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DLA Piper

The team at DLA Piper advises on large-scale infrastructure projects of significant national importance, acting for major banks, developers and public sector bodies as well as a number of global clients. The practice handles general planning issues, financing matters, land acquisitions, and contentious work. Notable mandates include road improvement schemes, rail developments and aviation industry projects, as well as key regional urban regeneration work and renewable energy infrastructure projects. Senior associate Claire Stoneman advises several of the firm's key clients on development planning work, compulsory purchases and asset protection mandates.

Other key lawyers:

Claire Stoneman


DLA Piper have over many years delivered an excellent service, knowledgeable and insightful, easily contactable, but most importantly their advice has been solid and reliable.

The team is dynamic, commercially aware and always on call. It has been an absolute pleasure working with DLA and the delivery so far has been excellent. Without fail. Apart from the knowledge you would expect them to have, their ability to work creatively and sensitively with the local authority and find solutions to get us past various impasses have been impressive.

Can do attitude. Personal involvement and a sense of personal investment. They see the bigger picture and certainly don’t appear to be driven by the billable hour, but rather the delivery of great work.

Key clients

York Central Partnership

Highways England

British Airways

Merlin Entertainments

Royal Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advising York Central Partnership on the redevelopment of York Central.
  • Advising Highways England on the promotion of a number of new highway and highway improvement DCO schemes as part of the Government’s Road Infrastructure Schemes 1 Programme.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is highly active on a range of nationally-significant infrastructure, urban extension and development matters, advising local authorities, developers and utilities providers on all stages of the projects. Highlights include strategic housing developments and planning agreements; the group also fields a dedicated compulsory purchase team. The practice is led out of Leeds by Jonathan Riley, who handles major infrastructure and development projects regionally and nationally. Nick McDonald was promoted to partner in 2019, and is noted for his work on energy developments, notably in the nuclear power sector. Senior associates Emma Cottam-Clough and Sophie Walter  are recommended for development consent orders and compulsory purchases respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Riley


The team had excellent experience in the field we wanted. Their understanding of complex S.106 agreements, industry precedents and in complex negotiation was excellent.

Key clients

EPH Group

Leeds City Council

Drax Generation Developments / Drax Power

Sunderland City Council

South Tyneside Council

London Legacy Development Corporation

Ballymore Group

United Utilities Water

South Gloucestershire Council

Portsmouth City Council

Homes and Communities Agency

VPI Immingham

London Borough of Wandsworth

Work highlights

  • Advising Leeds City Council on its largest road scheme for 50 years, East Leeds Orbital Road, and the surrounding 5,000 home East Leeds Extension.
  • Advised Eggborough Power on the consenting and compulsory acquisition for its 2.5GW new gas-fired power station at the site of the existing coal-fired plant at Eggborough, East Yorkshire.
  • Advising South Tyneside Council & Sunderland City Council on the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) next to Nissan UK in Sunderland.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' Leeds-based group sits as part of the firm's national planning team, advising public and private sector clients on a range of matters including major infrastructure projects in the energy sector and contentious planning permission proceedings. Practice head Richard Glover is highly regarded for his work for electricity companies, while dual-qualified solicitor and barrister David Hardy primarily handles compulsory purchase issues and wider contentious matters. The team works on a national level, with a client roster encompassing local councils, property developers, retailers and international energy companies.

Practice head(s):

Richard Glover

Other key lawyers:

David Hardy; David Myers


The team have really strength in depth to deal with all aspects of planning, wherever a project might lead -from straightforward specialist drafting of agreements, through to advocacy at appeal or in court. The skill base is broad and I have not yet found any limit to it!

David Hardy -A good man to have on your side in a fight. Incisive, knowledgeable and cuts straight to the chase. Good with clients and solid, frank advice. David Myers -very capable pair of hands in negotiations with LPAs and drafting of agreements-simply thinks of everything!

Squire Patton Boggs have also been able to provide quick and highly reactive responses to briefs and have worked flexibly to enable support and advice to be drawn down as required. This flexibility is highly valuable when working on challenging projects with tough deadlines and a high level of complexity.

