Planning in West Midlands

DLA Piper

Hailed as a ‘first-class team, especially on large infrastructure projects’, DLA Piper is led by ‘one of the country’s leading planning lawyers’, Trevor Ivory. He is adept in all facets of planning law, and is primarily focused on large-scale development projects, judicial reviews and planning appeals, supported by Howard Bassford whose practice is centred around regulatory approvals for energy, infrastructure, marine and railway development schemes. At the more junior end, Amy Truman is particularly knowledge of large urban extensions, planning obligations and viability issues in the residential sector while fellow legal director Ian Graves 'offers a measured view on a number of issues'; associate solicitor Pieter Claussen is also well-versed in the management of judicial reviews and public inquiries. The practice leverages the firm’s vast international footprint to handle a variety of cross-border mandates, even counting the Government of Afghanistan among its client roster, and also specialises in overseeing the planning considerations of corporate and real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Trevor Ivory

Other key lawyers:

Howard Bassford; Amy Truman; Pieter Claussen; Ian Graves

Testimonials

‘Trevor Ivory and Amy Truman are very friendly and approachable individuals. It is clear that both are very knowledgeable in their areas of works and Trevor is at the top of his area of planning work. They also have the key quality to be both pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Really personable, approachable and knowledgeable; I always find I learn something from our discussions and appreciate their industry knowledge. We really enjoy working with them as a team.’

‘Howard Bassford is very much the elder statesman whose many years of experience mean that he is imbued with much wider knowledge on a number of areas relevant to infrastructure consenting.’

‘Ian Graves is a safe pair of hands and offers a measured view on a number of issues.’

‘Trevor Ivory is recognized, rightly in my view, as one of the leading planning law solicitors in the country. He is devoted to his work. Amy Truman has years of experience and her track record for success speaks for itself. Pieter Claussen is a rising star.’

‘First class team, especially on large infrastructure projects.’

‘Pieter Claussen provides sound and commercial legal advice on a range of planning law matters. He provides very high levels of client care with Trevor Ivory on-hand to provide strategic input on large and complex schemes. As such, we value Pieter and the DLA team’s input on a range of projects.’

Key clients

HS2 Limited

Department for Transport

Highways England

East West Rail Company

Mace Group

Norfolk Homes Limited

Pigeon Land Limited

Eskmuir

Moto

Altrad

Land Trust

Oval Properties

Arc Data Centres

Insite Media

Ocean Outdoor Media

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Cheyne Capital

Investec

Football Association

Busy Bees

Revelan

Socially Conscious Capital

MLN Land and Property

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon Homes

Hopkins Homes

Government of Afghanistan

Tata Group

Aggregate Industries

Cemex

Liverpool City Council

Salesforce

This is Gravity Limited

Southend Football Club

High Speed One

Sembcorp

LaSalle/Citygrove

Aviva

Aberdeen Standard

Signature Senior Lifestyle

National Grid

Griffen

Work highlights

  • Advised the developer, Argent, on all planning matters from the outset of the Paradise development, a strategically important city centre scheme in Birmingham.
  • Provided strategic planning advice in relation to the major regeneration scheme proposed by Oval Real Estate for the Digbeth area of Birmingham, including its phasing and structure, the impact on heritage assets within the site and legal audit of the environmental statement.
  • Advising East West Rail, a publicly owned company sponsored by the Department for Transport, on the preparation and promotion of a development consent order to authorise the construction and operation of a new railway line between Cambridge and Bedford (with onward connections to Oxford).

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is active on major local and national infrastructure projects, significant residential developments, public transport improvement schemes and work for local authorities. Practice head Paul Maile has featured as an advocate in several prominent public enquiries and is particularly renowned for consenting energy projects; he is supported by Duncan Williams who frequently acts for national house builders, specialising in all facets of the planning process such as s106 Agreements, appeals and due diligence.

Practice head(s):

Paul Maile

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Williams

Testimonials

‘A very well respected team, for good reasons – I am grateful to be able to call upon them. ’

‘Paul Maile is fab. Great people skills and encyclopedic knowledge. You will be looked after thoroughly.’

‘The team has a broad set of skills to complement the the level of expertise needed in this area.’

‘They are dedicated, professional and work within a team ethic.’

