Firms To Watch: Planning

Specialised planning practice Aardvark Planning Law works on a range of projects for landowners and developers which include private and quoted companies, funds, venture capital backed enterprises, and public sector clients. Sebastian Charles and Jane Burgess head up the planning team and regularly advise on the full spectrum of planning matters such as permitted development, heritage, senior living, and affordable housing work.
Handling both contentious and non-contentious issues, Brecher LLP’s planning team works closely with the firm’s real estate practice to provide clients a tailored and integrated service. Practice head Wesley Fongenie regularly acts for developers, investors and property companies, while Stephen Webb, who joined the team from Clyde & Co, acts for local authorities and high-net-worth individuals.
Fieldfisher recruited a new head of planning in September 2022 with the hire of DAC Beachcroft LLP practice leader Christopher Stanwell.

Firms in the Spotlight Planning

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker attracts a diverse client base from financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and substantial freehold corporate investors, as a result of which the firm has considerable expertise acting for corporate investors based in the BVI, Bahamas, Mauritius, Seychelles, Turkey and Isle of Man. This department also acts for sellers and buyers, and buy-to-let investors, …

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s pre-eminent planning practice has a strong track record in handling NSIPs as well as major development schemes. The firm acts for prominent developers, investors and major infrastructure providers. Tim Hellier and Christian Drage, who have vast experience in major public and private infrastructure, lead the planning and zoning practice. Other highly experienced partners include Tim Smith, who is a former chair of the Law Society’s Planning and Environment Committee, and James Good, whose expertise includes projects in the water and waste-water field; Good also sits on the National Infrastructure Planning Association national legislation committee. The team also includes Giles Pink, whose focus is on planning in relation to highways and compulsory purchases in complex mixed-use regeneration and infrastructure schemes.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hellier; Christian Drage

Other key lawyers:

Tim Smith; James Good; Giles Pink

Key clients

Heathrow Airport Limited


National Grid


Bazalgette Tunnel Limited (t/a Tideway)



Precis Holdings


C.GEN Killingholme


Work highlights

  • Advising Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield on its Stratford site as part of a £670m scheme that will be one of London’s largest single-site built to rent and a site in White City (Westfield London) development which is now moving into the residential phases.
  • Advising Lendlease on its £5.8bn redevelopment around Euston Station.
  • Advising National Grid on its electricity transmission project to connect power along the UK’s eastern coast which will require some 170km of new powerlines and associated assets running through sensitive geographies.


The CMS planning team, consisting of a ‘superb collection of talented lawyers’ is known for its work in logistics and distribution, energy and transport infrastructure, and residential developments. The team is led by Martin Evans who has lengthy experience as a planning specialist; Evans focuses on mixed-use regeneration projects. Joshua Risso-Gill is a ‘stand-out planning solicitor’ whose expertise is in emerging alternative residential schemes. On the infrastructure side, Ashley Damiral is an expert in development planning and infrastructure consenting and is advising All England Lawn Tennis Ground PLC on its proposal to expand the grounds for Wimbledon. Robin Hutchinson and Stephen McNaught continue to advise on Dogger Bank Wind Farm, while Hutchinson also advises on Morecambe Offshore Windfarm.

Practice head(s):

Martin Evans

Other key lawyers:

Joshua Risso-Gill; Ashley Damiral; Stephen McNaught; Robin Hutchinson


‘I have worked with the CMS team for a number of years across a number of projects. They are a superb collection of talented lawyers as well as being genuinely nice people.’

‘Josh Risso-Gill is a stand-out planning solicitor. Very knowledgeable about his field and full of practical real world advice. I would describe him as faultless.’

‘Very dynamic and responsive team of professionals with a broad offering of property knowledge within the team. We had a particular complex party wall/rights of light matter that, at one point, threw into doubt whether a particular project could proceed. The ramifications were grave. CMS took charge of the matter and were able to resolve the problem by utilising and disentangling some very historical case law to resolve matters to our satisfaction & relief.’

Key clients

All England Lawn Tennis Ground PLC

SSE and Equinor JV

Averdeen Oak / Oxford Air Services Limited

Aviva Life & Pensions Limited

Basio Holdings (Motcomb Estates)

Cadent Gas Limited


Taras Properties Limited

St Edward (part of the Berkley Group)

Flotation Energy / Cobra

Folgate Estates

ACQ Limited, backed by Meadow Partners

National Grid Property

Hadley Property Group

Tarmac Trading Limited

Legal & General

Work highlights

  • Advising Heathrow West Limited on its DCO application for key components of the expansion, including a new Terminal 6.
  • Advising Dogger Bank Wind Farm which is a joint venture partnership between SSE Renewables and Equinor. The Dogger Bank Offshore C Wind Farm (formerly Teesside A) will form part of the world’s largest offshore windfarm (together with Dogger Bank A and B – on which the firm also advises) and one of the world’s largest energy and infrastructure projects (covering an area the size of Greater London).
  • Advising Quintain on new planning applications for its strategic regeneration of Wembley Park, located next to the world-famous Wembley Stadium.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP‘s outstanding practice covers an expansive range of planning and infrastructure matters, and provides comprehensive services for an array of clients. The planning team’s strengths span the energy and infrastructure sectors as well as large-scale mixed-use, residential, and regeneration projects. Richard Griffiths leads the team alongside Nicholle Kingsley and Richard Ford; Griffiths specialises in significant infrastructure consenting work obtaining planning permissions for expansions in the aviation and waste sectors, while Ford focuses on UK development and international planning projects. The ‘articulate and commanding’ Iain Gilbey has been advising on large commercial ‘garden’ settlements and the associated infrastructure, while Robbie Owen has experience in advising on planning and consenting of major UK transport and water infrastructure projects. Emma Harling-Phillips is focusing on advising National Highways concerning smart motorways.

Practice head(s):

Nicholle Kingsley; Richard Griffiths; Richard Ford

Other key lawyers:

Iain Gilbey; Robbie Owen; Emma Harling-Phillips; Gordon McCreath; Emily Ludlow-Eyre


‘Unfaltering willingness to deliver a comprehensive service of accurate and timely legal opinion. Clear concise and actionable advice.’

‘Iain Gilbey – Articulate and commanding.’

‘I have worked with the Pinsent Mason’s planning team in London and Leeds. The team has a comprehensive understanding of planning litigation, are highly experienced, and regularly act for major developers in high profile cases. In all circumstances both the partners and junior solicitors have been fully involved, and ‘on the ball’ throughout the case.’

Key clients

The Greater London Authority

Highways England

Orsted Wind Power A/S


Transport for London

Capital & Counties Plc

Southern Water

Drax Power Limited

Berkeley Group

London Borough of Croydon


London Legacy Development Corporation

Old Oak Common and Park Royal Development Corporation


2020 Developments (Luton) Ltd/Luton Town Football Club


Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Stone Hill Park Limited

BSF International

Cory Riverside Energy

Portman Estate

Grosvenor Estate


Sunnica Limited

Southampton International Airport Limited

Scottish Power Manweb

City of London Corporation

London Borough of Southwark

London Borough of Newham



Moda Living

Caddick Developments Ltd



Wellcome Trust

Island Green Power

Town Legal LLP

Stellar specialist planning firm Town Legal LLP‘s team has ‘strength in depthand ‘diversity of experience’ in the field; the team is led by Clare Fielding and Duncan Field. Patrick Robinson has over 40 years of experience and specialist expertise in rights to light infringement and tall buildings work, while Michael Gallimore has over 30 years’ experience spanning new infrastructure, regeneration, and new housing projects, and the ‘outstanding’ Simon Ricketts‘ expertise includes compulsory purchase work. Meeta Kaur specialises in urban extensions and large-scale mixed-use developments and carries out contentious and non-contentious work, and Mary Cook has ‘unparalleled knowledge’ in advising and acting on planning appeals, while clients were ‘very impressed’ with Louise Samuel. Senior associate Sencer Tewis-Allen is ‘understated and brave in his approach’ when advising developers and local authorities on large-scale developments.

Practice head(s):

Clare Fielding; Duncan Field

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Robinson; Simon Ricketts; Michael Gallimore; Meeta Kaur; Spencer Tewis-Allen; Mary Cook; Louise Samuel; Paul Arnett


‘Great knowledge on planning and very user friendly and easy to pick up the phone to.’

‘The Town Legal team has strength in depth, and within that depth there is diversity of experience. I feel in safe hands when Town Legal are beside us. Their insight to processes within Government are a relatively unique addition to the ‘standard’ legal services.’

‘Our core advisors are Simon Ricketts and Paul Arnett. Prompt advice is often taken for granted, but not all practices or individuals give the overall quality of service that TL give. The combination of Simon and Paul is hard to beat.’

Key clients

Manchester Airports Group

Chinese Estates

HB Reavis

Fawley Waterside Limited

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Olympus Property Holding Limited

Arun District Council

Sampson House Limited and Ludgate House Limited

Lincoln MGT

Telford Homes

Pocket Living

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

London Strategic Land

CIT Group

Curzon Park Limited

Great Portland Estates

Leeds Bradford Airport

Joseph Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising HB Reavis on the redevelopment proposals for Elizabeth House (One Waterloo), near Waterloo Station in the London Borough of Lambeth.
  • Advising Telford Homes on the residential-led redevelopment of the former bus layover site on International Way in Stratford.
  • Advising Arun District Council in relation to two new strategic settlements of together up to 5,500 homes (one for up to 3,000 homes and the other for up to 2,500 homes, and the associated infrastructure for both).


Ashurst’s extensive planning practice covers developments in both the public and private sector. The firm performs the full range of work regarding real estate developments and major infrastructure projects for clients including investors, local authorities and developers. Trevor Goode, known for advising on regeneration projects and acting for authorities regarding his extensive CPO practice, maintains strong links with campaigning organisations and co-heads the practice alongside ‘intellectual heavyweightClaire Dutch. Dutch has comprehensive expertise on regeneration projects, and the energy and waste sectors. Charlie Reid has been promoted to counsel and is recommended for his ‘attention to detail‘. Senior associate Ben Groves is recommended for his experience in negotiating planning and infrastructure agreements, while associate Olivia Barton has ‘exceptional knowledge’ and is a key member of the planning team.

Practice head(s):

Trevor Goode; Claire Dutch

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Reid; Ben Groves; Eleanor Reeves; Olivia Barton


‘The Ashurst planning team are good at dealing with complex engagements and breaking issues down into accessible explanations to investors without specialist planning knowledge.

