Planning in West Midlands

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s formidable planning practice is routinely engaged to advise on some of the most consequential civic and commercial projects taking place in the market, both at the regional and national level. The practice is headed up by Trevor Ivory, who is regularly sought out by developers, landowners, and public sector bodies for assistance with large-scale strategic development projects and planning appeals. The ‘magisterialHoward Bassford is reputed for his capabilities in infrastructure projects, ranging from energy plants to rail schemes. Senior associate Pieter Claussen focuses on compulsory purchase law and associated compensation issues, while legal director Ian Graves is noted for his experience advising on major regeneration schemes. Legal director Amy Truman concentrates on city centre urban regeneration and urban expansion schemes, including associated environmental impact assessments. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Trevor Ivory

Other key lawyers:

Howard Bassford; Pieter Claussen; Ian Graves; Amy Truman

Testimonials

‘This is a very responsive team with a pool of talented junior lawyers. The level of detailed knowledge of junior lawyers is outstanding.’

‘Howard Bassford’s wider knowledge of railways and matters not directly related to planning but that impact the advice he gives (e.g. Government practices) is highly prized to us.’

‘Friendly, down to earth and approachable, they have excellent knowledge and experience and have helped guide our responses and approach to an imminent DCO Examination.’

‘Ian Graves has been calm and knowledgeable providing timely advice and documentation for our case and helping us to plot our way through the legal complexities.’

‘Howard Bassford is magisterial on infrastructure planning matters.’

‘An excellent knowledge of the wider planning legal context and advice provided that is pragmatic and well informed commercially’

‘Trevor Ivory is the best planning lawyer I have worked with in my long career.’

‘Trevor Ivory with all his experience is one of the best in the business and Pieter Claussen is soaking up all Trevor’s knowledge and developing rapidly.’

Key clients

HS2 Limited

MEPC

National Grid

Oval Properties

National Highways

Ark Data Centres

East West Rail Company

Pigeon Land Limited

Southend United Football Club

Affinity Water

HS1 Limited

Mace Group

Norfolk Homes Limited

Griffen

Eskmuir

Land Trust

Ocean Outdoor Media

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Cheyne Capital

Investec

Football Association

Busy Bees

LaSalle/Citygrove

Aviva

Tata Group

Aggregate Industries

Cemex

Liverpool City Council

Salesforce

This is Gravity Limited

Manchester Airport Group

Environment Agency

Colt Technology Services

Work highlights

  • Advising Oval Real Estate on their proposals to comprehensively redevelop a large tranche of the Birmingham district, Digbeth.
  • Advising East West Rail Company Limited 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).
  • Advising MEPC on a planning application for a 49 storey build to rent building known as the Octagon, which was approved in the summer and on a section 73 application to vary the outline approval for the remainder of the Paradise redevelopment, both of which involved environmental impact assessments.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Drawing on its considerable national footprint, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well-placed to advise a litany of high-profile private and public sector clients on major infrastructure projects. Practice head Paul Maile is regularly sought out for his expertise in consenting renewable energy development schemes, as well as regionally-significant public transport terminals and sanitation plants. Principal associate Duncan Williams is particularly focused on residential development matters, working with national house builders on urban extension and regeneration initiatives. Senior associate Kate Radford is noted for her work with HS2, handling multiple planning appeals, including at the High Court. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Paul Maile

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Williams; Kate Radford

Key clients

SEGRO

RWE

Anglian Water

HS2

Menter Mon Cyf

Tritax Symmetry

INRG

Oxfordshire Railfreight Limited

Inspired Villages

Taylor Wimpey

Work highlights

    Gowling WLG

    Working collaboratively between its offices in Birmingham and London, Gowling WLG‘s ‘impressive’ planning practice is consistently sought out by a multitude of national house builders, local authorities, public bodies, and institutional investors. Practice chair Toni Weston ‘s broad capabilities encompass planning, highways, compulsory purchase, and consent order matters, often handled alongside some of the most renowned names in the development space. 'Stand-out‘ principal associate Cairo Nickolls is a driving force behind the team’s residential planning offering, working on projects both within the West Midlands and beyond. Principal associate Richard Thurling also comes highly recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Toni Weston

    Other key lawyers:

    Cairo Nickolls; Richard Thurling

    Testimonials

    ‘Really impressive team in advising on all aspects of the planning and development sphere.’

