B P Collins LLP boasts one of the leading environment and planning practices in the South East and Thames Valley area, especially in the waste management sphere. The five-partner strong team is regularly engaged by an array of leading renewable energy players, recyclers, and other waste disposal companies on high-value transactions, commercial matters, and litigation. Practice head Alex Zachary is a seasoned transactional lawyer who also regularly advises on procurement strategies and new technologies for recycling sector clients. David Smellie also handles both corporate and commercial mandates, while Craig Williams heads up the team’s dispute resolution practice - acting in regulatory prosecutions, judicial reviews, and litigation at the High Court. Simon Carroll is another key contact for commercial and regulatory disputes in the recycling arena, and is a regular point of contact for several of the firm’s panel appointment clients. Alison Taylor is a highly experienced commercial lawyer who concentrates on portfolio management and commercial lease transactions for landlords and tenants. Jonothan Moss focuses on environmental breach litigation up to the Supreme Court, while Phil Hind handles environmental property disputes. All named lawyers are based in Gerrards Cross.
Environment and planning in South East
Other key lawyers:
David Smellie; Craig Williams; Simon Carroll; Alison Taylor; Jonothan Moss; Phil Hind
‘They are really able to cover all the angles in planning and environment cases. Each case is dealt with individually and site visits are treated as an integral part of case preparation, not an add-on or luxury to be forgone. They are particularly good at defending waste deposit and tree felling cases.’
‘They have an unrivalled knowledge of environmental and planning regulations and are able to spot points that other solicitors miss. Jonothan Moss is one of the best solicitors working in environmental law today.’
‘B P Collins punch well above their weight in property and environmental law with some blue chip clients many City firms would be proud of. They have real expertise in the fields of biofuels and water abstraction and a strong following in the metal recycling industry. Extremely responsive, their lawyers have an unfussy approach that goes down well with clients but also considerable technical expertise.’
‘Craig Williams is outstanding. He gets the bigger picture as well as the law and has an excellent bedside manner. Simon Carroll is a precocious young talent who looks set to make a big impact.’
‘Craig Williams and Philip Hind are both standout lawyers from the team. Their insight and knowledge within the sector is excellent.’
‘My primary points of contact have been Alex Zachery and David Smellie, who have always dealt with strong attention to detail and more than held their own with larger firms. They have also managed to work to get deals done effectively despite poor understanding of complex issues on the other side.’
Blake Morgan LLP’s highly-regarded practice is recognised for its broad contentious and non-contentious capabilities. The team handles a range of complex development matters for various key public sector players and high-profile corporates, increasingly in the area of marine planning and national infrastructure projects. Urban regeneration schemes, mixed-use developments, and highway agreements are also core competencies. The team is led by London-based legal director Anita Kasseean, formerly the head of planning and environment at Howard Kennedy LLP. Kasseean’s practice encompasses an array of major transport and renewable power infrastructure projects, focusing on environmental liability and mitigation. Keith Lancaster works between the firm’s London, Reading, and Southampton offices, handling a mix of contentious and non-contentious planning matters - including enforcements - for public sector investors, developers, and high-net-worth individuals. Also based in London, Sadie Pitman is noted for her experience in highway planning negotiations and Section 106 agreements. Australian-qualified Julian Wolfgramm-King, who specialises in sustainable development sector work, is a further key addition to the team.
Other key lawyers:
Keith Lancaster; Sadie Pitman; Julian Wolfgramm-King
‘Personal contact and communication together with excellent support services ensure that the client is never left waiting for answers. Clear, no nonsense understandable advice is offered and acted upon. Overall very efficient.’
‘Specialist knowledge of subject and pragmatic approaches to solutions.’
‘Highly collaborative team, working with stakeholders across any particular project to get the best outcome for clients. Extremely diligent – looks at risk from all angles.’
‘Anita Kasseean is a hugely enthusiastic environmental lawyer, with terrific focus on minimising risk. She is someone that always protects the client’s interests.’
Blandy & Blandy LLP regularly handles a mix of planning strategy and development matters for a number of private and public sector entities, including major landowners, local authorities, universities, not-for-profits, institutional lenders and owner-managed businesses. Practice head Karen Jones, who specialises in strategic planning advice and nature conservation law, is a veteran figure in the market, with significant public sector experience.