‘Trevor Goode and Charlie Reid are strong operators, with Trevor providing very well considered strategic advice including “zooming out” from the specific technocratic details of a planning application/enforcement notice and considering the wider context. Charlie is well structured and organised, particularly in complex matters with short timeframes and a number of different strands which need to be run in parallel.’

‘Claire Dutch, joint Head of Planning is a top professional, a team player with excellent negotiating skills. She is someone I would always want in my team.’

Key clients


The Crown Estate

British Land


The GLA and TfL

The Berkeley Group

The Ballymore Group

Eco World




Cain International

The Hill Group

Criterion Group

Oxford West End Development Limited

Our Place

Guildford Borough Council

Westminster City Council

Worcestershire County Council

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC)


Connected Living

Work highlights

  • Advising the GLA/TfL on most of the high-profile applications which have been called-in by the Mayor of London for his determination including Thameside West and Bishopsgate Goodsyard.
  • Advising St James on a 5,000 home urban extension to the east of Milton Keynes.
  • Advising Aviva on a high-profile and controversial biomass plant in Wales.

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans has ‘very deep collective knowledge and experience’ in the area of infrastructure planning and is best known for advising on DCOs for NSIPs, orders under the Harbours Act, and the Transport and Works Act. The team has considerable strength in the transport sector, with ‘great team leader’ Mark Challis, Angus Walker and Sarah Clark leading on the firm’s major schemes and promotions for TfL and National Highways; Walker is praised by clients for his ‘encyclopaedic knowledge’. Its growing energy practice is spearheaded by Richard Marsh and handles solar, carbon capture and hydrogen projects. Tom Henderson is ‘calm and decisive’ and continues to be instructed by London Luton Airport and also handles matters relating to air quality by way of clean air zones. Duncan O’Connor, who has a particular specialism in rail work, joined the team in December 2021 from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mark Challis

Other key lawyers:

Angus Walker; Sarah Clark; Tom Henderson; Richard Marsh; Duncan O’Connor; Sophie Reese; Mustafa Latif-Aramesh; Nicholas Evans


‘Richard Marsh and Sophie Reese were great to work with. Their knowledge and experience was absolutely key to the project we worked together on. We couldn’t have done our work without them!’

‘We have instructed BDB Pitmans on a number of occasions. They have acted promptly and with the upmost professionalism in all endeavours on our behalf.’

‘BDB Pitmans have an extensive team of highly capable lawyers. Specifically, Richard Marsh has been outstanding.’

‘Very deep collective knowledge and experience of the infrastructure planning sector in particular.’

‘Mark Challis – a great team leader: measured, careful and sees the big picture. Tom Henderson-  his calm and decisive input is invaluable. Mustafa Latif-Aramesh- a rising star in the firm, who is supremely bright and thoughtful. Angus Walker- encyclopaedic knowledge of infrastructure planning.’

‘Duncan O’Connor – very good technical skills combined with an appreciation of the needs of the client. Nicholas Evans – strong on infrastructure.’

‘My experience of Duncan O’Connor is that he has a drive and determination to deliver against often challenging project timescales and he is pragmatic in his advice which helps enormously in taking risk based decisions.’

‘Richard Marsh – easy to deal with and quick to provide pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

National Highways

Transport for London

The Environment Agency

London Luton Airport Limited

Network Rail

RiverOak Strategic Partners (developers of Manston Airport)

Alternative Use Boston Projects Limited

London Borough of Lambeth

Transport for Greater Manchester

East Suffolk Council

Trinity House

Peel Holdings

National Resources Wales

National Grid



Work highlights

  • Advising on the Lower Thames Crossing DCO promotion.
  • Advising on Luton London Airport’s proposed major expansion to increase its passenger handling capacity to up to 32 million passengers per annum.
  • Advising the Environment Agency in obtaining a Transport and Works Act order for a flood defence barrier and related works at Bridgwater, Somerset.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The planning practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP leverages its ‘huge strength and depth across the range of planning matters’ to focus on high-profile commercial developments and major energy and infrastructure projects, which is the ‘diligent and super-efficient’ Charlotte Dyer‘s area of interest. Practice head Matthew White is ‘thorough and practical’ and focuses on private sector developers and promoting large-scale commercial regeneration projects. Catherine Howard has ‘intellectual rigour and conscientiousness’ and is instrumental in the growth of the firm’s energy and infrastructure practice and maintains a strong relationship with EDF Energy; Howard has experience in large-scale DCOs as well as promoting nuclear and carbon capture projects. The firm has a strong contentious arm that is adept at handling judicial review matters. Annika Holden and Lisa Bazalo are ‘stand-out‘ associates and senior associates Ben Hazenberg and Martyn Jarvis are also noted; Jarvis is ‘extremely tenacious and committed to getting things done’.

Practice head(s):

Matthew White

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Howard; Charlotte Dyer; Annika Holden; Martyn Jarvis; Lisa Bazalo; Ben Hazenberg


‘Huge strength and depth across the range of planning matters. This ranges from large infrastructure projects through to smaller schemes.’

Annika Holden is a standout associate. She is incredibly knowledgeable and can be trusted with very complex matters.’

Martyn Jarvis – extremely tenacious and committed to getting things done’.

Key clients

British Land

EDF Energy

Brockton Everlast

Gatwick Airport Limited


London & Continental Railways Limited

AQUIND Limited

London Luton Airport Operations Limited

Greater London Authority

HFS Developments 2 Limited

London Legacy Development Corporation



Transport for London


Rathlin Energy (UK) Limited

Evolution Power



Mitsui Fusodan UK

Work highlights

  • Advising British Land on its development proposals for the Canada Water Masterplan in the London Borough of Southwark.
  • Advising EDF Energy in relation to the development of a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in Somerset – a project which will provide 6% of the UK’s electricity when completed.
  • Assisted Brockton Everlast in securing planning permission for its 23 storey office proposals at 115-123 Houndsditch in the City of London.

Addleshaw Goddard

Working as a national team across the UK, Addleshaw Goddard‘s planning practice is instructed on both infrastructure and development mandates.  On the infrastructure side, the team has experienced growth in its promoter practice and is noted for its expertise in handling promotions for transport sector clients. Housing and regeneration schemes continue to be a focus for the firm, with practice head Marnix Elsenaar acting on a number of mixed-use projects for major developers, including British Land. Gary Sector handles both contentious and advisory work, with a particular focus on energy infrastructure. Managing associate Sarah Hodge provides strong support, specialising in planning and infrastructure consenting work.

Practice head(s):

Marnix Elsenaar

Other key lawyers:

Gary Sector; Sarah Hodge


‘A strong and proactive team offering expedient advice.’

‘Engaging, highly professional and personable.’

Key clients

Pocket Living

Elysian Residences



Hub Residential

Pension Insurance Company


British Land

Muse Developments

Guys and St Thomas Hospital

Burges Salmon LLP

Located in Bristol, Burges Salmon LLP‘s planning practice serves a variety of clients including local councils, energy companies, and national bodies. The practice encompasses planning and consenting for NSIPs in transport and waste, with an emphasis on alternative energy projects, which Elizabeth Dunn and Julian Boswall have deep experience in. Practice head Gary Soloman‘s expertise is in the planning, compulsory purchase, and compensation aspects of regeneration projects, highway proposals, and large-scale developments. Patrick Robinson has retired from the partnership but remains at the firm as a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Dunn; Julian Boswall; Alex Minhinick; Laura Fuller; Sarah Sutherland; Patrick Robinson


‘The teams experience and knowledge are second to none, there was no choice of what law firm to use when it comes to planning law expertise. The partners and associates are knowledgeable and supportive.’

‘Practitioners of national standing very highly regarded in the planning, compulsory purchase and compensation sector offering both London and regional presence. Very deep experience in these areas – market leaders up there with the best.’

‘Elizabeth Dunn has provided our company with exceptional service. Liz’s knowledge and advice is second to none. We value her transparency, experience and approach to overcoming complex issues.’

‘Gary Solomon – calm headed, a pleasure to work with, maintains perspective and good humour even in challenging moments, understands the real needs of clients.’

‘Alex Minhinick – very capable associate, analytical, brave and willing to be creative and explore out of the box.’

‘The Burges Salmon planning team are very friendly and easy to work with. They work collaboratively and proactively and I am always happy to put my full trust in them.’

‘Elizabeth Dunn in particular is highly experienced with a very detailed knowledge of the offshore wind industry. Her profile within the industry is great and her depth of knowledge is exceptional.’

‘The strength of the team is in the assurance they give to me as a client. This is based on experience, understanding of our motivations and constraints, and personable nature.’

Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Environment Agency

Historic England

National Trust

Department for Transport

National Highways (formerly Highways England)

YTL Property Holdings

Stratford-on-Avon District Council


Torbay Borough Council

Progressive Energy Limited

North Somerset Council


Sofia Offshore Windfarm Limited



RWE Renewables

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Work highlights

  • Advising YTL Property Holdings on the Filton airfield site project, a major housing, infrastructure, commercial and leisure development to the north of Bristol.
  • Advising National Highways on multiple major motorway and A-road projects throughout the country.
  • Advising Sofia Offshore Wind Farm Limited on the delivery of its 1400MW offshore wind farm in the Dogger Bank zone.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP‘s planning team assists its clients on an array of matters concerning regeneration projects, major developments, and the planning and consenting of energy and infrastructure projects. Head of the team Nigel Howorth‘s expertise lies in large-scale regeneration projects, major developments and energy related matters, particularly renewable and nuclear energy projects; Howarth is assisted by senior associate Anneke Theelen, who advises on energy and mixed-use developments. ‘Outstandingly hardworking‘ senior associate Katie Kempthorne specialises in the planning, environmental and consenting aspects of energy and real estate developments.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howorth

Other key lawyers:

Katie Kempthorne; Anneke Theelen; Jamie Salsman; Kate Mackintosh


‘Incisive analysis, quick to grasp the salient issues and arguments, and great communication skills.’

‘Nigel Howorth is a very experienced and talented planning solicitor with a natural overview of the situation at hand ably assisted by his associate Anneke Theelen who is nimble in understanding the core arguments and researching different lines of analysis and getting back to us quickly.’

‘Clifford Chance has a small, but really strong, team of very bright planning lawyers. As a team they work very well together and are able to resource even the largest of matters.’