Key clients

SEGRO/Roxhill

RWE Renewables UK Limited

Menter Mon Cyf

Tritax Symmetry Ltd

AWG Holdings Limited

Heyford Park Developments Limited

Community Windpower Limited

Barratt Homes/David Wilson Homes

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

L&G Senior Living

Work highlights

  • Secured a Development Consent Order for Roxhill (Junction 15) Limited for a nationally significant infrastructure project known as the Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange.
  • Advising RWE Renewables UK Limited in connection with its proposed development of an extension to the existing Rampion 1 windfarm, to be known as Rampion 2.
  • Advising Menter Mon Cyf in respect of an application for a Transport and Works Act Order for the development of an offshore tidal energy generation station off the coast of Anglesey with onshore connection to the grid.

Gowling WLG

Excellent on large planning projects with complex issues’, Gowling WLG serves as a one-stop shop, acting on everything from planning applications and compulsory purchase and compensation matters through to High Court disputes and judicial reviews. Toni Weston represents both public and private sectors clients and fronts the department, replacing the recently retired Andrew Thomas; her team demonstrates a prowess for office, retail and logistics schemes in addition to major housebuilder-led residential ventures and infrastructure projects, especially those in the highways and strategic rail freight interchange sectors. Additional names of prominence include Vicky Fowler, a regeneration specialist, as well as Ben Stansfield whose core expertise lies in real estate developments and the consenting and regulation of infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Toni Weston

Other key lawyers:

Ben Stansfield; Vicky Fowler; Cairo Nickolls

Testimonials

‘Excellent on large planning projects, with complex issues. ’

‘Cairo Nickolls is hands-on and with an eye for a pragmatic solution for the client.’

Key clients

Bloor Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

Goodman Real Estate

St Modwen

South Tees Development Corporation

Sanctuary Housing Association

Transport for London

Highways England

London Borough of Barnet

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the Langley Consortium to advise on all planning related matters in connection with a new sustainable urban extension on land within the Green Belt to the east of Sutton Coldfield.
  • Advising the South Tees Development Corporation, the first Mayoral Development Corporation to be created outside of London, on the strategy to secure the regeneration of the 900 hectare former SSI steelworks at Redcar.
  • Advising Bloor Homes on its objection to the making of a compulsory purchase order to acquire its land for residential development.

Pinsent Masons LLP

One of the most knowledgeable teams on infrastructure projects’, Pinsent Masons LLP is active on a wealth of highway schemes and is also engaged for housing and villages schemes in addition to energy-related ventures. Birmingham practice head Lucy Thomas is also a town centre and urban extension specialist with significant experience in compulsory purchase matters. She is supported by Iain Gilbey, who splits his time between London and Birmingham, and leads the team’s residential sector team. The team benefits from formiddable strength in-depth beyond partner level with associates Matthew Fox and Jonathan Leary 'ably supporting' legal director Heidi Slater, a ‘standout star’ for the compulsory purchase and land assembly aspects of major infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Thomas; Richard Ford; Iain Gilbey; Richard Griffiths

Other key lawyers:

Heidi Slater; Matthew Fox; Lucy Close; Reza Newton; Jonathan Leary

Testimonials

‘Heidi Slater provides quality concise advice demonstrating excellent knowledge and skills with firm recommendations and hands-on and oversight.’

‘The Pinsent Masons team is exceptionally able, with strength and depth of legal skills across a wide range of planning and infrastructure sectors. The team has in-depth and unrivalled knowledge of the DCO (Planning Act 2008) regime, working with both promoters and regulating authorities on some of the largest infrastructure projects across the UK.’

‘Pinsent Masons deservedly occupy the market leading positions when it comes to DCO legal advice. They combine sound high quality advice, strength in depth and total commitment to ensure the success of the schemes they work on.’

‘Heidi Slater is a stand out star of the Infrastructure team, ably supported by the highly tactical Matthew Fox and the problem solving Jonathan Leary. Together they are a formidable team.’