‘The firm is unique in that it is able to provide a small team of solicitors who are highly informed and skilled. For a firm of this size, it is unusual to find such a team. Moreover, they provide excellent value for money.’
‘Karen Jones is an excellent communicator and is able to bring a commercial understanding to her clients’ problems. She has an in-depth understanding of these areas of law – as do her assistants.’
‘Good accessibility, alongside prompt and robust advice’
‘Karen Jones is a leader in her field. She has excellent analytical skills and is commercially focussed and client friendly.’
Reading Borough Council
Hargreaves Homes Limited
University of Reading
R Collard Limited
Elegant Homes Reading Limited
Turner Estates Limited
Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited
Cripps Pemberton Greenish ’s expertise in the residential development sector is reflected in their notable roster of national housebuilder clients and key regional panel appointments. Beyond housebuilding, the team is highly capable in the mixed-use and commercial planning sphere, acting for a range of retailers, leisure groups, and utilities providers. Department head Jason Towell brings almost three decades of market experience to bear on an array of major urban extension projects and commercial development schemes. Beth Gascoyne is a specialist planning lawyer with a significant private and public sector presence, handling Section 106 agreements, redevelopments and infrastructure matters with equal fluency. All named lawyers are based in Tunbridge Wells.
Other key lawyers:
Berkeley Homes (Eastern Counties) Limited
F C Stark Limited
Kennedy Wilson Europe
Persimmon Homes Limited
Redrow Homes Limited
Sevenoaks District Council
Trenport Investments Limited
Town and Country Housing
Wates Developments Limited
- Advised Wates Developments and Redrow Homes’ Section 106 agreement for 1,500 dwelling garden town development in Bicester.
- Advising on development of 1,360 dwellings as part of a mixed use urban extension of Aylesham Village near Dover.
- Advising on development of a site in Hampshire to provide for 110 new homes which required establishment of a complex mitigation strategy to deal with Natural England’s and the local authority’s concerns re nutrient neutrality in the Solent. Nutrient neutrality in the Solent is a very high profile issue at the moment.
DMH Stallard LLP’s environment and planning group is equally adept at providing contentious and non-contentious support to clients, most notably in the residential and leisure development sectors. The team’s planning litigation offering is helmed by practice head Heidi Copland who, in addition to handling a significant volume of Section 106 agreements for major urban regenerations, also acts for clients in enforcement appeals and CPO claims brought about by national infrastructure projects. Chloe Karamian advises private developers and local authorities on a range of planning matters, and is experienced in both planning and environmental litigations. The team also boasts a deep bench of chartered town planners: Peter Rainier, a veteran practitioner who serves as the principal director of planning, acts for developers and landowners on commercial and residential ventures, while Katie Lamb concentrates on major housing schemes. Daniel Frisby specialises in environmental assessment work on behalf of sport organisations and harbour authorities. All named lawyers are based in Gatwick.
Other key lawyers:
Chloe Karamian; Peter Rainier; Katie Lamb; Daniel Frisby
‘The department at DMH Stallard combines an exceptional understanding of planning law with down to earth sound advice and a robust approach to finding client solutions.’
‘I have worked with Heidi Copland on many occasions. Not only is she extremely experienced and knowledgeable, but she is always approachable. She has that uncanny knack of quickly putting clients at ease and gaining their immediate confidence and respect.’
‘I work with the multi-disciplinary planning law team, which includes Peter Rainier, who is a first class chartered planner and two excellent planning solicitors; Chloe Karamian and Heidi Copland. They are my go-to solicitors for planning judicial reviews.’
‘Chloe Karamian is hands on and understands and has excellent grasp of planning law and good judgement. It is always a great advantage to have a solicitor who knows her subject. Heidi Copland has immense experience and is a safe pair of hands with a sharp eye for detail. They are a great pleasure to work with and have very good client care skills.’
‘A really strong team, with a depth of experience, good at building strong client relationships and excellent commercial judgment.’
‘Heidi Copland is highly experienced planning and environment partner. Wears her great expertise lightly.’
‘Chloe Karamian is piercingly bright. Brings to bear her previous local authority experience with her impressive commercial judgement to present creative solutions.’
