Pinsent Masons LLP excels in all aspects of planning work, as has been reflected in its advice to Leeds City Council on the compulsory purchase and delivery of the East Leeds Orbital Road, as well as CPOs for regeneration schemes for several London boroughs. Jonathan Riley is a leading adviser on national transportation and energy infrastructure planning. Another key figure is Jan Bessell, who has extensive expertise in all Planning Act 2008 consenting processes. Newly-promoted partner Nick McDonald is recognised for his energy and compulsory purchase practice.
Planning in Yorkshire And The Humber
Pinsent Masons LLP
Other key lawyers:
Jan Bessell; Nick McDonald
‘Nick is very calm and matter of fact. He cuts through the issues to work with our strategy.’
‘Jon Riley (partner) brings the skills of a great listener and has shown himself to be outstanding at providing advice in a positive and supportive way, even where the implications are not what a client group wants to hear.’
EPH Group (EP UK Investments / Eggborough Power / EP SHB)
Leeds City Council
Sunderland City Council
South Tyneside Council
BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
Science Museum Group
London Legacy Development Corporation
United Utilities Water Limited
South Gloucestershire Council
Portsmouth City Council
Vitol Group (VPI Immingham B Ltd / VPI Immingham LLP)
London Borough of Wandsworth
Drax Generation Developments Limited / Drax Power Limited
Cumbria County Council
- Advising BP Exploration Operating Company Limited on the consenting of Net Zero Teesside project, its carbon capture, usage and storage project which aims to decarbonise a cluster of carbon-intensive industries by 2030.
- Advising Cumbria County Council on all aspects of their Carlisle Southern Link Road, which will unlock development land for the 10,000 home St Cuthbert’s Garden Village.
- Advising South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council on delivery of the biggest development in the north east, the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP).
At Squire Patton Boggs, Richard Glover is 'an excellent tactician and steeped in public inquiry experience', particularly in the renewable energy and public utilities arenas. Dual-qualified solicitor and barrister David Hardy has varied experience in compulsory purchase matters (working on behalf of both private sector clients and local authorities) and planning litigation. Senior associate David Myers is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
David Hardy; David Myers
‘SPB has a particular strength in the development of energy related projects, and in contentious appeal work. They combine a clear sighted understanding of tactics and strategy for section 78 appeals with an impressive level of organisation and efficiency.’
‘Richard Glover – an excellent tactician and steeped in public inquiry experience.’
Northern Gas Networks
Western Power Distribution
Fred Olsen Renewables
East Lindsey District Council
- Advising East Lindsey District Council on a number of high profile, flood risk related matters.
- Advising Gruppo Falck (through its UK business, Falck Renewables (UK) Limited) regarding the repowering of its suite of existing on-shore wind farms across the United Kingdom. This will involve pioneering applications under section 36C of the Electricity Act 1989 for extension of life as well as applications under section 42 of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2006.
- Advised Northern Gas Networks in relation to its objection to a Development Consent Order for a highways scheme being promoted by the Highways Agency. The scheme involves the widening of the A1 near Gateshead and is known as the A1 Birtley to Coal House Improvement Scheme.
Walker Morris LLP's client portfolio comprises of landowners and property developers, as well as housing, minerals and environment-focused national businesses. The team is led by Richard Sagar, who is a leading advocate in strategic planning applications, compulsory purchase and High Court challenges. Chris Slater is skilled at drafting and negotiating planning and highways legal agreements, with notable expertise in community infrastructure levy, compulsory purchase work and strategic planning advice for large developments. Solicitor and barrister Alison Ogley is particularly active in section 78 appeals and enforcement prosecutions.
Other key lawyers:
Chris Slater; Alison Ogley
‘The team at Walker Morris are genuinely passionate about the projects we have worked on together. They have a broad knowledge base but are able to identify specific requirements for planning or technical considerations and confidently present the legal case to support planning applications and appeals.’