‘Pinsent Masons is one of the most knowledgeable legal teams I have worked with within infrastructure development. They work collaboratively with clients and contractors within the client team to ensure tasks are met to statutory timescales and to project programmes. The team are very approachable and will always elaborate with individuals if something is unclear. The team adapted to C-19 practices and were able to put the technology in place quickly to ensure deadlines were met for the client. I found the Pinsent Masons team very reliable, above other legal firms that I have used, communicating at every stage and providing updates and solutions.’

‘Reza Newton is a standout individual. Dedicated, personable and with a fascination for real estate and planning matters, he is both an oracle of information and practical problem solver. ’

‘Iain Gilbey is very personable and approachable, commercial, responsive and client focused. He has strong relationships with leading barristers, enabling the client to get to the heart of a complex legal issue efficiently and easily.

‘Lucy Close is also highly forensic. She was a real asset to the project team when we required a timely but thorough audit of documents for a major development project.’

Key clients

Birmingham Airport Limited

Highways England

Thakeham Homes

Tewkesbury District Council

Suffolk County Council

Norfolk County Council

Cumbria County Council

Transport for London

Heathrow Airport Limited

Crest Nicholson

Corby Borough Council

Countryside Properties UK Limited

Port of Tilbury Limited

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council & Hampshire County Council (jointly)

Dartford Borough Council, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and Kent County Council (jointly)

Cory Riverside Energy

L&Q

West Midlands Combined Authority

Davidsons Developments Limited

CALA Homes

London Borough of Croydon

Stone Hill Park Limited

Portsmouth City Council

Leeds City Council

St Joseph Homes (Berkeley Group)

The University of Birmingham

Cornwall Council

Lioncourt Strategic Land Limited

Rugby District Council

Medway Council

Seven Capital

IM Group

Lewis Wyatt Construction Limited

London Borough of Brent

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Redbridge

Sunnica Lim

Work highlights

  • Acting for Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Hampshire County Council as joint applicant in respect of their planning application and necessary s106 planning agreement for the Northern part of the new Manydown community comprising up to 3,520 new homes, businesses, shops and community facilities, two new primary schools and land for a new secondary school, and a 250 acre country park.
  • Advised Highways England on three of the four flagship infrastructure schemes currently comprising Highways England’s Complex Infrastructure Programme: the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme, the A303 Stonehenge Tunnel Scheme; and now also the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project.
  • Instructed by to advise Rugby District Council on all planning and land assembly issues relating to the regeneration of the Round Gardens estate in Rugby, Warwickshire.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's team ‘combines huge experience with a peerless understanding of legal and commercial issues’. Simon Stanion is ‘leader of national standing’ in the planning space and also fronts the local practice, frequently acting for landowners, developers and local planning authorities in litigious development proposal matters. The team demonstrates  a notable capacity for mixed-use sustainable extension, infrastructure and highway projects with a track record in transaction-related due diligence, compulsory purchases and judicial reviews. Anna Cartledge joined from Shoosmiths LLP in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Simon Stanion

Other key lawyers:

Anna Cartledge

Testimonials

‘They combine huge experience with a peerless understanding of the legal and commercial issues affecting development industry. ’

‘Simon Stanion is a leader of national standing, respected by all in the planning industry.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau consists of a great variety of different people who all share a passion for what they do. This passion and willingness to help radiates from the firm and pushes them onwards and upwards. They have a great diversity across the team and use it to their advantage.’

‘Each individual I have worked with, and I have engaged with a multitude of different stakeholders within Shakespeare, has always shown great enthusiasm and willingness to help and, if necessary, go the extra mile. They are all very knowledgeable and if they do not know the answer right away they will go away and find it or say so. There is a great openness and honesty that exists here.’

‘This is a stand out firm for town and country planning in the West Midlands. Its work covers residential, commercial and infrastructure schemes of all sizes and complexity.’

‘Simon Stanion is one of the go-to partners for town and country planning matters in the West Midlands. I consistently recommend him to developer / landowner clients of mine. His approach is always to use the law in creative ways to enable his clients to achieve the best possible practical outcome. He has a comprehensive knowledge of planning law, policy and process. His instructions to counsel are always insightful and helpful and a pleasure to receive.’

‘They are a very good team that can rightly be considered to be highly rated.’

‘Simon Stanion is an outstanding lawyer with a very good commercial brain.’

