Firms To Watch: Planning

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 LLP, acts for local authorities and high-net-worth individuals.
At W Legal, Karen Cooksley  (who is a recent hire from Winckworth Sherwood LLP) handles the full range of planning law matters, including regeneration, highways, village greens and environmental issues.

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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 LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's planning team is 'simply the best', with it acting for prominent developers, investors and major infrastructure providers. The team is known for its work on significant commercial developments and large residential schemes. Practice head Tim Hellier is well respected in the field and has particular expertise in complex mixed-use regeneration, counter-rights of light strategies and judicial reviews. Tim Smith is 'one of the most experienced and expert planning litigators in London'; he specialises in High Court challenges and compulsory purchase negotiations. Other key practitioners include Christian Drage, who has over 20 years of experience in urban extensions and DCOs; James Good, who has significant expertise in the water and waste-water field; and recently promoted partner Giles Pink.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hellier

Other key lawyers:

Tim Smith; Christian Drage; James Good; Giles Pink


‘BCLP are simply the best in the business for planning and environmental work. Really smart, thorough and thoughtful, but also friendly, commercial and pragmatic. It is a powerful combination, and one that has led me to recommend the firm to countless important clients over many years.’

‘Top-notch, highly professional and knowledgeable. Collaborative and down to earth. Always very easy to get hold of and responsive.’

‘The BCLP planning team are incredibly solid, diligent and continue to perform at a high standard on each and every case.’

‘Tim Hellier – respected and very well connected through planning and Government.’

‘James Good has a brilliant mind, handles complex cases with a sure touch and exhibits truly exceptional tactical judgment.’

‘Tim Smith is one of the most experienced and expert planning litigators in London, wise and level-headed at times of stress.’

‘BCLP has consistent quality from top to bottom.’

Key clients

Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL)


National Grid


Fairoaks Garden Village

Bazalgette Tunnel Limited (t/a Tideway)

Northumbrian Water

Meyer Bergman

Precis Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Heathrow Airport Limited on its proposed expansion for the development of a third runway and associated infrastructure Expansion Project.
  • Advising Lendlease on the £5.8bn redevelopment around Euston Station.
  • Advising National Grid on a number of NSIPs, including the delivery of the second phase of a tunnelled 32km “electricity cable super-highway” across south London, and the delivery of several new onshore and offshore cross country power lines and associated stations in the South East of England.


The CMS planning team is best known for its work in residential developments, infrastructure and energy projects. Indicative of its market-leading position in the energy sector, recent mandates have seen the team advising on several DCO matters, which included acting for Dogger Bank Wind Farm on the biggest offshore wind farm in the world, with Stephen McNaught and Robin Hutchinson acting as the lead advisers. Practice head Martin Evans has over 30 years of experience across all aspects of planning law, with a focus on complex mixed-use regeneration and development projects. The team advises on all forms of housing in this space, including Build to Rent, retirement housing and student accommodation; the latter of which Joshua Risso-Gill has particular expertise. Transport infrastructure is another area of strength for the team, with Ashley Damiral being a key contact for advice on airport expansion.

Practice head(s):

Martin Evans

Other key lawyers:

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


‘I have known the planning team at CMS for a number of years and I have never been anything other than impressed.’

‘CMS have a very strong planning team with experience across the UK not least in London. They create value through their approach.’

‘Ashley Damiral is clearly a very experienced planning/judicial review lawyer and was a pleasure to work with.’

‘They know the industry sector inside out, they have excellent contacts and know which counsel to instruct on particularly complex matters. They are affable and you know you are in safe hands. I trust them.’

Key clients

CO-RE and Mitsubishi Estate


Heathrow West Limited

St Edward (part of the Berkley Group)

Guild Living (Legal & General)

SEGRO Properties Limited

Hadley Property Group

SSE and Equinor


Taras Properties

Basio Holdings (Motcomb Estates)

Averdeen Oak/ Oxford Air Services

Urbanest UK Limited

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, a joint venture partnership between SSE Renewables and Equinor, on Dogger Bank Offshore C Wind Farm, which will form part of the world’s largest offshore windfarm.
  • Advising Quintain on new planning applications for its strategic regeneration of Wembley Park, located next to Wembley Stadium.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP‘s standout planning practice provides a full range of services across the spectrum of planning and infrastructure work. A key area of strength for the team is its work across the energy, water and waste sectors, where Richard Griffiths, supported by Emma Harling-Phillips, leads the team in advising on over 50 NSIPs, from solar farms to carbon capture projects for the net zero agenda. Griffiths co-heads the practice with Nicholle Kingsley and Richard Ford. Kingsley works on London’s largest regeneration schemes, with a specialism in sports and the redevelopment of stadiums. Ford’s practice focuses on international planning work. Robbie Owen is strong on the infrastructure side, while Iain Gibley focuses on high-value residential development.

Practice head(s):

Nicholle Kingsley; Richard Griffiths; Richard Ford

Other key lawyers:

Robbie Owen; Iain Gilbey; Emma Harling-Phillips; Francis Tyrrell


‘One of the best planning outfits out there, providing a full service over every aspect of planning (and associated law). Happy to take on board flexible working arrangements, novel billing suggestions and collaboration both with in-house and other law firms.’

‘Diverse experience in various legal and planning disciplines.’

‘Robbie Owen – enthusiastic, knowledgeable and solution-finding.’

‘I have worked with Francis Tyrrell on two large infrastructure planning projects. His input has been of great value to ensure we maintain compliance throughout the planning process whilst inputting towards submitted materials.’

Key clients

The Greater London Authority (in its capacity as Strategic Planning Authority)

Highways England

Orsted Wind Power A/S


Transport for London

Capital & Counties Plc

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

The Collective


Moda Living

Caddick Developments Ltd



Sir Richard Sutton

Work highlights

  • Advising Elephant & Castle Properties on all planning aspects of the redevelopment of Elephant & Castle shopping centre and London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) in the London Borough of Southwark to provide new facilities.
  • Advising Highways England on the successful DCO application for the £1.9bn A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme (the Stonehenge Tunnel).
  • Acting for Drax Power Limited in defending a judicial review claim in the High Court and the Court of Appeal regarding the grant of the Drax Power DCO – following the grant of the DCO for, what would be, the UK’s largest new Carbon Capture.

Town Legal LLP

Founded in 2016, specialist planning boutique Town Legal LLP has ‘quickly established a top-spot reputation’ in the field. The breadth of the practice is reflected by the expertise of its ten partners, including practice head Patrick Robinson who has over 40 years of experience in tall buildings and rights to light infringement. Michael Gallimore's wide-ranging practice includes regeneration projects and new housing settlements, while Duncan Field advises on major infrastructure projects. Simon Ricketts is the 'ultimate planning guru' according to clients, with expertise in major mixed-use development. Meeta Kaur, who also specialises in large-scale developments, regularly advises on highways and CIL. On the CPO and litigation side, Clare Fielding and Mary Cook are the key practitioners, with Cook acting extensively for clients in the High Court and at public inquiries. In June 2020, the team's offering was further bolstered by the arrival of the government's former chief planner, Steve Quartermain as a consultant to the firm.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Simon Ricketts; Duncan Field; Clare Fielding; Michael Gallimore; Meeta Kaur; Mary Cook; Steve Quartermain; Raj Gupta


‘Town Legal provides us with the highest quality of advice and support across our schemes. That Town contains some of the best and nimblest minds in planning law gives us great confidence when we know that more niche queries can always be subject to a ‘straw poll’ across the office.’

‘Simon Ricketts – the ultimate planning guru who lives and breathes planning law. He is the top planning lawyer operating in London.’

‘Being a boutique planning law practice has allowed Town Legal to focus on giving great advice, rather than be weighed down by vast management structures. It is no mistake that the firm has so quickly established a ‘top spot’ reputation in the planning field.’

‘Simon Ricketts – frequently rated top planning partner, Simon richly deserves his reputation. Simon is a thought leader in the planning field and an astute strategic advisor. He is also a delight to work with.’

‘Our primary points of contact were Simon Rickets and Raj Gupta. Both were consummate professionals who demonstrated an encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject area (planning and compulsory purchase law) and were available to assist at all hours (including several occasions where work was taking place after midnight).’

Key clients

Manchester Airports Group

Berkeley Homes (East Thames) Ltd

HB Reavis

Fawley Waterside Limited

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Olympus Property Holdings Limited

Arun District Council

Sampson House Limited and Ludgate House Limited (both are Native Land entities)

Lincoln MGT

Guinness Developments Limited

Pocket Living


Park Plaza Hotel Group

Royal National Theatre


I.M. Properties PLC

The Crown Estate

London City Airport Limited

Great Portland Estates

Bentall GreenOak

Galliard Homes

M&G plc

Nuveen Real Estate


Ashurst's broad planning practice spans the public and private sector and all forms of development, including major infrastructure projects. Its strength in housing development is reflected by its diverse client base of property developers, local authorities, investors and landowners; most notably, the team has received new instructions from The Crown Estate. Trevor Goode is well known for advising on major regeneration projects and is heavily involved in public sector work for the GLA. He co-heads the practice with Claire Dutch, who has extensive experience of all aspects of planning law and maintains a number of key client relationships. The team also includes other practitioners with experience of planning and infrastructure agreements, public inquiries and associated litigation; these are areas in which senior associates Charlie Reid and Ben Groves are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Trevor Goode; Claire Dutch

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Reid; Ben Groves


‘The planning team is experienced, efficient and effective, which can provide advice to all sorts of issues and queries a developer may face in the UK property market.’