‘Alison Ogley is an incredibly approachable person and brings a level of calmness that gives confidence to clients because she is extremely knowledgeable about planning. She is able to deliver positive outcomes for clients, even on the most complex of planning applications in high pressured situations.’
‘The Walker Morris planning team comprises of a large experienced team, with a variety of levels for various types of planning legal work. They have recently moved to new offices which provide plenty of meeting rooms, plus they have the latest technology to hold virtual meetings.’
‘The practice has a full range of in-house experts who can deal with every aspect of planning and real estate law. The partners, directors and associates can answer any question and respond to any challenge that you set them.’
‘Chris Slater provides excellent advice on points of planning law and legal agreements. Richard Sagar and Alison Ogley are outstanding planning advocates, leaving no stone unturned in preparation for a planning appeal’.
‘Walker Morris’ planning team is the undoubted market leader for planning work in the north of England and is recognised as leading practice nationally. They have an unrivalled understanding of the planning and commercial issues affecting the development sector and with a strong cohort of in-house advocates they offer a more rounded service than most firms.’
‘Richard Sagar – he is peerless in the planning field. A top rate planning inquiry advocate to rival QCs at the bar. He has a brilliant legal mind, great client skills and excellent tactical judgment.’
Berkley De Veer
Bowmer & Kirkland Limited
Commercial Estates Group
Commercial Development Projects
FCC Environment (UK) Limited
Hallam Land Management Ltd
Park Lane Properties Ltd
The Peel Group
Town Centre Securities plc
- Provided strategic advice to Taylor Wimpey on the promotion of a site for 800 dwellings in West Yorkshire.
- Acting for Commercial Estates Group in a project seeking planning permission for a mixed use scheme in the Green Belt of West Yorkshire. The proposed scheme comprises up to 500 houses; new primary school; community facilities and green infrastructure.
- Represented Blue Anchor at the Doncaster Local Plan Examination in Public, over 6 days of virtual hearing sessions. The scheme promoted was for some 2.5 m sq ft of development for motorway related distribution and employment uses on a junction site with access to the east coast ports.
Claire Brook; Jonathan Bower
‘The planning team are very approachable and able to give clear advice.’
‘The WBD team offers a breadth and depth of knowledge across all aspects of the Development Consent Order (DCO) process.’
‘Claire Brook has always been available at all times, including outside normal office hours, to provide support and guidance and she always provides clear and informed advice on a wide range of topics and will defer to subject matter experts within her team if it is required.’
CMS' planning team, which is spread across the Manchester and Sheffield offices, is led by Chris Bowes. It largely focuses on town centre regeneration and development schemes, build-to-rent, student accommodation and instructions concerning the re-purposing of retail assets. Bowes has expertise in major infrastructure projects, minerals planning and compulsory purchase, as well as on CPO and compensation issues relating to HS2. Rebecca Roffe is experienced in securing consent for developers and operators in the residential and commercial spheres, particularly in relation to the conversion of existing retail, industrial and office assets.
Other key lawyers:
‘CMS provides reliable, sound and trustworthy legal advice on a wide range of planning and development matters.’
‘Chris Bowes is a good team player, quick to respond to requests for advice and action.’
‘Sheffield-based but with national coverage and a number of excellent individuals.’
‘Chris Bowes – calm, collected and user-friendly.’
‘I have complete faith in the advice I receive from CMS and would happily recommend them to others. For me an important part of working together is forming a good relationship with consultants and all those I’ve worked with at CMS have been down to earth and excellent in trying to foster a good working relationship both with me as the client and the other sides professional team.’
‘Chris Bowes gives clear, precise and commercial advice and is excellent when dealing with wider meetings and external stakeholders.’
The Crown Estate
Far East Consortium
North York Moors National Park Authority
Magnitude Land LLP
Vita / Select
Infrared Capital Partners
CBRE Global Investors
Grants of Shoreditch
- Advised Blackrock / NEAT on all planning aspects of the circa £800m redevelopment of Colosseum Retail Park in Enfield.
