Tim Willis > Shoosmiths LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
B3 3AG

Work Department

Real Estate - Planning


Tim has over 20 years of experience in both the private and public sector.
He provides both strategic and site specific planning and compulsory purchase advice to clients in the commercial property, residential and retail/leisure sectors.

Tim has handled many planning inquiries, appeals and High Court challenges and is known for his ability to work within tight deadlines and provide clear, cogent and timely advice.

His experience includes drafting and negotiating complex Section 106/infrastructure agreements delivering large urban and mixed use regeneration developments.

Client project experience includes advising:

  • Acting For Fulford Parish Council in relation to a legal “test case” determining the lawful scope for the use of non-material amendments at reserved matters stage;
  • Acting for Robert Hitchins Ltd in connection with Tewkesbury District Council’s judicial review of “part” of a Section 78 decision letter concerning calculation of 5 year housing land supply figure;
  • Advising IM Properties in relation to various High Court and Court of Appeal challenges concerning the Lichfield Local Plan;
  • Acting for IM Properties in connection with the first (and successful), Section 78 Appeal to be determined by the Secretary of State following the issue of the Governments White Paper “Fixing Our Broken Housing Market”
  • Petitioning against HS2 proposals in Stafford and attendance at HS2 Parliamentary Select Committee. Subsequently negotiating an Agreement with HS2 in order to secure the release of  HS2’s  Holding Direction relating to a strategic housing allocation;
  • Acting for Gallagher Estates Ltd in connection with a legal challenge to the Leeds Local Plan;
  • Drafting Section 106 Agreement for Next in relation to new retail premises;
  • Acting for Cher Varya Group Ltd in connection with a successful Section 78 appeal for new leisure facilities (118 lodges), in Lichfield;
  • Acting for Worcestershire County Council on various Section 106 Agreements;
  • Retained by Tendring District Council on a suite of Section 106 Agreements.

Tim joined Shoosmiths in 2007 and has been a partner since 2012.

Tim is a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Member of the Law Society’s Planning Panel. He contributes legal articles to various publications including  the Planner and Planning Magazine. and has appeared as a panel member at various Estate Gazette events.


Trained Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council; qualified 1993; legal assistant/trainee legal executive CS Ranson and Co 1979-82; clerical officer Civil Service 1982-84; legal assistant planning, civil litigation Test Valley Borough Councill 1984-86; senior legal assistant Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council 1986-98; planning solicitor/associate planning solicitor Burges Salmon Solicitors Bristol 1998-2004; associate planning solicitor Cobbetts Solicitors 2004-07; associate planning solicitor Shoosmiths Solicitors 2007-11; senior associate 2011-12; partner 2012.


Law Society Planning Panel; Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute


Tidworth Down School; Cricklade College (Business Studies 1979; Fellow of lnstitute of Legal Executives 1990)


Music, sport and long walks in the country.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Real estate > Planning

(Hall of Fame)

Tim WillisShoosmiths LLP

Praised for providing ‘consistently excellent advice’, Shoosmiths LLP’s Midlands planning practice is a key component of its national offering. The team works closely with planning groups based in Manchester and Nottingham, and has a strong development and public sector focus. The practice is also distinguished for its planning litigation team led by Tim Willis, who is described as a ‘star of the firm’. Senior associate Rachael Coulsting is also a key contact in the team for her experience advising housebuilders and developers, as well as her work in CPOs, s.106 agreements and planning litigation. Solicitor Paige Ferris-Bedward recently joined the firm from EMW Law LLP. Stuart Tym  left the firm to join Knights plc in August  2023.

East Midlands > Real estate > Planning and environment

Shoosmiths LLP acts for a range of public sector bodies, corporate clients and housebuilders on a variety of building and infrastructure matters with a particular focus on the living sector. The team also has considerable expertise in planning litigation. This contentious work is led by Tim Willis, who handles judicial review, statutory challenges and planning enforcement matters. Stuart Tym works on major strategic development work, while Will Thomas has a strong track record with section 106 agreements.