‘Nigel Howorth is an absolutely excellent planning partner and has huge commercial acumen that makes him very well regarded. Katie Kempthorne is outstandingly hard working and able, and an absolute pleasure to work with. Anneka Theelen is another of Clifford Chance’s outstanding senior associates.’

‘Nigel Howorth – great technical knowledge but allied to a pragmatic / practical approach which enables the business to focus on the critical risks / issues. Very personable and able to communicate effectively across all levels of the business.’

‘Katie Kempthorne – able to digest and analyse complex issues quickly and adapt advice accordingly to a fast changing project. Very personable and also able to work very effectively across all levels of the business with the wider team.’

‘All staff were very competent & professional in terms of their work & timely in their communications.’

Key clients

Angelo Gordon and the Ridgeback Group

Canary Wharf Group

Helical Plc

International Airlines Group and British Airways Plc

NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT

Legal & General


CBRE Global Investors


AIG Global Real Estate (AIGGRE)

Work highlights

  • Advising Canary Wharf on the continuing 750,000 sqm urban quarter project at Wood Wharf; and on the North Quay development (a mixed-used office and residential towers scheme) on a 7.3 acre site.
  • Advising Angelo Gordon and the Ridgeback Group on the Kangaroo development works in Sheffield City Centre.
  • Advised Angelo Gordon on the disposal of Finsbury Square to British Land including advice on the agreement for lease, development agreement and a lease re-gear.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co‘s planning practice serves a diverse client base of developers, landowners, local authorities, and corporations. The team assists on all aspects of planning law regarding transactional and contentious work to provide a full service across multiple sectors including the infrastructure, mining and aggregates, commercial, aviation and port industries. Ian Ginbey, whose expertise focuses on resolving complex planning issues which encompass all aspects of town and country planning, co-heads the team with Brian Greenwood. Greenwood’s ‘deep knowledge‘ ranges across promoting NSIPs, transport, and land contamination issues, on which associate Carolyn Morgan-Welker provides support. Associate Rajpreet Uppal is recommended for her advice on complex strategic development projects across numerous sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ginbey; Brian Greenwood

Other key lawyers:

Rajpreet Uppal; Anna Simpson; Emma Barkas; Carolyn Morgan-Welker


‘We have found Clyde and Co to be a huge asset in assisting us with the consenting of major projects. Professional approach is taken and high quality of their work and advice is received.’

‘In particular I would mention Brian Greenwood, whose knowledge of our industry and the complicated legal process surrounding consenting in the marine environment has been invaluable. I would also highlight the timely, accurate and high quality work from Carolyn Morgan-Welker.’

‘Ian Ginbey – simply the best planning lawyer in the UK.’

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Pinewood Studios Ltd

Corinthian Land Limited

CEMEX UK Operations Limited

Freshwater Group of Companies

Dignity plc

Oikos Storage Limited

Taylor Wimpey

Reading Borough Council

Regal London

Cannon Capital Developments Limited

Hutchison Whampoa

Peel Holdings plc




U + I

North London Collegiate School


Connected Living London Limited

Project Genesis Limited

Pall Mall Investments Limited

City & Provincial Properties Investments Limited

Slough Borough Council

Grainger plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Associated British Ports – the UK’s largest Port operator with 21 Ports across England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Acting for Oikos Storage Limited, a specialist operator of a jet fuel and bulk liquid storage facility on Canvey Island in Essex, on all planning, environmental and marine consenting issues in relation to the client’s facility – a facility which connects to the National Pipeline Distribution Network and plays a vital part in the UK’s fuel distribution infrastructure.
  • Advising Peel Holdings in respect of its proposals to provide an 18-hole championship golf course (and related facilities) together with around 1,000 dwellings on land at Hulton Park.


Dentons‘ advises its varied client base on mixed-use regeneration and large-scale housing projects, and infrastructure and CPO funding mandates. ‘Extremely strong strategist’ Roy Pinnock heads up the team and advises the Government on development consents; developers and planning authorities on strategies for large-scale development; and acts on strategic land promotion and major regeneration projects. Newly promoted partner Michele Vas advises on energy and transport infrastructure and the completion of strategic residential urban extensions, while senior associate Katie Scuoler specialises in infrastructure planning work, CPO and large section 106 agreements, and senior associate Rachael Herbert is noted for her expertise in residential projects.

Practice head(s):

Roy Pinnock

Other key lawyers:

Michele Vas; Lucy McDonnell; Rachael Herbert; Katie Scuoler


‘The team is not only technically very strong but they are a pleasure to work with. They are highly committed but have created a supportive, family-like environment.’

‘Roy Pinnock is an extremely strong strategist, a clear and independent thinker who looks beyond the conventional to offer new insights that advance and unlock cases – a highly effective and experienced partner.’

‘Reach – the ability to cover all aspect of planning and other permitting in the UK and internationally.’

‘The team consistently meet deadlines and offer sound advice on a complex planning application. They have been instrumental in ongoing s106 negotiations to secure a deliverable agreement.’

‘Roy Pinnock’s legal negotiations have been very valuable on a s106 agreement.’

Key clients

Anschutz Sports Holdings Limited

Bedford Borough Council

Peabody Development Limited

Places for People Developments Limited

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Southend on Sea Borough Council


Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Telereal Trillium

Tide Construction

Britishvolt UK

Orwell (Basildon) Limited

David Wilson Homes


Regal London

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Work highlights

  • Acting for SSE/ Keadby Generation Limited on the Keadby 3 Low Carbon CCGT Power Station project for a new gas fired power station adding to the facilities existing at Keadby through the Development Consent Order regime.
  • Advising Bedford Borough Council on the 1,000-home development plan allocation for the redevelopment of the historic 53-hectare Stewartby brickworks site.
  • Supporting Peabody on the masterplan and application for the 980-home redevelopment of Islington’s largest housing site at the former Holloway Women’s Prison.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s planning practice focuses on numerous aspects of planning law, namely strategic residential developments, urban regeneration and judicial and statutory challenges, and energy infrastructure. Moreover, the firm advises on technical planning related matters including the impact of water neutrality on the planning system, and securing infrastructure payments related to strategic policy designations. Practice head Stuart Andrews specialises in the promotion of major residential development and international energy projects. Principle associate Matthew Nixon has extensive experience of contentious matters in the courts, and non-contentious matters concerning Section 106 and highways agreements.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Nixon


‘Sensible, pragmatic approach to complex planning issues.’

‘The team are helpful and easy to reach. Their depth of experience is helpful when negotiating contracts and agreements and will come up with commercial and helpful suggestions and solutions.’

‘The planning legal team is strong and are able to turn around documents and responses very quickly and to a high standard.’

‘The planning team at Eversheds are truly exceptional and among the elite in the country. The take control of a case with total competence, providing excellent advice with immaculate attention to detail. I have recommended them to clients who have a difficult job that needs high class solicitors to solve, and they have always delivered.’

‘Matthew Nixon is an exceptionally good planning litigator. He is calm, writes with complete clarity, and approaches problems with a clear head and gives sensible advice. In all of the cases I have done with him, he has been a pleasure to work with, and completely reliable. I would (and frequently do) recommend him to clients in need of a safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Marlow Film Studio

Moto Hospitality

Westferry Developments Ltd

Fairfield Elsenham

London & Continental Railways

Berkeley Homes (North London) Limited

Berkeley Homes (South London) Limited


Eastern Quarry (Ebbsfleet)

St Congar


Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG‘s planning practice advises clients on the full scope of advice on planning law matters including court litigation and strategic advice on complex planning applications. The firm’s strengths lie in regeneration and compulsory purchase work, which is practice head Vicky Fowler‘s area of expertise. Ben Stansfield‘s specialisms are real estate developments and the consenting and regulation of infrastructure projects. Associate Tim Sharp has all-round experience in acting for private and public sector clients on planning and highways matters.

Practice head(s):

Vicky Fowler

Other key lawyers:

Ben Stansfield; Tim Sharp; Laura Nation

Key clients

Greater London Authority (Transport for London, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation)

Westminster City Council

U & I

London Borough of Barnet

Legal & General (Strategic Land) and Modular Homes

The Crown Estate

St Modwen

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Suffolk Constabulary


Galliard Homes Limited


National Highways

Valero Energy


London Borough of Barking and Dagenham/Be First


Cherry Orchard Homes and Villages

Work highlights

  • Advised Westminster City Council on the redevelopment of the Ebury Bridge Estate regeneration.
  • Advised U+I on the redevelopment of Morden Wharf for a mixed-use development including the provision of 1,500 residential apartments.
  • Advised regional property developer Ryan Property Group on its successful planning appeal for a continuing care retirement community at Rochford in Essex.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s ‘competent, responsive and very personable’ planning team advises a variety of clients on a range of planning law matters, particularly relating to urban residential development work and the energy and infrastructure sectors. Practice head Hannah Quarterman is ‘an exceptional lawyer and one of the most approachable and personable in the field’; she acts for acquiring authorities and claimants on compulsory purchase matters. Senior associate David Wood‘s diverse expertise includes energy and infrastructure projects, and strategic applications for urban development and regeneration schemes. Senior associate Robert Gowing joined the team in September 2021 bringing his extensive experience in NSIPs and his focus on multifaceted developments in London.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Quarterman

Other key lawyers:

David Wood; Caroline Stares; Robert Gowing


‘Very reliant and time conscious.’

‘Extremely personable and professional.’

‘Engaging and responsive. Clear, quick advice. People are positive to work with and collaborative.’

‘Enthusiastic and passionate about the Project work.’

‘Every member of the team I have interacted with is competent, responsive and very personable. Their varied backgrounds provide them with a depth of knowledge across the board, and the leadership is second to none.’

‘My main contact is Hannah Quarterman who leads the team. She is an exceptional lawyer and one of the most approachable and personable in the field. With a calm and pleasant demeanour she is able to provide sound and commercial advice and is a skilled advocate. I trust her analysis and advice implicitly.’

‘Hannah Quarterman is well organised and efficient. She is a first-rate manager of large teams, understanding the different needs of the different members and channelling energy to best effect.’

