Planning and environment in North West
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's planning team, which is led by Richard Lloyd and Michelle Moss, handles development and infrastructure projects. It advises on residential schemes, regeneration projects, CPO-based schemes and CPO compensation cases. The energy and retail sectors are also key areas of focus. Lloyd heads the compulsory purchase group and Moss is an 'excellent CPO practitioner'. Senior associate Fiona Barker is also noted. The environment team, which is led by legal director Jane Southworth , handles contentious and non-contentious work and stands out for its chemicals expertise. Senior associate Catherine Manning is noted for non-contentious environmental and health and safety matters.
Richard Lloyd (planning) Michelle Moss (plannning) Jane Southworth (environment)
Capital & Regional
London Borough of Barnet
London & Continental Railways
NNB Generation Company (HPC)
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Triton Knoll Offshore Wind farm
Nuclear Decommissioning Agency
Sims Group UK
Severn Trent Water
Legal and General
- Advised HS2 on four high-value and complex claims that have been referred to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) for determination.
- The team is instructed by London & Continental Railways on the regeneration of its AXIS site in Birmingham for a scheme of over 1m square feet of new office space.
- Advised The London Borough of Barnet on planning and compulsory purchase matters on its £4.3bn regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood, one of the London Mayor’s strategic Opportunity Areas.
- Advised company on the environmental permitting regime and the link with the funding and pricing arrangements agreed by the relevant utilities regulator.
- Advised a large US manufacturing company on a breach of the ROHS Regulations by one of its suppliers.
At Pinsent Masons LLP the planning team, which is led by Mike Pocock, acts for developers, public sector clients and landowners, as well as construction, energy and water companies. It is engaged on infrastructure and development projects and is experienced in education sector work. Compulsory purchase orders and development consent orders are also a key area of expertise and it handles contentious planning cases. Associate Elizabeth Nuttall is experienced in development planning mandates and senior associate Melanie Grimshaw is 'excellent'. Legal director Claire Gregory heads the environmental team which handles contentious and non-contentious work for clients across the water, energy, waste, chemicals, infrastructure and advanced manufacturing sectors.
Mike Pocock (planning); Claire Gregory (environment)
‘The environment team is particularly strong technically and it offers pragmatic, user-friendly legal advice.’
‘Claire Gregory provides excellent specialist legal advice in a user-friendly way and is very reliable and approachable.’
‘The team is unerringly friendly, down to earth and hugely competent.’
‘Mike Pocock is a pleasure to deal with, his friendly and approachable manner is greatly appreciated.’
‘Mike Pocock is excellent with clients and is astute and approachable.’
‘Matthew Baker is excellent with clients.’
‘Beth Grant is diligent, well prepared and hardworking.’
Northern Trust Company
University of Sheffield
Land and Lakes
Befesa Salt Slags
The Casey Group
Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure
- Advised United Utilities Water on a strategically significant compulsory purchase order pursuant to the Water Industry Act.
- Advised Land and Lakes on its plans for a temporary worker accommodation campus for the Wylfa nuclear power station, which will then deliver legacy benefits in the form of a holiday leisure village and affordable housing.
- Provided strategic planning advice to HIMOR in relation to Carrington Village, one of the largest regeneration sites in the country.
- Advised Albion Land on successfully obtaining planning permission, on appeal, for a new employment site in North West Bicester and then defended a judicial review challenge.
- Advised Harworth Estates Group in seeking to obtain planning permission for a waste transfer station.
Clyde & Co LLP's 'fantastic environment team' is engaged on the full range of environmental work and stands out for its expertise in environmental crime, where the team advises on Environment Agency and local authority investigations, prosecutions, and enforcement actions. The team is regularly engaged by corporate clients and insurers. Former Environment Agency prosecutor Rod Hunt has 'valuable expertise' and heads the team. Chris Morrison leads the safety, security, health and environmental regulatory group and senior associate Anna Willetts handles environmental criminal defence work.