    ‘Cairo Nickolls is an absolute stand-out solicitor.’

    ‘Excellent regional team with a big presence in the Midlands and beyond.’

    ‘Cairo Nickolls is user friendly and good at what he does.’

    Key clients

    Bloor Homes Limited

    Persimmon Homes Limited

    Miller Homes Limited

    Goodman Real Estate

    St Modwen Developments and St Modwen Homes

    South Tees Development Corporation

    Sanctuary Housing Association

    Transport for London

    National Highways Limited

    London Borough of Barnet

    Work highlights

    • Acted as lead legal advisor to National Highways on an application for a development consent order for the A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool highway improvement scheme.
    • Advising a consortium of landowners and developers on the preparation and submission of a planning application for a sustainable urban extension of 5,000 new homes at Langley in the West Midlands.
    • Advised South Tees Development Corporation on the making, confirmation and implementation of a CPO to secure regeneration of 900 hectares of the former Redcar Steel Works.

    Pinsent Masons LLP

    Fielding a ‘highly experienced and dedicated’ team of planning specialists, Pinsent Masons LLP is well-placed to advise on a mix of big-ticket residential, transport, and energy projects, both regionally and nationally. Lucy Thomas focuses on major regeneration and infrastructure projects, specialising in compulsory purchase and compensation matters. Hailed as ‘exceptionally knowledgeable, hardworking, and dedicated‘, Heidi Slater is reputed for her expertise in infrastructure consenting matters, as is associate Matthew Fox. Senior associate Jonathan Leary concentrates on compulsory acquisition matters, working with both public and private sector entities, while associate Sophie Carlile focuses on residential and mixed-use schemes. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Lucy Thomas

    Other key lawyers:

    Heidi Slater; Jonathan Leary; Matthew Fox; Sophie Carlile

    Testimonials

    ‘Heidi Slater has been vital in our DCO submission.’

    ‘The depth of knowledge and understanding of the highway sector is self evident in the service that is provided. Individuals are passionate and team orientated, working closely with project delivery teams, investing their time into understanding and improving project outcomes rather than simply providing stock advice.’

    ‘Heidi Slater has the ability to explain planning legislation and recent best practice to technical teams in an accessible manner. Ably supported by Jonathan Leary as deputy, showing that Pinsents clearly have a level of resilience and succession planning that allows projects to progress.’

    ‘A highly experienced and dedicated team, especially those we have worked with in supporting large scale infrastructure schemes and regeneration projects involving compulsory purchase.’

    ‘Heidi Slater is exceptionally knowledgeable, hardworking, and dedicated.’

    ‘The dream planning team is Lucy Thomas and Sophie Carlile who are stand out professionals with strong negotiating skills and problem solutions and manage difficult clients.’

    ‘First-class service with in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of law, policy, and potential risks in planning and infrastructure projects.’

    ‘We rate Heidi Slater for her meticulous preparation, client care, work ethic, and problem solving capabilities.’

    ‘Jonathan Leary possesses first-class legal skills, thoroughness, and problem-solving abilities.’

    ‘Matthew Fox is tactical, client focused, and always on the ball.’

     

    Key clients

    Cannock Chase Council

    Birmingham Airport Limited

    National Highways (formerly Highways England)

    Thakeham Homes

    Tewkesbury District Council

    Suffolk County Council

    Norfolk County Council

    Cumbria County Council

    Transport for London

    Heathrow Airport Limited

    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

    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

    Coventry City Council

    Central Bedfordshire Council

    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 Limited

    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.
    • Continuing to advise National Highways on three of the four flagship infrastructure schemes currently comprising National Highways’ Complex Infrastructure Programme.
    • Advising the Secretary of State of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in respect of its proposals for the new national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre.

