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Claire Brook

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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Planning and infrastructure.


Claire is a partner and national head of the planning and infrastructure team. She specialises in planning and environmental law, with an MA in environmental law. She has particular expertise in the energy, waste and chemical sectors. Experience includes advising on several nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) on hazardous waste, energy from waste and CCGT developments.  Claire also provides strategic planning advice to owners, developers and housebuilders on major residential schemes, including dealing with examinations in public, public inquiries and jusicial review proceedings.


Qualified 1995, trained Walker Morris Solicitors. Partner Walker Morris 2003. Joined Dickinson Dees in 2009; partner Dickinson Dees 2011; partner Bond Dickinson 2013 on merger; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.




National Infrastructure Planning Association.


Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley, West Yorkshire; Northumbria University (1992 LLB Law Degree 2:1); York law School (LSF: Merit); DeMontfort University (1998 MA Environmental Law: Merit).

North: Real estate


Within: Planning

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s ‘first-rate’ planning team provides a ‘consistently excellent and efficient service in all aspects of planning combined with a very personable approach’. ‘Highly regarded’ and ‘exceptionally meticulous’ managing associate Stephen Dagg is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and has a ‘wealth of expertise with specific emphasis on highway and transport-related matters’. Clients also praise his ‘exceptional attention to detail’ and the ‘ability to get results for the client’. Associate Antonia Murillo is also ‘highly recommended’, particularly for planning litigation, and noted as ‘combining her extensive knowledge with a commercial perspective’, while ‘extremely personable’ associate Kate Ashworth is ‘highly committed and goes the extra mile to get results’. Claire Brook heads the team from Leeds following Frank Orr’s departure in July 2017. Recently, she advised Bellway Homes on various developments and subsidence issues requiring negotiations with the Coal Authority and the local planning authority.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate


Within: Planning

Noteworthy individuals in Womble Bond Dickinson’s department include team head Claire Brook , who has particular experience in the waste, energy and chemical sectors; and legal director Jocelyn Denton , who regularly acts for local authorities on mixed-use development schemes. Brook recently advised Sembcorp Utilities on its application for a DCO for a combined-cycle gas turbine power station and assisted Wheelabrator Technologies with its DCO application for an energy from waste plant, while Denton’s recent work includes acting for the London Borough of Lewisham on the planning and property aspects of the redevelopment of the New Bermondsey site and handling the regeneration of Lewisham Town Centre for the London Borough of Lewisham.

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