Key clients


Argent PLC and Argent Related



Berkeley Homes Central London

British Land


M&G Real Estate

Rookery South Limited (a partnership between Covanta Energy, Veolia and Green Energy Group)

St Edward

St George

St William

The Ballymore Group

The Church Commissioners

Minerva (Stores) Limited

Berkeley Homes (East Thames) Limited

JP Morgan

Shaftesbury PLC



Work highlights

  • Advising Bishopsgate Goodsyard Regeneration Limited, a joint venture between the Ballymore Group and Hammerson plc, on all aspects of its transformative proposals for the regeneration of Bishopsgate Goodsyard, central London’s largest remaining brownfield site.
  • Advising Argent Related on the redevelopment of Brent Cross Town, which is to create a 180-acre mixed use neighbourhood.
  • Advising on Grand Union, the major residential led mixed-use redevelopment of the former Northfields Industrial Estate in Brent.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s planning practice provides a ‘fantastic service’ to clients on matters relating to strategic land and complex developments, particularly large-scale build to rent schemes and mixed-use brownfield sites. Practice head Anita Rivera leads the team with ‘determination, charm and creativity’ when advising leading commercial and residential property developers. Daniel Farrand‘s specialism is in enforcement work, listed buildings and the expanding markets of student housing and the private rented sector. ‘Hardworking and really dependable’ associate Roisin Hogan has deep knowledge and understanding of planning and environmental law, and local government powers and procedures. Managing associate Tom Barton ‘is a real star and an absolute pleasure to deal with’.

Practice head(s):

Anita Rivera

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Farrand; Tom Barton; Roisin Hogan; Martyn Hanmore


‘Fantastic service for clients with a modern and classy approach.’

‘Anita Rivera is a standout for me. She is determined, creative and will always go above and beyond for her clients.’

‘Tom Barton is a real star and an absolute pleasure to deal with.’

‘Anita Rivera (Partner): a highly experienced and effective planning solicitor with superb ability to deconstruct opposing arguments before reaching the most advantageous strategic and tactical judgments. She has a unique combination of determination, charm and creativity, with a willingness to take on responsibility and an absolute commitment to achieving the best outcome for her clients.’

‘Martyn Hanmore: a technically very strong, hard-working planning lawyer with an eye for details and angles that others have not spotted – a valuable addition to any team.’

‘Roisin Hogan: a pleasure to work with: extremely diligent, highly organised and committed, with an ability to focus on what matters.’

‘Anita Rivera: What stands out most to me about Anita is her ability to focus on her client’s commercial objectives and to think really creatively in order to maximise the chances of attaining them.’

‘Roisin Hogan: She’s hardworking and really dependable. She supported the rest of the legal team very effectively on a large case; she was very responsive and I noticed that her client skills were strong too.’

Key clients


Higgins Homes Plc

Center Parcs (Operating Company) Limited

Hillgrove Investments Ltd

Knepp Farms LLP

Healey Development Solutions (Hayes) Ltd

Healey Development Solutions (Broadway) Ltd

Get Living Group (Leeds) Co Ltd

Ocado Retail Ltd

Seaforth Land

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Loveday (Belgravia) Limited

Notting Hill Genesis

Nammos Restaurant London Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Ocado on a judicial review challenge relating to a certificate of lawfulness relating to the use of existing warehouse buildings on the Bush Industrial Estate as a fulfilment centre serving North London.
  • Advising the Knepp Estate in respect of a proposed allocation of land for 3,500 new homes in the emerging Horsham District Council local plan.
  • Represented Healey Development Solutions (Broadway) Limited (Meadow Partners) on a three-week planning appeal by way of inquiry seeking to construct a mixed-use development comprising the change of use of Tolworth Tower, demolition of retail units and construction of two new residential towers and a public plaza.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP‘s planning team advises clients in the sports sector (Southampton and Brentford football clubs) and development spaces on all elements of planning and development law. Practice head Alistair Watson uses ‘thoughtful and creative insights’ to guide clients through a range of development and infrastructure schemes. Emma Tait is a ‘great planning lawyer’ and was recently promoted to partner; Tait advises on the planning and environmental aspects of corporate and financing transactions, and major real estate projects. Associate Joanna Bassett has experience in advising on mixed-use schemes and sport stadia in relation to permitted development rights, and planning objections and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Watson

Other key lawyers:

Emma Tait; Joanna Bassett; Holly Grundon


‘The team very quickly became not just very competent advisors, but integrated themselves fully into my vision of what I wanted from a challenging property situation.’

‘Alistair Watson cared about achieving a successful outcome as much as I did. He contributed thoughtful and creative insights that saw us achieve a better conclusion that I had set out to achieve’

‘Exceptional dedication to serving their client at any time on any matter. Value for money. Commercially astute. Won’t waste time debating theoretical outcomes. Can cut to the heart of any situation with relative ease. Feel like an extension of our own business with a “skin in the game” approach.’

‘Emma Tait – Great planning lawyer, focused on obtaining results. Exceptionally user friendly and available.’

Key clients

Southampton Football Club

Wolfe Properties

R&F Properties

Buckminster/Grantham Designer Outlet Village

Bleeding Heart Restaurant Group

W RE (previously known as Westminster Real Estate)

Comer Homes Group

Brentford Football Club

Telford Homes


Damm Breweries

Work highlights

  • Advised Southampton Football Club on planning advice across all its real estate assets, including day to day planning and strategic planning necessary for the success of the operational facilities for the club.
  • Acted for Wolfe Properties on the application for planning permission and application for building consent on the redevelopment of what is often referred to as the IBM building, the iconic grade II listed building on London Southbank.
  • Acting on a variety of planning, highways, and infrastructure matters across major logistics hubs.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP‘s accomplished planning team advises a variety of clients including major developers and local authorities. The firm’s expertise lies in complex residential and mixed-use developments, on which practice head Colette McCormackleads the team admirably’; McCormack also leads the team on estate regeneration schemes. Associate Matt Steinbrecher regularly assists McCormack and ‘pays attention to the detail’ on major projects. Lindsay Garratt is commended for ‘thinking outside of the box to collaboratively find solutions’ and counts Barratt London as a key client.

Practice head(s):

Colette McCormack

Other key lawyers:

Lindsay Garratt; Tim Fogarty; Matt Steinbrecher; Alex Woolott; Alice Rowland


‘The Planning Team at Winckworth Sherwood are one of the most experienced in London. The team are able to take complicated matters and simplify them in a way that allows myself as a client to make key commercial decisions with the important facts to hand.’

‘Lindsay Garratt understands our business inside out, which has developed through working across numerous projects. This in turn is then passed down throughout the associate and junior team.’

‘Winckworth Sherwood have worked incredibly well collaboratively with myself as a client as well as the wider design team, constantly offer solutions and advice that have benefitted every project I have worked on with them.’

‘Lindsay Garratt – Lindsay’s competence is well known throughout the industry, leading to her having a reputation that speaks for itself. I have worked with Lindsay on a number of complex projects and have always been incredibly impressed with her approach to thinking outside of the box to collaboratively find solutions and to translate these to the wider team.’

‘They never drop the ball and are always extremely attentive to each site’s issues and requirements and think and focus about us and what we are trying to achieve.’

‘Colette McCormack leads the team admirably, is thorough and friendly; always willing to make herself available for a discussion at short notice. Colette is very well supported in particular by Matt Steinbrecher, and a wider team at Winckworth Sherwood, who have our full trust to deal efficiently and effectively with our Planning needs.’

‘Matthew Steinbrecher is an associate who pays attention to the detail, is always well prepared for meetings with clients and is on hand to assist with advice even at short notice which is greatly appreciated.’

Key clients

Barratt London

Harrow View LLP

St George (part of the Berkeley Group of Companies)

Weston Homes

Barking Riverside

The London Borough of Wandsworth

Notting Hill Genesis

Keystone & Partners

Catalyst Housing

Southwark Charities

Work highlights

  • Advised Barratt London and TFL on the Secretary of State S77 call-in of the Wembley scheme for 454 homes and granted permission in March 2022.
  • Advised Weston Homes on its Goodmayes scheme for 1,280 homes in Redbridge which secured GLA Stage II approval in March 2022.
  • Advised LB Wandsworth on its estate regeneration scheme securing permission for the Alton Estate (1100 homes) in March 2022.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP‘s planning and environment team advises on complex mixed-use redevelopments, contentious planning issues, and heritage enforcement matters. Amardip Healy heads up the planning practice at the firm, which advises a variety of clients including developers, property investment vehicles, and high-net-worth individuals. Legal director Keith Lancaster has notable experience in contentious and non-contentious residential and retail planning work.

Practice head(s):

Amardip Healy

Other key lawyers:

Anita Kasseean; Keith Lancaster; Sabah Siddiq; David Kianizadeh; Sadie Pitman

Key clients

Transport for Wales


Work highlights

  • Representing clients in securing a refusal for a Development Consent Order with compulsory purchase powers.
  • Representing a variety of developers, landowners, affordable housing providers and providing bespoke planning advice (such as negotiating complex planning and highways agreements, and providing due diligence on site purchases).
  • Representing the primary objector to a compulsory purchase scheme being promoted by National Highways.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles both contentious and non-contentious planning mandates and has extensive experience advising on major regeneration projects and strategic land schemes; practice head Claire Fallows maintains a strong relationship with The Church Commissioners for England, advising on its strategic land portfolio. Senior associate Rachael Davidson joined the firm in 2021 from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, bolstering the group’s environmental and renewables sector expertise. Helen Hutton departed in January 2022 to join Michelmores LLP.

Practice head(s):

Claire Fallows

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Davidson


‘The Planning team are knowledgeable and have strength in depth. They are innovative in their problem solving and will find a way through issues arising.’

‘Easy access to the Partner at all times, knowledgeable, clear and easy to understand advice. In addition the ability to negotiate at meetings.’

‘Clear team ethos, support each other on jobs.’

‘Friendly, helpful, clear in their advice, always willing to help.’

Key clients

The Church Commissioners for England

Greenwich Millennium Village Limited

Siemens Benefits Scheme

Bellway Homes Limited

Higgins Homes plc

Countryside Properties

Rural Arisings Limited

Eton College

Alperton Limited

Howard de Walden Estates Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Church Commissioners for England on its strategic land portfolio.
  • Advising Greenwich Millennium Village Limited on a brownfield development at the Greenwich peninsula, involving a master-planned development of around 2,000 homes and new community facilities.
  • Advising a joint venture on the development of a complex, brownfield site including over 600 homes, new workspace and public open space in north London.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP‘s planning practice is recognised for advising a variety of clients on projects relating to planning and CPO inquiries, CIL, and judicial reviews. Andrew Morgan ‘is a stand-out individual’ with expertise in delivering consents for major residential and mixed-use schemes.

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Morgan


‘DAC Beachcroft has a small, but good, planning practice and is very dedicated to its clients and getting great results.’