Key clients

Marcus Dill

Gallagher Estates Ltd

Kendrick Homes Limited

Pilgrim’s Pride Limited

Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Limited

National Grid Electricity Transmissions plc

Court IC Limited

Court Eastside Birmingham Limited

HE2 Doncaster 2GP Limited

Bowbridge Homes Limited

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

Ranier Developments

Work highlights

  • Representing Marcus Dill, the owner of a Grade II-listed manor house, in the Supreme Court on appeal from the Court of Appeal in a landmark case over the sale of two 18th-century urns. The case concerned two important questions about the interpretation and application of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.
  • Representing North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College on Appeal to the Secretary of State against the refusal of an application for planning permission for major residential development on college campus in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
  • Representing Court Eastside Birmingham Limited in the promotion of a 51 storey private rented residential scheme in Birmingham City Centre involving significant objections on heritage grounds.

Shoosmiths LLP

Home to ‘reliable and first-rate advice’, Shoosmiths LLP has been particularly busy on housing, warehouse, life sciences and public sector-led schemes over recent months. The practice is helmed locally by Tim Willis, a lawyer hailed as ‘incomparable’ on residential and logistics-related schemes with standout experience in judicial reviews, statutory challenges and planning enforcement matters. The other key name in Birmingham is associate Emma Cartledge-Taylor, who handles a range of matters, from s106 agreement drafting through to High Court disputes

Practice head(s):

Tim Willis; Kathryn Jump; Lisa Tye

Other key lawyers:

Emma Cartledge-Taylor

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths have an excellent planning department. They have a broad range of individuals with a number of skills, ranging from pursuing legal challenges, wider strategic issues and negotiating section 106 agreements.’

‘Tim Willis is a legend at the firm. He brings top strategic thinking and commercial reasoning to any problem.’

Emma Cartledge-Taylor is a rising star; she is is extremely efficient and concise. She is also deeply involved in the Women in Planning Midlands group.’

‘A thoroughly well respected team with an national reputation.’

‘Tim Willis is the standout partner – incomparable in the market.’

‘The Birmingham team has always been a front runner in the region, expertly led by Tim Willis. Great at giving open and honest open advice and always there to attend their clients needs.’

‘Tim Willis always delivers to the highest standards. He has an enviable knowledge of planning law and practice and is always professional, approachable and practical. He is a bit like para 35 of the NPPF – positive, justified, effective and consistent.’

‘The approach and strategy is very refreshing, they are very proactive and extremely knowledgeable and have a sense of urgency which is welded to a very commercial approach. They offer alternative courses of actions using a what if technique and explore various outcomes.’

Key clients

ASDA Stores Ltd

Historic England

Community Gateway Association

National Trust

L&Q

Persimmon Homes Ltd

Beechcroft Land Ltd

Bloor Homes

Bellway Homes

Vistry Eastern

Midland Heart Ltd

Wheeler Homes Ltd

Worcestershire County Council

Safestore Ltd

Shearer Property Regen Ltd

Maximus Strategic Stafford LLP

Nurton Developments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Historic England on a legal challenge concerning a new two-lane dual carriageway for the A303 near Stonehenge.
  • Acting for the Community Gateway Association, successfully challenging a local authority’s stance on refusing to allow new homes on a greenfield site earmarked for residential development.
  • Instructed by L&Q to protect their site allocation in the adopted Leeds Local Plan.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

The team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys are ‘exceptionally customer-focused and implicitly understand the needs of their customers’; the practice is spread across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire and is principally active on judicial review applications, statutory challenges, compulsory purchase order negotiations and enforcement matters. Clients ‘value the commercial experience’ of department head Rosalind Andrews whose core expertise lies in residential development, highway and village green matters.

Practice head(s):

Rosalind Andrews

Other key lawyers:

Laura Greenman; Elizabeth Shield

Testimonials

‘An excellent team. The whole team are polite, flexible, professional, hard working and easy to work with. The team are extremely diligent in their work, and set out to work with us to achieve common goals.’

‘Elizabeth Shield is very knowledgeable, conscientious and accurate.’