‘The approachability and accessibility of the team I work with is really strong. Being able to get quick and efficient answers to queries is really helpful, especially on projects where we need to coordinate responses to shared clients.’

‘I would say that Ashurst is one of the top firms I work with. They give clear and consistent advice, are strong negotiators and are enjoyable to work with.’

‘Claire Dutch is an exceptional planning lawyer and an extremely good communicator.’

‘Trevor Goode is one of the most trustworthy planning lawyers in the industry, whenever tricky planning-related legal issues arise, he is always the first external consultant we would go for.’

‘Charlie Reid’s attention to detail and his quick understanding of other aspects of client’s commercial or even technical issue takes his advice beyond the planning and legal realm, which is often very helpful too.’

Key clients




The GLA and TfL

The Berkeley Group

The Crown Estate

Qatari Diar




Work highlights

  • Advising Grosvenor on the major Bermondsey Project to create a new urban neighbourhood in South London, including the formulation of planning strategy and advising on the preparation of the planning application and Environmental Statement.
  • Acting for The Crown Estate on its largest strategic site, advising on the 10,000 home urban extension to Hemel Hempstead, forming Hemel Garden Community.
  • Advising the Greater London Authority and Transport for London on s106 negotiations in connection with planning applications of strategic importance called in for determination by the Mayor of London.

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans houses one of the UK's leading infrastructure planning practices and is best known for advising on DCOs for NSIPs, orders under the Transport and Works Act, and the Harbours Act. The sizeable team is led by Mark Challis, who has established strong client relationships leading to repeat instructions from major clients like Transport for London. 'First-rate practitioner' Angus Walkeris a well-regarded specialist in DCO applications and leads on some of the firm's major promotions. Sarah Clark and Tom Henderson continue to be instructed by Highways England, with Henderson also working on matters related to air quality by way of clean air zones and other measures being pursued by local authorities.

Practice head(s):

Mark Challis

Other key lawyers:

Angus Walker; Sarah Clark; Tom Henderson


‘The firm is very strong in the national infrastructure sector in planning with an excellent client base and superb practitioners.’

‘Angus Walker is an absolutely first-rate practitioner and is exceptionally bright. He is very calm and is a great sounding board to discuss complex legal issues. I am always grateful for his wise counsel.’

‘BDB Pitmans are an excellent and top-ranked planning and infrastructure firm.’

‘Mark Challis – a wise, calm and considered adviser.’

‘Good strength in depth, excellent lawyers at all levels, a core focus of the firm.’

‘Angus Walker rightly deserves his place as one of the most high-profile infrastructure planning solicitors. Very experienced and a walking encyclopaedia of infrastructure planning law.’

Key clients

Highways England

Transport for London

The Environment Agency

London Luton Airport Limited

Network Rail

RiverOak Strategic Partners (developers of Manston Airport)

Historic England

Alternative Use Boston Projects Limited

London Borough of Lambeth

Transport for Greater Manchester

East Suffolk Council

Peel Holdings

Trinity House

National Resources Wales

Work highlights

  • Advising Highways England on the Lower Thames Crossing DCO promotion. The largest road project since the building of the M25.
  • Advising Transport for London on the Bakerloo Line extension from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham and potentially beyond.
  • Advising London Luton Airport Ltd on its proposed major expansion of the airport to increase its passenger handling capacity to up to 32 million passengers p.a.


Dentons advises both government and investors on the full spectrum of planning law. It is known for its expertise in large-scale housing and mixed-use regeneration projects, CPO and infrastructure funding advice. The team has seen an increase in instructions from specialist asset classes such as build to rent, co-living schemes and developments in the elderly care sector; an area in which senior associate Rachael Herbert is an expert. Practice head Roy Pinnock has extensive experience acting on strategic land promotion and major regeneration schemes and is supported by counsel Michele Vas, who specialises in the delivery of urban extensions, new towns and CPO regeneration projects.

Practice head(s):

Roy Pinnock

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Herbert; Michele Vas


‘Good sector and technical knowledge.’

‘I have always found the Dentons’ planning team a real pleasure to work with. They embrace thought leadership and have a focus on working towards sustainable outcomes.’

‘Roy Pinnock of Dentons is one of the leading solicitors in this field. Vastly experienced and able to bring an independent and highly informed and considered approach to all planning problems.’

‘They have a commitment to training and development within the planning industry, which sets them somewhat apart from many. Their approach matters strategically and makes connections outside of a strictly defined legislative framework.’

Key clients

Anschutz Sports Holdings Limited

Bedford Borough Council

Colchester Borough and Tendring District Councils

London Green and Topland

Network Rail

Peabody Development Limited

Places for People Developments Limited

Queensgate Investments

Reselton Properties Limited

Sainsbury’ Supermarkets Ltd

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Southend on Sea Borough Council


Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Telereal Trillium

Tide Construction

Transport of London

Work highlights

  • Advising East Northamptonshire and Corby Councils on the s106 agreement for a mixed-use urban extension for up to 3,500 dwellings, community uses and infrastructure at Priors Hall, Northampton.
  • Advised Tide Construction Limited on securing planning permission for London’s largest co-living development.
  • Advising London Green/Topland in relation to a public inquiry into the Albany Riverside scheme opposite Kew Gardens.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's planning practice advises on a myriad of technical planning-related issues, such as compulsory purchase and highways delivery. The team is also experienced in judicial and statutory challenges, urban regeneration and the promotion of major residential development; the latter being practice head Stuart Andrews' specialism. In addition, new settlements and complex structures are a key part of the practice, with expertise in legacy planning and equalisation. Highlights included securing consent for comprehensive mixed-use redevelopment on the Isle of Dogs for Westferry Development Limited.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Andrews


‘Stuart Andrews is hugely knowledgeable and I find him calm and reassuring, with great legal/planning/commercial judgement.’

‘The legal and planning advice Eversheds Sutherland provided was clear and precise and explained in a way that was easy to take in. Complex issues are explained in a way that allows the customer to move forward with confidence.’

‘Personable coupled with expertise and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Westferry Developments Ltd

Berkeley Homes (North London) Limited

Berkeley Homes (South London) Limited


Department for Transport


Robert Hitchins

Barratt Homes/Taylor Wimpey

Catesby Estates PLC

St Congar

Work highlights

  • Advising Berkeley Homes (South London) Limited on the delivery of the redevelopment of a site in multiple ownerships for 1,300 new homes in South London, including a range of tower heights up to 44 storeys.
  • Acting for Westferry Developments Ltd on the controversial and high-profile Westferry Printworks site, where the Secretary of State’s grant of planning permission for their major 1500-apartment scheme was quashed for the appearance of bias.
  • Advising Berkeley Homes (North London) Limited on the proposed development of 1,214 flats at St Albans Road near Watford Junction.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has a strong reputation in planning for high-profile commercial development schemes and major energy and infrastructure projects. Its client base is primarily made up of private sector developers, with the team handling several high-value and high-risk projects, including significant energy and infrastructure projects, led by sector expert Catherine Howard. Practice head Matthew White is 'one of London's very best', according to clients and is particularly well known for advising on large-scale commercial regeneration projects and complex mixed-use masterplan developments. Of counsel Charlotte Dyer, who is 'solution-focused', leads on judicial reviews and planning appeals.

Practice head(s):

Matthew White

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Howard; Charlotte Dyer


‘HSF’s planning team is not large but it is of exceptionally high quality, and they are clearly very selective in who they recruit. Those at the top (Matthew White, Catherine Howard) set the tone, and the end result is a level of service which is second to none.’

‘The diversity in the team, both from a gender and age perspective is fantastic. the promotion of competent young talent to lead on complex and high profile projects is brave and offers fresh thinking into problem-solving.’

‘Matthew White – one of London’s very best. He is so experienced and savvy, and instills confidence in clients with his rapid and incisive understanding of the issues in any case.’

‘The experience in dealing with the team is very straightforward and simple – just what you need to get a clear understanding when working on developments. This statement applies even to the most complex projects I have worked with them on.’

‘Catherine Howard is one of the most experienced partners in planning and environment. She leverages her vast experience and intuitive understanding of planning requirements to provide strategically and tactically positioned advice, finding practical solutions to the most complicated matters.’

‘Their enthusiasm and availability – you feel like you are the most important client. they challenge and are robust in their thinking. you feel confident that they have properly considered an issue and are giving you a strategically robust and legally correct answer.’

‘Catherine Howard, Charlotte Dyer – both provide excellent, pragmatic advice and are solution-focused.’

