Mr Robin Atkin > Ward Hadaway > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Ward Hadaway

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Robin specialises in planning, village green, highways and compulsory purchase work.

He represents a broad range of clients including residential and commercial developers, estates, public sector organisations and private individuals.

Robin is also an integral member of the property development team supporting colleagues on the planning aspects of development agreements including contracts, options and leases.

He is widely recognised as an expert in planning issues including regular advice on the interpretation of planning permissions, advice regarding certificates of lawful use, drafting and negotiation of Section 106 Agreements and other more general planning advice.

Robin also has a particular specialism in village green and highways matters (specifically public rights of way) and has advised numerous landowners/developers regarding their landholding and how best to seek to prevent applications arising for village green or modifications to the definitive map. He has acted for major house builders and major landowning estates in seeking to resist village green applications made over considerable areas of land with development potential, such matters often proceeding to inquiry and involving novel points of law.

Robin has also acted for a statutory utility in making a number of compulsory purchase orders along the Northumberland Coast and acted at an inquiry in seeking the confirmation of the orders, one of which involved the special parliamentary procedure.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Real estate > Commercial property: Newcastle

Well known for its housebuilding expertise, Ward Hadaway has also accrued significant experience across a broad range of areas including commercial development, landlord and tenant matters, and real estate finance. Lesley Fairclough acts for commercial and residential developers and jointly heads up the team with Robin Atkin, who specialises in planning. Heather Markham is regularly instructed by clients in the retail, industrial, leisure and charitable sectors. The team often acts in conjunction with the firm’s banking and construction groups in relation to real estate finance instructions; Simon Errington is recommended in this space.

North > Real estate > Planning and environment

(Leading individuals)

Robin AtkinWard Hadaway

Ward Hadaway fields a ‘confident and capable’ planning team which provides the full scope of contentious and non-contentious planning-related services. The group’s offering is additionally bolstered by the in-house cooperation between teams of planning lawyers, chartered town planners and planning technicians, with particular strength in the commercial, public, development and heritage sectors. Robin Atkin has expertise in village green and highways matters, and shares the leadership of the department with Kamran Hyder, who handles issues pertaining to highways and compulsory purchase law. Clients recommend the expertise of ‘enthusiastic and very professional’ associate Nick Gholkar, who has a dual specialism in planning and property development.