal LLP, which is ‘a one-stop-shop for expert advice on any matter related to planning law'.Simon Ricketts is a ‘hugely influential, intellectual colossus with the practical judgement to match’. Meeta Kaur is acting for Quintain on planning matters relating to the regeneration of the area surrounding Wembley Stadium, including the revised master plan for Wembley Park and the South West Lands scheme. Liz Christie is leading advice for Imperial College on securing planning permission for the Perfume Factory in North Acton, a student housing, PRS and office scheme, involving agreements with HS2 and NATS. Juliet Munn is ‘a star associate - highly knowledgeable and incredibly dedicated with bags of personality and a great client manner’. Associate Susannah Herbert is also recommended, as is Amy Bennett, who joined from Gowling WLG.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's team of ‘very efficient problem solvers' provides ‘Magic Circle levels of advice without the high levels of fees.’ Head of team Karen Cooksley has been advising Quintain on their multimillion proposal for a road tunnel beneath their site in Silvertown, to pass under the River Thames. Tim Fogarty has been acting for Bellway in its successful defence to multimillion judicial proceedings brought by Persimmon Homes challenging the adoption of the Callerton Masterplan by Newcastle City Council. The highly recommended Lindsay Garratt is advising on a £450m redevelopment project of a Sainsbury’s site, comprising 645 new homes and a flagship store near Nine Elms.

Addleshaw Goddard fields a planning team with ‘considerable talent and experience'. Head of team Marnix Elsenaar is ‘a very astute tactician, with a knack for getting to the heart of complex cases quickly’; he focuses on major housing and mixed-use developments in London. The ‘thoughtful, well-prepared and efficient’ Gary Sector is recommended for inquiry work; he recently advised Waterside Regeneration Partnership Limited (a JV between Muse Development and the Canals and Rivers Trust) on a highly contentious matter regarding a viability review mechanism in the s106 agreement for a major strategic housing scheme in north London, one of the first two residential planning applications to be called in by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Sector and Elsenaar acted for London Luton Airport Limited on the high-profile planning application for the proposed Mass Passenger Transit Scheme, a monorail system to link Luton Airport Parkway Station and the terminal building. Ross Corser joined in September 2017 from DAC Beachcroft LLP. Melissa Johnson is also recommended.

Noted for its ‘strong leadership and excellent resourcing’, the team at Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP specialises in major infrastructure projects, particularly in the power and energy sector. Gary Soloman heads the team, which advised Isle of Anglesey County Council on all aspects of the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa. Elizabeth Dunn is acting for a JV between RWE innogy and Statkraft on the £224m Triton Knoll Electrical System, connecting the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in the southern North Sea to the National Grid. Julian Boswall successfully obtained a DCO for Highways England for the £200m M20 J10A project, which involves the construction of a new junction. Michael Barlow, senior associate Laura Fuller and associates Kristen Read and Jen Ashwell are also recommended.

Clifford Chance LLP attracts praise for providing ‘focused and pragmatic advice’. The team, which is particularly strong on the developer side, is headed by Nigel Howorth, ‘a very astute operator with bags of planning experience and a very keen sense of the commercial realities of a development project'. Recent work includes advising Canary Wharf Group on the landmark North Quay development, a mixed-use scheme involving a number of office buildings and residential towers on a 7.3 acre site. The team also advised Helical on the development of Barts Square, a new mixed-use quarter in the City of London behind the St. Barts Hospital, consisting of new offices, 215 residential units, realignment of highway infrastructure and a newly pedestrianised square. Highly recommended senior associate Elizabeth Hardacre is ‘hardworking and very client focused’, and associate Katie Kempthorne is ‘a superstar’.

Clyde & Co LLP is praised for providing ‘outstanding’ service. Ian Ginbey heads the team and provides ‘a great breadth of knowledge’ and ‘commercial awareness in negotiations’. Recent work includes advising Corinthian Land Limited on its planning application for a £400m mixed-use urban extension comprising 4,000 dwellings, two primary schools and a new A2 junction south of Canterbury, involving a highly complex s106 agreement. ‘A guru of the ports world’, Brian Greenwood is a ‘tough and doughty fighter for his clients’; he is co-ordinating ABP’s opposition to the Welsh government’s proposals to construct a £1.7bn motorway relief road for the M4 in South Wales; if consent is granted, the proposal will result in the construction of a low six-lane motorway bridge through the middle of the Port of Newport. Stephen Webb is ‘knowledgeable, responsive, and a pleasure to work with’.