    Shakespeare Martineau LLP

    Lauded by clients for its ‘national-level quality' combined with 'depth at a regional level‘, Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles a broad mix of residential, commercial, and infrastructure planning mandates for a diverse roster of clients. The ‘brilliant’ Simon Stanion is a key presence in the Midlands, working between the firm’s Birmingham, Nottingham, and Leicester offices on high-stakes contentious development matters. Anna Cartledge, who joined the practice from Shoosmiths LLP in April 2021, regularly advises on residential-led regeneration schemes, and is noted for her niche expertise in heritage issues. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham unless stated otherwise.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Stanion

    Other key lawyers:

    Anna Cartledge

    Testimonials

    ‘Shakespeare Martineau are a well-established, very good firm. They are helpful and efficient and work hard to help the client achieve their desired outcome.’

    ‘I work with Simon Stanion, who is a brilliant lawyer. He is very experienced with a detailed understanding of planning and environmental issues. He is a pleasure to work with and has an excellent reputation in the field. I would always trust his view on the way forward with a case.’

    ‘National level quality and depth found at a regional level.’

    ‘Simon Stanion is highly experienced, with an outstanding expertise in the field. Simon exhibits both strong practical awareness and great commercial sense. Calm and measured but will fight like a tiger if necessary.

    ‘Simon Stanion is one of the smartest and most experienced planning lawyers around.’

    ‘Very good local knowledge, whilst having the resources of a top shelf law firm’

    ‘Simon Stanion, now supported by Anna Cartlidge, is the core to the West Midlands planning team who provides first-hand advice on all planning matters.’

    ‘Simon Stanion is an excellent, commercially focussed, planning lawyer who carefully analyses his client’s needs and gets the very best for them, whether through negotiation or judicious use of appeals or litigation.’

    Key clients

    Gallagher Ventures Ltd

    Court Eastside Birmingham Limited

    Cordia Blackswan Property Limited

    Rainier Developments Limited

    Gallagher Developments Limited

    Matthew Atton

    Kendrick Homes Limited

    Everards Brewery Ltd

    Ullesthorpe Driving Range Ltd

    Trustees of E R Brook

    Barratt West Midlands Limited

    Aneta Wasik

    Sue Tyler

    Lakes and Greens Ltd

    BDW

    Spitfire Bespoke Homes Limited

    Gallagher Developments Ltd

    South Staffordshire Water PLC

    Orbit Housing Association

    Work highlights

    • Representing Gallagher Ventures Limited in a successful Section 288 High Court Challenge against a decision of the Secretary of State’s Inspector to dismiss an appeal against the refusal of a Certificate of Lawful Proposed Use for the implementation of planning permission for a retirement village in Torquay.
    • Advising Everards Brewery Limited on correct interpretation of Development Plan policies relevant to the development of Phase 2 of a mixed use development scheme including relocation of brewery, leisure, office and hotel development.
    • Representing Court Eastside Birmingham Limited in the successful conclusion to a case commenced in 2020 which initially resulted in the quashing of a planning permission for a 51 storey private rented apartment scheme in central Birmingham, followed by the grant of planning permission on redetermination by the Council, which was not subsequently challenged.

    Shoosmiths LLP

    Shoosmiths LLP fields a strong planning team across the Midlands, well placed to handle the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious issues for a number of well-known developers, corporates, and public bodies. The ‘hard-working and commercial‘ practice head Tim Willis also heads up the team’s litigation offering, handling both residential and logistics-led projects and judicial reviews concerning various statutory challenges. Stuart Tym, who joined the practice from Irwin Mitchell in November 2021, focuses on strategic developments and enforcement issues. Senior associate Rachael Coulsting is also a new arrival, joining from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in September 2021, and focuses on residential and logistics-led matters. All named lawyers are based between the firm’s Birmingham and Nottingham offices.

    Practice head(s):

    Tim Willis

    Other key lawyers:

    Stuart Tym; Tim Willis; Rachael Coulsting

    Testimonials

    ‘Approachable, friendly and always willing to discuss potential legal queries on a speculative basis as part of early work.’

    ‘Excellent team and high-quality individuals.’

    ‘Excellent client care relations. I cannot think of a firm who devotes more attention to ensuring the client is satisfied.’