‘Strong on legal understanding of the complexities of planning and compulsory purchase, in particular permitted development issues.’

‘Very responsive and excellent technical knowledge. Proactive and involved rather than just an add-on to real estate work.’

Key clients

Heathrow Hub Limited

Royal Mail plc

Go- Ahead


University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Crest Nicholson

Taylor Wimpey

Linden/Vistry Homes

Persimmon Homes

Barratt Homes

Countryside Properties

The Hill Group

Clarion Housing Group

Farrer & Co

The ‘excellent and very personable’ Karen Phull leads the planning team at Farrer & Co which has 'excellent knowledge of planning law' and strength in advising on urban development and community projects, and judicial review proceedings. Anthony McNamee assists clients with planning and consenting processes, and seeking compensation relating to compulsory purchases. The firm serves a wide variety of clients such as high-net-worth individuals, international investors, and local authorities.

Practice head(s):

Karen Phull

Other key lawyers:

Clair Sheppard; Anthony McNamee


‘Farrer & Co have a good strong team dealing with property and land issues. Having dealt with the firm over a number of years I am impressed by their practical advice.’

‘Karen Phull is first rate, having a local authority background which gives her a significant advantage over other planning lawyers. Combined with the huge strength in depth of the firm’s extensive property work this puts her in the ideal space to advise on complex transactions.’

‘Very proactive very knowledgeable and always happy to discuss tactics, the approachability was very very impressive.’

‘I would say that the team are very commercially aware and provide pragmatic advice by setting out options for discussion. Their strength is their strong relationships with clients and consultants.’

‘I would say that they are highly skilled and, most importantly, easy and good to work with. Many projects go on for many months or years and it is essential to have confidence in their abilities and to be able to work well together.’

‘Excellent knowledge of planning law and careful and attentive service to private clients concerned about planning issues.’

‘Karen Phull is excellent and very personable.’

‘The team is very personable and approachable and make themselves available – they go above and beyond. They have a good range of knowledge and have the ability to explain complex technical points in really user friendly ways.’

Key clients

The British Library

Shinfield Studios Limited

Graven Hill Purchaser Ltd

Porcelanosa UK Limited

Arden Property Limited

Agenda S1 Limited

Burghley House Preservation Trust

Paul Saggers Associates Limited

Charities Property Fund

Work highlights

  • Representing Shinfield Studios Limited in respect of a major film studios complex in Shinfield, Berkshire, securing planning permission for a sustainable, state of the art facility for sophisticated film production of approximately 1 million sq ft.
  • Advising The British Library in relation to its St Pancras development which includes the construction of gallery facilities and public realm.
  • Acting for Burghley House Preservation Trust in respect of the redevelopment of its site at St Martins Park.

Forsters LLP

The planning team at Forsters LLP advises clients on large-scale urban regeneration and housing projects, in which counsel Matthew Evans has notable experience. Victoria Du Croz leads the practice which serves major developers, retail operators, institutional investors, and film production companies; Du Croz has expertise in giving strategic advice on planning applications and negotiating Section 106 agreements.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Du Croz

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Evans; Alice Gordon Finlayson; Sophie Smith; Ella Jones


‘They understand their client’s needs and appreciate and account for the overall strategy in place.’

‘Having been involved in various projects with the property and planning teams from Forsters, I have never had cause to question their professionalism or quality of advice. They really are an excellent all-round practice.’

‘Victoria Du Croz has a real knack at getting to the crux of an issue without any fuss or drama. Plain speaking, honest and totally trustworthy – she is an excellent ambassador for her profession.’

‘Expert planning legal advice in a timely manner.’

Key clients

Knight Dragon

Hondo Enterprises Ltd.

Consolidated Developments NHG Construction

Warner Bros.

Galliard Homes

General Projects

Citystyle Fairview VQ LLP

Aitch Group


Angle Properties

Peel Logistics Partnerships Limited

Arcadia University

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Four Quarters

Campfield Road Property Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Knight Dragon in connection with the regeneration of Greenwich Peninsula.
  • Advising Hondo Enterprises in connection with the redevelopment of Pope’s Road in central Brixton.
  • Advising Warner Bros. on the significant expansion of the film studios at Leavesden.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s planning practice places ‘understanding the client’s needs’ at its heart while advising on contentious and non-contentious matters concerning renewable energy, housing, and mixed-use developments. The planning team is led by the ‘brilliant’ Jade Chalmers; Chalmers is assisted by senior associate Bob Sadler who specialises in negotiating and drafting s106 agreements and contracts conditional on planning elements.

Practice head(s):

Jade Chalmers

Other key lawyers:

Bob Sadler; Caitlin Spence


‘Key people in key positions, always understanding the client’s needs balanced against probability of success.’

‘Jade Chalmers – led from the front and delivered an incredible appeal decision and costs award.’

‘Jade Chalmers is brilliant. Very competent, Howard Kennedy (HK) have a great relationship with councils and other firms which makes the process much easier.’

‘Jade Chalmers – always available, nice to deal with, understands a developers mindset, understands money and cost against timing, great relationship with others, respected.’

Key clients

First Base

Galliard Homes


Octopus Real Estate

Balleroy Ltd


Nofar Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Interland and NoFar Energy on The Cellarhead project which is NoFar Energy’s first entry into the UK renewable energy market.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell‘s national planning team is led by Claire Petricca-Riding in Manchester. The team provides ‘good, down-to-earth but highly knowledgeable advice’ for an array of clients including developers and banks, and regularly provides contentious and non-contentious advice on transactions relating to the regeneration of brownfield sites and contaminated land. The ‘thoughtful, smart’ and ‘exceptionally hardworking’ Nicola Gooch is the key contact for London and Gatwick, and handles mixed-use developments. Associate Sejal Patel has a particular interest in strategic land and housing site mandates.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petricca-Ridding

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Gooch; Sejal Patel; Tracy Lovejoy; Jill Crawford


‘The team is well-known nationally for providing good, down-to-earth but highly knowledgeable advice.’

‘Nicola Gooch is thoughtful, smart and a delight to work with.’

‘An excellent team working in the planning and infrastructure area. They have a wide ranging expertise and work on many national projects. They are always at the forefront of the issues at large and a joy to work with.’

‘Nicola Gooch – exceptionally hard working. Highly diligent and cares about her clients and her work immensely. It is always a joy to collaborate with her.

‘Claire Petricca-Riding; leads a team which is working at the forefront of a highly complex and quickly changing environment.’

Key clients

Macar Developments

Jaspar Group

Chase New Homes Limited

Cedardrive Limited



EC1 Residences

Coutt & Co

Cynergy Bank Limited

Far East Orchard Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Lifestory on the planning aspects of the refinancing of several properties across the UK.
  • Advising EC1 Residences on all aspects of obtaining planning consent for, and dealing with refinancing and ongoing development issues ahead of, the redevelopment of its trophy student accommodation premises.
  • Advising Cedardrive Limited on the s.106 Agreement for a large mixed-use development on a former golf course within the High Weald AONB.

K&L Gates LLP

The ‘approachable’ planning team at K&L Gates LLP have ‘excellent knowledge’ and a breadth of experience in working for a range of public and private clients. The ‘exceptional’ team is led by Feroze Abbas who has niche expertise in vires, transactional structuring work, and local government affordable housing delivery models. With ‘clear and concise’ communication, senior associate Rebecca Daniels uses her technical expertise and experience in all areas of planning law to advise clients.

Practice head(s):

Feroze Abbas

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Daniels


‘Their strengths are that they are approachable, provide clear advice on what are often complex difficult issues. They do this with a high level of client care going beyond what is expected to ensure that client interests are properly served.’

‘I value that they are team players. They see the value in a joined up approach between planning consultants and legal advice. It means that we can openly discuss and agree approach and put forward a considered strategy.’

‘They also make themselves readily available and are quick to revert back.’

‘Excellent knowledge and able to handle cases swiftly and in a professional manner.’

‘The Team at K&L Gates are exceptional; partners and associates will always make themselves available and distil complex matters into innovative, workable solutions and set these out in a clear way as well as taking the time to explain to clients of all levels. The diversity of partners and associates at K&L Gates is much greater than with other firms we have worked with and is a great reflection on the inclusivity of the firm.’

‘The prompt and excellent advice we receive from both Feroze Abbas and Rebecca Daniels are exceptional. The personable approach and willingness to clearly explain complex matters to junior staff at clients is unique and sets them apart from other firms we have used.’

‘Feroze Abbas and Rebecca Daniels: their communication is clear and concise. I have compete trust in their advice and negotiating skills.’

Key clients

London Newcastle


Workspace Group PLC

Elysian Residences

London Borough of Bromley

London Borough of Hounslow

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Hounslow’s Council and Local Planning Authority on all aspects of planning including negotiation of s106 agreements on multiple development sites.
  • Advising Workspace Group PLC on the redevelopment of the Chocolate Factory in Wood Green.
  • Advised Patrizia AG on all aspects of planning due diligence and development delivery strategy alongside the wider transactional team in relation to several acquisitions.

Lewis Silkin

The planning practice at Lewis Silkin works together with the firm’s real estate group to provide ‘excellent support’ to its clients, which include developers, corporate occupiers, luxury retailers and investors. ‘Excellent strategic planning adviser’ Sara Hanrahan co-heads the practice with Brian Kilcoyne, who is the head of real estate and development. Hanrahan is ‘very good with clients and knowledgeable in her field’, particularly regarding major redevelopment and urban regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):

Brian Kilcoyne; Sara Hanrahan


‘Organised, responsive, high-quality advice, good to work with.’

‘Impressive relationship with clients, engendering trust. Good subject matter knowledge.’

‘Sara Hanrahan, planning specialist. Very good with clients and knowledgeable in her field.’

‘I have worked with a few of the solicitors in this firm, all of whom are knowledgeable, approachable and professional. They are able to provide concise, thoughtful advice that I have found helpful. They are able to tackle a multitude of different problems and keep it within the team, which has made it really easy to communicate. I think there is a good dynamic between all team members and this is reflected in their collaborative approach.’

‘Sara Hanrahan – have known her for nearly 6 years now working on various issues. She is responsive, timely, thoughtful and efficient.’

‘Experience and listens. Advice, even if against one’s instincts, is sound.’

‘I am very satisfied with the way they follow up and forewarn of expenses and ask if it is a choice expenditure, whether the client wants to take it up.’

‘Sara Hanrahan is an excellent strategic planning adviser.’