Karen Howard and associate Rachel Holt are recommended lawyers within DLA Piper UK LLP  London planning team, which is led by Trevor Ivory , who splits his time between London and Birmingham. The firm advises on everything from urban redevelopment projects to office towers, advising clients through all phases of a project. It has particular strengths in development, transport and energy work, with the planning team counting Royal Mail, National Grid, Department for Transport, Highways England and Crest Nicholson among its client list. Howard's experience includes advising Crest Nicholson on schemes in the South East delivering upwards of 3,000 new homes.

The ‘hardworking' John Baird heads the ‘excellent team’ at Osborne Clarke LLP, which specialises in housebuilder developers. Baird is leading advice on the proposed £100m 500-acre expansion at IDI Gazeley's flagship logistics park at Magna Park, Lutterworth; he is also acting for Student Home on a 500-unit student accommodation development in the heart of Oxford, involving complicated affordable housing contributions and restrictions of use for the property for student occupation. Senior associate Anna Harlow provides ‘consistently accurate and timely advice to developers’. The team has also acted on multiple projects for Welbeck Strategic Land, including continuing to advise in connection with the proposed development of an £80m urban extension of 300 acres at South Worcester.

Ben Stansfield heads the practice at Stephenson Harwood, which is particularly strong in the infrastructure space as well as the energy and renewables sectors. Senior associate Lorrae Hendry  specialises in complex statutory agreements, planning law risks and environmental liabilities; recent work includes applying for a development consent order for an energy-from-waste project in North London. Hendry also has extensive experience advising on the planning and grid aspects of solar projects.

Alistair Watson heads the team at Taylor Wessing LLP, which specialises in regeneration sites and sports facilities for clients including Bristol Rovers FC, Saracens RC and Southend United FC. Watson is advising on a £450m mixed-use scheme for Brentford FC in West London, including the construction of the new 20,000-seater stadium, and a residential scheme of 910 residential units; he is also advising McLaren Property on its £250m nationwide development programme for high-end residential development, mixed-use, and student accommodation blocks. Société Generale is a new panel appointment; other new clients include Westminster Real Estate, Southampton FC, and Global Gate Capital.

The team at Watson Farley & Williams LLP  is led by Nick Walker , who led advice for BP Pension Fund on the £60m acquisition of an office block as well as surrounding development in Brentford London, from Carlton Properties Limited. The team also acted for BP Pension Fund on the £18.1m acquisition of two Travelodge hotels in Torquay and Cheshunt. Other clients include  Ørsted, Ropemaker Properties, Pears Group, Frasers Centrepoint and Crossmark Developments.

The ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’ planning team at Blake Morgan LLP is active in urban and rural residential led or mixed-use development schemes, and the Central London prime and super-prime property market. The team also counts investments banks such as Metro Bank and Investec and HSBC as clients. Head of team Sara Hanrahan specialises in large infrastructure and regeneration projects within England and Wales, acting for a wide range of housing associations, private developers and local authorities. Hanrahan acted for Renewal in relation to the £1bn regeneration of the 30-acre New Bermondsey site. She has also been advising the Welsh government in relation to the £10bn Wylfa Newydd power station in Anglesey promoted by Horizon. Alexis Adonis is also recommended. Adrian Noviss joined as a senior solicitor from the South London Legal Partnership for the London Boroughs of Richmond, Merton, Kingston and Sutton in early 2017. Sophie Flax departed in January 2018 to join Southern Water's in-house planning team.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's planning team is led by the ‘extremely practical and wholly unflappable’ Claire Fallows and has a particular focus on major London regeneration schemes and strategic land projects for developers and landowners. Recent highlights include working on the planning application for the redevelopment of the ITV headquarters on the South Bank, and handling a number of major projects and urban extensions for the Church Commissioners for England, such as negotiating the s106 agreement for the planning and listed building applications of a new library in the grounds of the Grade 1 listed Lambeth Palace. Newly promoted partner Helen Hutton has ‘an excellent grasp of detail, working tirelessly to deliver on client expectations’; she specialises in hydrocarbon projects, urban extensions, large-scale development projects and investment schemes. Hutton's recent work includes acting for Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) on various planning consents over the past six years. Other clients include Howard de Walden Estates Limited, Apache Capital Partners and Big Yellow.