- Advising Grants Group on its planning application to convert an empty, but physically constrained, quarry in Mansfield into 200+ high-quality homes, which would be a game-changer for the area.
- Advising Infrared / Sovereign Centros on all planning aspects of circa £700m development proposals to repurpose a major existing retail asset in Basildon into the Eastgate Quarter.
At DLA Piper, senior associate Claire Stoneman (a ‘sound lawyer who provides excellent instructions’) is the main contact following Andrew Batterton‘s recent departure to DWF. The practice focuses on the promotion of substantial national projects in the energy, infrastructure and regeneration sectors. Its recent notable instructions included acting for Highways England on the promotion of highway improvement schemes as part of its RIS1 and RIS2 Programmes. It also advised the Department of Transport (as sponsor of the Thameslink upgrade) on securing the exercise of powers and consent on upgrades to Cambridge train station.
‘Consistent delivery, on budget, transparent fees, excellent advice and very personable team.’
‘Team that we deal with are excellent professionals and all round nice people which always helps when doing business with them.’
‘DLA, in my view, have the best quality across the board outside the magic circle. They are though, prepared to deal with smaller companies with high growth potential and agree fee structures that makes it possible to instruct them. Attitude and aptitude are both first class.’
‘The DLA team is excellent in all areas of planning, but I think they have particular expertise in matters of compulsory purchase and acquisition and in infrastructure delivery. They have strong connections with the energy sector and unrivalled knowledge of that part of the planning sector.’
‘Claire Stoneman is a very sound lawyer who provides excellent instructions and support to the barristers instructed and is great to work with.’
Department for Transport
Merlin Entertainments plc
NatWest Group Plc
Commercial Development Projects (Marshalls)
- Advising Merlin Entertainment on the planning strategy and defending proceedings in relation its development of Legoland, Windsor and protection against impacts of third party development on Thorpe Park.
- Advising the Welsh Government on the implementation of and compensation matters relating to a major upgrade road scheme in to the A465 Head of the Valleys road.
- Advising Brookhouse Developments in relation to its landholding and engagement with the redevelopment of one of the largest strategic employment development opportunity in England, known as Cuerden.
At DWF, Andrew Batterton is UK head of planning and compulsory purchase; he joined from DLA Piper in 2021, significantly bolstering the firm’s offering in infrastructure planning and compulsory purchase.
‘DWF’s breadth of knowledge and sector experience is an asset.’
‘The team’s local government experience in planning from having worked in-house is invaluable in providing advice to local authority clients. They are responsive and provide a valuable lead on working through problems and issues where support is needed, providing holistic advice that deals with the application and practical reality of the matter.’
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Conwy County Borough Council
Brighton Marina Limited
Cumbria County Council
Wigan Borough Council
- Advising the Royal Borough of Greenwich on the Charlton Riverside development, including the delivery of infrastructure to unlock development in Charlton Riverside Woolwich Exchange, the use of CPO powers and on the delivery of a large mixed use redevelopment.
- Advising Brighton Marina Limited in respect of an appeal for non-determination for its hybrid application for the second and third phases of the Brighton Marina Outer Harbour development (mixed use residential and commercial including affordable housing).
- Advising Wigan Council on the delivery of the North Leigh Project.
Peter Nesbit leads Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP team, which advises on the planning aspects of wind and solar energy projects, rail infrastructure and retail developments. Nesbit undertakes all planning, highways and CPO work, particularly in the renewable energy sector and in regeneration schemes. The firm's recent key mandates included advising on the promotion of a 67MW wind farm development (known as Trosten Loch) in Scotland and assisting London South Bank University with the proposed regeneration of two campus buildings. Principal associate Roddy Macdonald is experienced in the promotion of housing sites across the North East, as well as retail and industrial planning.
Other key lawyers:
FCC Environment (UK) Limited
Wentworth Clean Power Limited
Force 9 Energy Partners LLP
London South Bank University
Templegate Developments Limited
Evans Property Group
Miller Homes and Kier
EDF Energy Renewables Limited
- Advising FCC Environment in relation to its proposal to extend Allington Integrated Waste Management Facility in Kent.
