Next Generation Partners

Planning and environment in North

Ward Hadaway LLP

With expertise across the North East as well as the ability to leverage the firm’s national network of offices, Ward Hadaway LLP‘s team of planning lawyers, chartered town planners and planning technicians handles planning applications, appeals and enforcement issues alongside development plans, village green matters and contentious planning mandates. The group is particularly active in the residential sector, regularly acting for national housebuilders and social housing registered providers. Highway matter experts Robin Atkin and Kamran Hyder jointly lead the practice, which also fields Nick Gholkar, who excels in section 106 agreements.

Practice head(s):

Robin Atkin; Kamran Hyder

Other key lawyers:

Nick Gholkar; Frank Orr; Carolyn Akerman

Key clients

West Cumbria Mining Limited

Northumberland Estates PROW Alnmouth Golf Club

Darlington Station Redevelopment

Northumberland Line Northumberland Estates Benicia and co


Global for BDW

Global for Karbon

Kirklees Global


Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

As part of the firm’s national environment, health and safety practice (EHS), the primary contact in Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s Newcastle office is Tim Hill, who leads the contentious EHS team; Hill is active in enforcement actions involving the Environment Agency and local authorities as well as compliance breaches and challenges to abatement notices. The wider team, particularly the Manchester-based offering, is also recognised for its experience in the chemical, utilities, waste and recycling sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hill

Key clients


SIMS Group UK Limited

Severn Trent Water

Legal and General


Thames Water Utilities

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's national planning and infrastructure team has notable expertise in the energy, transport, housing, regeneration and public sectors and is highly regarded for its knowledge of infrastructure developments and projects, development consent orders, compulsory purchase matters and environmental enforcement and prosecution work. In Newcastle, legal director Stephen Dagg is the primary contact, and the team also includes regulatory specialist and legal director Francesca Hodgson and managing associate Kate Ashworth.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Dagg

Other key lawyers:

Francesca Hodgson; Kate Ashworth; Rachel Sykes


‘Sound legal advice based on strong industry knowledge.’

‘Kate Ashworth is accessible and provides information in a readily accessible form for non-legal parties.’

Key clients

Bellway Homes Limited

Three Rivers District Council

Hearthstone Investment Management

Solar 21 Renewable Energy Limited

Augean PLC

Vertellus Specialities UK

Banks Group

Augean plc

Northern Powergrid

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bellway Homes in relation to a section 106 agreement required for a planning appeal in respect of a development for 105 houses.
  • Advising in relation to an application for a Development Consent Order for a Green Energy Park in Lincolnshire for Solar 21 Renewable Energy Limited.
  • Advising Augean on all the planning, environmental and regulatory aspects of a new Development Consent Order (DCO) application to extend its hazardous waste and low level waste landfill and treatment site in Northamptonshire.