Key clients


Pizza Express

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

London Legacy Development Corporation

Sager Group

Southern Water

Fairview Homes

Payne Hicks Beach

Sarah Raven Kitchen and Garden Ltd

Wildstone Capital Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Howdens Plc on the acquisition of two large sites in Yorkshire for the construction of new factories and warehousing.
  • Advises the Council of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham on the multi-billion regeneration of Earl’s Court following the demolition of the Exhibition Centre by the Earls Court Development Company.
  • Advising the London Legacy Development Corporation on various aspects of the ongoing regeneration of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ‘highly experienced’ Sarah Fitzpatrick leads the planning team at Norton Rose Fulbright with ‘clarity and a good strategic mind’. The firm is known for advising a host of clients including energy companies, institutional investors and small and medium-sized developers on mixed-use schemes. ‘Stand-out planning solicitor’, senior associate Carina Wentzel, has expertise in advising on contentious matters, another of the firm’s strengths.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Carina Wentzel; Peter Cole


‘NRF’s planning team acts in some of the biggest planning cases. Its wider strengths in energy and litigation make it a powerhouse for planning cases in the field of energy and natural resources, including renewables.’

‘It is also unpretentious, doing top tier work without any sense of self-importance.’

‘Sarah Fitzpatrick is highly experienced and guides the department with clarity and a good strategic mind.’

‘Carina Wentzel is one of the standout planning solicitors in London, and is surely a Partner in the making. She’s extremely bright, enormously personable, and has a staggering capacity for hard work. She is able to unpick the detail of even the knottiest problem, but also to manage a case and clients in a sensible and pragmatic way. A genuine star.’

Key clients

Berliet Limited

Ocubis Ltd

DB Cargo (UK) Limited / DB Cargo International Ltd

The Setha Group

Hotchkiss Limited

Dome Assets Ltd

Atlas Property Letting & Services Ltd

PPR Estates Limited

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

St George (Berkeley Group)

Linea Homes

A Premiership Football Club

57 Whitehall s.a.r.l. (developer of the Old War Office)



Residential Land

Arcabas Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Berliet Limited on the redevelopment of four linked sites to provide a residential led mixed-use scheme with 725 residential units.
  • Advising DB Cargo (UK) Limited on a high-value compulsory purchase compensation claim in connection with HS2 (Phase 1).
  • Advising the Setha Group on a complex town centre redevelopment in Canterbury, with significant heritage, ecclesiastical, and nutrient neutrality aspects.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP serves clients in the real estate and infrastructure sectors, providing advice on large residential and mixed-use developments in the energy and transport infrastructure arenas. ‘Really solid performer’ John Baird leads the planning team and advises a range of clients including landowners, commercial developers and strategic land promoters. Anna Fouracre is ‘excellent on compulsory purchase matters’ and the negotiation and completion of planning obligations and infrastructure agreements, on which senior associate Ben Naish also focuses. The firm’s strengths also include contentious planning matters, which associate Katherine Chambers specialises in.

Practice head(s):

John Baird

Other key lawyers:

Anna Fouracre; Ben Naish; Katherine Chambers


‘Osborne Clarke has an impressive line of partners that can handle a wide rage of planning and compulsory purchase matters.’

‘John Baird – John is a really solid performer who can be trusted to get it right first time. Anna Fouracre – Excellent on compulsory purchase matters and planning generally.’

Key clients

GLP (Gazeley)

Welbeck Strategic Land

Ptarmigan Land

Topland Group

Taylor Wimpey

Barratt David Wilson

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Countryside Developments

Marchmont Investment Management

CLS Holdings

Shearer Group

Vistry Partnerships Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Shearer Group on Coventry City Centre South – a 15 acre regeneration scheme which will provide 1.35 million sq ft of floor space including 1,300 new homes, retail and leisure facilities, a new hotel and community and public realm improvements.
  • Acting for GLP on several state-of-the-art logistics facilities.
  • Acting for Ptarmigan/Countryside on the delivery of Chelmsford Garden Village.

Richard Max & Co

The ‘very personable team’ at specialist planning boutique Richard Max & Co consists of the ‘supportive and reassuring’ Richard Max, who co-heads the practice with David Warman. Warman provides ‘exceptional advice both legally, practically, financially and as a friend’ to clients with his experience in planning, highways, and compulsory purchase law. The firm’s strengths include contentious matters and regeneration schemes. The firm serves a variety of clients including major landowners, football clubs, charities and private individuals.

Practice head(s):

Richard Max; David Warman


‘This is a small firm which provides true one to one personal service. It is a very personable team who are prepared to go out of their way to understand our issues, not only legally but also the far bigger picture and the impacts it was having.’

‘David Warman provided exceptional advice both legally, practically, financially and as a friend. In highly stressful situations he was always calm and understanding, especially when tempers were running high. He was always excellent at listening and proactive to seek further advice should it be needed. He worked tirelessly over many years.’

‘Richard Max & Co have an excellent knowledge of town planning and related matters, and provide excellent, efficient, and practical advice.’

Key clients

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Royal Horticultural Society

Greenacre Thanet

The Penshurst Estate

OD Camden Limited

Bates Wells

Boodle Hatfield

Greenberg Traurig

Bird and Bird

A H Hoad and Sons

LM Stern

Denton Homes

Bassi Corporation

Gasworks Dock Partnership

Learning from the Righteous

Islington Council New Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising Tottenham Hotspur on appeal proposals for 1000-unit mixed-use applications as part of the High Road West regeneration scheme.
  • Advising AH Hoad and Sons (and a group of landowners) on a six-week public inquiry regarding the Transport and Works Act Order for a new heritage railway in east Sussex.
  • Advising the Royal Horticultural Society regarding ongoing examination into the Highways England application for development consent for M25/A3 junction improvements affecting its flagship gardens at Wisley.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP‘s practice advises various local and public authorities, and major developers in relation to s106 and s278 planning and Highway agreements and statutory challenges. Practice head Bernadette Hillman provides clients with ‘robust and straightforward advice’, using her 30 years of experience on the full range of planning matters. Senior associate Andrew Swaffer is a ‘first-class lawyer’ and specialises in contentious planning work. Senior associate Rachel Lee and associate Emily Knowlesare extremely knowledgeable’ and are key members of the planning team; Knowles has an ‘organised, calm, efficient’ approach when acting for local planning authorities in non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Bernadette Hillman

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Lewis; Rachel Lee; Andrew Swaffer; Emily Knowles; Anna Sidebottom


‘Because of the amount of public sector (particularly local authority) work that this firm has historically undertaken, it can provide a really helpful and “added value” perspective on disputes involving private sector clients.’

‘Andrew Swaffer is excellent. Always very well prepared and will have thought through a legal problem. A first-class lawyer.’

‘Sharpe Pritchard have a very personable approach and are always quick to respond. The team takes a clear approach and don’t over complicate issues, which as a client is very welcomed.’

‘Bernadette Hillman provides robust and straightforward advice in a very clear, concise and timely manner. We know that we will get legal drafting which works for us commercially.’

‘Sharpe Pritchard provides ease of access to senior staff members and a very high quality of customer service that I’d normally only expect from a significantly smaller practice. They have a long-standing working relationship with the council, and this is reflected in the background knowledge and strong working relationships their solicitors have developed with me and my colleagues.’

‘Rachel Lee and Emily Knowles – Both of these solicitors are extremely knowledgeable in their chosen field and I have utmost confidence in their ability to negotiate the best outcomes for borough residents. Both Rachel and Emily are a pleasure to work with and I’d highly recommend them to other local planning authorities.’

Key clients

London Borough of Lambeth

London Borough of Redbridge

Portsmouth Water

Guildford Borough Council

Countryside Properties

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Bournemouth Council

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Thanet District Council

London Borough of Islington

Gloucestershire County Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Peterborough City Council

London Borough of Southwark

Buckinghamshire Council

One Chiswick Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Lambeth Council in relation to its planning and highway work, in particular s.106 and s.278 planning and highways development agreements.
  • Advising Redbridge Council in relation to its planning and highway work.
  • Advising Countryside Properties on several projects in the Southeast, most notably in connection with the planning aspects relating to its multimillion pound development of a new village of 3,500 homes on the site of Bourn Airfield in South Cambridgeshire.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP‘s national planning team serves clients on a variety of planning matters relating to mixed-use projects for the real estate industry, and handles High Court challenges and enforcement cases. Karen Howard, who is ‘an excellent, experienced solicitor’, has vast planning experience and often advises on challenging projects relating to strategic residential sites, CPO, and mixed-use regeneration projects. Howard leads the team on a variety of schemes including those involving student and care homes, logistics, and data centres across London. Kathryn Jump co-heads the practice with Lisa Tye from Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Jump; Lisa Tye

Other key lawyers:

Karen Howard


‘This is a practice with a fantastic combination of experience and energy, managing large cases with impressive efficiency.’

‘Of particular note is Karen Howard, an excellent, experienced solicitor whose intuition and insight is harnessed to good effect in the planning cases she oversees.’