Key clients

British Land

Stratford City Business District

Pearson Plc

Transport for London

Aberdeen Standard Investments




London Luton Airport Operations Limited

EDF Energy


The Madison Square Garden Company


Greater London Authority

Brockton Everlast


Argent Related




London Legacy Development Corporation

London & Continental Railways Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising British Land on their 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 and on its development consent application for a new nuclear power station at Sizewell in Suffolk (Sizewell C).
  • Advising Brockton Everlast on the redevelopment of Newcombe House, located above Notting Hill Gate underground station. This is a major development scheme of strategic importance in a prominent location in Central London.

Addleshaw Goddard

The planning group at Addleshaw Goddard works as a national team across the UK, handling major development and infrastructure projects, with a strong track record advising on urban regeneration, build to rent and co-living schemes. Led by Marnix Elsenaar, the team has seen continued growth in its infrastructure work advising promoters of DCOs, Transport and Works Act Orders and CPOs. Gary Sector advises on all aspects of town and country planning, with experience of both advisory and contentious work. Managing associate Sarah Hodge specialises in planning and infrastructure consenting.

Practice head(s):

Marnix Elsenaar

Other key lawyers:

Gary Sector; Sarah Hodge


‘They are technical lawyers and approachable. They are willing to learn about my company.’

‘A team that has all the strengths and capabilities that you would expect of a leading firm. In particular, they provide an efficient and reliable service in all respects – from sound legal advice to good administrative arrangements.’

‘Gary Sector and Marnix Elsenaar – both very conscientious, very thorough and very effective. A delight to work with as well.’

Key clients

Hub Group



Muse Developments Limited (and their JV with the Canal and River Trust; Waterside Places

London Luton Airport Limited

Pocket Living


University of Greenwich

Pension Insurance Company


Work highlights

  • Advising Hub on the compulsory purchase order for the development of a residential-led scheme in Maidenhead Town Centre.
  • Acting for SGN on a number of mandates to secure protective provisions and commercial side agreements related to DCO and CPO promotions.
  • Advising Dandara on the planning for Build to Rent sites in Bristol, Birmingham, High Wycombe and locations across Kent.

Burges Salmon LLP

Based in Bristol, Burges Salmon LLP's planning team acts on behalf of a wide-ranging client base, with particular strengths in the public sector assisting local councils and national bodies. The team regularly advises on CPO promotions, urban extensions and redevelopments, NSIPs and has significant expertise in nuclear and alternative energy projects, with Elizabeth Dunn and Julian Boswell being key contacts in this area. Practice head Gary Soloman has expertise in compulsory purchase and compensation of large-scale developments and highway proposals. Patrick Robinson is an experienced planning inquiry and higher court advocate.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Robinson; Elizabeth Dunn; Julian Boswall


‘I enjoy working with Burges Salmon because they are attuned to the needs of the business. They are approachable, helpful, friendly, supportive. This collaborative approach is invaluable.’

‘Burges Salmon’s planning practice is unique in a number of ways including a significant number of experienced planning solicitors creating the ability to flex personnel on the project and seamless access to experts in the adjacent fields of environment, property, corporate structures and construction.’

‘The team at Burges Salmon LLP has a real strength in renewable energy and advising other industrial clients. They really know how to use litigation to achieve results for their clients. They are good communicators and very easy to work with.’

‘Liz Dunn is very experienced and knowledgeable, a key go-to person, who can consider questions and provide advice which factors in other matters for the client’s consideration. Provides good representation at examinations and has a collaborative nature.’

‘Elizabeth Dunn and Patrick Robinson provide exceptional service. Their advice is accurate, promptly delivered, sensible and solution-oriented. They are an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Patrick Robinson is a very experienced partner with deep insight into the merits of bringing legal challenges.’

Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Environment Agency

Historic England

National Trust

Department for Transport

Highways England

YTL Property Holdings

Historic Royal Palaces

Stratford-on-Avon District Council


Wallace Land Investment and Management Limited

Torbay Borough Council

Progressive Energy Limited

North Somerset Council


Sofia Offshore Windfarm Limited


Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Work highlights

  • Advised Highways England on multiple major motorway and A-road projects throughout the country.
  • Advised YTL Property Holdings on the Filton airfield site project, a major housing, infrastructure, commercial and leisure development to the north of Bristol.
  • Advised Equinor on the Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon Extensions, two huge offshore wind projects in north Norfolk.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP's planning team is active in a number of London's high-profile developments and regeneration projects. The firm has a strong energy and infrastructure practice, which is reflected by practice head Nigel Howorth's expertise in advising on power station development and renewables, including the significant new build programme for Horizon Nuclear Power. Elizabeth Hardacre joined RWM.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Howorth

Other key lawyers:

Katie Kempthorne; Anneke Theelen


‘Very knowledgeable in their field and able to respond quickly and efficiently to client’s requirements. They are able to tailor their advice and support to suit and inspire confidence across all levels of the client’s organisation.’

‘The partner and key associates that we work with are very knowledgeable about the discipline and the energy sector. They work incredibly hard and are able to turn things round very quickly. Notwithstanding their exceptional professionalism, they are also great people to work with at a personal level.’

‘Nigel Howorth is hugely experienced and senior partner, who is very well respected within the field. He is really great at giving clear strategic advice and also marshals his team well to deliver effective advice.’

‘Very responsive and efficient with swift communication of advice and strategy – overall an excellent service in circumstances where the client is under time pressure to decide on a course of action.’

‘Anneke Theelen has an intuitive grasp of the issues at hand and she responds with incisive analysis and a game plan that always makes sense and places the issues in perspective – all of this is done quickly and efficiently, and it is a pleasure to have Anneke as an adviser.’

Key clients

Horizon Nuclear Power Wylfa Limited

Canary Wharf Group plc

Helical Plc

International Airlines Group and British Airways Plc

NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT

Legal & General


CBRE Global Investors

Nuveen Real Estate

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-use office and residential towers scheme) on a 7.3-acre site.
  • Advising International Airlines Group together with British Airways Plc on Heathrow Airport Limited’s proposed expansion plans for Heathrow Airport.
  • Advising Horizon Nuclear Power on their UK nuclear new build programme.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co LLP's planning team works closely with other departments to provide a full service to its diverse client base. The team handles all aspects of transactional and contentious planning work, with strong cross-sector experience spanning residential, commercial, aviation, port, highways and infrastructure. Ian Ginbey and Brian Greenwood jointly lead the team. Ginbey's practice focuses on resolving complex planning issues and he regularly appears at public inquiries, where he has secured landmark legal judgments. Greenwood advises on issues such as land contamination and water pollution. Stephen Webb left to join Brecher LLP in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ginbey; Brian Greenwood


‘Prompt and reliable service.’

‘I have found their service to be absolutely excellent. They are experts in all aspects of the legal planning process and have been particularly helpful in assisting me with a very high profile planning appeal as well as some tricky section 106 agreements.’

‘Brian Greenwood has unparalleled experience in the ports sector and is a wise and tenacious adviser in this field.’

‘The planning team combines well on various planning-related matters, whether that is reviewing an application before it goes in, advising on strategy or looking at an appeal. The depth of expertise makes the whole thing work seamlessly.’

‘Brian Greenwood and Ian Ginbey are the standout practitioners both providing very clear and pragmatic advice.’

‘Ian Ginbey leads on my most high-profile project and has given expert advice from the start of the engagement. His recent experience of planning appeals is particularly useful for myself as a client who has only undertaken one such appeal in the past. The advice is pitched at the right level and on point all the time.’

Key clients

Associated British Ports

Pinewood Studios Ltd

Corinthian Land Limited

CEMEX UK Operations Limited

Freshwater Group of Companies

Dignity plc

Oikos Storage Limited

Frontier Dragon Limited

Briggens Estate Limited

Regal London

Grainger plc

Cannon Capital Developments

Hutchison Whampoa

Peel Holdings plc




U + I

North London Collegiate School


Connected Living London Limited

Viscount Devonport (Millhouse Developments Limited)

Pall Mall Investments Limited

City & Provincial Properties Investments Limited

Slough Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Associated British Ports – the UK’s largest Port operator with 21 Ports across England, Wales and Scotland on a variety of matters.
  • Advising Pinewood Studios Limited in connection with its proposals for Screen Hub UK, a new experience that is being proposed on land to the south of its existing studios in the Green Belt.
  • Advising Corinthian Land Limited in relation to its planning application for a mixed-use urban extension comprising (amongst other things) 4,000 dwellings, two primary schools and a new A2 junction south of Canterbury.

Gowling WLG

The team at Gowling WLG covers the full spectrum of planning law matters for clients, which ranges from strategic advice on complex planning applications to appeals and judicial reviews. In particular, the group has significant expertise in compulsory purchase and regeneration work, an area in which practice head Vicky Fowler is a specialist, handling large-scale regeneration and mixed-use development schemes. Ben Stansfield has expertise in environmental law and real estate development.

Practice head(s):

Vicky Fowler

Other key lawyers:

Ben Stansfield


‘Ben Stansfield is approachable, knowledgeable and has good commercial insights. He gives down-to-earth advice that is pragmatic and easy to understand.’

