Mr Neil Robson > Ward Hadaway > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

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Partner, Head of Property


Neil has been a solicitor for 30 years and is recognised as one of the country’s foremost planning lawyers.

Neil specialises in Planning and Development law on behalf of commercial clients and private individuals.

He is past president of Newcastle Law Society and was voted ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the North East in 2010.

He sits on the North East Branch of the Country Land and Rural Association.

Neil has acted on numerous occasions in Town Planning and Compulsory Purchase Inquiries on behalf of developers, landowners and public sector organisations.

Clients he has advised include Newcastle Airport, Northumberland National Park, English Heritage, Northumbrian Water, The National Trust, the Duke of Northumberland, Barratt, Royal Navy, and Amec.

He has acted on numerous occasions as Advocate at Planning Inquiries on behalf of developers, landowners and public sector clients.

Neil specialises in planning aspects of Energy Law. Clients include residential and commercial developers, estates, retail operators, manufacturers, minerals operators and heritage bodies.

Neil has been referred to in RICS Guide to Legal Experts and in Planning magazine as one of the country’s leading planning solicitors.

He has been a member of the Law Society’s Planning and Environmental Law Committee.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Private client > Agriculture and estates

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Understanding the particular needs of private landowners, farmers, rural businesses, and financial organisations is a key strength of the team at Ward Hadaway. The firm also frequently assists land agents with taxation advice. Jointly heading up the practice are transactional expert Alex CoxStefan Bainbridge , who frequently acts for mineral owners in the negotiation of prospecting and option agreements, and the grant of leases; land use and planning adviser Neil Robson; and Andrew Facer, who deals with trust and asset protection issues.