Charles Felgate > Geldards LLP > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Geldards LLP
Capital Quarter No.4
Tyndall Street
CF10 4BQ

Work Department

Planning & Environment


Charles supervises the Planning and Environmental team, which has a significant contentious and non-contentious practice acting for both the private and public sector. The team advise on planning processes and decision making, appeals, judicial reviews, statutory challenges, enforcement and certificate applications and appeals. They also have expertise in compulsory purchase and associated compensation matters, including certificates of appropriate alternative development and references to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).

Charles advised Calderdale Borough Council in relation to the land assembly for a number of strategic transport and regeneration projects. He represented the Welsh Government in relation to the M4 Corridor around Newport proposals and in relation to marine planning policy matters and represented Powys County Council at the Mid Wales Conjoined Windfarm Inquiry. Charles advises all three of the Welsh National Park Authorities and he also has a significant section 106 practice, acting for both the private and public sectors. He recently completed a minerals planning appeal on land at Tir Pentwys, Torfaen, a planning appeal in relation to a mixed use scheme at Castlewood Business Park in Nottinghamshire and defended an application for a declaration that an historic planning permission could be implemented at Aberdyfi.

Lawyer Rankings

Wales > Real estate > Planning and environment

(Leading individuals)

Charles FelgateGeldards LLP

Benefiting from ‘in-depth knowledge of planning law, allied with commercial reality‘, Geldards LLP‘s specialist three-strong team provides ‘informative, comprehensive and accurate advice‘ to clients across the waterfront of contentious and non-contentious planning matters. ‘Very experienced, both in terms of black letter law, as well as policy and with good political nous‘, the firm is particularly skilled at advising public sector bodies, including local authorities, on the planning aspects related to complex regeneration and infrastructure projects. ‘Bright, pragmatic and hardworking‘ team head Charles Felgate is a ‘good strategic thinker‘ and is ‘equally at home on Welsh and English planning and environmental law matters‘. ‘Friendly, approachable and very professional’ senior associate Tomos Phillips is very knowledgeable about public law-related environmental and planning issues, including as it relates to CPO issues.

Wales > Public sector

Benefiting from longstanding and well-established ties with Wales-based local and central government entities, Geldards LLP ‘understands the difference between acting for the public and the private sector and how that may affect factors to be considered and decisions to be made‘. Experienced litigator Jonathan Griffiths has a core public law focus to his practice, and is particularly adept at representing both claimants and defendants in judicial review proceedings, as well as in procurement disputes. Other key members of the team include construction lawyer Tony Norris, who has significant public sector-side experience advising on major Welsh infrastructure projects, and ‘strategic thinker‘ Charles Felgate, who regularly provides contentious and non-contentious planning expertise to both the central Welsh government, as well as local authorities. Former practice head Bethan Lloyd left to join Bevan Brittan LLP inmid-2022.