Daniel Frisby is just superb and produces excellent papers and outcomes for us.’
Astoria Brighton LLP
Chartwell Land and New Homes
Crawley Borough Council
Cross Homes (Sussex)
David Appleby Engineering Limited
English Cities Fund
Gleeson Strategic Land
Greenplan Designer Homes
Henry Construction Projects
Kier Construction Limited
Millwood Designer Homes
Newhaven Port and Properties Limited
Oxted Residential Limited
The Community Stadium Limited / Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
Trail Riders Fellowship
Verizun Land and Developments
Wealden & Rother District Councils
Welbeck Strategic Land
- Acting for English Cities Fund on the section 106 agreement required for the phased redevelopment of Manor Road Quarter in Canning Town, a scheme comprising over 800 dwellings (50% are affordable), commercial use and new public spaces.
- Successfully defending a Judicial Review as Interested Party in the case of R (oao Stubbs) v Lake District National Park Authority  EWHC 2293 (Admin).
- Acting for Wealden and Rother Councils Joint Legal Services team in respect of a considerable number of s106 agreements concerning major redevelopment projects or housing schemes involving complex bespoke drafting and negotiation.
Holmes & Hills
With one of the largest, most successful planning departments in Essex, Holmes & Hills is well placed to advise a mix of local authorities, landowners and private developers on both transactional and contentious mandates. Public sector instructions are a core competency for the team, with recent highlights including a number of Section 106 agreements for residential and mixed-use developments across the county. Practice head Steven Hopkins maintains a strong foothold in both the strategic and contentious spheres, regularly defending clients over alleged planning breaches at the Magistrates and Crown Courts. Michael Harman provides specialist advice and representation on blight notices and compulsory purchase orders, and is increasingly engaged on preemptive settlement negotiations with highway authorities. Joanna Lilliott’s 'unrivalled' Section 106 expertise makes her a key contact for local authorities and affordable housing developers. All named lawyers are based in Marks Tey.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Harman; Joanna Lilliott
‘Exemplary service. The planning team have always provided a fantastic service and despite all the challenges of the last year they have continued to deliver a seamless service. Holmes & Hills provide advice to the Council on all S106 agreements as well as some other planning legal matters. They provide a consistently quick but accurate service, providing officers with sound advice and ensuring that planning obligations are secure. ’
‘Joanna Lilliott provides the council with S106 advice on all large developments. We particularly value her excellent subject knowledge and the authority that she brings to discussions, as well as the consistently high standard of service provided. It is regularly noted by developers the speed with which Joanna is able to turn around instructions to ensure that agreements progress quickly. ’
‘The key reason we use Holmes & Hills for legal advice across a range of disciplines is the quality and experience of their personnel. Because the firm tends to have a high level of staff retention, it is possible to build longstanding relationships and quality partnerships. ’
‘Steven Hopkins’s wide-ranging experience, attention to detail, promptness of service and quality of advice, are all strong attributes.’
‘Michael Harman is enthusiastic, detail oriented, and always able to assist.’
‘Joanna Lilliott is a true expert in relation to s106 and detailed matters of planning and highway law. I have never worked with anyone better in this field. ’
‘I do not use any other solicitors – the team provides all that I require in a one-stop shop. The team talk to one another and provide cross-cutting, timely, accurate and professional advice.’
‘Mike Harman is extremely attentive, diligent and professional. Mike is always sympathetic to our objectives but also will be a voice of reason and opinion. His in-depth planning knowledge is testament to his work ethic. I have been impressed by his ability to form strong coherent planning arguments even when the limits of planning policies are being challenged.’
Pelham Structures Limited
Braintree District Council
Colchester Borough Council
Forest Heath District Council
Harlow District Council
Mid Suffolk District Council
Andrew Martin Planning
Aspire Luxury Homes Limited
Chelmsford Cars & Commercials Limited
Colchester United Hospitality Limited
Fristling Hall Farm Limited
George Tanner (Shalford) Limited
Hadleigh Bakery Limited
Hills Residential Limited
Humphreys & Sons
Lansbury Developments Limited
Parker Planning Services Ltd
Phase 2 Planning & Development Limited
Rose Builders (Properties) Limited
Saxton 4×4 Limited
Smart Planning Limited
SME Group Plc
Trumpington Investments Limited
Trustees of Marks Hall Estate
Wickford Development Limited
- Multiple instructions for Braintree District Council concerning advice on, and negotiation and drafting of complex, high value Section 106 Agreements for developments totalling 1,813 dwelling houses, as well as mixed-use properties.
