Mr James Cook > Blacks Solicitors LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Commercial Property




James Cook joined Blacks Solicitors as a Partner in the Commercial Property team in 2019, and specialises in town and country planning, highways, and compulsory purchase law.

Working with clients in both the private and public sectors, he provides strategic advice in relation to major regeneration planning of large scale residential and mixed-use schemes, retail and business parks.

This includes: the promotion of sites through Local Plan Examinations; Planning Applications (including Appeals); the drafting and negotiation of complex Section 106 planning obligations and providing ongoing advice following the grant of permission/implementation.

James also advises on Environmental Impact Assessment, planning enforcement, compulsory purchase, highways and public rights of way, listed buildings, certificates for existing and proposed lawful use/development, advertisement control, and town and village greens.

On the litigious side, James also supports clients in relation to High Court actions including Judicial Reviews and Injunctions.

In addition, James was ranked in Planning Magazine’s list of “Highest Rated Planning Solicitors” in 2018.


Law Society

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Real estate > Planning

Blacks Solicitors LLP’s planning team ‘punches above its weight in terms of experience and knowledge, but still retains a good “local” understanding with its base in Leeds’. Practice leader James Cook specialises in town and country planning, highways and compulsory purchase matters, and advises on regeneration and development projects across the residential, mixed-use and retail sectors. Praised for going ‘the extra mile’ for her clients, senior associate Katy McPhie is another key contact in the team.