‘Anna Willetts is able to combine her technical knowledge with legal advice; she is personal with clients and ensures they receive good client care; and clients flock to her because her reputation is highly regarded in the market place; a no nonsense lawyer who gets the job done.’
‘Rod Hunt is a fantastic environmental specialist who provides clear, well explained advice that is easy for site teams to implement.’
- Representing a FTSE-listed company in relation to investigations into numerous breaches of its discharge consent.
- Representing a company under investigation for allegedly discharging chemicals into the ground.
- Successfully representing a composting business in an Environment Agency (EA) investigation.
- Advising a leading food manufacturer in relation to an Environment Agency prosecution regarding an alleged illegal water discharge activity.
- Represented a quarry operator which was investigated by the Environment Agency for four years on suspicion of illegally depositing waste at its colliery site.
The planning department at Shoosmiths LLP is a 'focused and energetic team which is pro-active in its management of cases'. It is instructed by public and private sector clients on a range of residential, commercial, mixed-use and renewable energy schemes. The team is also adept at handling compulsory acquisition, compensation and urban regeneration mandates, and is experienced in highways work. The team is led by Kathryn Jump, who 'gives clear, effective and practical advice', and Lisa Tye, who is 'very effective'. Senior associate Samantha Grange is also a key figure in the department.
Kathryn Jump; Lisa Tye
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‘Kathryn Jump is an active, thinking and focused solicitor who does not let things get overlooked and thinks ahead in a constructive way.’
‘The planning practitioners form a tight knit and very effective team.’
‘Samantha Grange has extensive knowledge and expertise in compulsory purchase issues.’
‘Lisa Tye will work around the clock , if necessary, to get the job done and she has a first-class mind.’
‘It has a particular skill in “project managing” long-term, complex and high-value disputes across various different stages.’
‘Kathryn Jump is a stand-out partner; she is brilliant at leading a team through a project; and she has an exceptional knowledge of the Greater Manchester region.’
London Borough of Hackney
Select Property/Vita Ventures
Story Homes Limited
Ainscough Strategic Land
Stockport Borough Council
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Sigma Property Capital
- Advised Vastint on the regeneration of the former Tetley Brewery site in Leeds.
- Advised Peel Holdings on the Broadoak site in Salford.
- Advised Brenntag on the impact of the Silvertown Tunnel scheme.
- Advised Ainscough Strategic Land on its proposal for 2,600 houses in the Swindon New Eastern Villages allocation.
- Advised the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames on all aspects of the regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate.
At Weightmans LLP the planning team is engaged on major residential and urban extension projects for local authority clients and it is adept at compulsory purchase work. Energy projects are also a key focus. The environmental team is instructed by water and resources clients on regulatory, compliance and enforcement issues. Manchester-based environmental specialist Simon Colvin leads the firm’s environment and utility teams and is ably supported by associate Julie Goulbourne who is a specialist contentious lawyer. Associate David Mathias heads the planning team in Manchester, while Lee Gordon, who is based across the Leeds and Manchester offices, leads the planning and infrastructure team.
Simon Colvin; Lee Gordon
Other key lawyers:
Julie Goulborune; David Mathias
Peterborough City Council
Royal Mail Group
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
Nottinghamshire County Council
Cheshire East Council
Liverpool City Council
Pennon – Viridor and Southwest Water
Severn Trent Water
Ford Motor Company
Rio Tinto (Anglesey Aluminium Ltd)
Royal Mail Group
Peel Ports Group
Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority
- Instructed by Liverpool City Council on development proposals for its £1.8bn Paddington Village Scheme, delivering upwards of 1.8 million sq ft of new mixed-use floor space within the Knowledge Quarter in central Liverpool.
- Advised Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council on a high-value major highways improvement scheme at Junction 10 of the M6.
- Advised Nottinghamshire County Council on the promotion of a proposed CPO and associated side roads order for a major highways scheme.
