Matthew Mainstone > Wedlake Bell LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Wedlake Bell LLP

Work Department

Commercial Property


Matthew is a partner in the commercial property group, specialising in planning law. He advises developers, landowners and investors on a wide range of planning and highways law matters, predominantly on mixed use, retail and residential development schemes, and property transactions.

Matthew’s work includes negotiating planning agreements (including some complex affordable housing and viability provisions), highways agreements and licences, advising on planning applications and environmental impact assessment, planning appeals and judicial review. He also advises on all aspects of compulsory purchase law.

His recent experience includes: Advising on a challenge to a planning permission for a residential development that was successfully defeated on the grounds of lack of standing.
Advising on the acquisition of a Grade II* listed building. Negotiating the planning and highways agreements for a large urban extension in Oxfordshire, and associated advice on rights of way and procurement issues. Acting for an investment manager on planning and highways matters relating to the redevelopment of two office buildings in the City of London.


Matthew trained in local government and, after qualifying, worked for Surrey and Hertfordshire County Councils as a planning and highways solicitor. He then moved to private practice and spent 14 years with SJ Berwin/King & Wood Mallesons, where he was involved in a number of large development projects. He joined Wedlake Bell in August 2015.


Magdalen College School, Oxford. Bachelor of Science (BSc), Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex. LLB, City University London.