Key clients

Transport for London

Westminster City Council

U & I

London Borough of Barnet

Legal & General

The Crown Estate

St Modwen


Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

South Tees Development Corporation

Galliard Homes Limited


Highways England

Valero Energy

Kidbrooke Partnership LLP

Ide Real Estate

London and Cambridge Properties

Work highlights

  • Advising TfL on a number of high-profile planning applications and the related planning agreements to which they are party, including: Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan, Elizabeth House, the Mall Walthamstow, the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre redevelopment and Canada Water Masterplan.
  • Providing strategic planning advice to Westminster City Council on one of its Housing Renewal Sites, including advice on compulsory purchase.
  • Advising the London Borough of Barnet on the multibillion pound Brent Cross Cricklewood scheme, which will create a new town centre in addition to major road and public transport improvements.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for a broad range of clients (including FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies) on a variety of planning law-related matters. The team has expertise in urban and residential redevelopment work, in addition to having experience of the energy and infrastructure sector. Practice head Hannah Quarterman is 'efficient, flexible and astute'; she is the lead lawyer on compulsory purchase, acting for claimants and acquiring authorities. Caroline Stares is also recommended, handling complex heritage issues and Green Belt inquiries. On the energy and infrastructure side, David Wood is recommended for his expertise in DCO.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Quarterman

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Stares; David Wood


‘Efficient, commercial, astute to the client’s interest.’

‘Hannah Quarterman is efficient, flexible and astute. Instructions are always clear and well-presented and her support is second to none.’

‘Very quick with replying to emails and queries. Very personable and always making themselves available – have worked closely with Hannah Quarterman and Caroline Stares, who always go above and beyond.’

‘Strong commercial awareness, competent and sound advice.’

‘David Wood. He is very competent, excellent planning knowledge and delivers – on time and on point.’

Key clients


Argent PLC and Argent Related



Berkeley Central London & Berkeley East Thames

British Land

City of London


M&G Real Estate

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

St Edward

St George

St William

Avanton Limited

The Ballymore Group

The Church Commissioners

Minerva (Stores) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised 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 City of London on its proposals to relocate and collocate its three world famous markets – New Spitalfields, Billingsgate and Smithfield – to a single purpose-built office building in Dagenham, on the site of the former Barking Reach Power Station.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'small but mighty' planning team has a growing reputation in matters concerning complex developments and strategic land, which is coupled with knowledge of specialist residential asset classes, such as student accommodation and build to rent. Practice head Anita Rivera advises a broad range of clients, including leading commercial and residential property developers, investment funds and UHNWI. Daniel Farrand is the 'go-to' lawyer for enforcement work and he is also noted for his expertise in listed buildings and contentious judicial reviews and challenges. Associate Tom Barton is strong in compulsory purchase law matters.

Practice head(s):

Anita Rivera

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Farrand; Tom Barton


‘A small but mighty firm: it matches the big London firms with its legal expertise and outstrips them with its client care.’

‘Well equipped to deal with both inquiry and high court work, with specialists across the board.’

‘Anita Rivera is tenacious, creative and committed. She is someone you definitely want on your side rather than as your opponent.’

‘Daniel Farrand is one of the “go-to” solicitors for high-end enforcement work. Extremely well versed in the “coal face” of inquiry work, great at marshalling expert witnesses and pulling together a case.’

‘The planning team gives measured, balanced and pragmatic advice. In my experience, the team has always been well joined up with their colleagues in the wider real estate team and get the commercial realities of a deal – something that not all planning lawyers have mastered!’

‘The sheer amount of hard work, determination, imagination that Anita Rivera and Tom Barton dedicated to achieving the best result for our clients was phenomenal. That it was all deployed in difficult circumstances made it even more impressive.’

‘Tom Barton is a commercial operator that sets him apart from his peers. He is extremely practical and pragmatic and always finds the most effective solution.’

‘They are up-to-date with planning cases and case law and easily accessible. I can rely on them when I need them the most on complex planning issues.’

Key clients

Student Cribs

Meadow Partners (Dulwich/Tolworth/Willesden/Hayes/Long Lane)

Slough Borough Council

UBS Asset Management (UK) Ltd


Notting Hill Genesis

Get Living Group (Leeds) Co Ltd

Pan Albion LLP

Jockey Club Racecourses Ltd

Redcar Bulk Terminal Ltd

Ocado Retail Ltd

Hillgrove Investments Ltd

QHA Limited

Michael Kingsley


Malino Developments Ltd

Nathaniel Clark

Work highlights

  • Advising Student Cribs on expanding their student housing portfolio comprising houses and PBSA.
  • Advising Meadow Partners on a number of planning matters.
  • Advising Slough Borough Council in relation to their regeneration of an existing Council-owned site to provide 193 affordable housing units.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP acts on major planning mandates in the City and around the UK, covering a range of asset classes from large residential and mixed-use developments to key sites in the transport and energy infrastructure sectors. Practice head John Baird advises landowners, residential and commercial developers, and strategic land promoters, on the full range of planning issues. Anna Fouracre manages contentious planning inquiries and advises on compulsory purchase and build to rent schemes.

Practice head(s):

John Baird

Other key lawyers:

Anna Fouracre; Ben Naish


‘John Baird – one of the leading solicitors in the field of planning today.’

‘Friendly and down-to-earth. They know their stuff!’

‘The planning team is very pragmatic and commercial, “get the job done” and is able to get on with anyone (rare in the legal world!)’

‘John Baird is an excellent communicator and collaborative negotiator capable of bringing multiple parties together into consensus.’

Key clients

GLP (Gazeley)

Welbeck Strategic Land

Ptarmigan Land

Topland Group

Taylor Wimpey

Barratt David Wilson

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Countryside Developments

Swindon Borough Council

CLS Holdings

O & H Properties

Gleeson Developments



Work highlights

  • Acting for Ptarmigan and Countryside on Chelmsford Garden Village, which will deliver a range of facilities, routes and parks, including 5,000 houses, expansion of Bus Rapid Transit, a second new secondary school and new multi-functional green infrastructure.
  • Advising Taylor Wimpey on a joint venture with the London Borough of Waltham Forest on the redevelopment of The Score Centre, Leyton.
  • Advising Welbeck Strategic Land on a 2200 home urban extension in South Worcester.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's expertise in planning, infrastructure, policy and guidance attracts work from major clients in the developer space and sports sector. Practice head Alistair Watson has extensive experience in all aspects of planning, with particular strengths in development. Under his leadership, the team handles major urban regeneration projects such as the high profile Tulip project, London's first tourist attraction to be proposed in over 20 years. Senior counsel Emma Tait leads on a number of the firm's high-profile matters and has strong expertise in the development of land and buildings.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Watson

Other key lawyers:

Emma Tait; Holly Grundon; Joanna Bassett


‘The team responds with speed, accuracy and diligence to any query.’

‘Alistair Watson leads from the front in an admirably professional manner.’

‘Real understanding of the unique make up of the individual client. Unique for a large firm to operate on such a local/ intimate level.’

‘Alistair Watson exudes relaxed professionalism. He talks to you at your level and listens and knows how to communicate the advice in an appropriate way.’

Key clients

Bury Street Properties

Southampton Football Club

Wolfe Properties

R&F Properties

Buckminster/Grantham Designer Outlet Village

Bleeding Heart Restaurant Group


Comer Homes Group

Essential Living

Telford Homes

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bury Street Properties in a major appeal inquiry on novel issues such as the use of scale models and digital media, and the Capital’s first tourist attraction to be proposed in over 20 years, the Tulip Project.
  • Acting for Southampton Football Club on planning advice across all their real estate assets, including strategic planning for the continued operation of club facilities.
  • Acting for Wolfe Properties on the proposed redevelopment of the IBM building, the iconic grade II listed building on London’s South Bank.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP's planning team has a strong track record advising on major projects, particularly mixed-used and residential-led developments, urban extensions, tall buildings and riverside schemes. The team acts for major residential developers, in addition to having a strong local authority client base. Practice head Colette McCormack works with Tim Fogarty, whose focus is on contentious planning issues and site disputes, as well as Lindsay Garratt. Former practice head Karen Cooksley left the firm in December 2020 to join W Legal Limited.

Practice head(s):

Colette McCormack

Other key lawyers:

Tim Fogarty; Lindsay Garratt


‘The Winckworth Sherwood planning team led by partner Colette McCormack are clear leaders in the field of planning law. As planning law/policy becomes ever more complex, they are always ahead of the curve in terms of new law/policy and how it affects local planning authorities and the development industry.’

‘The team provides an extremely good quality of service. Their advice is always given in a reasoned and well thought out way, and a way that a non-legal person can understand, which is refreshing.’

Key clients

Harrow View LLP

Peel Land and Property (Ports) Limited

Barratt London

Barking Riverside

The London Borough of Wandsworth

St George (part of the Berkeley Group of Companies)

Moda Living

Notting Hill Genesis

Bellway Homes

Keystone & Partners


Redrow Homes Limited

Hollybrook Homes

Weston Homes

Catalyst Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Barratt London on all aspects of the redevelopment of the former Nestle chocolate and coffee factory site in Hayes for circa 1,400 new homes.
  • Advising Harrow View LLP on the planning strategy to bring forward a 30-acre former Kodak site for a residential-led mixed-use development.
  • Advising Barking Riverside Development on the planning strategy (including a CIL strategy), as well as negotiating a complex section 106 agreement.