- Advised Force 9 Energy Partners in respect of an onshore wind farm comprising of up to 48 turbines and associated infrastructure which has a generation capacity of up to 256MW, based in Moray, Scotland.
- Advised Homes England in respect of its Garden Village mixed-use development scheme proposals for sites at Ripon and Darlington.
Schofield Sweeney recruited former Shulmans LLP planning head Amanda Beresford to launch a new practice for the firm in August 2020. She also previously led the Leeds planning team at Addleshaw Goddard, and is a qualified planner, as well as president of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce and chair of its planning group. She is well regarded for ‘providing advice that is both expert and straightforward at the same time’, and her ability to ‘steer clients on much more than just the legal position’. She works in tandem with environmental head Craig Burman, and has brought over a significant number of clients from her former firm.
‘As a company we were so impressed with the work and advice Amanda Beresford provided that we moved our work to Schofield Sweeney when Amanda moved there. Amanda understands our business and provides clear, concise advice that non-lawyers in the company are able to understand. I have been able to attend training too delivered by Amanda and she is impressive in her knowledge and delivery.’
‘Amanda Beresford is outstanding when it comes to planning matters. She fearlessly defends her clients and provides solid advice to achieve success for the client.’
‘Amanda Beresford is an exceptional planning solicitor. She has many years of experience, is pleasant to work with, has extensive knowledge, as well as a proactive and commercial approach, and an ability to cut to the chase and focus on core issues. Amanda pays great attention to detail, instils confidence when providing advice that is both expert and straightforward at the same time, but her greatest attribute is that she worked as a planner before becoming a solicitor – so provides real insight into the planning process and can steer clients on much more than just the legal position with projects.’
‘Schofield Sweeney offer advice and support on a very accessible level, which is pretty unique in the waste and planning legal sectors. We find the practice to be very direct and open with their advice which has always resulted in us finding a satisfactory solution for our clients without huge expense being incurred.’
‘The planning law team at Schofield Sweeney provides knowledgeable, reliable and cost-effective services.’
‘Amanda Beresford is a strong addition to the practice, bringing many years of experience and knowledge.’
‘Craig Burman is a fantastic lawyer with a wealth of experience on environmental and waste matters. He is very pragmatic and diligent in the way he provides advice and goes out of his way to assist clients in achieving the desired result. He is also incredibly personable, which always helps when dealing with legal issues.
‘Amanda Beresford shows an enthusiasm and passion for her work, which runs throughout her whole approach to casework. Amanda’s extensive and technical knowledge of the planning system and process is coupled to her understanding of the wider sustainable development context in which proposals are advocated, providing clear advice that aids and assists the client in advancing development proposals.’
Caddick City Living Limited
Moda Living Limited
Chatsworth Settlement Trustees
Devonshire Property (MM) Limited
Roger Tempest (Broughton Hall Estate)
Bretton investment Partnerships Limited
Rouse Marketing Limited
Adam Morey Limited
Falcon Two Limited
Crossways Commercial Estates Limited
- Acted for Devonshire Property (MM) Limited on a successful planning appeal for a 650 dwelling residential development including local centre, open space, community garden extension and associated infrastructure in Derbyshire.
- Represented Falcon Two Limited on an enforcement notice appeal relating to a waste processing facility in the North East.
- Provided strategic planning advice to Caddick City Living Limited on the £300m residential led mixed use development in central Leeds.
Weightmans excels in major infrastructure and energy projects, residential and urban extension projects, promoting compulsory purchase orders and judicial review challenges. Practice head Lee Gordon is currently working on the promotion of the Mersey Tidal Energy Project with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has an excellent range of expertise with a real ability to relate to both public and private sector clients.’
‘Lee Gordon, head of planning and infrastructure, is excellent. He has person of great ability, drive and industry as well as being a thoroughly pleasant and decent person. He has a real eye for telling detail as well as grasping the overall principles of a case.’