    ‘Tim Willis is a legend amongst planning solicitors. He is the dude! He is known across the industry as a heavyweight who gives excellent strategic advice and always adds value.’

    ‘Stuart Tym is quickly establishing himself as one of the go-to partners.’

    ‘Very experienced firm of planning solicitors who specialise in all aspects of Town and Country Planning, including housing, retail, highways and CPO. They are friendly and approachable, whilst being commercial and direct.’

    ‘Tim Willis is one of the most experienced planning solicitors in the West Midlands. Bright, friendly, hard-working and commercial. Great to work with.’

    ‘Focus on client needs and provision of a great service, quality legal advice in a timely manner. Stuart Tym in particular is fast becoming one of the Midlands go-to planning lawyers for insightful legal advice and guidance.’

    Key clients

    L&Q

    Historic England

    ASDA Stores Ltd

    Churchill Retirement Living Limited

    South Kesteven District Council

    Harworth Estates Ltd

    Shearer Property Regen Ltd

    American Golf Limited

    Grosvenor Capital

    Safestore Properties Limited

    Maximus Strategic Land Limited

    IM Properties Development Ltd

    BCA Marketplace

    Persimmon Homes Limited

    Westlake Properties Ltd

    Romo Holdings Limited

    Nurton Developments Limited

    Brunswick Real Estate

    Northwood Investors

    Work highlights

    • Advised L&Q Estates in relation their defence to a legal challenge to the adopted South Oxfordshire Local Plan (SOLP), by Bioabundance Community Interest Company, a third-party interest group.
    • Advised Historic England on a judicial review brought by Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site (SSWHS) against the Secretary of State’s decision to grant development consent for the A303 tunnel underneath Stonehenge.
    • Advised ASDA Stores Ltd in relation to a number of judicial review actions during 2021.

    Browne Jacobson LLP

    Browne Jacobson LLP works with a strong roster of developers and local authorities on a steady stream of high-value public and private sector projects. ‘Highly knowledgeable‘ practice head Ben Standing specialises in the negotiation of section 106 agreements and major project applications, acting for various local authorities and government departments both within the West Midlands and beyond. Victoria Searle specialises in social housing planning matters, working with national public bodies and registered providers across the region on large-scale redevelopments, and judicial challenges. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Ben Standing

    Other key lawyers:

    Victoria Searle

    Testimonials

    ‘The team are knowledgeable, have a good understanding of how local government works and are alive to the challenges this can present. They work closely with us to find pragmatic, practical and cost effective solutions.’

    ‘I have worked closely with Ben Standing in relation to planning matters – both complex and unusual! Ben is extremely approachable and highly knowledgeable. He deals with advice promptly and is happy to discuss matters in advance of receiving instructions – this can be really beneficial as it allows you to narrow down and focus on the most relevant issues.’

    ‘Ben Standing always makes himself available for a discussion and advice. Ben has also supported us with temporary cover which was invaluable.’

    Key clients

    London Borough of Croydon

    Thurrock Council

    Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

    Mace Dragados JV

    Boots UK Ltd

    Welsh Government

    Natural England

    DPD Group UK Ltd

    Wilson Enterprises Ltd

    Wheatcroft Properties Ltd

    Hertfordshire County Council

    Platform Housing Ltd

    Inland Homes

    Work highlights

    • Advising Thurrock Council in relation to the Development consent Order for the £8bn Lower Thames Crossing infrastructure project.
    • Advised and represented the Welsh Government at a 2 day planning hearing for a £14m solar farm in Pembrokeshire.
    • Advised Mace Dragados joint venture in connection with the planning permission for a major Construction Skills Centre near Euston Station for use as part of the construction of HS2.

    Harrison Clark Rickerbys

    A diverse mix of clients, including local authorities, education institutes, and healthcare operators, seek out Harrison Clark Rickerbys for assistance in the full scope of planning matters. Based in Worcester, department head Rosalind Andrews‘ broad practice encompasses residential development, highways, village greens, and judicial reviews. In Ross on Wye, newly-promoted partner Laura-Jane Greenman regularly works on an array of planning mandates across the nation.