Asserson Law Offices

Asserson Law Offices is known for handling major private sector development schemes in London. Practice head Daniel Drukarz is 'reassuringly experienced and knowledgeable', with particular specialisms in mixed-use regeneration schemes, tall buildings and green belt applications. Marianne Barker is another key practitioner who advises on emerging local and strategic plan policies and affordable housing.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Drukarz

Other key lawyers:

Marianne Barker; James Kon


‘Boutique, nimble, focussed, dedicated.’

‘Asserson is a smaller legal practice, but with some good people.’

‘Daniel Drukarz is a reassuringly experienced and knowledgeable planning partner who leads the Asserson team. Very impressive, he has been a delight to work with.’

Key clients


Albany Homes

Aurora Developments

Capitalstart Limited

City and Docklands Property Group

Countryside Properties PLC

Createfuture Limited

Galliard Homes

Ilford (Jersey) Limited

ITC Properties Group

Mandeville Hotels

Old Kent Road Regeneration Limited

Orchidtame Limited

Public Sector (PSP)

Shaviram (Aldershot) Limited

Marson Properties Limited

Winston Group

Work highlights

  • Advising City and Docklands with regard to a number of landmark towers within the OPDC.
  • Advising Winston Group on numerous town centre regeneration schemes across the country.
  • Advising Orchidtame Limited on their plans for a 1000-unit scheme in the centre of Birmingham.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's planning and environment practice is in a period of growth, expanding into new practice areas including marine planning, DCOs and environmental law. Anita Kasseaan joined the firm from Howard Kennedy LLP in May 2020 to head up the department; her experience of planning and environmental law issues includes the management of environmental liabilities and risks. The team, which also includes legal director Keith Lancaster and Guthrie McGruer, is also strong in heritage, highways, and town and country planning.

Practice head(s):

Anita Kasseean

Other key lawyers:

Keith Lancaster; Guthrie McGruer


‘I have found them to be very helpful and knowledgeable in relation to construction contracts, Section 104 agreements etc.’

‘The environment and planning team punches way above its weight, regularly undertaking (so-called) ‘Magic Circle’ category work – but better executed: “exceptional” is BM’s ‘norm’.’

‘Its unique quality is that it is simultaneously low-key and exceptional. It has a wide client base, does complex work, and advises practically and commercially at every turn. It is ostensibly and naturally diverse where others have to strive to be so.’

‘Anita Kasseean is the star partner of the BM Team: most charming, measured, and steely in equal measure, she is devastatingly effective in delivering her clients’ objectives. Intellectually nimble, together with her tireless resourcefulness, commercial pragmatism, and extensive legal knowledge base, she is immensely valued by all clients.’

Key clients

Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited

Meadow Residential (and subsidiaries)

Lidl Great Britain Limited

Berkeley Homes (Southern) Limited

Peabody Housing

Metro Bank

Welsh Government

Justin Homes / Joseph Homes

Hyde Group

Stratland Estates

Hollybrook Homes Limited


Sutton and East Surrey Water

Dorrington Plc

Agudas Israel Housing Association


Calthorpe Estates Limited

Boatfolk Marinas

FJB Hotels Group

Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust

Bellway Homes Limited (Thames Valley)

Methodist Church

Abri HA (ex Radian and Yarlington)

Development Bank of Wales

Aster Group


Sunley Estates Limited

Newport City Homes Limited

West Wales HA

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of the Welsh Government on a number of national infrastructure transport and compulsory purchase projects to assist Wales’ post-Brexit infrastructure investment plans.
  • Advising Meadow Residential, an American backed property investment developer and funder in relation to various high-value build to rent schemes across a number of London sites.
  • Advising and representing landowners of the most critical site affected by the Aquind Interconnector DCO encompassing issues relating to the impact of Brexit, EU funding rules, transport, environmental impacts of the scheme, ancient woodland, compulsory purchase, the Communications Act 2003 and the Electricity Act.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The planning team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts across all areas of planning and public law, covering contentious and non-contentious planning issues. It specialises in regeneration projects, major urban extensions and new settlements. Practice head Claire Fallows focuses on strategic land projects and tall buildings; an area in which the team was recently instructed by Greenwich Millenium Village, winning an appeal to grant consent for a controversial new residential tower building.

Practice head(s):

Claire Fallows

Other key lawyers:

Helen Hutton


‘Charles Russell Speechly houses a superb team of lawyers, working right at the heart of the real estate sector. They act for high-profile institutional developers and companies in contentious property matters.’

‘The firm is highly regarded throughout the wider property market, with commercially astute professionals available at every level. They are extremely good at recognising and facilitating the needs of their clients, they’re highly responsive, and on technical matters, they are truly excellent.’

‘Claire Fallows is accessible at all times to resolve issues as they occur. Her knowledge in respect of planning law is exceptional. She has the ability to make complex issues seem very straightforward.’

‘Helen Hutton is outstanding. She gives completely clear and commercially practical advice. She produces work quickly. She is very good at bringing council legal departments to heel.’

Key clients

The Church Commissioners for England

Derwent London

ITV plc

Bellway Homes Limited

Higgins Homes plc

Countryside Properties

Siemens Benefits Scheme

Eton College

Alperton Limited

Greenwich Millennium Village Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Greenwich Millennium Village Limited on the planning development of around 2,000 homes and new community facilities at their brownfield development at the Greenwich peninsula.
  • Advising Higgins Homes plc on its development programme across a number of central London boroughs, including the development of phases of the Legacy Olympic Park development.
  • Acting for longstanding client Bellway Homes on all aspects of the planning work across London and the south east, including in Kent, Thames Gateway, Thames Valley, Essex, South and North London.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is known for its strong residential development practice, with particular expertise in the negotiation of complex s106 agreements. It advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious planning issues, regularly acting for clients in judicial review and statutory challenges. The team is led by Christopher Stanwell and supported by DCO expert Andrew Morgan.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Stanwell

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Morgan

Farrer & Co

The planning practice at Farrer & Co has a strong track record advising on urban development and urban community projects, and it has received a growing number of instructions from international investors in the development space. Led by Karen Phull, the team also has expertise in the heritage sector, and also in judicial review proceedings, where it regularly acts for private clients.

Practice head(s):

Karen Phull

Other key lawyers:

Anthony McNamee


‘Farrer & Co evidently has an exceptional reputation and history with its well-known client base. This is mixed with a very modern and approachable attitude.’

‘I find that Farrer & Co are highly professional, informed and expert in their respective fields. However, they do not come across as a large corporate and have a friendly and approachable manner, which I consider to be a key attribute.’

‘Excellent breadth of knowledge in planning, both contentious and non-contentious. A wide range of clients, including private clients.’

‘Karen Phull is excellent at dealing with very demanding clients. She has a sense of calm management and a depth of planning knowledge. She is highly skilled in managing planning litigation, including judicial review.’

Key clients


Agenda Capital Partners

Meredith Corporation

Commonwealth Real Estate LP

Rhodes Trust

Duchy of Cornwall

The British Library

Blackhall Global Partners LLC

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation

Work highlights

  • Negotiated a planning agreement for The Rhodes Trust for planning permission to transform the Grade II listed Rhodes House to enable the expansion of its celebrated global scholarship programme.
  • Advised The British Library on its St Pancras development, which involved the disposal of the 2.8-acre St Pancras development site for commercial investment and the construction of gallery facilities and a public realm.
  • Advised The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSE)  on a major redevelopment of its prime central London site.

Forsters LLP

The planning team at Forsters LLP acts for a range of clients, including major developers, real estate funds and institutional investors. The team specialises in large-scale urban regeneration projects, and is led by Victoria Du Croz, who has extensive experience of providing strategic advice on planning applications, including the negotiation of s106 agreements. Counsel Matthew Evans provides support in judicial review proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Du Croz

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Evans; Lauren Archer; Laura Parrish; Alice Gordon-Finlayson


‘They work collaboratively together on projects and provide clear advice.’

‘Matthew Evans, Victoria Du Croz and Lauren Archer are a great planning team who understand planning matters, respond to matters quickly and provide valuable advice. They are fun but professional to work with.’

‘Victoria Du Croz is knowledgeable, professional, and a commercial problem-solver.’

‘Forsters have proven to be very responsive, practical, available, and accessible. The team is also friendly and professional, working efficiently to meet priorities.’

‘The team are very together – joined-up thinking across the board is definitely a strength.’

‘Matthew Evans and Alice Gordon-Finlayson have worked extremely closely with us and have been an very effective team, demonstrating an in-depth knowledge in achieving all our planning requirements.’

‘Victoria Du Croz is my reason for working with Forsters. Having met and worked with Victoria in her previous role, she was a very personable individual, who was hard working and exceptionally bright. Matthew Evans is also personable, with a real practical approach to his role and when engaged with his counterpart. Lauren Archer is very capable, with a firm appreciation of client aspirations.’