Key clients

SP Manweb

Leeds City Council

Cummins Ltd

Muse Developments

Taylor Wimpey

Triton Power

UK Power Networks

Watkin Jones

Northern Gas Networks

High Street Residential

Leeds Jewish Housing Associate

Northern Powergrid

Falck Renewables

Newby Estates

Hallam Land Management


Royal British Legion


GP Atkin Homes



Egdon Resources

Work highlights

  • Advising SP Manweb on a Development Consent Order (DCO) in relation to a new 132 kV overhead power line that the client proposes to construct and operate in North Shropshire.
  • Advised New World Payphones/Clear Channel on a large number of applications for prior approval and handled the associated appeals.
  • Acted for Egdon on the submission of a successful appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the production of oil from an onshore well site.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP provides a broad range of strategic advice to its client base of landowners, property developers, minerals companies and corporates. Key areas of expertise encompass Section 106 and land acquisition issues, environmental and regulatory compliance work, inquiries and contentious proceedings. The team has also increased its involvement in student housing developments and renewable energy projects. Practice head Richard Sagar advises on large-scale planning applications and also handles High Court challenges and environmental matters, while Chris Slater assists with the planning elements of infrastructure and housebuilding projects. Dual-qualified solicitor and barrister Alison Ogley is particularly skilled in contentious environmental issues.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sagar

Other key lawyers:

Chris Slater; Alison Ogley


The Planning team at Walker Morris has considerable strength in the depth of knowledge and strength of advice provided by all staff. There are several Partners all with individual specialisms with one consistency, that they all provide excellent, commercially friendly planning advice. The strength in depth within the team is unrivalled across the north of England.

First class planning team, great for planning appeals.

A team that is well known in Yorkshire and the North for the quality of its advice and robust approach. It is particularly sound on providing practical and commercially-focused strategic advice in promoting large development schemes. Although mostly acting for developers, it has good relationships with planning authorities that arise from its sensible and trustworthy approach when dealing with other persons and bodies involved in the planning process.

Clear, concise and decisive advice. Excellent communication skills and also go the extra mile.

Alison Ogley is a delight to work with. Sharp, quick witted and her attention to detail is second to none. I would not hesitate to recommend Alison.

A truly stellar planning practice, covering the full range of work from inquiries and examinations in public to the most difficult contentious Court cases. The firm’s strong tradition in solicitor-advocacy means that its team are considerably finer-tuned then the competition and always have a laser-like focus on the critical issues. Not just the best planning firm in Leeds but at the very top of the tree nationwide.

Richard Sagar – impeccable judgement, a huge legal brain, peerless at client management and works like a Trojan. His vast experience as an advocate means he works particularly effectively with counsel in formulating the most persuasive arguments and the most effective tactics in difficult and complex court cases. Universally respected by clients, opponents and counsel alike, he is one of the best in the business.

Key clients

Hallam Land Management

The Peel Group

FCC Environment

Commercial Estates Group


Taylor Wimpey

Asda Stores

Bowmer & Kirkland

Town Centre Securities

Unite Group

Bellway Homes

BDW Group

Galliford Try

Work highlights

  • Advising East Leeds Extension North Quadrant Consortium on a substantial mixed-use development including residential and retail units, a health centre, community centre and primary school development, with associated drainage and landscaping, in Leeds.
  • Acting for Bellway Homes in a planning appeal for non-determination of planning application for 250 homes on land near Barnsley.
  • Advising Commercial Estates Group on a planning application for a scheme at Burley-in-Wharfedale.


CMS provides planning advice on a wide range of projects, both within Sheffield and Yorkshire and on a national basis. The team advises on town centre regenerations, strategic land acquisitions, minerals and waste-related matters, and large-scale infrastructure projects, with clients including airports, local authorities, commercial and residential developers, and commercial occupiers. Infrastructure and CPO specialist Chris Bowes and national planning head Martin Evans lead the team in line with its national scope, with newly-promoted partner Rebecca Roffe providing additional expertise on complex planning issues including funding agreements and Section 106 agreements for many of the firm's major real estate, energy and infrastructure clients.

Practice head(s):

Chris Bowes; Martin Evans

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Roffe


Quick to respond to instructions/requests. A strong player in project teams.

Chris Bowes is approachable and responsive.