DAC Beachcroft LLP attracts praise for its ‘pragmatic and commercial industry knowledge and business acumen’. Christopher Stanwell heads the team, which advised Canterbury City Council on all aspects of the promotion of a compulsory purchase order for a £20m hotel-led mixed-use development in a sensitive site in the historic centre of Canterbury. The ‘experienced’ Andrew Morgan specialises in securing planning permission for major complex residential-led mixed-use schemes and is ‘able to think laterally to find solutions'; he recently advised Crest Nicholson on the Tadpole Garden Village project in North Swindon, one of the first commercially branded garden villages. Kali Yau has particular expertise in complex highway and drainage issues, infrastructure agreements and highway licences, and was also appointed by Crest Nicholson to advise on highway and infrastructure issues concerning a major new development by the Grand Union Canal in Campbell Park in Milton Keynes.

‘Very strong in the town planning sector’, Farrer & Co's team is led by Karen Phull, who is ‘incredibly knowledgeable and provides advice in a clear and calm manner’. Recent work includes advising Spanish ceramic manufacturer Porcelanosa on the compulsory acquisition of its Croydon store to make way for planned highway improvements;  acting for the Duchy of Cornwall on s106 variations to update affordable housing provisions, provision of assisted care housing for the elderly and the adoption of public highway across their Poundbury development; and advising Altitude Real Estate on the £80m redevelopment of a former cinema site in Tunbridge Wells. Other clients include the British Library and Celsa Steel (UK) Limited. Claire Sheppard joined in May 2017 as a consultant from Addleshaw Goddard, and Anthony McNamee joined in February 2018 from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP.

The team at Forsters LLP has significant expertise in high-rise developments, recently advising on a residential tower-led scheme in East Croydon, as well as the continued redevelopment of the Greenwich Peninsula. Head of team Oliver Wright has 'good judgement, sound tactical sense combined with a lot of charm, making him a formidable opponent'; he specialises in sensitive and contentious redevelopment sites. As members of the Mayfair Neighbourhood Forum, the team are also responsible for all drafting and enabling of the Mayfair Neighbourhood Plan. Other clients include British Airways Pension Fund, Knight Dragon, Suffolk County Council and MacDonald's Restaurants.

Vicky Fowler heads the team at Gowling WLG, which specialises in compulsory purchase and regeneration work. Fowler and Andrew Thomas are advising the London Borough of Barnet Council on the Brent Cross Cricklewood scheme, which will create a new town centre, incorporating 7,500 homes, 27,000 jobs, three re-built schools, redevelopment of Brent Cross shopping centre, and an additional Thameslink train station. Other recent work includes advising TFL on redevelopment proposals at South Kensington station, and on development proposals at Stephenson Street and the Mall at Walthamstow. Laura Nation joined from Howard Kennedy LLP in January 2018.

Martha Grekos heads Howard Kennedy LLP's planning team, which has a focus on acting for developers on London urban regeneration, development and property work. Grekos specialises in promoting redevelopment projects that are politically sensitive and involve large and complex environmental impact assessments, compulsory purchase orders, highway orders, planning agreements and appeal court proceedings. Recent work includes advising on all planning aspects of Almacantar's £500m redevelopment of 125 Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End.

K&L Gates LLP provides a ‘very good level of service’. Feroze Abbas heads the team, which advised the London Borough of Hounslow on the £50m mixed-use redevelopment of Brentford FC’s stadium. Senior associate Rebecca Daniels is also recommended.

Linklaters LLP's team is headed by David Watkins, who continues to advise Aroland Holdings on the s106 agreement for the £1bn construction of a 73-storey tower. Senior associate Louise Samuel is advising Starbones Limited on an inquiry following the refusal of planning permission for the construction of a mixed-use building. Watkins and Samuel are advising on all planning aspects of the £1.3bn purchase and development of the 5.3 acre Bankside Quarter site next to Blackfriars Bridge in Southwark, which has planning permission for 1.4 million sq ft of mixed-use development, including 489 flats and 300,000 sq ft of commercial space.

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team is headed by Anita Rivera, who is ‘very experienced and excellent with clients’; she recently acted in a Court of Appeal challenge on the interpretation of planning conditions, and advised on the redevelopment of St Giles Circus, a substantial mixed-use development above the new Crossrail station at Tottenham Court Road, London. Legal director Daniel Farrand is ‘good on gritty planning detail’, and associate Lucy Langley is a ‘rising star.’