- Advised Cheshire East Council on the CPOs required to deliver £131m of highways schemes including Sydney Road Bridge, Middlewich Eastern Bypass and the A500 Dualling Scheme.
- Advised Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council on all aspects of its £262m Rivington Chase development, a significant regeneration project of heavily contaminated brownfield land which is to include 1,700 new dwellings.
The team at Winckworth Sherwood LLP is experienced in contentious and non-contentious planning mandates and is active across compulsory purchase, environmental town and village greens, assets of community value and highway issues. The team is engaged by developer clients on residential schemes and is instructed by a raft of local authority clients on regeneration projects. Team head Colette McCormack is 'excellent' on planning and environmental instructions, and is ably supported by senior associate Joanne Hannah.
Other key lawyers:
Jarrold & Sons
Tatton Estates Management
Cheadle Hulme School
Notting Hill Genesis
St Modwen Developments
Wandsworth Borough Council
Persimmon Homes North West
- The team is engaged by Peel Holdings, the developer, on the major Liverpool Waters scheme, which concerns the regeneration of 60 hectares of the historic former docks on the River Mersey within and adjacent to the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile World Heritage Site.
- The team is engaged by Wandsworth Borough Council in relation to the council’s estate regeneration across the borough.
- The team advises Peel Holdings on its responses to the Community Infrastructure Levy.
- The team is instructed by Gladman Developments to advise on numerous section 106 obligations in locations across England from Northumberland to Kent.
- The team advised Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon in relation to Weir Hill, a major site in Shrewsbury, on an application for 600 dwellings in a phased development.
Aaron & Partners LLP offers specialist expertise in energy work, minerals and waste planning mandates. Energy specialist David Harries heads the planning, environment, energy and regulatory team which features Richard Forrester, who is experienced across mines, minerals, waste planning, complex land and agricultural work, environmental licensing and regulation; David Delaney, who is experienced in planning and compulsory purchase law; and senior associate Keith McKinney who is instructed on planning and environmental matters and is experienced in energy work and environmental crime.
‘The team has a deep understanding of environmental law, procedural hurdles in development consenting and renewables work in Wales.’
‘Keith McKinney is a dedicated lawyer with real insight into client needs and what really matters in a case.’
‘The team is highly responsive and fast to attend to the issues that arise on projects; it uses original arguments and angles to achieve successful outcomes and are of a size that ensures excellent client relationships.’
‘David Harries is an excellent lawyer, who is highly knowledgeable and efficient in dealing with the various issues that can arise in development.’
‘Keith McKinney is a highly determined and effective lawyer who provides fast and accurate advice easily within highly stressful situations; his ability to maintain a healthy sense of humour and his personable style makes working with him very easy.’
Hendy Wind Farm
Aldi Stores UK
Bryn Blaen Wind Farm
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection
Tudor Griffiths Group
- Represented Hendy Wind Farm after Powys County Council refused its planning consent and as a result the application was recovered to the Welsh Ministers who granted permission as a DNS (Development of National Significance) project following a lengthy public inquiry.
- Represented Aldi Stores UK on a planning appeal.
- Advised Renew Land Developments on an application to develop a former quarry for housebuilding.
- Advised Dwr Cymru Welsh Water in relation to a public inquiry for the new M4 and in particular with regard to compulsory purchase orders sought ancillary to the application for the new motorway.
- The team continues to advise North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection on all aspects of its proposed development of a tidal lagoon on the North Wales coast.
Addleshaw Goddard handles a raft of planning and environment work. On the environmental side, which is led by recently promoted partner Michelle Headridge, the team handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients across the real estate, retail, consumer, manufacturing, waste, energy and utility sectors. The team advises on the environmental aspects of real estate, corporate and finance transactions and handles criminal environmental investigation and defence work. Headridge is experienced in the chemicals and waste sectors and is ably supported by managing associate Joanne Holbrook. The planning team in Manchester has been bolstered by the arrival of Emily Williams from Irwin Mitchell.