Key clients






Benson Elliot

Vita / Select


National Grid

Arora / Heathrow West

Crown Estate

North York Moors National Park Authority



Big Yellow



Far East Consortium

Work highlights

  • Advising Tarmac on the planning strategy for the development of green belt land near Welwyn Garden City for residential purposes.
  • Advising Mayfield Partnership on the interface between Transport and Works Act Order for new platforms at Manchester Piccadilly Station and the Mayfield regeneration project.
  • Advising Hammerson on planning issues relating to the development of a new hotel in Leeds as the next phase of the Victoria Gate scheme.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on a range of national projects for major clients across multiple industries, including property developers, high-profile retailers and national infrastructure providers. The Leeds team operates as a centre of excellence for infrastructure planning matters. Practice head Peter Nesbit focuses on energy, mining and minerals-related infrastructure work, with an increase in mandates from the renewable energy sector; while senior associate Katie Moffatt has notable expertise in transport infrastructure matters, most notably in the rail sector. Principal associate Roddy Macdonald leads on retail planning and housing development matters, including site acquisitions, contractual issues and funding work.

Practice head(s):

Peter Nesbit

Other key lawyers:

Katie Moffatt; Roddy Macdonald

Key clients

FCC Environment

Essar Oil

Persimmon Homes North East and Taylor Wimpey

Homes and Communities Agency, trading as Homes England

Kentucky Fried Chicken

WM Morrison Supermarkets

Evans Property Group

London South Bank University

Templegate Developments

Work highlights

  • Advised FCC on a portfolio of energy-from-waste projects, two of which are being promoted as DCOs.
  • Advised Morrisons on the planning strategy to secure consent for a food store and parade of non-food retail units on recently acquired land within Bolsover town centre, formerly the District Council’s offices.
  • Represented Essar Oil at an inquiry in relation to a proposal by the University of Chester to introduce a new faculty of science at a site within the inner COMAH zone of the client’s refinery.

Knights plc

Knights plc has recently expanded its national planning team following its merger with Shulmans LLP. The Leeds office advises on planning matters relating to residential developments, retail issues and infrastructure projects - all key areas of growth for the practice. The team is led by the highly experienced Amanda Beresford, who is active in thought leadership on national planning-related issues. The practice has a number of major clients in the development arena and retail sector, and also works with public authorities and contractors on major projects including HS2 and the East Leeds Orbital, leveraging its key specialism in compulsory purchase orders.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Beresford


Knights’ long standing experience in the sector enables them to provide well respected, knowledgeable, but commercial astute advice.

Amanda Beresford is a true leader in her field. There is little she does not know regarding residential development. Her ability to establish the facts, weigh up the arguments and cut to the core of an issue, in a considered yet focused manner, sets her apart.

Key clients

Barratt/David Wilson Homes

Extra MSA Group


Princes Quay Estates

Lidl Great Britain

Caddick Group


Duchy Homes Limited

Avant Homes

Wallhill Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Caddick Residential in two planning appeals in southern England relating to residential development schemes.
  • Advised Princes Quay Estates on compulsory purchase and planning matters relating to a nationally significant infrastructure project, including representing the client at the Development Consent Order hearing.
  • Advising Lidl Great Britain on planning matters in relation to a number of stores throughout the UK.


Weightmans' Leeds office contributes substantially to its national planning practice, with a particular specialism in advising local authorities and devolved governments; it also acts for developers and utilities companies. Highlights include large-scale urban developments and infrastructure projects, with the team handling the related compulsory purchase orders, contentious elements and planning permission negotiations. The group includes two dedicated planning lawyers in practice head Lee Gordon, who advises on high-value and complex infrastructure and strategic residential projects, and Bob Pritchard, who has particular expertise in the public sector.

Practice head(s):

Lee Gordon

Other key lawyers:

Bob Pritchard


My experience with them is in Town and Country Planning. They provide an excellent all round service for developer and local authority clients in all areas of planning. Particular strengths, however, are planning appeals, highways issues and compulsory purchase orders. They provide excellent instructions to me as counsel, and liaise brilliantly with clients to achieve the outcome that we are aiming for. They are realistic and practical in their outlook and advice.

