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Ben is a rising star in our Planning and Environment Team.

This year he has acted for the Marine Management Organisation in relation to a number a number of EU Exit related matters, including the certification required to demonstrate to the EU that the fish caught in the UK is not Illegal, Unreported or Unregulated (which is required for fish to be exported into the EU). This year Ben has also advised the Marine Management Organisation on a number of marine licensing matters involving loss of habitats (in particular small scale habitat loss) and a judicial review in relation to gravel extraction from the North Sea.

He has advised the Welsh Government on numerous EIA agriculture matters. He has conducted advocacy at Hearings and is highly regarded for his detailed evaluation of the issues and the clear manner he presents the case.  Ben has also advised on contaminated land issues being faced by the Homes & Communities Agency and Walsall Council.

A large part of Ben’s specialism is planning matters. This includes the negotiation of complex section 106 agreements and applications for major development projects.  Ben acts for both public and private sector clients.

This experience has given Ben significant insight into planning law issues faced by his clients. Key experience past 12 months: Ben has acted for Hiscox in relation to work required to a listed building due to contamination and Blaby District Council in relation to the redevelopment of a shopping centre’s food court. Ben has also advised in relation to a number of large projects in Croydon.

He is one to watch for the future.

This year Ben has started to work for some of the time out of our Birmingham office, together with solicitor Victoria Searle, endorsing the firm’s cross midlands offering.


Ben trained with Browne Jacobson between 2009 and 2011.


  • Solicitor – admitted September 2011
  • LLB – 2009
  • Graduate Bachelor of Commerce – 2007

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Real estate > Planning

(Next Generation Partners)

Ben StandingBrowne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP works with a strong roster of developers and local authorities on a steady stream of high-value public and private sector projects. ‘Highly knowledgeable‘ practice head Ben Standing specialises in the negotiation of section 106 agreements and major project applications, acting for various local authorities and government departments both within the West Midlands and beyond. Victoria Searle specialises in social housing planning matters, working with national public bodies and registered providers across the region on large-scale redevelopments, and judicial challenges. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

West Midlands > Public sector > Local government

The government, regulatory and advocacy team at Browne Jacobson LLP advises local authorities on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues, including property investments, regeneration, estate management, environmental issues and judicial review. Thomas Howard runs the firm’s local authority investment practice, while Zo Hoida focuses on development within the public sector. Ben Standing is another important name, specialising in planning matters and local government matters.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

Browne Jacobson LLP is instructed by a wide range of public sector clients, from local government to universities across the country, with Welsh clientele being a new niche area of focus. The firm is noted for its strong Public Inquiry practice, and has acted for core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and for NHS England in the Manchester Bombing Inquest. Ros Foster focuses on regulatory work and health care clients, having been instructed on a variety of judicial reviews against the Parliamentary and health service Ombudsman. Richard Barlow advises many public bodies on governance, judicial review and vires issues. Ben Standing is a name to watch for his work in environmental public law challenges. Laura Hughes completes the roster of recommended practitioners.