Emily Williams (planning); Michelle Headrige (environment)
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The key strength is Emily Williams‘ leadership, experience and knowledge.
Emily Williams has in-depth knowledge and experience of the judicial and planning appeals systems; she gives clients comfort with her leadership skills, she is extremely well organised and thorough and is adept at strategy, and is sensitive to the needs of the client.
Emily Williams is comfortable taking a light touch when appropriate, but assertive when necessary.
Emily Williams is highly expert, is very quick on problems and solutions, has excellent judgement and has very good knowledge of up-to-date law and policy.
Aberdeen Standard Life Group of Companies
BP Oil UK
Bruntwood Group of Companies
Marks & Spencer
Southern Water Services
William Jackson Foods
- Advisor to Southern Water Services on South Hampshire Public Inquiry on the appeal of significant changes to water abstraction licences.
- Advised Southern Water Services on various drought planning and water resource planning work.
- Represented Gladman Developments on a High Court case which overturned an appeal against refusal of its plans for 140 homes in Somerset, after ruling that the inspector made a ‘legal error’ by failing to reach a decision on whether the council had a five-year housing land supply.
- Represented Gladman Developments on its application to the Court of Appeal following the case of Gladman Developments Ltd v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and CPRE Kent; in which the High Court dismissed a bid to quash an appeal inspector’s decision to refuse permission for 140 homes in Kent due to the developer’s failure to mitigate harm to a designated air quality management area.
- Advised The Bruntwood Group on the planning aspects arising out of the Bruntwood SciTech deal, which was the largest investment made in science and technology property assets in Europe in 2018, which includes the life sciences centre at Alderley Park, Citylabs in Manchester at the NHS Campus and Manchester Science Park.
Brabners LLP is instructed on planning and environment work. On the environmental side, the team is engaged on real estate and corporate transactions, and is experienced in contaminated land and brownfield regeneration schemes and environmental permitting. The ports, maritime and waste sectors are key areas of focus and the team handles environmental crime cases. The planning side of the practice is instructed on residential and commercial developments, represents clients on planning enforcement appeals and criminal prosecutions, and advises on highways and public rights of way diversions. The 'exceptional' Claire Petricca-Riding heads the team.
Claire Petricca-Riding is particularly experienced and able when dealing with environmental problems and development agreements; clients love what she does because she is so commercially grounded.
The Manchester Ship Canal Company
Port of Sheerness
Lancaster City Council
Peel Ports Group
JW Lees (Brewers)
NWF Group Plc
Redrow and Barratt Homes
Arnold Clark Automobiles
TJ Morris (Home Bargains)
Peel Land and Property
The Riverside Group
Torus Housing Group
Adactus Housing Association
Northstar Housing Group
Associated British Foods
- Represents The Manchester Ship Canal Company on planning and environmental issues.
- Provided the Port of Sheerness with strategic planning, environmental and highways advice.
- Provided Glenbrook CB with strategic planning and environmental advice regarding a large PRS scheme in Manchester.
- Advised Lancaster City Council on more than 20 separate section 106 agreements and deeds of variation for a wide variety of schemes, ranging from residential developments, office and light industrial developments, hospital car parks and warehouses.
- Provided Cityheart with planning and highways support on highways agreements in relation to a large student accommodation scheme.
DLA Piper UK LLP's planning department is a 'close knit team which is always responsive'. It handles the full range of planning work and is regularly engaged on high-profile infrastructure and energy projects, acting for public and private sector clients. Recently promoted legal director Sophie Stewart specialises in development planning and compulsory purchase and is increasingly involved in the planning aspects of major regeneration and infrastructure projects. Leeds-based Andrew Batterton heads the Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool-based planning teams.