Key clients

S & J Padfield

DPE Estates /Essex CC

Attic Self Storage Limited

Telereal Trillium

Storefast Solutions Limited

Scott Properties

Pure Data Centres Group

Thurrock Council

Vistry Partnerships London

Chiltern Investments Limited

Frontier Estates Limited

Commercial Estates Group

McCarthy & Stone


Royal Diocese of Southwark

Vistry East Midlands

Carebase/Amyn Hotels

London Borough of Hertsmere

Churchill Retirement Living

Taylor Wimpey

Hill Residential Limited

BDW Trading

Work highlights

  • Advising S & J Padfield and Family on the overall strategy for release of two sites from the Green Belt and on the process through the local plan as well as defending the forthcoming development from the effects and impacts of the Lower Thames Crossing.
  • Advising Telereal Trillum on the overall approach to the redevelopment of a former work and pensions site in Bristol including the planning application, the drafting of a section 106 agreement and other connected deed of grant for an adjoining property.
  • Advising Dartmouth Park Estates on an extremely complex set of documents and option arrangements for a site to deliver part of the Maldon garden suburb which comprises a relief rod and community land for the NHS.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s planning practice focuses on advising local authorities and housing associations on complex regeneration schemes and real estate developments. Practice head Jacqueline Backhaus has notable experience in advising clients in both the public and private sector on planning, highways and CPO law. Senior associate Rob Walker is experienced in all aspects of planning regimes, from policy formation to submission and determination of applications, while senior associate Tim Brown has extensive experience advising clients on the negotiation of section 106 and highways agreements. Associate Halah Al Zamel has successfully appealed planning permission refusals for the development of new schools across England.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Backhaus

Other key lawyers:

Lucy James; Rob Walker; Tim Brown; Michael Rhode; Jasmine Ratta; Halah Al-Zamel

Key clients

London Borough of Enfield

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Cheltenham Borough Council & Tewkesbury Borough Council

Gravesham Borough Council

Norwich City Council

Clarion Housing Group

Hyde Housing Association Limited

Museum of London


Stevenage Borough Council


Epping Forest District Council

Grosvenor Estates

Department of Education

Brookworth Homes

Graven Hill Developments

Richmond Housing Partnerships



Watkin Jones Group PLC

Farnborough Airport

Global Net Lease; McClaren

PNBJ Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising on all aspects the regeneration of Meridian Water for the London Borough of Enfield, which comprises approximately 85 hectares and is one of the largest developable areas in London.
  • Providing a complete outsource planning legal function for the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.
  • Advising Cheltenham Borough Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council on the use of CPO powers to support development of land adjoining Springbank and Fiddlers Green, West Cheltenham.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

The ‘very reliable, spontaneous and knowledgeable’ Nick Walker leads Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s planning, environment, and health and safety team. The firm’s work focuses on planning matters relating to real estate developments, renewable energy projects, and infrastructure mandates. Senior associate Hetty Tombs is ‘able to cut through to the heart of the issue’ and has broad experience in advising developers on compliance regulations, and highway and statutory undertaker regimes.

Practice head(s):

Nick Walker

Other key lawyers:

Hetty Tombs; Valentina Keys


‘Planning legal services (Nick Walker and Hetty Tombs) able to cut through to the heart of the issue and provide clear, concise advice.’

‘Nick Walker and Hetty Tombs. Approachable and willing to discuss and advise on an informal basis. Understand commercial realities in providing professional advice which is very useful.’

‘Nick Walker was very reliable, spontaneous and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Ropemaker Properties – property arm of BP Pension Fund

InfraRed Capital Partners

Lightsource BP

Work highlights

  • Advising InfraRed Capital Partners Limited, investment manager to The Renewables Infrastructure Group (“TRIG”), on TRIG’s acquisition of a 17.5% equity interest in the Beatrice offshore wind farm from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advising Lightsource bp on its disposal of its 20.627MWP solar PV project in the UK to Greencoat Solar Assets II Limited, including ensuring the planning permission incorporated the latest technological changes for solar farms.
  • Advising Ropemaker Properties (BP Pension Fund) on a number of multi-million pound developments, including planning and EHS matters.

Allen & Overy LLP

The planning practice at Allen & Overy LLP advises clients on planning matters concerning retail, social housing, and mixed-use developments. Christopher Woolf heads up the global real estate practice, while senior associate Robert Share leads the planning team. Share has ‘a good understanding of clients’ and focuses on real estate investment, development, and finance matters, and energy and infrastructure projects, with additional areas of expertise include planning, compulsory purchase, and highways mandates.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Woolf

Other key lawyers:

Robert Share


Very aware of the commercial needs of clients.’

‘Robert Share – a good understanding of clients and commercial requirements.’

Key clients


CC Land

China Vanke

Kennedy Wilson


Orion Capital Managers

Oxford Properties



Work highlights

  • Advised the Weston family on the planning aspects of its sale of the iconic European luxury retail group comprising Selfridges, de Bijenkorf and Brown Thomas.
  • Advised Fiera Infrastructure Inc on the planning aspects of the establishment of a social housing platform.

Asserson Law Offices

The ‘small but very experienced team’ at Asserson Law Offices is known for its work on major private sector developments and regeneration projects. Planning practice head Daniel Drukarz, who has ‘wide knowledge of planning and property law’, specialises in representing private sector property development companies, public sector bodies and registered providers. Senior associate James Kon ‘impresses clients with his dedication’ and has extensive experience in litigation and planning strategies, as well as CIL work.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Drukarz

Other key lawyers:

James Kon


‘The team is extremely responsive, very practical, diligent, commercial and very user-friendly. They are also extremely knowledgeable and do not get bogged down in minutiae.’

‘Danny Drukatz is the main partner that I deal with. He has excellent client handling skills and has the ability to manage complex planning issues. He is a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Asserson have a small but very experienced team who really work hard to provide a first class service to clients.’

‘Daniel Drukatz – Daniel has a very tactical brain and a wide wide knowledge of planning and property law that makes him a first class operator in the field. James Kon – James works hard and impresses clients with his dedication to the task. As well as performing the traditional role of solicitor, he is also a Court advocate.’

Key clients

Tidal Power plc

Wards of London Properties

Basildon Estates Limited

Old Kent Road Regeneration Limited

City and Docklands Property Group

Ilford (Jersey) Limited

Createfuture Limited

Albany Homes Limited

Shaviram Aldershot Limited

Winston Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Tidal Power plc on its £1.3bn Tidal Lagoon Project in Swansea Bay.
  • Advised Recharge One on an innovative off-grid EV charging and eco-lodge facility in the South Downs National Park.
  • Advised Basildon Estates Limited on its proposals to regenerate Basildon Town Centre.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP‘s planning practice offers an ‘excellent service’ to clients, which include local councils, developers and operators in health and social care sectors. The ‘thoughtful and thorough’ Dalee Kaur leads the national team with and has experience advising on infrastructure projects, development agreements and property acquisitions. Kathryn Lawrance has considerable experience in the compulsory purchase process relating to the delivery of regeneration projects, and associate Matthew Tucker acts for public and private sector clients on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Dalee Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Lawrance; Shabanan Anwar; Steven Smith; Matthew Tucker


‘A strong commercial focus on planning law issues which impact on land and property, whilst understanding issues that relate to the public sector.’

‘Has an excellent service in providing advice in planning (large regeneration schemes) and compulsory purchase process.’

‘Excellent service.’

‘Dalee Kaur, partner at Bevan Brittan. She is thoughtful and thorough, and very level-headed in high pressure moments.’

‘Dalee Kaur: Pragmatic. Experienced. No fuss. Really works for the client. Dedicated and passionate.’

‘Close working relations, flexibility to advise on ad-hoc basis, thorough knowledge and expertise in this field and help de-risk legalistic and delivery concerns.’

‘Dalee Kaur brings private sector experience and a real commercial focus to help provide excellent, well-considered advice.’

Key clients

South Lakeland District Council

Barts Health NHS Trust

Royal Holloway University of London

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Anthology (Kennington Stage) Limited

NHS Property Services Limited

London Borough of Hillingdon

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on planning matters required to enable the redevelopment of Crossharbour.
  • Advising the London Borough of Hillingdon on two parallel Compulsory Purchase Orders in relation to its Hayes Town Centre estates, required to deliver up to 750 new modern, high-quality sustainable affordable homes together with significant infrastructure improvements.
  • Advising the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on a Compulsory Purchase Order required to secure an ambitious scheme of regeneration at the Aberfeldy Estate.

Davitt Jones Bould

The planning team at specialist real estate firm Davitt Jones Bould has a ‘wealth of knowledge’ and is led by Madeleine Davitt. The ‘incredibly smart’ Nigel Hewitson is an expert in listed buildings, who has advised on major planning projects such as the Stonehenge/A303 Tunnel Public Inquiry. Stephanie Hall is ‘an outstanding solicitor’ who has extensive experience in CPO, highways, and local government law, and Yohanna Weber focuses on infrastructure and regeneration schemes, while John Qualtrough advises local authorities and private clients on town and country planning applications, contentious planning work, and compulsory purchases.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Yohanna Weber; John Qualtrough; Stephanie Hall; Nigel Hewitson


‘Stephanie Hall recently joined as a partner for DJB, and is exceptional. She is able to cut through detailed and complex issues to give advice that is robust, commercially practical, clear and concise. She is always approachable. Her experience across the public and private sectors places her in a strong position to appreciate the bigger picture, and to secure the best outcome for her clients.’

‘As a local authority, looking for value for money and expertise, we find Nigel Hewitson a real star. He is incredibly smart, understands local government, incredibly fast at turning stuff around and a real joy to work with. Nigel’s grasp of planning is fantastic. He works brilliantly with officers and is so personable. He is extremely talented and delivers for his clients.’

‘The planning practice of DJB (used for section 106 work) provides a high quality service in a timely manner. Team members have a wealth of knowledge and are very experienced in dealing with complex planning agreements for high profile re-generation projects in a proactive and practical way and understand the needs of the client and what needs to be achieved. Advice is provided in a clear, concise and easy to understand way. The team is approachable, friendly and excellent at lawyer/client relationships.’

‘I worked with Stephanie Hall. Stephanie was an outstanding solicitor. She was always approachable and responded to any challenges swiftly and positively. Through our examination Stephanie fostered a very positive relationship with counsel and also made very productive contributions throughout the process, ensuring that we were very well prepared and used officers’ time as effectively as possible. I felt that Stephanie worked as ‘one of the team’ for our local plan.’

‘A very versatile, knowledgeable firm with strong skills in the planning/commons area.’

‘Expert knowledge together with years of experience are qualities I value in the individuals I work with at DJB.’

‘DJB provide helpful and prompt advice which is supported by a clear depth of understanding and knowledge across planning and highways law and related disciplines.’

‘Nigel Hewitson has been a pleasure to work with and a valuable asset to our team in progressing various matters relating to complex planning issues. He has always been prompt in his responses and always accessible by email and telephone. It is clear that Nigel has a wide range of experience which he brings to the table and uses to inform helpful advice. We have received detailed and helpful advice.’

Key clients

The Royal Parks

Surrey County Council

Woking Borough Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

Habitat for Humanity

Office for National Statistics

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Runnymede Borough Council

North Somerset Council

Wiltshire Council

Department of Health and Social Care

Chichester District Council

National Highways

Natural England

Work highlights

  • Advising Woking Borough Council on the £700m mixed-use regeneration of Sheerwater.
  • Advised North Somerset Council on a judicial review brought against it and its proposed development of a special needs school.
  • Advised The Royal Parks on the planning aspects of the events held at Hyde Park.

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP‘s planning practice provides clients with strategic advice on development proposals and planning applications as well as CIL and rings of light. Practice head Mark Harnett is ‘dynamic and creative’ and specialises in compulsory purchase work and land contamination issues. Senior associate Miles Crawford has ‘great planning knowledge’ and expertise in contentious work. The firm regularly advises developers and property investors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harnett

Other key lawyers:

Miles Crawford


‘Fladgate are among the finest planning solicitors I have worked with.’