I have worked with Bob Pritchard for over 25 years when he was in both the public and private sectors. He has unrivalled knowledge of the workings of the planning system and his history of working in both public and private sectors gives him an excellent insight into how the various issues in a case might be approached by the various parties. He has a deservedly high reputation throughout the planning industry nationally. He is a delight to work with. I have also worked with Lee Gordon. He is also very focused on delivering the right outcome for clients in a practical and realistic way. He pitches his clients’ position at just the right level – never overselling a case, which makes others trust what he is saying to them and convincing them of its merit.

Key clients

Welsh Government

Royal Mail Group

Peel Ports

Northern Power Grid

Prospect Estates

Liverpool City Combined Authority

Broad Energy

Robinsons Brewery

Leeds City Council

York City Council

Peterborough City Council

Selby District Council

Nottingham County Council

East Hertfordshire Council, Epping Forest, Essex County Council

5th Leisure

Charnwood Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Represented the Welsh Government throughout the DCO process for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey in Wales.
  • Advising Liverpool City Combined Authority on the promotion of the multi-billion pound Mersey Tidal Energy Project in advance of the submission of a DCO application.
  • Advising Harlow Garden Town Partners on the Harlow Garden Town Project, which is to include 23,000 dwellings and major infrastructure, including river crossings and sustainable transport corridors.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides strategic planning advice on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), regeneration and redevelopment schemes, and major commercial and residential developments. The group's expertise encompasses planning permission applications, compulsory purchases, funding work and land law issues. The team acts for developers, local authorities, corporates and infrastructure providers. Claire Brook in the Leeds office focuses on planning and environmental development matters, collaborating with other offices as part of the national team led by Jonathan Bower.

Practice head(s):

Claire Brook; Jonathan Bower


WBD has a broad spectrum of experience across multiple successful engagements where getting it right first time has secured successful outcomes.

We engage with the WBD team from Partner level downwards. All of them demonstrate an enthusiasm that is often missing in some businesses and at all levels they are willing to dedicate the necessary time to secure the best results.

Key clients

Wheelabrator Technologies

BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)

Leeds City Council

London Borough of Lewisham

Places for People Homes

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Taylor Wimpey


Sembcorp Utilities UK

Commercial Estates Group (CEG)

Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council

Strata Homes


Linden Homes Limited

NHS Property Services Limited

FCC Environment

The University of Law

London Borough of Bexley

Persimmon Homes



Karbon Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised Grainger on all the planning aspects of three forward funding transactions connected with large build-to-rent development projects in Leeds, Sheffield and Cardiff.
  • Advising Lewisham Council on the planning, compulsory purchase and property aspects of the redevelopment of the New Bermondsey site which has Millwall Football Stadium at its centre.
  • Providing strategic planning advice to Leeds City Council on the development of land to the East of Otley for housing, a mixed-use development, regeneration infrastructure and environmental enhancement, including the provision of major infrastructure works including the delivery of a major relief road.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard provides planning advice relating to private sector developments, infrastructure projects and local authority initiatives, encompassing planning permission issues, Section 106 orders, and land acquisitions including compulsory purchase orders. The team acts on national and regional projects for airports, corporates and developers. Recently promoted managing associate Daniel Marston is the key name within the Leeds office.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Marston


Addleshaw Goddard provides well integrated, commercially minded, planning and real estate advice. Their multiple offices allow them to draw on national experience where relevant to a local situation. Their advice is provided in a timely manner, and there is depth and breadth to their knowledge.

Daniel Marston is an excellent planning solicitor. He is diligent and responsive to client needs. He provides commercial advice, that considers both planning law, and other related areas of law that could have a bearing on decision making. He has wide knowledge and experience. He provides advice within whatever timescale it is required, which is always appreciated.

Approachable and friendly staff who are able to explain complex legal matters to those without legal expertise.

Daniel Marston in particular is extremely helpful and reliable.

The solicitor who I have dealt with at Addleshaws (Daniel Marston) is helpful, reliable and just a phone call away throughout the process so responds to any queries that have arisen.

Daniel Marston is approachable, reliable, knowledgeable and contactable.

Incredibly prompt in replying to queries. Willing to provide informal advice on an adhoc nature. Advice is clear and queries are responded to without making the enquirer feel their question is silly. Willing to travel to meetings when required. Always meets the deadlines imposed.