Sharpe Pritchard LLP provides ‘an excellent service with great depth of coverage and good legal knowledge'. Brian Hurwitz leads the five-partner team, which handles local authority work, specialising in major regeneration projects, particularly the regeneration of large brownfield and greenfield sites allocated for mixed-use development. Hurwitz is advising the London Borough of Redbridge on a s106 agreement regarding the proposed Sainsbury’s redevelopment in Ilford. The ‘very responsive and dedicated’ Denise Stephenson has considerable experience negotiating s106 agreements and highway agreements for large redevelopment projects, wind farms and infrastructure projects; she recently advised Bracknell Forest Council on the phased application for the erection of 108 dwellings, creation of new access of High Street, Sandhurst, and the construction of a community facility and provision of public open space.

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is headed by Jacqueline Backhaus, who is acting on the regeneration of Brixton Town centre, the development of an Enterprise Zone in Harlow, the planning aspects of the relocation of the Museum of London and the redevelopment of the Imperial War Museum in London. The firm is also advising on all aspects of the £6bn regeneration of Meridian Water, which comprises approximately 85 hectares and is one of the largest developable areas in London.

Fladgate LLP has been busy in the high-rise development space, with Mark Harnett leading the team advising CNM Estates on planning matters related to the proposed £300m redevelopment of Tolwoth Tower; he also advised Manhattan Loft Gardens on the development of a 42-storey building with a hotel, 400 flats and 222 sq m of retail and restaurant floorspace.

Carl Dyer leads the team at Irwin Mitchell, which specialises in the promotion of mixed-use regeneration schemes involving former brownfield land, often in the context of the redevelopment of former industrial land or education campuses. Associate Rachel Lee handles private and the public sector planning issues, with expertise advising on obtaining planning permission for development projects including large mixed-use urban regeneration schemes, town centre projects, and retail housing, commercial and industrial developments. James Pavey and partner Emily Williams are contentious planning specialists, leading a strong specialist planning litigation sub-team. Pavey also has particular expertise in rural planning, including heritage buildings and farm diversification schemes.

Keystone Law handles rural planning issues, where it has particular expertise with regards to niche GPDO issues. Recent work includes advising a client challenging a decision by Fylde Borough Council granting planning permission for the construction of dog kennels in the countryside on the grounds of odour and noise; and advising on the redevelopment of Milton Pipes' former concrete pipe manufacturing facility in Kent. Ben Garbett is ‘very knowledgeable and passionate about planning law’. Other clients include Greenham Properties and Atlas Partners.

The team at Russell-Cooke LLP specialises in residential development and attracts praise for its ‘great attention to detail’. The ‘clear and concise’ Alex Ground heads the practice and is advising Perenco UK on the purchase of the Wareham and Kimmeridge oilfields. Other highlights for the team included advising Woodcock Holdings on the planning application for 120 residential units at Sayers Common, as well as a community facility, office space, care home and retail units. Associate Linda Boateng joined the team from the London Borough of Southwark in January 2017.

Kirsten Hewson heads the team at Shoosmiths LLP, which specialises in residential development, acting for clients such as Crest Nicholson, Derwent Developments, Caprice, Mayer Bergman, Bovis Homes and Bewley Homes. Hewson is advising a Malaysian construction company on the planning aspects of a £300m multi-use building in Mint Street at Tower Hill; and is leading a team advising O&H Developments on the £50m redevelopment of three buildings in Grafton Street in Mayfair. Tim Johnson continues to advise Persimmon Homes on a major greenfield development in Northamptonshire for up to 3000 dwellings.

Slaughter and May's team is headed by  Jane Edwarde and specialises in energy and infrastructure, football stadia and urban development schemes. The firm advised Infinis on the sale of its entire onshore wind generation and landfill gas generation business, and Essex County Council on its new energy from waste facility in Basildon. Edwarde and Richard Todd acted for Everton Football Club on its new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club on the construction phase planning requirements for its new stadium at White Hart Lane. The team also acted for London Resort Company Holdings on a 900-acre entertainment resort south of the River Thames, the first commercial project permitted through the DCO regime. Richard Keczkes provides ‘focused, timely advice that gets the job done’.

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