‘I feel they go the extra mile to get the deal across the line.’

Key clients

Knight Dragon

Hondo Enterprises Ltd.

British Airways Pension Fund Trustees Ltd

Aitch Group

Fairview New Homes

British Airways Pension Investment Management Limited and General Projects (development partner)

City & Suburban Homes

General Projects

Menta Redrow (II) Limited

Fairview New Homes Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Knight Dragon on a range of matters, including the ongoing provision of strategic planning advice; advising and negotiating with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, GLA, TfL on a s106 agreement across existing and proposed new masterplans for the area.
  • Advising Hondo Enterprises in connection with the regeneration of Brixton Market and the redevelopment of a nearby site on Pope’s Road in central Brixton.
  • Acting for long-standing client British Airways Pension Fund Trustees Ltd in connection with the planning aspects of a £500m development near Kings Cross, London.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP's planning team, which is 'effective and very client-focused', is led by Feroze Abbas. Equally strong acting for public and private sector clients, its work covers large-scale regeneration, urban redevelopment, and the planning aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, among various other matters. Abbas has niche expertise in vires, transactional structuring and local government affordable housing delivery models. At senior associate level, names to note are Rebecca Daniels and Matthew Dempsey, who was recruited from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Feroze Abbas

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Daniels


‘K&L Gates’ planning team is confident, effective and very client-focused. They have an intense focus on detail and are always very approachable.’

‘Feroze Abbas always provides incredibly efficient and competent advice. Feroze is meticulous in identifying risks to the client and offering robust solutions to challenging matters.’

‘Friendly, creative and highly knowledgeable staff.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments


Elysian Residences

London Borough of Bromley

London Borough of Hounslow

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Workspace PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Hounslow on all aspects of planning including negotiation of s106 agreements on multiple development sites.
  • Advising Workspace PLC, a longstanding client, on a number of schemes, including advising on all planning aspects and negotiating s106 and Development Co-operation Agreements in relation to the redevelopment of the Highways Business Park into a mixed-use site.
  • Advising Patrizia AG on all aspects of planning due diligence and development delivery strategy alongside the wider transactional team in relation to purchase by client entity from Warwickshire Cricket Club (WCC) and Homes England (HE) of a 250yr lease of land for development.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's newly-established planning team has become 'a real powerhouse', under the leadership of Sarah Fitzpatrick. In addition to being noted for its active enforcement practice and expertise in mixed-use schemes, the team has also seen growth in residential development, compulsory purchase and DCO work.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Fitzpatrick; Caroline May

Other key lawyers:

Carina Wentzel


‘Excellent, forward-thinking planning advice.’

‘Adaptability to advise on different types of development and up to date knowledge of case law and how to apply it to best effect in practice.’

‘Sarah Fitzpatrick is an industry expert with a proven track record in successful planning appeals with local authorities. You would not want anyone else to represent you.’

‘A real powerhouse. A blue chip client base. Huge knowledge and experience of all aspects of planning law, including major infrastructure and court litigation. Fits within the broader Norton Rose offering which means there is particular strength in Energy cases. In my view, undoubtedly one of the very best planning teams in London.’

‘Carina Wentzel is truly exceptional. Hugely personably, terrifyingly intelligent, and totally on top of all of the deals all of the time. She works extremely hard and understands both the law and the client’s commercial objectives in a way that only a first-rate solicitor can.’

Key clients

Berliet Limited

DB Cargo (UK) Limited

Setha Canterbury Ltd

Hotchkiss Limited

PPR Estates

Linea Homes

Setha Chipping Norton Ltd

Civitas Social Housing plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Berliet Limited on the redevelopment of four linked sites to provide a residential led mixed-use scheme with circa 750 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 and ecclesiastical aspects.

Richard Max & Co

Specialist planning boutique Richard Max & Co is 'outstandingly good' and advises on all aspects of planning, highways and compulsory purchase law. The firm has a wide-ranging client base, comprising of landed estates, parish councils, Premier League football clubs and private individuals. Richard Max and David Warman co-head the practice, regularly providing strategic planning advice to major landowners and developers. The firm also has a strong contentious practice, handling judicial review challenges in the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Richard Max; David Warman


‘The firm only undertakes planning work and is therefore always across the latest developments and, being a boutique is particularly good at providing a swift and personal service. They are always willing to provide an initial steer at no cost and are also able to work seamlessly with other firms in relation to transactions.’

‘Both Richard Max and David Warman are a pleasure to work with and give clear and concise advice.’ 

‘Small but dedicated and very efficient team who will give you their complete attention.’

David Warman. Calm, collected, eminently sensible, he can be relied upon to give absolutely straight advice.’

‘Outstandingly good: a small firm that matches and exceeds its bigger rivals.’

‘Specialist planning practice. Richard Max knows everything there is to know about planning law and practice and applies his knowledge in a practical and sensible way. I wouldn’t dream of using anybody else for any planning matter, great or small.’

Key clients

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

Royal Horticultural Society

Royal Marsden Hospital Trust

Greenacre Thanet

The Penshurst Estate

The Rhodes Trust

Jojo Investco Limited

OD Camden Limited

Nimax Theatres

Bates Wells

A H Hoad and Son

Hawkhurst Parish Council

Boodle Hatfield

Work highlights

  • Advising Tottenham Hotspur Football Club on securing planning permission for a major residential-led mixed-use scheme as part of a high road west regeneration area.  
  • Advising and representing the Royal Horticultural Society in respect of examination into Highways England application for development consent for M25/A3 junction improvements at Wisley.
  • Negotiating and drafting multi-party s106 agreements for Greenacre Thanet Limited’s 900 home urban extension.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP holds a 'unique position in the local government and planning world', representing several public bodies on a wide range of planning issues, including negotiating s106 agreements, judicial reviews and statutory challenges, EIA and CIL. Planning and licensing specialist Bernadette Hillman heads up the practice and is supported by William Rose and Andrew Swaffer, who are experts in contentious planning work.

Practice head(s):

Bernadette Hillman

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Lewis; William Rose; Andrew Swaffer; Rachel Lee


‘A fresh, enthusiastic and diverse team who bring energy and capability in equal measure. They are clear in their values and express them well in their work.’

‘Sharpe Pritchard will always strive to find a solution and provide advice that is pragmatic and solid.’

‘Bernadette Hillman has a significant depth of knowledge in local government and planning law, and is eminently approachable, adaptable and practical when handling planning matters.’

‘William Rose, in particular, is the go-to solicitor for High Court work, whether injunctions or other kinds, and is absolutely dependable with an encyclopaedic knowledge of practice and procedure. I recommend him regularly to clients.’

‘Advice is pragmatic and always turned around well within required timescales with the ability to treat low-value matters with the same urgency and skill as the high-value and complex matters. The rates of fees are very reasonable and noticeably less than instructing a local firm.’

‘Sharpe Pritchard holds a unique position in the local government and planning world because of its longevity and consequent depth of knowledge and available skills in these fields.’

‘Experts in judicial review and High Court litigation. Particular expertise administering complex litigation and cost issues.’

‘Andrew Swaffer – A total star – exceptional. Highly experienced dealing with judicial review and associated litigation. Entirely focused on the client’s needs.’

Key clients

Lambeth London Borough Council

Redbridge London Borough Council

Portsmouth Water

South Cambs District Council

Countryside Properties

London Borough of Barnet

Hertfordshire County Council

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Thanet District Council

Harrow School

National Trust

Debenham Antiques Ltd

Braintree District Council

Mid Suffolk Council

Test Valley Borough Council

Mid Sussex District Council

Wycombe District Council

Work highlights

  • Advised South Cambs District Council on the planning matters relating to the Wellcome Genome Campus Expansion Site in Cambridge, a project worth over £1bn.
  • Advising Portsmouth Water on the planning applications for the major programme of works to construct the Havant Thicket Reservoir and pipeline in an area covering 160 hectares, a project worth over £100m.
  • Acted for the National Trust in connection with its challenge to a decision letter issued by the Secretary of State in relation to 36 appeals brought by City and County concerning land at Bramshill House in Hampshire.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP‘s national planning team handles the full spectrum of planning matters, with strengths in mixed-use and regeneration schemes. Karen Howard leads the team across the south, including London, and has vast experience as project manager on major schemes in the City.

Practice head(s):

Karen Howard


‘Client-focused, great strategic thinking, good deal makers.’

‘Depth of knowledge is exceptional.’

‘Highly competent team with excellent facility back up, approachable, easy to work with, professional and knowledgeable.’

‘Karen Howard – Highly efficient and collaborative.’

‘Lisa Tye – great to work with, excellent client holding skills, deals with complex issues while maintaining humour and positivity. Fun to work with.’

