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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Insurance and Public Risk


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

East Midlands > Real estate > Planning and environment

(Rising stars)

Ben StandingBrowne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s team in Nottingham occupies a unique position in the market due to its depth of expertise in all areas of planning and environmental law. The firm acts for large corporates, public sector clients and charities, among others. The scope of its work includes various contentious matters, regulatory approvals and developments. Richard Barlow has a strong track record in planning and environment work, including judicial reviews, risk management issues, planning due diligence and joint venture agreements. Laura Hughes has notable expertise in nature conservation projects. Andrew Hopkin is best known for representing claimants and defendants in environmental disputes. Stephen Coult brings invaluable expertise to the planning team as a Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Surveyor. Senior associate Ben Standing is another notable individual.

East Midlands > Real estate > Social housing

Browne Jacobson LLP has the bench strength to advise developers and housing associations on all aspects of large-scale affordable housing developments, including strategic partnerships, funding transactions, planning permissions and plot sales. Its team includes Gabor Taller, who has particular expertise in social housing development work and funding arrangements. Barry Sully specialises in regeneration projects, mixed-use schemes, joint ventures and social housing projects. In a recent highlight, Taller and Sully advised EMH Housing and Regeneration Limited on the acquisition of a site for the £12m development of 65 extra-care apartments and other facilities in Leicester. Associates Ben Standing and Holly Chadwick are also key members of the group.