- Multiple instructions for Harlow District Council concerning advice on, and negotiation and drafting of complex, high value Section 106 Agreements concerning developments totalling 2,939 dwelling houses, as well as mixed-use properties.
- Successfully advising, representing and advocating against Counsel in a case relating to defence of enforcement proceedings brought against owners of a houseboat and land with moorings.
Irwin Mitchell works closely with its national network of offices on various planning, environmental, highways and compulsory purchase matters. A diverse roster of leading regional clients - including housebuilders, local authorities, and higher education institutes - regularly turn to the team for assistance on regenerations, strategic site developments, and complex judicial reviews. Contentious planning matters and major retirement complex constructions are further key work streams. Nicola Gooch is the firm’s southern lead for environment and planning matters, handling mixed-use regeneration schemes for a wide variety of private sector entities. James Pavey chiefly focuses on disputes for clients involved in rural planning, and boasts a strong track record at the Supreme Court and High Court. Sejal Patel concentrates on strategic land and housing site developments, focusing particularly on retirement and care home living. All named lawyers are based in Gatwick.
Claire Petricca-Riding; Nicola Gooch
Other key lawyers:
James Pavey; Sejal Patel
‘The team is very good, well-resourced and has great communication. ’
‘Nicola Gooch is a brilliant lawyer with a great eye for detail. She does a fantastic job at simplifying complex legal issues and guiding clients through difficult tactical decisions. In doing so, Nicola has a great ability to think of creative ways to achieve the client’s objectives.’
Artisan Bristol City Wall Limited
Macar Developments Limited
The Jaspar Group
Chase New Homes
Sussex County Cricket Club
Parkview Homes Limited
- Advised on the regeneration and redevelopment of the Sussex County Cricket Ground. Planning permission was obtained for the phased redevelopment of the existing site to provide an element of residential development as well as refurbished and improved facilities for the Cricket Club itself.
- Advising Chase New Homes on the regeneration and redevelopment of the Bircherley Green Shopping Centre in Hertford to provide 3,419 square metres of commercial floor space, an 86-bed hotel, 98 residential apartments and new bus station facilities.
- Advising landowners on the promotion of a strategic site, just outside of Winchester for up to 320 units, 3.4 ha of employment land, 16.84 ha of public open space and a new park and stride.
Shoosmiths LLP’ separate planning and environment teams regularly operate in conjunction with one another on a broad range of commercial and contentious instructions. Karen Howard oversees the planning offering from the firm’s London office, where she regularly takes the lead on strategic site acquisitions and planning applications for major residential and care home developments. Compulsory Purchase Order issues are also a significant driver of new work. Milton Keynes-based Charles Arrand is an experienced regulatory crime solicitor who heads up the environmental team, acting on behalf of clients in environmental pollution proceedings where reputational damage is on the line. In the Reading office, Joanne Sear’s deep knowledge of regulatory criminal law and environmental enforcement make her indispensable to a number of the firm’s leading waste management and retail sector clients. Milton Keynes-based Matthew Stimson is noted for his broad residential development experience and CIL advice.
Other key lawyers:
Joanne Sear; Matthew Stimson
‘Great efficiency and depth of knowledge.’
‘Karen Howard is personable, efficient, and commercially minded.’
‘What makes this practice unique is Shoosmiths’ breadth and depth of experience, combined with genuine concern for its clients. The team combined remote and adapted in-person working effectively, and maintaining focus on the client’s best interests.’
‘Karen Howard is experienced, astute and determined to achieve the best results for her clients.’
‘They are excellently placed to advise on both the civil and the criminal implications of environmental enforcement. They have a deep knowledge of the area and are well respected in this field.’
‘Charles Arrand is hugely respected and very experienced. Joanna Sear is very helpful and efficient and her experience working for the Environment Agency is extremely valuable. Angus Evers is a great asset on any team involved in transactional work and EU environmental law.’