Andrew Batterton (Leeds)
Other key lawyers:
Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds
Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council
Liverpool City Council
Mersey Gateway Crossings Board Limited and Halton Council
Sefton Borough Council
Cadent Gas/National Grid Electricity Transmission
East West Railway Company
- Advised Liverpool and Sefton Councils to successfully secure the consents needed to deliver a major highways improvement scheme, including access to land and compensation advice.
- Advised Sefton Council to secure a s6 delegation from Highways England to deliver a critical motorway junction scheme, which also involved the consenting, rights of way and land acquisition to deliver the scheme.
- Providing ongoing advice to Mersey Gateway Crossing Board and Halton Borough Council on compensation claims and Lands Tribunal references, and challenges to the bridge tolling regime.
- Advising HS2 on the delivery of Phase 1 of the HS2 project.
- Advising on all aspects of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s major regeneration scheme at Chester Northgate, including planning, heritage, CPO, highways and open space advice.
Dyne Solicitors Limited
Specialist environmental firm Dyne Solicitors Limited represents business owners and directors on environmental investigations, prosecutions and environmental regulatory breaches. The firm's specialist commercial litigation team is experienced in complex and high-value disputes in the waste sector. Managing director John Dyne is experienced in cases involving environmental permitting, fire prevention, waste characterisation, noise and odour emissions and complaints against the regulator; and he is increasingly engaged on environmental appeals, complex permitting issues and recovery scheme development projects. Jonathon Bell stands out for his niche expertise in transfrontier shipments of dry mixed recyclables.
Jonathon Bell; John Dyne; Deborah Bond
- Advising on end of waste and permitting issues for installations under EPR2016.
- Advising on permitting, recovery regime and appealing regulation 36 notice involving quasi-management of a team of consultants.
- Regulatory enforcement in relation to alleged groundwater pollution, illegal disposal of waste and illegal storage of waste.
- Advised on an investigation by HMRC concerning the use of materials to restore a quarry.
- Represented a large waste management company and one of its directors at court when both were accused of burying waste in land.
Gateley Plc is instructed by housing industry clients on the planning aspects of residential developments and it is engaged on town centre redevelopment schemes. Common land, town and village greens, highways, complex enforcement, environmental permitting, assets of community value, planning agreements, applications, compulsory purchase and regeneration are key areas of experience. National planning head Andrew Piatt is ably supported by legal director Mark Iveson, who handles a range of infrastructure, residential and retail projects, as well as compulsory purchase work.
Other key lawyers:
Regal (West Point)
- Advised WD Chatham on a major redevelopment project at Chatham Docks.
- Advised Glossop Land on the delivery of the residential element of a regeneration scheme partly within the Glossop Town Centre boundary and wholly within the Howard Town Mills Conservation Area.
Hill Dickinson LLP's planning team is regularly engaged on significant housing and housing-led mixed-use schemes, and also has experience in commercial development, retail, energy and infrastructure projects. The team is also able to advise on environmental issues relating to development projects. Planning head Grant Anderson's expertise spans the housing, development, retail, energy and infrastructure sectors.
Grant Anderson ruthlessly supports his client’s position
Grant Anderson is excellent; his instructions in even the most complex situations are clear and his analysis is usually spot on
J C B Group of Companies
European Metal Recycling
Muller Property Group
National Express Group
UK Oil and Gas
The Co-operative Group
FI Real Estate
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
Lancashire Cricket Club
Liverpool City Council
Hartley Property Trust
Conwy Property Developments
MLN (Land and Properties)
The Conygar Investment Company
South Lakeland District Council
- Advised on the development of a multimillion-pound PGA championship golf course and country club in Staffordshire for JCB.
- Advised Muller Property Group on a housing planning appeal in Nantwich Cheshire to deliver 189 residential units and 5,500sqm of commercial floor space.
- Advised UK Oil and Gas on planning matters in relation to its exploration/drilling site in South Downs National Park.
- Advising Lancashire Cricket Club on the future development of the Old Trafford cricket ground and the wider area.