‘Weightmans’ planning and infrastructure team demonstrates great strength in depth which allows them to translate complex legal issues into pragmatic, commercial solutions.’
‘Lee Gordon is approachable and responsive and has a great ability to translate complex legal issues into practical advice.’
‘Michelle Spark’s past experience of working for a local authority proved invaluable when representing us in our planning appeal. Her pragmatic and friendly approach, combined with in-depth knowledge of the planning appeal process, has been incredibly helpful during complex negotiations with both the local authority and other landowners.’
‘Michelle Spark goes above and beyond to meet client needs. She offers excellent support and practical experience of dealing with issues which greatly assists and gives confidence to the client. She does not shy away from difficult or challenging issues and tackles them head on and does so in a collaborative and personable manner.’
Northern Power Grid
Royal Mail Group
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Leeds City Council
York City Council
Harlow & Gilston Garden Town partner authorities
Nottingham County Council
Peterborough City Council
- Advised the Welsh Government in relation to all aspect of the DCO application for the Wylfa Nuclear Power station project
- Advising the 5 garden town partner authorities on a new garden town project to include 23,000 dwellings and major infrastructure
- Advising Northern Powergrid on Hornsea Four Offshore Wind Farm, a proposed development consent order application to be located off the Yorkshire coast.
In Addleshaw Goddard‘s Leeds office, managing associate Daniel Marston is the key contact; the overall planning and infrastructure consenting practice is led from London by Marnix Elsenaar. Recent work has included advising on the planning aspects of a number of major developments across Yorkshire, while Marston routinely works with the firm’s London lawyers on national mandates.
BP Oil UK Limited
British Sugar Plc
Newark and Sherwood District Council
London Luton Airport Limited
Muse Developments Limited
Sewell Construction Limited
Richardson and Ask Real Estate
Horncastle Group Plc
National Grid Ventures
Luton Borough Council
Boklok Housing Limited
Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
Asda Stores Limited
HSBC Bank Plc
Lloyds Bank Plc
- Advised Hull Eco Parks Ltd on securing planning permission for the £200m development of the Yorkshire Energy Park.
- Acting for Richardson and Ask Real Estate on the development of a circa £57m, 245-unit build to rent scheme in Holbeck, Leeds.
- Advising SGN on a number of mandates relating to DCO and CPO promotions. Recent instructions include advising SGN in relation to the AQUIND DCO, the London Resort DCO and the Lower Thames Crossing DCO.
LB & Co Limited is a boutique planning and highway law practice led by name partners Carolyn Lord and Kate Butterfield. They have over 30 years of experience covering all aspects of planning relating to large infrastructure projects, town centre regeneration and residential developments, across Yorkshire and nationally.
Carolyn Lord; Kate Butterfield
‘I work with Carolyn Lord, who is a very experienced and knowledgeable planning lawyer. Carolyn is a great team player and is very adept at being an integral part of a large project team.’
‘The team is extremely knowledgeable but importantly is able to frame that advice in an extremely commercial manner. They are hard working and make themselves available at very short notice. All work is completed on time and within budget.’
‘Carolyn Lord is a very experienced individual with a solid commercial pedigree. She is able to tackle very complex legal matters but explain and deal with them in a practical and realistic way.’
CEG (Commercial Estates Group)
Persimmon Homes Limited
GMI Properties Limited
Ashgate Investments Limited
Hoyland Developments Limited
DB Cargo (UK) Limited
- Advising CEG (Commercial Estates Group on proposed 11.5 hectare Leeds city centre mixed use brownfield regeneration scheme known as the Temple District.
- Acted on a number of developments in Yorkshire for Persimmon Homes in negotiating planning agreements, undertaking planning appeals and providing general planning legal advice.
- Advising on promotion of various applications for planning permission by Riverside Business Park Limited for a hotel and mixed use-led development, including employment uses on a historic mill site in Bakewell, which accommodates the principal business park in the Peak District National Park.