S & J Padfield and Partners
DPE Estates /Essex CC
Storefast Solutions Limited
Joseph Lowe and Jeff Lowe
Galldris Group Limited
London Borough of Hackney
Arun District Council
Chiltern Investments Limited
Frontier Estates Limited
Commercial Estates Group
McCarthy & Stone
Bellway Homes Limited
Hallam Land Management Limited
Vistry Homes Limited
- Advising a national construction products manufacturer on cooperation with and the response to an Environment Agency/Local Authority investigation following a significant water pollution incident at a brick making factory.
- Instructed on the Brentwood local plan and preparation of the planning application to promote and support land for the Brentwood Enterprise Park. This is the largest employment allocation within the emerging Brentwood Local Plan.
- Advising Bellway Homes and Clowes Developments Limited on their joint planning application for 800 new homes on a strategic development site on the Edge of Derby.
Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors
Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors’s dedicated town and country planning focus makes it a key player for various local authorities seeking strategic advice, as well as a number of private individuals, developers, planning consultants & landowners. The team also boasts a robust success rate in an array of planning and enforcement appeals. Salvatore Amico handles a full spectrum of work, with recent highlights including a number of Section 106 agreements for recycling plants, engineering companies, and leading regional sports clubs. Rob Jameson is a highly experienced practitioner, noted for his comprehensive client base and development plan documentation expertise. All named lawyers are based in Hertford.
Other key lawyers:
‘A fantastic team and diverse practice.’
‘Salvatore Amico has a really effective attitude to his work and clients. He is excellent with drafting s106 planning obligations and he is both diligent and hardworking as well as flexible. I appreciate his candour as well.’
‘Good all-round outfit. Easy to deal with and efficient.’
‘Salvatore Amico offers clear advice based on his experience and training. Robert Jameso provides a solid background of experience and continues to offer excellent advice to clients and the in-house team.’
Dacorum, Hertsmere and Three Rivers Councils
Kettering District Council
Tewkesbury local plan
Gloucester Local plan
Hertsmere District Council
- Advising Dacorum, Hertsmere and Three Rivers Councils. providing strategic guidance on all matters relating to local plans preparation.
- Representing Tewkesbury Borough Council at the Examination of their local plan and to advise on post examination Modifications.
- Advising the Council on a range of issues, including the update of their Statement of Community Involvement.
The team at BDB Pitmans regularly advises on mixed-use projects, highway agreements and planning appeals for key regional developers, heritage organisations, and local authorities. Practice head Cristina Daniels handles residential and mixed-use developments for various national housebuilders, and is an experienced adviser on highway rights of way, village greens, and assets of community value. Chris Holmes is noted for his broad experience in residential, mixed-use, and infrastructure work. All named lawyers are based in Reading.
Other key lawyers:
‘Christina Daniels is always available for advice and willing to help.’
‘Collaborative working and regular communication.’
‘Superb sector knowledge and excellent legal knowledge’
‘Mark Challis was really responsive and helpful.’
‘Christina has a strong planning team who provide timely and effective advice. They all work well in wider teams and are proactive and results driven.’
‘Christina Daniels, is stand-out and leads her team from the front. She is a great strategist, strong communicator and, most importantly , an excellent negotiator. Christina can win the trust from all parties involved.’
Countryside Properties (UK) Limited
Redrow Homes Limited
Millgate Developments Limited
Shanly Homes Limited
Bewley Homes PLC
Ashill Land Limited
South Northamptonshire District Council
Fairview Homes Limited
Vanderbilt Homes Limited
JPP Land Limited
Peabody Developments Limited
Eden Luxe Developments Limited
Hesmond Stud Limited
Bioregional Hill LLP/Hill Residential Limited
Palatine Homes Limited
Alldermen Properties Limited
- Instructed by the Highwood Group in relation to planning and infrastructure matters at their 1100 unit mixed use scheme, including a new local centre and extension to a country park in Eastleigh.
- Instructed to act for Historic England in relation to its objection, on heritage grounds, to an application for a circa £300m urban renewal project in Norwich which was called in to the Secretary of State.
