Will Thomas > Shoosmiths LLP > Nottingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP

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Will has experience acting for a variety of clients in the private and public sector. He provides general strategic and site specific planning advice. Will has also handled a number of planning appeals and High Court challenges and is known for his calm, considered and client-centric approach.

Recent experience includes:

  • Drafting and negotiating complex Section 106/infrastructure agreements, including a recent agreement in respect of a large urban extension scheme comprising of over 4000 dwellings.
  • Acting for a landowner appealing a planning enforcement notice in respect of a site used for temporary stadium parking.
  • Defending a judicial review challenge brought against a local planning authority which alleged, amongst other things, that the authority had failed to take into account information required by the environmental impact assessment regulations.
  • Advising a landowner in respect of an appeal against a s.215 Notice.
  • Advising applicants and local authorities in respect of applications for certificates of lawful use and development.
  • Advising a community group in relation to the listing of a building as an asset of community value (ACV).
  • Advising developers and landowners in relation to permitted development rights.
  • Advising developers and landowners in relation to the application of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regulations on new development.
  • Drafting and negotiating Section 38/278 Agreements, Section 104 Agreements and Section 111 Agreements.
Will is the secretary of the East Midlands group of the UK Environmental Lawyers Association and is a regular attendee at local planning and environmental sector events. Will also contributes legal articles to various publications.


Will joined Shoosmiths in 2019 and is based in the firm’s Nottingham office.