Key clients

S & J Padfield and family

DPE Estates /Essex CC

GSE Waterbrook


Storefast Solutions Limited

Joseph Lowe

Jeff Lowe

Drew Smith

Borough Green Gardens consortium

Galldris Group Limited

London Borough of Hackney

Thurrock Borough Council

Arun District Council

Chiltern Investments Limited /Chiltern Firehouse

Hadley Property

Frontier Estates Limited


Commercial Estates Group

Highbridge Properties

McCarthy & Stone

Loft Holdings Limited

White & Case (Co Counsel role)

Work highlights

  • Advising S & J Padfield and Partners on the Brentwood local plan and preparing the planning application for joint partners who are promoting land for the delivery of the Brentwood Enterprise Park.
  • Advising Dartmouth Park Estates on all planning matters, including s106 aspects for a strategic site in the South Maldon Garden Suburb for 320 houses, land for a community hospital and relief road.
  • Advising Storefast Solutions Limited on a complex enforcement matter involving the disputed use of an industrial site in Kent.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a strong public sector focus, advising local authorities and central government departments on a range of major development schemes. Growth areas for the firm include build to rent schemes and advice to clients on EIA. Practice head Jacqueline Backhaus is a specialist planning, highways and compulsory purchase lawyer with over 20 years of experience advising both the public and private sector.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Backhaus


For me, it is their ‘can-do’ attitude and client-focused approach to finding robust legal solutions for a range of planning issues throughout the planning process, including public inquiries.’

Great team who apply their minds and work toward the goals of the client. Professional and great advisers.’

Jacqueline Backhaus – expert knowledge and advice given in a timely manner.’

Key clients

London Borough of Enfield

Hyde Housing Association

Watkin Jones Group

Clarion Housing Group

Homes England

Vistry Partnerships PLC

Epping Forest District Council

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

RE Capital (formerly Geneva Management Group)

Stevenage Borough Council

Countryside Properties UK PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising London Borough of Enfield on all aspects of the regeneration of Meridian Water, which comprises approximately 85 hectares and is one of the largest developable areas in London.
  • Advising Clarion Housing Group on all planning and CPO aspects of a large regeneration programme in the London Borough of Merton, seeking to comprehensively redevelop three housing estates.
  • Advising Hyde Housing Association and its subsidiaries on a number of major redevelopments, including a 1200 home planning application in the Charlton Riverside masterplan area within the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Nick Walker leads Watson Farley & Williams LLP's planning, environment and health and safety team. It delivers 'exceptionally high-quality commercial advice' across the spectrum of planning work, including compulsory purchase, onshore and offshore consents, PRS schemes and emerging energy technologies. The group is also experienced in advising on judicial reviews and challenges.

Practice head(s):

Nick Walker


‘The WFW planning team is unique in being both low key and agile, whilst delivering exceptionally high-quality commercial advice to a significant client base ranging from national pension fund investors to entrepreneur developers.’

‘Nick Walker is the star partner of the planning and environmental WFW team, unique in his ability to identify the route to secure the client’s objectives along the line of least legal and practical resistance through his considerable intellectual capacity and rigour.’

‘Nick talks the client’s commercial and pragmatic language and invariably has his finger instinctively on the pulse of their core concerns and objectives, so as to be able to deliver exceptionally high quality commercial legal advice to them on numerous thorny legal problems. Nick is a low-key and brilliant planning and environment lawyer.’

Key clients

Ropemaker Properties Limited


CNG Fuels Ltd


Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm

The Renewables Infrastructure Group (“TRIG”) and Infrared Capital Partners


Bio Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Walney Extension Wind Farm Limited on its £447m sale of transmission assets relating to the 659 MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm to Diamond Transmission Partners Walney Extension.
  • Advised CNG Fuels on the planning and EHS aspects of their £80m funding by Foresight Group in a joint venture to build a nationwide network of refuelling stations that will allow heavy goods vehicles to run on carbon-neutral fuel.
  • Advised Ropemaker Properties (BP Pension Fund), one of the UK’s top 10 largest pension fund, on a number of planning and EHS matters.  

Davitt Jones Bould

Davitt Jones Bould is a specialist real estate law firm that advises on major town and city regeneration projects. Robin de Wreede and John Qualtrough are specialist planning lawyers with extensive experience of advising local government clients. In 2020, the team was bolstered by the arrival of five new partners, including those of Yohanna Weber (from Fieldfisher) and Kirsten Dunlop  (from Winckworth Sherwood LLP) to the firm's London office. Madeleine Davitt leads the group.

Practice head(s):

Madeleine Davitt

Other key lawyers:

Robin de Wreede; John Qualtrough; Yohanna Weber; Kirsten Dunlop


DJB are the best external lawyers I have dealt with. Their knowledge and client care is second to none.’

Attention to detail, good humour and willingness to go the extra mile to achieve the desired outcome.’

Key clients

Bath and North East Somerset Council (BANES)

North Somerset Council

The Royal Parks

Woking Borough Council

Wiltshire Council

Slough Borough Council

Minerva Smart Cities

Highways England

Care Quality Commission

The City and County of Swansea Council

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

Sedgemoor District Council

Surrey County Council

Chelmsford City Council

James Elliman Homes

Devon County Council

Plato Estates

Natural England

Exeter Science Park

Work highlights

  • Advising The Royal Parks on the hosting of key events, including the London Marathon and Swim Serpentine.
  • Advising Woking Borough Council on the making of a CPO to deliver their regeneration of Sheerwater.
  • Advising several local government clients on their town and city regeneration schemes.

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP has a full-service planning practice, regularly advising clients on CIL, infrastructure and s106 agreements. Practice head Mark Harnett specialises in compulsory purchase and development work, including rights to light and environmental liability. The team also has contentious expertise, with Miles Crawford acting for a range of private sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harnett

Other key lawyers:

Miles Crawford


‘They are always there for us, with an eye for details’

‘Extremely accessible and approachable.’

‘Mark Harnett is a very competent and reliable individual, providing sensible and pragmatic approaches to the issues in hand.’

‘Clear and decisive. Accessible. Sound advice.’

‘A great team to work with. Always innovative and proactive.’

Fladgate’s planning team provide comprehensive and reliable advice on planning issues.’

Key clients

Hodson Developments

Music Walk of Fame

Weston Homes

The Board of Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery

Hult International Business School

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Manor Heights

The Board of Trustees of the British Museum

Tranquility Property Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Hodson Developments on reserved matters, applications and associated infrastructure agreements for a substantial residential development at Chilmington Green, Ashford.
  • Advised FTH Investments on its planning application for the development of Fulham Town Hall ( a Grade II star listed building) as a mixed-use property with a luxury 90 bedroom hotel and spa as well as a co-working space, luxury apartments and retail space.
  • Advising the National Portrait Gallery in relation to the proposed building refurbishment works.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP offers clients a one-stop service for planning, working closely with its real estate practice to handle DCOs for NSIPs, large-scale developments, CIL and contentious planning matters. Practice head Robert Bruce provides 'first-class planning advice' and is noted for his specialist expertise in highways and public rights of way.

Practice head(s):

Robert Bruce

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Roe


‘Rob Bruce and Jennifer Roe – good legal and practical skills, easy to work with and to coordinate inquiry work.’

‘Good all-round knowledge of planning law. Also, provided detailed yet easy to understand response, which allows us to make a decision with all the information.’

‘Rob Bruce has provided first-class planning advice throughout. He has very good legal knowledge, is equally good in applying it, is very thorough and very quick to respond. He also has very good communication skills.’

‘Freeths legal team do not hide behind a desk like so many other firms. They fully engage with the client to understand the issues and collectively work with you to find a solution.’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Taylor Wimpey / Transport for London

Cumbria County Council

Bucks County Council

Raycliff Capital


Aldi Stores Limited

Premier Construction


Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Borough of Greenwich on all their complicated planning matters.
  • Advised Aldi Stores Limited on three judicial reviews by competing supermarkets in 2020-2021 (Bolton, Chelmsford and Rugeley). One which was dismissed on all grounds and the other two are ongoing.
  • Advised and represented Raycliff Capital in relation to a major public inquiry for applications called-in by the Secretary of State relating to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry listed building (Grade II*) and adjacent land.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP is best known for promoting complex redevelopment projects and it handles both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to schemes in the commercial, mixed-use, housing, retail and hotel sectors. Practice head Jade Chalmers, who made partner in May 2021, is 'a legal force to be reckoned with'.

Practice head(s):

Jade Chalmers


‘Uniquely, the team seamlessly advises on the whole development lifecycle from the planning application stage through to appeal and enforcement in tandem with the financial and development tax aspects.’

‘Jade is a legal force to be reckoned with: simultaneously securing client objectives with fierce intelligence, insight, and charm. Jade has particular expertise in complex planning and development tax matters, ensuring her client’s interests remain safeguarded.’

Key clients

First Base

Galliard Homes


Octopus Real Estate

Balleroy Ltd

Southern Grove

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has a national planning and environmental team, which is led by Claire Petricca-Riding in Manchester, and includes lawyers from the Birmingham, Gatwick and London offices. The group advises clients on mixed-use regeneration schemes, strategic land, contentious planning and the rapidly growing retirement living sector. The 'extremely knowledgable and highly competent' Nicola Gooch is the key contact across London and Gatwick.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petricca-Riding

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Gooch; James Pavey; Sejal Patel


‘Great expertise, pragmatic, commercial and totally in control.’