- Instructed to act on behalf of lon standing client, CALA Homes in relation to a large, complicated development in Lancing.
The environment and planning team at Clarke Willmott LLP is regularly engaged by public and private sector entities, including property groups, developers, housing trusts, retailers, and local authorities. Recent highlights include a number of high-value Section 106 agreements, environmental scope-outs, and complex planning mandates, subject to multi-party stakeholder approval. Practice head Neil Baker is recommended for his varied planning experience, while Caroline Waller - who divides her time between Southampton and Taunton - frequently acts for developers and local planning authorities on highways agreements. All named lawyers are based in Southampton unless otherwise noted.
Other key lawyers:
Caroline Waller; Anne Jones; Chris Charlton
‘Clarke Willmott have always provided a prompt and courteous service with regard to Planning Agreements’
‘Anne Jones is always on hand to help with any questions, including those of a very complex nature’
Abri (formerly Radian/Yarlington)
Acorn Property Group
Clarion Housing Group
Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd
Heylo Housing Ltd
Isle of Wight Council
Merlin Housing Society
Metropolitan Housing Trust
Moat Housing Group Ltd
New Forest District Council
Paradigm Housing Group
Persimmon Homes Southern
- Advising New Forest District Council/New Forest National Park Authority on Section 106 Agreement for the major redevelopment of former Fawley Power Station site for residential, commercial and employment uses.
- Advising Acorn Braintree Limited in connection with a planning inquiry for a sensitive site in Braintree, Essex for 120 dwellings.
- Drafting and negotiating complex planning obligations on behalf of The Brewery Square Development Company to allow for the development of the Old Brewery Site, Dorchester.
Stevens & Bolton LLP’s specialist environmental liabilities practice covers areas including land and soil contaminations, water pollution, and damage to natural resources, as well as the subsequent insurance implications. In order to strengthen its offering, the team has partnered with Town Legal LLP, the boutique London planning law firm. Guildford-based Valerie Fogleman is a highly experienced practitioner whose recent areas of focus include waste management, climate change law, and the environmental implications of Brexit, with an increasing proportion of the environment team’s time devoted to European Commission-directed projects.
Ecologic Institute (sub-contract pursuant to a framework contract with the European Commission)
RPA Europe srl (sub-contract pursuant to a framework contract with the European Commission)
Dencora Securities Ltd
VX Fiber Ltd
EMW Law LLP
Marco Mauro’s broad planning law expertise has been a pivotal force behind the growing market reputation of EMW Law LLP. The team is especially strong on the residential development side, where a number of housebuilders regularly turn to Mauro for assistance on acquisitions, construction work, and due diligence matters concerning infrastructure and greenfield sites. Section 106 agreements for mixed-use developments are a further core competency.
‘EMW is competitive with its fees and the planning team always go that extra mile to be incredibly helpful and to complete a transaction swiftly and effectively.
‘Meetings can be arranged online easily and they consistently chase matters through without needing to be prompted.’
‘Marco Mauro is a true asset to EMW Law. He is incredibly proactive and provides invaluable advice.’
Abbeygate Developments Limited
Digital Manufacturing Centre Limited
Jarvis Homes Limited
Cottsway Housing Association (including Cottsway 2)
Inter MK Limited (property development company of MK Dons)
Paul Newman New Homes Limited
Steven Eagell Toyota
Thrive Homes Limited
Grand Union Housing Group (including Grand Union Housing Limited)
CBRE Global Investors Trustee Limited
Lester Aldridge LLP’s planning team is noted for its housing capabilities, acting for a range of developers on residential and residential-led mixed-use developments - most notably in the retirement sector. The team also boasts niche regulatory expertise in port and harbour authority work. Practice head Tom Alder is a seasoned non-contentious practitioner who provides wide-reaching planning advisory services, including Section 106 agreements, ecological mitigation, and community infrastructure levies. Rebecca Humm handles planning and infrastructure negotiations, and has experience representing clients in appeals and High Court challenges. All named lawyers are based in Southampton.
Other key lawyers:
‘Their proactive feedback is superb and their use of an intranet site where all our property documents are stored is a great innovation’
McCarthy & Stone
C & G Properties
CHG Developments Limited
Big Yellow Self Storage