‘The planning law team at HCR are exceptionally customer-focused and understand implicitly the needs of their customers. Communication and advice is excellent. ’

‘Rosalind Andrews is very easy to work with, and provides timely advice on a range of planning matters, but particularly s106 legal agreement drafting. Her commercial experience is particularly valued.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

Malvern Hills District Council

Wychavon District Council

Gloucestershire Police

Wayfair (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Malvern Hills District Council in the negotiation of a large number of Section 106 Agreements, including several urban extensions securing thousands of new houses, schools, sports facilities and a country park.
  • Acted for Wayfair (UK) Limited in relation to their planning due diligence ahead of acquisition of a significant property forming a key part of their strategic expansion in the UK.
  • Advised Lloyds Bank in relation to the provision of development finance for various schemes. The team advised on the validity of planning permission and feasibility of each scheme.

Wright Hassall LLP

An extremely capable team’, Wright Hassall LLP’s non-contentious expertise includes supporting housing associations on residential developments, compulsory purchases, public rights of way and town and village applications. As for the disputes workload, practice head John Gregory is ‘an absolute star’ in relation to s288 High Court challenges to inspector’s decisions and judicial reviews; he and his team are also well-equipped to support on planning appeals, planning enforcement and certificate of lawfulness matters.

Practice head(s):

John Gregory

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Mushing

Testimonials

‘The team are always available and it always seems that they have a mix of skills within the team members that compliments each of them. Whilst they all have a common skill set, they also have individual specialties and knowledge that enables them to answer or deal with everything that is put in front of them.’

‘We have worked closely with the Wright Hassall team on matters relating to HS2 where we represent clients affected by that scheme. Wright Hassall have been helpful in finding the balance between a light touch and when something more direct is needed to keep matters moving with HS2’s solicitors. ’

‘John Gregory is an absolute star. He has been brought into a number of problem cases and has so quickly resolved the issues involved. He is commercially astute and extremely efficient. He also bends over backwards to keep clients happy.’

‘An extremely capable team with a very proactive and client-focused approach. Very engaging and problem solvers.’

‘John Gregory, being ex-local authority, is our key contact and always provides practical and timely advice that takes into account the political context in which local authority planning and legal teams are operating. In addition he provides training and support directly to elected members and has developed a good rapport with elected members, meaning they have requested his assistance in the future. Officers and elected members alike trust is advice and he is sensitive to the balance of power in a local authority context. ’

‘John Gregory is knowledgeable on a wide range of planning law matters and consistently provides an excellent service.’

Key clients

Rosconn Strategic Land Limited

Piper Homes

AC Lloyd Homes Limited

Rugby Borough Council

Greensquare Group

Orbit Group Limited

Two Rivers Housing

Bromford Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for a landowner in connection with a successful high court challenge under s.288 TCPA 1990 resulting in the quashing of a refusal of planning permission.
  • Acted for Rosconn Strategic Land in connection with its promotion of a 160 unit residential site in Bedfordshire, including in relation to the drafting of a complex section 106 agreement.
  • Acted for AC Lloyd Homes in relation to the purchase of biodiversity offsetting credits required as part of a section 106 planning obligation.

Bexley Beaumont

Boutique firm Bexley Beaumont  covers the full array of transactional, warranty and indemnity, land allocation and contentious planning affairs. Pritpal Singh Swarn leads the department, which represents local authorities and housing associations, among other public sector clients, in addition to SMEs, property developers, manufacturers and promoters of land.

Practice head(s):

Pritpal Singh Swarn

Testimonials

‘Pritpal Singh Swarn is a dedicated, skillful and highly personable solicitor with a loyal clientele.’

‘We were introduced to Bexley Beaumont when Pritpal Swarn joined the firm. We have worked with Pritpal on a number of projects; he consistently provides us with an exceptional service. The firm provides us fee quotes for services at a fair, capped amount, where there is no unexpected surprise fees like we have experienced with other firms.’

‘Our company has worked and continues to work with Pritpal Swarn on a number of our projects. The service Pritpal provides is exceptional. He is always able to complete his work in the timeframe we require, and is always of a high standard. His fees are reasonable and are often capped, which removes the concern of receiving unexpected additional bills. Another point which makes a huge difference to the accounting side of the business is that Pritpal will always request invoices from solicitors before undertaking funds are released. We have worked with other firms where this does not happen which results in a lot of time being taken chasing up law firms for the correct paperwork. Nothing is too much trouble for Pritpal and he is always happy to help in any way he can.’