    Practice head(s):

    Rosalind Andrews

    Other key lawyers:

    Laura-Jane Greenman

    Testimonials

    ‘The team are agile and flexible, and able to support clients in a tailored way to ensure that projects are progressed in an efficient manner and required outcomes are achieved.’

    ‘Rosalind Andrews and Laura Greenman deal with a significant number of our ongoing projects. They are knowledgeable, approachable and have the ability to simplify complicated matters to ensure all parties are able to grasp the legal position.’

     

    Key clients

    Homes England

    Hill Residential Limited

    Oaknorth Bank Plc

    Malvern Hills District Council

    Wychavon District Council

    Gloucestershire Police

    University of Gloucestershire

    Lloyds Bank

    Work highlights

    • Advised an independent school to successfully defend an application for judicial review, challenging the grant of planning permission for the expansion of their site.
    • Represented Malvern Hills District Council in relation to Section 106 Agreements for urban extensions of Worcester and Malvern, securing thousands of new houses, a country park, sports facilities and new school.
    • Represented Hill Residential in relation to a number of residential developments, including advice relating to Section 106 and infrastructure agreements, and planning due diligence on the acquisition of new sites.

    Wright Hassall LLP

    Wright Hassall LLP is widely praised by clients for its wide-ranging planning capabilities, encompassing residential, commercial, and agricultural development projects. Practice head John Gregory is ‘an absolute go-to‘ advisor for a mix of private and public sector players, including a number of local authorities throughout the region. Senior associate Sarah Beer specialises in compulsory purchase orders, working with clients on various HS2-induced issues. Associate Rebecca Mushing is recommended for her expertise in planning and highway agreements. All named lawyers are based in Leamington Spa.

    Practice head(s):

    John Gregory

    Other key lawyers:

    Sarah Beer; Rebecca Mushing

    Testimonials

    ‘We worked with Sarah Beer, a specialist in working on HS2 blight applications. We found her to be friendly, helpful, very experienced and personable. She worked hard for us and was thorough in her approach.’

    ‘Sarah Beer made us feel that she was on our side and that our concern mattered. She explained the complications of an application under the government ‘need to sell’ scheme clearly and helpfully.’

    ‘Rebecca Mushing goes the extra mile for her clients and cares about what she does. She punches well above her category and is technically very good. Rebecca is also always willing to help.’

    ‘The relationship between us has been created based on openness, reliability and trust, which we believe will allow this to continue into the future.’

    ‘The planning team are very knowledgeable and excellent at explaining legal obligations and subsequent potential implications of such to clients.’

    ‘Always been available to assist at short notice and I have never asked a question that they were unable to answer!’

    ‘This firm is going from strength to strength in the planning world.’

    Key clients

    Rosconn Strategic Land Limited

    Piper Homes PLC

    JBRT Developments Limited

    AC Lloyd Homes Limited

    Rugby Borough Council

    Greensquare Accord

    Orbit Group Limited

    Two Rivers Housing

    Herefordshire Council

    Deeley Homes Limited

    JC Decaux

    Rooftop Housing Group

    Warwickshire Rural Housing Association

    Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association

    Work highlights

    • Acted for JC Decaux in relation to its appeal against the designation of land as an Asset of Community Value.
    • Advised Inovyn Enterprises in relation to the compulsory acquisition of its land in connection with HS2.
    • Acted for a Midlands-based local authority in relation to the development of its land for a 1000 dwelling residential scheme and associated section 106 agreement.

    FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

    Working across multiple sites across the West Midlands, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP‘s collaborative planning practice works with a number of private individuals and landowners on the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters. Associate Suzanne Tucker, who heads up the practice, is a prolific advisor on a variety of issues, including section 106 agreements and appeals against refusals of planning permission and enforcement notices. Associate Mark Turner ‘s broad practice encompasses High Court challenges and judicial reviews. All named lawyers are based between Telford, Shrewsbury, and Wolverhampton.