- Advised Liverpool City Council on a new cruise liner terminal and hotel development in Liverpool, which has included advice on various planning matters in relation to the proposed development, and environmental impact issues in relation to the proposed hotel development as part of the scheme.
Mills & Reeve LLP's environment team is engaged on regeneration projects, contaminated land and asbestos work, and also handles transactions involving petrol filling stations and waste management sites. The manufacturing, education and health sectors are key areas of activity for the team. Consultant Keith Davidson, who heads the team, is an 'expert' and handles brownfield regeneration projects, environmental insurance, Part 2A proceedings and is often engaged on corporate transactions with environmental aspects.
Other key lawyers:
Excellent team, which has a strong technical offering coupled with a highly personalised approach
The team is motivated to ensure all parties succeed in terms of project delivery and also in maintaining relationships
Keith Davidson stands out as a go-to practitioner for excellent environmental due diligence support and contaminated land work
University of Cambridge
University of Birmingham
Robertson Strategic Land
- Advised Consolidated Property Group on environmental issues relating to the acquisition of a former gas works site at St Albans from National Grid.
- Advised private equity fund Elaghmore Partners on environmental issues relating to the acquisition of McPhee Bros (Blantyre), trading as McPhee Mixers, a company based in England and Scotland that manufactures concrete mixers.
Squire Patton Boggs' environment team is spread across the firm's Manchester and Birmingham offices and is focused on environmental and regulatory matters. The team has expertise across the chemicals, property development, energy, manufacturing and automotive sectors. Manchester office managing partner Rob Elvin is noted for contentious matters, and his expertise spans from nuisance claims to environmental permit appeals. Director Gary Lewis handles a range of waste management and environmental permitting breaches. Birmingham-based Dave Gordon is also a key contact. The firm's planning team is led by Leeds-based Richard Glover.
Rob Elvin; Richard Glover (Leeds)
Essity (previously SCA Hygiene)
National Oilwell Varco
St Francis Group
International Entertainment Corporation
Electricity North West
Pendle Borough Council
- Advised Essity on potential environmental enforcement action.
The regulatory team at Pannone Corporate LLP is active across waste, water pollution, environmental permitting breaches and breach of planning obligations mandates. Associate partner Rhian Greaves, who recently joined from Clyde & Co LLP, handles contentious environmental matters and has expertise across waste management, water pollution, noise complaints and asbestos management. Consultant Tristan Meears-White and director Bill Dunkerley, who joined in 2019 from Keoghs LLP, are also key contacts.
TLT's planning department is instructed by local authorities and public sector clients on major regeneration and infrastructure projects. Associate Debbie Reynolds, who heads the team in Manchester, is a compulsory purchase specialist and is regularly instructed on regeneration and infrastructure schemes for promoting authorities and developers through joint venture arrangements.
Katherine Evans (Bristol); Debbie Reynolds
‘Debbie Reynolds has built up an enviable planning and compulsory purchase practice, acting for a number of local authorities. She really know her stuff and gets on with delivering a great service to clients in a low key but efficient way.’
Warrington Borough Council
Cheshire East Council
Equality and Human Rights Commission
The London Borough of Islington
The London Borough of Barnet
Nationwide Building Society
- Advised Warrington Borough Council on the Centre Park Link highway scheme, which included advising on compulsory purchase orders relating to the project.
- Advising Warrington Borough Council on to the proposed Western Link road, a high-profile highway infrastructure scheme which will open up c.205 acres of land for redevelopment.
- Advising Muse Developments Ltd, as the developer partner to Warrington Borough Council, in relation to the £140m regeneration of the Time Square area of Warrington Town Centre, in order to facilitate the comprehensive redevelopment and improvement of the area and to create a vibrant, mixed-use, high-quality town centre development.
- Advising Cheshire East Council on its plan to unlock a number of sites ahead of HS2’s arrival at Crewe railway station in 2027.
- Advised the London Borough of Islington on the redevelopment of Telfer House, a 1970s apartment block in Islington.