Key clients


British Sugar

Bargate Property

Strawson Group Developments

Newark and Sherwood District Council

London Luton Airport

Muse Developments

Makins Limited

Horncastle Group

Travelodge Hotels

Work highlights

  • Advising Strawson on its development of out-of-centre retail in Mansfield, a significant employment site in Stafford and a strategic residential development in Witham, Lincolnshire.
  • Advising Newark and Sherwood District Council on a number of development projects in its district, including strategic schemes at Thoresby and Fernwood.
  • Advising Bargate Property on its landmark retail mixed-use development in Southampton city centre.


DWF has strengthened its presence in Leeds with the arrival of director Michelle Spark from Walker Morris LLP as head of national planning in mid-2019. Spark specialises in development work, particularly in the energy and minerals sectors. The practice acts for residential and industrial developers and lenders. It also has notable expertise in public sector work, which was further strengthened in 2019 with the arrival of senior associate Helen Robinson from Weightmans.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Spark

Other key lawyers:

Helen Robinson

Key clients

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Advance Northumberland




Work highlights

  • Acting for Reigate and Banstead Borough Council on a CPO to deliver a key regeneration site in Redhill Town Centre.
  • Assisted Advance Northumberland with a CPO.
  • Advised a hotel which was to be negatively impacted by a highway improvement scheme by Highways England to junction 6 of the M42.

LB & Co Limited

Planning boutique LB & Co Limited acts for a range of national clients, including housebuilders, retailers, infrastructure companies and charities, with a particular strength in major urban regeneration schemes. Carolyn Lord and Kate Butterfield are co-founders of the firm and work together on a range of regional and national projects, specialising in national mandates and housing projects respectively.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Lord

Other key lawyers:

Kate Butterfield


The team is led by two highly experienced and well known individuals who have significant experience in the regional and national market place. Both Carolyn and Kate have specialisms in different areas and have worked on some of the biggest and most challenging development schemes in the region in the last 20 years. They bring a personal approach to matters and are very easy to deal with.

Carolyn Lord is extremely well renowned for having a wealth of experience in respect of planning law matters and has a very broad and impressive client base. She is easy going, technically excellent but applies a good level of commerciality to her work. Kate Butterfield is similarly well known and specialises in residential development work. She is equally easy to deal with, affable and has great technical knowledge.

Key clients


GMI Properties

Diocese of Leeds/Catholic Care

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Persimmon Homes

Litton Properties/Riverside Business Park/Litton Donington

Countryside Properties

Hoyland Developments

Willmott Dixon Construction

DB Cargo

Relief Logistics

Strata Sterling Barnsley West

Work highlights

  • Advising CEG on its proposed £350m mixed-use regeneration scheme on a six-acre Leeds city centre site of significant strategic importance, and the promotion of a wider master plan on the Leeds South Bank.
  • Acting on a number of developments in Yorkshire for Persimmon Homes including negotiating planning agreements, undertaking planning appeals and providing general planning legal advice.
  • Acted for GMI Properties on a number of planning matters over various developments, including the Clay Cross town centre regeneration scheme.

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP handles planning issues across East and North Yorkshire, and further afield in the South East and South West of the UK. The team acts on a multidisciplinary basis on residential developments, care home and education facility developments, and social housing matters. Practice head Mark Dixon advises public and private entities on complex planning and infrastructure issues, including mixed-use developments and Section 106 agreements. Jennifer Sewell is noted for her work in litigation against local authorities, while associate Libby Clarkson has won praise for her work on town planning mandates.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dixon

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Sewell; Libby Clarkson


Rollits is a friendly, approachable, honest and very capable firm.‘

Mark Dixon – Great with clients and a safe pair of hands. Leading planning expert in the area. Libby Clarkson – Really grown as a specialist lawyer in recent years. Emerging as a key contact within the firm.’

Key clients

Lindum Group

Central Land Holdings

Colten Care

Colten Developments


Yorkshire Housing

Reckitt Benckiser

The Kingswood Parks Development Co

East Riding College

Bishop Burton College

Crystal Heart Allam Developments

West Ella Holdings

East Riding Securities

Persimmon Homes

Work highlights

  • Conducted a planning appeal for West Ella Holdings relating to the refusal of planning permission for a residential development.
  • Drafting and negotiating a Section 106 Agreement for Central Land Holdings, for a major urban extension of Derby.
  • Supporting Allam Developments in a planning appeal.