Neil Baker > Clarke Willmott LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Clarke Willmott LLP

Work Department

Planning and Environment


Neil is a Partner in Clarke Willmott’s Planning and Environment Team and acts for a number of leading institutions, national housebuilders, regional commercial developers, landowners, industrial and manufacturing concerns, and for a number of public sector bodies.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Real estate > Planning

(Hall of Fame)

Neil BakerClarke Willmott LLP

The ‘exceptionally good planning team‘ at Clarke Willmott LLP is noted for its capabilities advising housebuilders on large residential-led, mixed-use development schemes.  Planning appeals, enforcement matters, and judicial reviews are additional areas of expertise.  ‘Excellent strategist’ Neil Baker chairs the team from Bristol, and frequently gives legal opinions on planning issues. His colleague Chris Charlton is an experienced planning advocate. Taunton-based Caroline Waller is described by clients as ‘the go-to planning solicitor for many in the South West development industry’. Jade Lyus is also recommended.

South West > Real estate > Social housing

Clarke Willmott LLP is particularly well regarded for its property and development work, where the team advises at all steps of the development journey from site acquisition to sale and subsequent lease extensions of shared ownership units. The team is jointly led by Vicky Kells, who divides her time between Cardiff and Bristol; the Bristol-based trio of Kary Withers, Oliver Smedley and Neil Baker; and the Taunton-based Kate Saunders. Jade Lyus, a planning specialist, and Stephen Harper, who frequently advises on the property aspects of development projects, are also recommended.

South West > Real estate > Environment

Covering both contentious and non-contentious work, the ‘very strong’  practice at Clarke Willmott LLP continues to focus on the agriculture and waste sectors, working with a host of farming enterprises, utilities companies, and developers. Steering the team from the firm’s Bristol office, Neil Baker regularly combines his planning and environmental expertise in applications for projects such as housing sites and urban regeneration schemes. Caroline Waller and Chris Charlton further extend the team’s expertise in planning and environmental law. Daniel Gill left the practice in July 2022.