‘Mark Harnett is a model planning solicitor. He has total command of the subject area and is a completely reliable litigator. He writes with impeccable clarity and provides clear instructions to counsel. He is dynamic and creative, but also totally sensible in his advice and approach.’

‘Readily available and pro-active.’

‘Miles Crawford – great planning knowledge and as to how local planning authorities work.’

Key clients

Hodson Developments Limited

Weston Homes

Music Walk of Fame Limited

4C Hotel Group


Capreon Limited

Hult International Business School

Micuber Estates Limited

Hodson Developments Bracknell

Work highlights

  • Advising Hodson Developments in connection with a substantial residential development at Chilmington Green, Ashford.
  • Advising 4C Hotels, a major hotel developer and operator on the planning aspects of a redevelopment in Aldgate to provide a new Class B1 office building with A1 retail.
  • Advised international investor BYM Group on the development possibilities in connection with its acquisition of the Swan Walk Shopping Centre in Horsham.

Freeths LLP

The ‘very professional, very knowledgeable’ planning team at Freeths LLP collaborates with its environment team to advise clients on DCOs for NSIPs as well as urban regeneration and mixed-use projects. ‘Excellent planning solicitor’ Robert Bruce heads up the London team; Bruce ‘possesses sound judgment’ and has over 20 years of experience in advising on large-scale developments, with specialist expertise in highways and public rights of way issues.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bruce

Other key lawyers:

Edward Peel; Jennifer Roe


‘The team were very engaged with myself and colleagues and provided a positive steer in terms of strategic direction as well as more targeted professional advice.’

‘Robert Bruce. I found him to be very knowledgeable in his field, and extremely willing to work with myself and colleagues on providing or checking complex responses within challenging timescales. His broader understanding of the issues meant that he often identified areas where we could improve or add value to technical as well as planning or legal responses.’

‘Very professional, very knowledgeable and worked hard to support us, providing us with prompt advice and a very responsive service overall.’

‘I felt far more assured having Robert Bruce representing us and presenting our case. He was quick to grasp key technical concepts and was able to present them in a strong format to the inspectors at the hearing. His efforts definitely strengthened our case.’

‘They stand out because they engage with the client in more detail and more than anyone else I know. It is very important to build a relationship with the client and engage long enough to fully understand the issues. Freeths excel in this, particularly Robert Bruce.’

‘Rob Bruce is an excellent planning solicitor who has a very good grasp of the law, possesses sound judgment, gives shrewd and well considered practical advice and always responds promptly and efficiently to client requests. I would unhesitatingly recommend him to others.’

‘The Freeths’ planning team is well led, conscientious, and goes the extra mile for their clients.’

‘Our experience with planning partner Robert Bruce is always positive, being very understanding of the challenges that our organisation faces and providing practical solutions to difficult situations with sound planning advice based on a wealth of knowledge.’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Cumbria County Council

Raycliff Whitechapel LLP

Central Bedfordshire Council

Aldi Stores Limited

City of Lincoln Council

Charles Wells Limited

Punch Taverns (May Capital LLP/Patron Capital)

Keystone Law

Keystone Law‘s planning team possesses a wide variety of expertise with the firm’s focus being compulsory purchase issues, Planning Court litigation, and permitted development rights. Ben Garbett is an experienced planning law specialist who ‘provides an excellent all-round service’ for clients and handles a broad range of planning, highways, and compulsory purchase matters. The ‘clever, knowledgeable and diligent’ Yohanna Weber is an infrastructure and renewable energy specialist. The firm’s clients include developers, local authorities and private landowners. Oliver Goodwin  has left the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Ben Garbett; Yohanna Weber; Gareth Hughes; David Evans


‘I appreciate the Keystone model which provides senior legal advice in a direct and cost-effective way.’

‘In depth knowledge of planning law and practice and a sound understanding of the commercial realities of development work. The team stands out for its willingness to give clients meaningful and concrete advice even where there is no easy answer, but also for its collaborative approach to working with counsel to ensure a joined up approach.’

‘Ben Garbett – having worked with him over the past year on a challenging development, I have been impressed with his commercial and pragmatic approach to planning issues, as well as his ability to think outside the box and find creative solutions. He is also extremely easy to work with and very likeable.’

‘The team seems efficient, well managed and responsive.’

‘I have worked with Yohanna Weber who was absolutely excellent, knowledgeable, organised, personable and had great judgment.’

‘Yohanna Weber – clever, knowledgeable and diligent. Past experience in a local authority gives her excellent insight and perspective into how local authorities approach matters.’

‘Ben Garbett provides an excellent all-round service and ensures his clients are well looked after.’

Key clients


Valley Ridge Holdings Ltd

Macintosh Village (Management) Limited

Re Invest Bh Limited

Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Limited

Zero Carbon Farms Ltd

Tim Moya Associates

Victoria and Albert Museum

Coventry Gliding Club

Hallson Homes Limited

Hayashi Developments Ltd

Adult Corporate Entertainment Ltd

Gorillas Technologies Ltd

Bembridge Harbour Trust

Blakesley Estates

57 Whitehall S.A.R.L.

Sleep Central Limited

Fulham Arte Limited

Land & Buildings Limited

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Crossflatts cricket club

Work highlights

  • Advised Zero Carbon Farms on planning matters for its proposed second farming facility in London.
  • Advising a private landowner, taking a lead role as one of two main strategic objectors to the twin DCO schemes for re-construction of the M25 (junction 10) and A3 Wisley Interchange.
  • Advised Valley Ridge Holdings Ltd on its objection to the Viridor planning application.

Maples Teesdale LLP

With its specialism in real estate, Maples Teesdale LLP‘s ‘personable, knowledgeable and clear’ planning team offers advice on the full spectrum of planning law. Practice head John Bosworth has extensive experience in advising private and public sector clients on matters relating to development, strategic land and regeneration projects. Associate Robin Barnes specialises in town and country planning, as well as built heritage matters.

Practice head(s):

John Bosworth

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Thomas; Robin Barnes


‘You have direct access at partner level to very senior and experienced members of the team.’

‘Personable, knowledgeable and clear.’

‘Strong and clear advice on all of the hot topics’

‘John Bosworth is the one of the best planning lawyers I have ever worked with – and he is a good guy as well!’

Key clients

Dominvs Property Group

Thames Brettenham Ltd

Quinn Estates Limited

Martins Properties

Trenport Investments Limited

Aylesbury Vale Estates Limited

CLS Holdings Limited

Henry Boot plc


Heyhill Land Limited

J Gliddon and Sons Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Dominvs Group in connection with proposals to redevelop the site of the former Citycape House on High Holborn.
  • Reviewed the Swale Local Plan on behalf of Quinn Estates, which has a number of interests in the council’s area.
  • Advising Trenport Investments in connection with the major expansion of the village of Eccles to be known as Bushey Wood.

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP‘s planning practice consists of the ‘knowledgeable, approachable and likeable’ Alex Ground, who leads the team alongside John Webster with his ‘excellent technical skills‘ and his expertise in the planning consenting process and compulsory purchases. The firm’s strengths include contentious work and enforcement matters, acting for a roster of clients including developers and investors.

Practice head(s):

Alex Ground; John Webster

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Brodie; Rohini Vekaria


‘Russell Cooke have acted for me and my colleagues for more than 40 years. They have always provided an excellent service. Whenever there has been an “issue” it has been handled with complete integrity which is a refreshing change.’

‘Alex Ground is a very good planning lawyer. She is knowledgeable, approachable and likeable, and has a clear grasp of both planning and commercial matters.’

‘This is a practice which builds genuine and successful relationships with clients and other professionals. Its culture is open and collaborative, to the great benefit of client outcomes.’

‘Alex Ground is an astute, careful and committed lawyer with a good eye for detail.’

‘John Webster – Excellent technical skills but presented in a clear and understandable fashion and used to the greater advantage of the client.’

Key clients

Triplerose Limited

Countryside Properties Plc

Publica Properties Limited

Redcar Bulk Terminal Limited

Goldcrest Land

Kerio Limited

SG Smith Properties Limited

Copperwood Developments Limited

Callum Park Limited

Nueva Limited t/a Ziser London


Viewranks Limited

Lok’n Store Group PLC

Cube Real Estate

Quantum Land and Planning Limited

Gorillas Technologies UK Limited

Woodcock Holdings

Pret a Manger (Europe) Limited & Eat Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Publica Properties Limited on the planning application for the extension and refurbishment of the flagship former House of Fraser building on Oxford Street.
  • Advising Triplerose Limited on enforcement notice appeal public inquiry.
  • Advised Countryside Properties PLC on the promotion of a compulsory purchase order for the development of 1,300 homes at Tangmere, Chichester.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May‘s ‘very knowledgeable and confident’ planning team advises a variety of clients on real estate and urban developments as well as football stadia. The ‘very professional’ and ‘diligent’ Richard Keczkes heads up the planning team, with over 30 years’ experience in providing the full range of planning services to public and private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Richard Keczkes


‘Extremely diligent, very knowledgeable and confident in the advice they provide which in turn, gives us the confidence we need on which to base our decisions. They pull in resources who have specific knowledge from within their team as required.’

‘Richard Keckzes – very professional, knowledgeable and diligent. Richard is able to set out situations and his advice in such a way that people with a non-legal background fully understand what is being discussed, which has been invaluable.’

‘Excellent at grappling with complex commercial situations and finding sensible contractual solutions.’

‘Approachable, tenacious and highly efficient.’

‘They are thorough and precise, their understanding of the practice area of planning is second to none.’

‘Intellectual ability.’

Key clients

Arsenal FC

Everton FC

Tottenham Hotspur FC

Bourne Leisure

The Clothworkers’ Company

Derwent London



Elysian Residences


The Fishmongers’ Company

Halsbury Homes

Hitech Vision


Jones Lang LaSalle

Legal & General

London Resort Company Holdings


Work highlights

  • Advised Everton FC on securing planning permission, listed building consents, marine licenses, harbour approvals and environmental permits for its construction of a new 52,000 seat football stadium within the Port of Liverpool World Heritage Site.
  • Advised The Clothworkers’ Company on securing planning permission to build a 35-storey office tower at Fenchurch Street in the City of London.
  • Advised Therme in connection with the UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort in Manchester’s Trafford City.