    Practice head(s):

    Suzanne Tucker

    Other key lawyers:

    Mark Turner

    Testimonials

    ‘Mark Turner has been handling our planning application and we could not be more pleased by his and his firms advice and preparation of submissions to our local planning authority.’

    ‘I have been using this practice for well over 10 years and found all aspects of their work are work are carried out to an exemplary standard.’

    ‘Mark Turner who has gone above and beyond to sort out a very complex Section 106 agreement. I would recommend him very highly indeed.’

    ‘All the staff I have been involved with are easily approachable, are able to convey technical legal matters in easy to understand English for the lay person.’

    ‘Suzanne Tucker provides clear no nonsense advice. A fantastic knowledge of planning matters;  my go-to person for technical planning matters.’

    ‘Following the retirement of the main partner I dealt with for years, others have stepped in and ensure a smooth transition and are now my main point of contact.’

    ‘Suzanne Tucker is very knowledgeable off the top and perceptive of key matters which have a bearing on any issue. A good perception of the nuanced aspects of key issues’

    ‘Dedicated approach to the instructions and very communicative. Suzanne Tucker provides excellent advice and support in dealing with complex issues.’

     

    Key clients

    St Modwen Properties Plc (contact Mr Andrew Dobson)

    Mr Baljit Bhandal

    Mr Jonathan Tomlinson / JFT Engineering

    Mrs Lorraine Jones

    Mr Peter Wilkes / Monway Woodfuel Ltd

    Mr Andy Sayers

    Mr & Mrs Mark & Mandy Armitage

    Mrs Lisa Lambeth

    Mr Wilcox

    Salisbury Poultry (Midlands) Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Advised St Modwen Properties PLC & St Modwen Developments Limited on a variety of matters including complex s106 agreements.
    • Advised the Bhandal brothers on a long running planning enforcement case relating to one of their restaurants.
    • Advised Peter Wilkes of Monway Wood Fuels Ltd in relation to an enforcement notice and land promotion relating to an industrial site.

    Fieldfisher LLP

    Working in collaboration with its London office, Fieldfisher LLP is instructed by a diverse roster of renowned clients on the full scope of planning and infrastructure matters. Practice chair Susan Simpson heads up the development and regeneration team, advising various entities on mixed-use projects and logistics ventures. Dinah Patel is noted for her wide-ranging expertise in planning, highways, and compulsory purchase matters. Michael Norris is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Susan Simpson

    Other key lawyers:

    Dinah Patel; Michael Norris

    Key clients

    Nike

    Dominus

    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

    • Advised Kennedy Wilson on the acquisition of development land to the west of Brighton.
    • Continuing to advise Cambridge Medipark on the impact of TWAs on the biomedical park.
    • Represented Nightingale Derbyshire on the redevelopment of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

    The Wilkes Partnership

    The Wilkes Partnership is roundly praised for its private and public sector planning capabilities, and particularly for its expertise in healthcare sector matters. Practice head Leenamari Aantaa-Collier is routinely sought out by a litany of NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups for her deep knowledge of planning obligations, Section 288 appeals, and enforcement matters. Taaha Ahmed joined the team in January 2022 from Coventry City Council. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Leenamari Aantaa-Collier

    Other key lawyers:

    Taaha Ahmed

    Testimonials

    ‘I have had dealings with Wilkes Partnership for a long period of time and cannot recommend them highly enough. They offer a very high quality of service, good communications, are transparent with fees and the process involved and what is necessary to achieve the desired outcome. You never feel in the dark throughout. They act with full integrity and in the client’s best interest.’

    ‘Outstanding in their knowledge. Leenamarie Aantaa-Collier is excellent, and unsurprisingly successful in winning my case. I cannot recommend them highly enough.’

    ‘Leenamari Aantaa-Collier has an exceptional knowledge and an unrivalled understanding of planning law, with particular expertise in the mitigation of major residential development impacts on healthcare provision.’

    ‘This is a professional and responsive team in whom I have confidence. As a client, I know that the team has worked hard to develop a comprehensive understanding of our business and its needs and, subsequently adapted its approaches to our circumstances.’

    ‘Flexibility, responsiveness and willingness to go above and beyond to service our needs.’

    Work highlights