Alex Ground > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Russell-Cooke LLP
SW15 6AB
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Alex is a partner in our planning team and specialises in the full spectrum of planning related work; s106 agreements, compulsory purchase, planning applications inquiries and appeals, objections to planning applications, Community Infrastructure Levy issues, judicial review and high court challenges, highways agreements, listed building and conservation area advice, Certificates of Lawful Development, enforcement issues, prior approval applications. She acts for corporates, charities and individuals.

Notable developments that advised on: planning applications for UK’s largest on-shore oilfield to extend its life, acting on application for 120 units in Mid Sussex including two successful s.288 high court challenges (Woodcock Holdings Limited v Secretary of State [2015] EWHC 1173), successful high court challenge of Neighbourhood Plan (Stonegate Homes Ltd & Anor, R (On the Application Of) v Horsham District Council [2016] EWHC 2512) and CPO compensation case for several million.


Trained at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and practised there for 8 years. Moved to Russell-Cooke in 2012 and made partner in 2015.


Biological Sciences: Oxford University 1999

CPE: Commendation 2000

LPC: Commendation 2001

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Planning

The ‘diligent and experienced’ team at Russell-Cooke LLP, led by Alex Ground, handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious planning matters. The group has noted an increasing number of 100% custom-build and self-build schemes, and has taken on new clients in 2022, including Lok ‘N’ Store. The team has also grown, with the addition of Catherine Knight, who joined from Bradford City Council in March 2023. Benjamin Cochrane is praised as a ‘hardworking and very reliable’ associate. John Webster left the firm in October 2022.