Firm Profile > LB & Co Limited > Leeds, England

LB & Co Limited
LS21 1EY

Planning Tier 3

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.

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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

LB & Co is a niche practice  which specialises in planning and related areas of law, established in 2012 but with directors each having over thirty years of planning law experience of work in local government, national and regional law firms and in-house with a prominent regional developer.

The continued collaboration between Carolyn Lord and Kate Butterfield in various capacities since 1988 sees the firm being awarded key roles on major development projects in the region and beyond. Exceptional personal service is given to clients, with value added which belies the very competitive charge-out rates.

Carolyn’s and Kate’s experience  spans the whole spectrum of planning and highways-related projects – high profile infrastructure, town centre and out-of-town projects. Their reputation in the market is reflected in the calibre and number of clients and projects they have retained for decades (in particular GMI and CEG) and more recent clients such as DB Cargo (UK) Limited and Strata Homes/Sterling Capitol PLC. Carolyn has continued to work on the £30 million plus Clay Cross regeneration scheme in Derbyshire since the mid-1990s.

Since 2015 the firm has coordinated the legal planning process for CEG’s city centre Temple district £350m mixed use development in Leeds South Bank. The planning permission granted in October 2018 (supported by a complex Section 106 Agreement drafted by LB & Co) was acknowledged as one of the largest mixed use permissions in the country in 2018  LB & Co have now been instructed by CEG on the same basis to promote a wider regeneration scheme, centred on restoration of internationally important but ‘at risk’ Grade I Listed Temple Works, with the potential for this housing a new British Library North. This will be one of the largest city centre regeneration schemes in the country, comprising over 25  acres.

The firm works for national and local housebuilders, including Persimmon and Countryside and developers including CEG, GMI, Litton Properties and Sterling Capitol as well as local authorities, charities and heritage organisations.

Over the last few years, LB & Co has increased its role as planning legal adviser to DB Cargo (UK) Limited, the UK’s largest rail freight operator. Provision of legal  and strategic advice is provided nationally on their infrastructure requirements including new rail freight facilities and asset protection advice.

Last year the firm completed long-running advice on a significant extension to Lakeside sub-regional leisure park for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.

The firm is instructed on a strategic mixed use development for 43 ha of employment land and c. 1700 homes and supporting infrastructure at Barnsley West, and by another developer for a large new office development on a site at Junction 23A of the M1.

Other work in the last year has included advice on complex enforcement matters, compulsory purchase orders, rights of way, Certificates of Lawfulness, reliance on permitted development rights, planning policy application and strategic objections to Development Consent Orders.

Various commercial property law practices without relevant in-house expertise use LB & Co as their planning and highway law specialist. Furthermore, a significant number of planning consultants use us for specialist opinions and refer their clients to us for infrastructure agreements and legal planning advice/opinions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Planning Carolyn Lord 07885 484482
Planning Kate Butterfield 07930 452477
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Kate Butterfield photo Ms Kate Butterfield Director
Ms Carolyn Lord photo Ms Carolyn Lord Pracice ow