Lisa Tye > Shoosmiths LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
M3 3AZ

Work Department

Planning, highways, compulsory purchase.


Lisa is a partner and joint-head of Shoosmiths’ planning and CPO team, driving the team’s growth forward across the UK.

An experienced planning lawyer, she acts on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious planning matters, including highways matters and compulsory purchase work, drafting and negotiating complex Section 106 agreements, judicial review, footpath/highway closures, infrastructure agreements and village green issues.

She has acted for a mix of public and private clients, including North West Development Agency, Ainscough Strategic Land, Ask Developments, United Utilities, Tesco and the Co-operative Group.

Lisa’s recent project experience includes advising:

• Ainscough Strategic Land on a planning appeal and public inquiry for a 2,300 dwelling scheme in Swindon as part of the New Eastern Villages allocation;
• Vastint on planning and CPO issues in relation to their major mixed use schemes in London, Leeds and Cardiff;
• Story Homes on numerous residential development schemes across the north west; and
• Kingston Council on the regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate, a major scheme to provide over 2000 new dwellings for the Borough’s residents.

She is identified as a Leading Individual for Planning legal work in the 2018 editions of Legal 500 and Chambers UK, the latter stating interviewees laud her as “a really hard-working and clever lawyer who finds her way around complex problems”.

Impressed clients add “She is great to work with – she breaks things down into plain English and doesn’t baffle with detail. She is also very personable and pleasant, and very good at what she does.”.


Lisa joined Shoosmiths in 2013, having previously worked at Eversheds, DWF and Semple Fraser. She previously spent eight years working in-house for local authorities including Birmingham City Council and the London Borough of Hounslow, a mix of public and private experience that clients find invaluable, as it provides empathy, insights and scope for innovation for projects at the public/private interface.


Irlam High School; Eccles College; Liverpool University, (1992 LLB Hons Class 2:1); Manchester Metropolitan University, (1994 LPC Commendation).



Lawyer Rankings

North West > Real estate > Planning and environment

(Leading individuals)

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East Midlands > Real estate > Planning and environment

Shoosmiths LLP‘s planning team acts for national and local housebuilders, public sector bodies and corporate clients to deliver a variety of buildings and infrastructure. Tim Willis is experienced in residential and logistics-led projects and has a niche in planning litigation. In relation to the new Environment Act 2021, the team assists clients with issues concerning provision of bio-diversity net gain through bespoke planning agreements. Kathryn Jump and Lisa Tye are the joint heads of the national planning team. Stuart Tym joined from Irwin Mitchell in November 2021.

London > Real estate > Planning

Shoosmiths LLP‘s national planning team serves clients on a variety of planning matters relating to mixed-use projects for the real estate industry, and handles High Court challenges and enforcement cases. Karen Howard, who is ‘an excellent, experienced solicitor’, has vast planning experience and often advises on challenging projects relating to strategic residential sites, CPO, and mixed-use regeneration projects. Howard leads the team on a variety of schemes including those involving student and care homes, logistics, and data centres across London. Kathryn Jump co-heads the practice with Lisa Tye from Manchester.