‘Friendly and competent. No fuss in getting on with the job in a timely and efficient manner.’

‘Nicola Gooch is extremely knowledgeable and highly competent. Clare Petricca-Riding is of the same calibre.’

‘Sejal Patel is someone who goes the extra mile to get the work done when there are problems and pressures. She saves the client unnecessary extra costs without cutting corners to do so. She is friendly and reliable.’

Key clients


Macar Developments

Jaspar Group

Coutts & Co

South London Church Fund and Southwark Diocesan Board of Finance

Glenmore Arms Limited

Edgware Ironworks Limited

The Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth Charitable Trust

Tobermory Sarl

Work highlights

  • Advising Edgware Ironworks Limited on two adjoining mixed-use development schemes in Edgware – comprising high-rise residential, commercial and retail floor space.
  • Advising Jaspar Group on the redevelopment of an existing brownfield site in the centre of Tonbridge to form a 70 room hotel; 10 residential units and retail floor space along with associated car parking, landscaping, refuse and cycle storage.
  • Advising Tobermory Sarl on a large mixed-use development in Manchester city centre. This includes leisure, retail and residential uses within a setting of a listed building which is an iconic building in the city centre.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law‘s growing planning team is particularly strong in (General Permitted Development) Order (GDPO) matters. Ben Garbett and Oliver Goodwin are among the key names; Garbett has expertise in planning for housing and new communities, utilities and motorway service areas, while Goodwin advises both private and public sector clients on the full spectrum of planning matters. The team also has renewable energy expertise, with environmental law expert Yohanna Weber focusing on infrastructure and renewable energy development.

Other key lawyers:

Ben Garbett; Oliver Goodwin; Yohanna Weber


‘The team is strong in complementary areas. There are specialists in a range of planning fields ranging from pre-planning advice to judicial review and rights of light.’

‘Yohanna Weber – experienced, very knowledegable, highly efficient, an impressive planning solicitor.’

‘Ben Garbett is highly approachable. He has a brisk and efficient manner coupled with a sense of humour which makes it a pleasure to work with him.’

‘Yohanna is very responsive to clients requirements and quick to resolve and complete tasks. Yohanna has the ability to get straight to the heart of the issue and provide a good service to the client.’

Key clients

Globalgrange Hotels Limited

Highgate Group of New York

Wheelabrator Technologies Inc

Dominvs Group

Atlas Partners Ltd

Bembridge Harbour Trust

Private Couple

Private landowner client

Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Limited

Calon Energy Limited (formerly a subsidiary of RWE Generation)

Tim Moya Associates

Victoria and Albert Museum

Coventry Gliding Club

Private client

Hallson Homes Limited

Hayashi Developments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Accting on behalf of Highgate Group of New York to achieve premises licensing for what should be the tallest hotel in London and based in Shoreditch.  This will be the first in London.
  • Advised Dominvs Group on planning issues relating to the development of two new landmark hotels in London over a courthouse in Hammersmith.
  • Acted for Bembridge Harbour Trust in the challenge of several planning applications for residential development and other development activities of the Harbour Authority and other company entities, and use of powers under the Harbours Acts generally.

Lewis Silkin

The 'excellent' planning practice at Lewis Silkin LLP works in conjunction with its real estate department to handle the full spectrum of planning matters. Led by Sara Hanrahan, the team works with developers, corporate occupiers, luxury retail and leisure clients, investors and high net-worth individuals. Hanrahan is primarily supported by Leonard Goodrich, who is now a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Sara Hanrahan

Other key lawyers:

Leonard Goodrich


‘They are very friendly and supportive – always quick to react and helpful.’

‘With Lewis Silkin, the billing is quick and easy and very well explained. The people are friendly.’

‘I deal with the planning team on various matters. Their depth of knowledge and commercial understanding of matters is impressive.’

‘Having worked with a number of firms, Lewis Silkin provide a wide diversity of skills at the highest level. It is important to clients to have reassurance that the issues they face can be successfully delivered by the same firm.’

‘Excellent practice, now led by Sara Hanrahan. She has much experience of commercial development and is a sought-after solicitor.’

‘I would recommend Sara for any planning problem. She is very bright, committed and tenacious, as well as having the ability to get on well with clients. I think she has a very good understanding of what developers need in today’s planning world.’

Key clients

A6 Management Ltd

Cain International

Christies Auction House

Fairview New Homes Ltd

Gainsbury and Whiting Production

Langbourn Properties Ltd

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

London Legacy Development Corporation

London Luton Airport Operations Ltd

Meadows Residential


London Borough of Ealing

Oakley Square Developments Ltd

Payne Hicks Beach

Shinfield Studios

Sager Group

The Dusty Knuckle Ltd

Thornspan Ltd

Walker Books

Withers LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising Cain International on the redevelopment of the former Royal Mail North London Post Sorting Office site into a mixed-use scheme.
  • Advising London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham in connection with the ongoing regeneration of Earl’s Court.
  • Advised London Legacy Development Corporation on the s106 agreement for the Eastwick and Sweetwater development at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and other planning matters.

Maples Teesdale LLP

Led by John Bosworth, Maples Teesdale LLP is a specialist real estate law firm providing advice on all aspects of planning law. The team has experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters, with strategic land and development being a key area of work. Associate Robin Barnes has a keen interest in built heritage. In February 2021, Andrew Thomas joined the team as a consultant from Gowling WLG.

Practice head(s):

John Bosworth

Other key lawyers:

Robin Barnes; Andrew Thomas


John Bosworth is brilliant.’

A really good firm with direct access to partner availability.’

A very strong team led by John Bosworth.

John Boswell takes a very pragmatic approach and dealt with the council in a very considered way to facilitate the agreement of our section 106.’

Key clients

City, University of London

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Bywater Properties

Martins Properties (Chelsea) Limited

Lands Improvement Holdings

Canadian & Arcadia

Prosperity Student Living

Dominvs Hotel Group

Henry Boot

Legal & General

Work highlights

  • Advising Dominvs Group on proposals to redevelop Citycape House on High Holborn. Citicape House will feature Europe’s largest green wall, creating a distinctive addition to the City of London, while absorbing eight tonnes of pollution annually.
  • Completed a section 106 agreement for City, University of London, at 33 Finsbury Square, linked to its application to use the former office building for its Business School.
  • Advised Tristan Capital Partners on a section 106 agreement required in connection with the substantial redevelopment of the Solent Business Park.

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP's growing team acts on the full range of planning issues, including heritage and CIL. John Webster, who joined from Osborne Clarke LLP in September 2020, co-heads the practice with Alex Ground. The team has a strong contentious practice, with developers and high-net-worth individuals making up its client base.

Practice head(s):

Alex Ground; John Webster


‘Very responsive and detailed in their advice. Able to comment in detail at short notice.’

‘They are very dynamic, always available, quick workers, great team collaboration.’

‘John Webster – In my experience John really adds value to a case, drawing on his extensive legal and practical experience to achieve the best possible outcome for the client in an efficient way. He is a real asset to Russell Cooke.’

‘Paul Reed – Very thorough, offers excellent advice, works to the timeframe required’

Key clients

Perenco UK Limited

Woodcock Holdings Limited

Newable Property Developments Limited

Copperwood Developments Limited


Graham Oates Associates

Fairfax Properties

Triplerose Properties

Pret A Manger


Quantum Developments

Imperial London Hotels


Countryside Properties PLC

Hodson’s Mill Limited

Upminster Properties Limited

Scorpio Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Countryside Properties Plc on the promotion of a Compulsory Purchase Order for the Tangmere Strategic Development Location, a 1,300 residential unit scheme in Tangmere, Chichester.
  • Advising Pret a Manger for over 30 years and more recently Eat on a variety of matters relating to their UK property portfolio.
  • Acted for Triplerose Limited on both the planning appeal and subsequent legal challenge to the decision of the Secretary of State.

Slaughter and May

Best known for its expertise in energy projects, football stadia and urban developments, Slaughter and May continue to be instructed on large-scale projects by its diverse client base. Senior associate Richard Keczkes, who leads the team, is experienced in planning, environmental and compulsory purchase matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Keczkes

Other key lawyers:

Jane Edwarde


‘Fantastic people to work with, their knowledge and professionalism has been outstanding.’

‘The team are efficient, diligent and carry themselves calmly in potentially confrontational meetings, sticking only to factual information.’

Key clients

Arsenal FC

Bourne Leisure

Clothworkers’ Company

Derwent London

Drax Group

Elysian Residences

Essex County Council

Everton FC

Fishmongers’ Company

Halsbury Homes Group

Hitech Vision


Jones Lang LaSalle

Legal & General

London Resort Company Holdings

Ocado Group

Work highlights

  • Securing planning permission for Everton FC to develop a new 52,888 capacity stadium in Liverpool’s World Heritage Site at Bramley Moore Dock and on the mixed use redevelopment of Goodison Park.
  • Securing planning permission for The Clothworkers’ Company to develop a new 35 storey office tower at Fenchurch Street (1 million square feet of new space).
  • Advising Essex County Council on the development of its new county-wide energy from waste facility: planning applications, public inquiries and High Court litigation.