Tom Newcombe > Birketts LLP > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

Birketts LLP

Work Department

Commercial Property, Planning




Tom joined Birketts in March 2011. He is a Partner in our Planning Team.

Tom specialises in planning, environmental and highways law and joined Birketts with significant experience as a planning solicitor within the national planning team of an international law firm.

He advises on all aspects of planning law, advising local authorities, landowners and developers on the planning of commercial and residential developments including: the planning application process and supporting documents; Environmental Impact Assessment; contracts conditional on planning; section 106 agreements and unilateral undertakings; planning conditions; submission of and process management of planning appeals via written representations, hearings and inquiries; section 73 applications; and judicial review.

Tom also has wide experience with environmental due diligence, warranties and indemnities, contaminated land, highways matters, adoption agreements and public rights of way. His client base includes commercial and residential developers, institutional landowners, registered social landlords, further and higher education establishments and local authorities as well as major transport operators and renewable energy developers. He also advises private clients on a wide range of planning matters.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Real estate > Planning and environment

(Leading individuals)

Tom NewcombeBirketts LLP

At Birketts LLP, ‘the environmental practice is diligent, professional, courteous and friendly, taking the time to truly understand the needs of clients‘. The firm advises both private and public sector clients, among them national and regional housebuilders, local authorities and strategic developers on planning and environmental law. Its work includes  large-scale strategic development projects of up to 10,000 new homes in Cambridge, Cirencester, Bury St Edmunds, Kings Lynn, Grantham and more. Tom Newcombe in Cambridge and, in Ipswich, Deborah Sharples and Richard Eaton are the lead partners. Sharples is vastly experienced in environmental law and ‘has a perceptive appreciation of the wider picture and she is a powerful advocate in negotiations and hearings‘. Legal director Nicola Doole and senior associate Chloe Glason, both based in in Ipswich, are highly recommended by clients for planning matters.