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Our planning lawyers provide quick and commercial advice to our clients to enable them to maximise their chances of planning success.

Planning law cannot be given in isolation to our clients’ commercial objectives; we work closely with all members of our clients’ professional team to secure the best results, delivered in a timely fashion and in an accessible format.
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With the continued trend towards complex regeneration schemes, our expertise in this sector means that we are well placed to advise clients.

We are widely recognised for our ability to analyse, suggest and use particular strategies and tactics that define the approach and achieve the right result for our clients.

Our clients are drawn from a variety of sectors and industries and we have a wide range of experience advising in relation to projects involving:

  • education
  • energy
  • housing
  • infrastructure (including in relation to Development Consent Orders for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPS))
  • leisure (including hotels and entertainment)
  • manufacturing and industrial
  • offices
  • retail.

We act for developers, public authorities, funders and occupiers, which helps ensure that we can see all sides of the argument when proposing strategies and negotiating solutions.

We can help you with:

  • strategic planning advice
  • major redevelopment projects
  • submission of planning applications
  • planning audits
  • section 106 obligations/agreements
  • planning appeals and inquiries
  • compulsory purchase orders
  • highways matters.

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North London Waste Authority

Advising on all aspects of applying for and obtaining a Development Consent Order (DCO) for a £500 million national infrastructure project to build an energy recovery facility in north London.

Bouwfonds European Real Estate Parking Fund S.a.r.l and Bouwfonds IM Financial Services – part of the Bouwfonds Group

Acting for the owners of two investment properties (car parks) which will have to be acquired to make way for the Westfield Shopping Centre. We advised our clients on all aspects of the proposed redevelopment, in particular on the CPO process.

British Arab Commercial Bank Plc and St Martins Property Investments Limited

The proposed development by London Underground to upgrade Bank station will affect both clients who we are advising on all aspects of the proposed order, including preparing for attendance at a public inquiry and negotiating complex private agreements to protect their interests.

Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited

Advising in relation to the development (including securing planning) of over 30 ground-mounted solar farms exceeding 250MW capacity. We have established a strong bond with this new client which is reflected in the number of projects that they have instructed us to act on.

Accor Hotels Group

Advising Accor in relation to their petition to Parliament in respect of the HS2 Bill which will affect 4 of their major hotels and proposes to demolish a flagship hotel in order to make way for the construction of a new station for HS2.

Heads of the Valleys Development Company Limited "Circuit of Wales"

Providing strategic planning advice in relation to this multi-purpose development for motor sports. We advised this client on different aspects of planning law at both the developmental and implementation stages of the project.

Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust

Advised SREIT in relation to the redevelopment of a large strategic site next to the Wembley Stadium, following our involvement securing the planning permission for a mixed use 400,000 sq ft scheme.

The Prudential Assurance Company Limited

Represented the Prudential (owner of a large out of town retail park in Eastbourne) in relation to High Court proceedings brought by a third party against the adoption by Eastbourne Council of its Core Strategy.

Landowner - Mixed Use Residential-Led Development

Advising a longstanding client on the major redevelopment of their property to include up to 220 residential units, employment and a park and ride complex. Assisting with securing planning permission for two alternative schemes for the same site.


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