‘Pritpal Swarn is amongst the most client focused, diligent and knowledgeable lawyers we have ever worked with in over 20 years of property. He affords total confidence and can be utterly relied upon. Completely focused on achieving the goal. Exceptional.’

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP made significant strides into Birmingham’s planning market in 2020 through the arrival of Ben Standing; he represents both public and private sector clients and is an internal transfer from the firm’s Nottingham office where he developed prominent expertise in s106 agreements and major development applications. Associate Victoria Searle also made the move and arrives with judicial review and s278 agreement expertise.

Practice head(s):

Ben Standing

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Searle

Testimonials

‘The Browne Jacobson planning practice have been consistently professional, efficient and responsive; and delivered on time and within budget. They worked on a complex S.106 agreement, which required them to work collaboratively with a number of different parties to get the agreement completed, and they did so effectively and successfully.’

‘Victoria Searle was a pleasure to work with, she is efficient, responsive and very helpful, and I really valued her willingness to talk-through and explain complex issues.’

Key clients

London Borough of Croydon

Thurrock Council

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

The Coal Authority

Boots UK Ltd

DPD Group UK Ltd

Wilson Enterprises Ltd

Wheatcroft Properties Ltd

Hertfordshire County Council

Platform Housing Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Thurrock Council on response to the Development Consent Order for Lower Thames Crossing which is an approximately £8bn new tunnel and highway project.        
  • Advised Wheatcroft Properties Ltd on the regulatory concerns, including planning, with the purchase of a £800,000 dry dock to store a Second World War gunboat
  • Advising Croydon Council in relation to a judicial review of a low traffic neighbourhood, including advising on a report to the Council’s Traffic Management Advisory Committee on the future of the low traffic neighbourhood.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP is particularly active in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Wales though also serves clients located throughout England. Associate Suzanne Tucker, praised as a ‘brilliant planning lawyers’, leads the department following the retirement of Niall Blackie; prominent examples of her team’s broad expertise include s106 obligations for residential and commercial schemes, highway and drainage agreements and enforcement appeals.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Tucker

Other key lawyers:

Mark Turner

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and very prompt at returning calls or responding to emails. They are approachable and friendly, and always willing to discuss any issues, whether minor or major. Where they need to research further information before making a response, this is always done promptly, or one is given a timescale by which a response will be provided.’

‘Suzanne Tucker is organised, responsive and very knowledgeable in her field.’

‘A wide depth of experience and knowledge in planning law and a practical and intuitive approach to problem solving. Novel solutions are sometimes proposed which are not always apparent to their client but are impressive.’

‘Suzanne Tucker is a brilliant planning lawyer. She really knows her stuff, and always goes the extra mile for her clients. In my experience, she always researches the law thoroughly and leaves no stone unturned in pursuing cases for her clients. Her instructions are excellent.’

‘There is a notable dedication to meeting the individual needs of clients’

‘The senior team provide a high level of personal service with strong commitment and rapid response times. Their professional knowledge gives a high degree of confidence . ’

‘Suzanne Tucker provides detailed advice on planning legislation and the complexity of section 106 agreements etc ; she shows high levels of expertise and professionalism .’

‘Suzanne Tucker is always on top of the situation and able to coordinate and direct a project team.’

Key clients

St Modwen Properties Plc

Baljit Bhandal

Linney House Developments Limited

Great Oak Homes Limited

Carden Developments Limited

Prime Oak Limited

TC Homes (Contracting) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised St Modwen Properties Plc complex development agreements (including s106, s104 (drainage), s38/278 (highways) and s111 agreements) relating to several sites in the West Midlands.
  • Successfully challenging in the High Court an inspector’s decision to uphold an enforcement notice issued in respect of a client’s restaurant premises.
  • Advising Linney House Developments Limited on various issues arising in relation to a complex and contentious residential development site, including submitting applications and appeals, s106 obligations and variations, CIL, implementation, Listed Building, Conservation Area, and tree issues, and highways.

Fieldfisher LLP

Fieldfisher LLP’s planning and infrastructure team is closely integrated with the firm’s Manchester and London offices and is led locally by real estate development specialist, Sue Simpson; her team handles the planning aspects of strategic development, regeneration, energy, charity and educational projects and includes Dinah Patel, a highways, judicial review, due diligence and compulsory purchase specialist.

