"Excellent in terms of its depth of knowledge and the sixe of its planning team." Legal 500, 2014

Planning

Our team was the first stand-alone Planning and Environment practice in the City of London more than 30 years ago. Today we have 42 specialist planning lawyers providing advice to clients across the UK on the most significant UK planning schemes.

Ranked the number one Planning legal team in the legal directories for over 15 years, our team has been involved in the biggest and most innovative development and infrastructure schemes in the UK, including the Shard, Liverpool One, the Olympic Park, the "Walkie Talkie" and the Dome. Indeed, our work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel won the "Best Planning Project of the Year" award and "Overall Silver Jubilee Cup"  at the RTPI Planning Excellence Awards 2015.

We have unparalleled experience of handling highly complex schemes whether it concerns London Towers, major infrastructure, retail/leisure/residential driven regeneration, signature schemes and multi arena sports facilities.  Our expertise extends to all facets of public law, compulsory purchase, procurement, State Aid, best value and judicial review.

We have the experience and knowledge you need, all under one roof.

Latest examples of work

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      HS2

      We are one of a very few leading commercial law firms with front rank experience of advising major landowners and utility companies in negotiations with the Secretary of State on Hybrid Bills for high speed railway lines.

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      ODA and LLDC

      Advised on all planning matters, and securing outline consent pursuant to the largest ever UK planning application for Olympic Park and all major venues and transformation after Games, and the LLDC on various housing development projects.

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      Wightlink Ferries

      Successfully defending judicial review action taken against planning permissions granted to Wightlink for shore works and habitat recharge works. The request was made by the Claimant to the Secretary of State to revoke planning permissions and challenge was then brought against Secretary of State decision not to revoke planning permissions granted. Wightlink were the Interested Party in the proceedings. We advised on acknowledgment of service, grounds of defence, court procedure, procedural time limits and protective costs orders in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

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      Tesco planning advice

      We are Tesco’s sole provider of planning advice. As a large land-holder in the UK we have advised Tesco on a wide range of matters including on developments, redevelopment and extensions, s106 agreements, CPOs and general strategic advice.

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      Thames Water - Tideway Tunnels Project

      Helped to secure the development consent for London’s £4.2bn super sewer, the Thames Tideway Tunnel. This is one of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects and the decision to grant development consent was the culmination of seven years of work for the team, following a rigorous and intensive public examination process.

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      Westfield Croydon

      We are advising Westfield on the promotion of a major retail led mixed use scheme in Croydon, including obtaining planning permission and promotion of the CPO.

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      Halite - Humber Carbon Capture

      Secured the successful making of The Preesall (Underground Gas Storage Facility) Order which grants development consent for an underground gas storage facility in Preesall, Lancashire. The Secretary of State in his decision has said the facility would make a "nationally significant" contribution to ensure the UK’s security of gas supply.

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      Cambridge University Project

      Advising University of Cambridge on all planning and highways matters in relation to a major expansion to the City of Cambridge, designed to meet the University’s needs for the next 25 years. The development will deliver 1m sq ft of science park research and development space for occupation by multi-national market leaders, circa 3,000 new homes, 1,000 student residences and supporting retail and community facilities.

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      Major London Towers

      We have provided crucial planning advice for many of London’s tallest buildings. These include advising Sellar Properties on the iconic Shard building and Land Securities and Canary Wharf on the ‘Walkie Talkie’.

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