Practice head(s):

Sue Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Dinah Patel

Testimonials

‘Dinah Patel remains a leader in planning law and continues to work on high profile planning matters. She is well known in the midlands planning market and has carved an enviable practice at Fieldfisher. The team is diverse and regularly collaborates with leaders in the planning industry including barristers and property developers.’

‘Dinah Patel has a strong work ethic and passion for planning law. Dinah has spent the last 12 months advising on all aspects of planning and her practice has an enviable client list. Dinah works hard to encourage her team to develop their skills and knowledge in planning investing her time in her team.’

They are a great team not just in the West Midlands but nationally too. I know a number of their partners. I would simple out Dinah Patel as very practical, creative and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Alldos (UK) Limited

Avery Healthcare Group Limited

I.M. Properties Plc

Countryside Properties Limited

CALA Homes Limited

Exeter Properties

Cambridge Medipark Limited

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited (now Prologis Real Estate Investment Trust)

Fridge Spares Wholesale Limited

Lloyds Bank Group

Robert Bosch Limited

Skanska UK Plc

The Clemence Group

Godwin Developments Limited

Bloor Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Liberty Property Trust (now part of Prologis) on the development in a JV with Stoford on a complex logistics/warehouse development of c.500,000 sq ft.
  • Advised Atlas Hive Limited on the development of a 225-bed student accommodation scheme at Dean Street, Bristol with ancillary accommodation for a café, office and gym.
  • Represented Castle Marinas Group in connection with a multi-million pound refinancing of its existing marinas and its acquisition of two new inland marinas.

Gateley Plc

At Gateley Plc, Matthew Scudamore is the standout name within the planning department and is considerably experienced in planning and highway agreement, judicial review, compulsory purchase, land assembly and applicable due diligence matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Scudamore

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler is entrusted for both contentious and advisory matters, boasting a successful track record in negotiating and mediating with planning authorities. Associate lawyer Tracy Lovejoy is the key contact with expertise that which spans residential, retail, educational and employment-related developments; she has also forged a distinguished reputation for agricultural and rural planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Lovejoy

Testimonials

‘It is unusual to have a specialist town planning capability in a firm such as Lanyon Bowdler and adds considerably to their property offerijng.’

‘Tracy Lovejoy is a very diligent, client-focused professional who works hard to deliver the best result for her clients.’

‘Excellent hard working team with great commercial awareness. ’

Key clients

Company (TPGL)

Horsehay Limited

Company (LGHL)

The Tomley Family Estate

R Dykes

Traylen Enterprises Limited

Private Client (MS)

Private Client (TM)

Private Clients (YL and CL)

P Smythe and E Connor (landowners)

Work highlights

  • Advised The Tomley Family Estate on a matter related to the development of 600 residential units in Oswestry. The team acted for the landowners and advised on property and planning matters, including the Community Infrastructure Levy, and negotiated the section 106 agreement on behalf of the estate.
  • Advised a private client who was served with the local planning authority’s application for an injunction. The team guided the client through the relevant planning and civil procedure process.

The Wilkes Partnership

The Wilkes Partnership has forged a prominent reputation for NHS-related planning matters, catering to a client roster of large NHS Trusts and CCGs, SME developers and individuals. Practice head Leenamari Aantaa-Collier runs a caseload encompassing contentious and non-contentious matters alike, namely applications, enforcement matters, injunctions, planning obligations and appeals.

Practice head(s):

Leenamari Aantaa-Collier

Testimonials

‘The planning team is experienced and dedicated in this firm, with a high level of specialisation.’

‘Leenamari Aantaa-Collier is extremely experienced and knowledgeable.  Good understanding of related regimes, planning and licensing and environmental protection. Highly specialised in hospital trust s106 agreements, almost a unique practice.’

‘The team scores really strongly for technical knowledge, first-class customer service and informed and measured advice.’

‘Leenamari Aantaa-Collier has always given us a very high quality service, combining excellent advice, care and attention with tenacity and a real passion for the law. Her understanding too of strategy and business combined with her legal knowledge makes for a very complete skillset.’