Josh Risso-Gill

Joshua Risso-Gill


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Joshua has more than 20 years’ experience specialising in planning, highway, compulsory purchase and listed building issues. He writes legal opinions and gives strategic advice on appeals, inquiries and the judicial review of planning and related decisions on complex and high profile schemes.

Joshua acts for clients across the development sector, including funds, banks, investors, retailers, leisure operators and planning authorities. He has particular expertise on large scale, mixed use regeneration and infrastructure projects in urban centres. He has negotiated complex S106 planning, highways and infrastructure agreements for massive regeneration developments in Maidenhead, Merchant Square, Paddington, NOMA, Manchester. In the retail sector he acts extensively for the UK’s main retail park owners.

In London, Joshua is currently advising on several high profile office and mixed-use schemes, tall office developments in the City and student tower blocks in South London. He has particular experience in the student accommodation, hotel and leisure and residential sectors. He is known for his expertise in listed building and heritage issues.

Joshua’s clients include Land Securities plc, Great Portland Estates plc, Colombia Threadneedle, Frogmore Real Estate Partners Limited, British Steel Pension Fund, BBC Pension Fund, The Portman Estate, Aberdeen Asset Management, KAMES Capital, Motcombe Estates, Next Plc.

Joshua was ranked as a leading planning lawyer in Chambers 2013, in the Practical Law Company's Which Lawyer 2012 and in the Planning Magazine Survey 2012.

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Chambers and Partners 2015

"Risso-Gill is rapidly making a name for himself in redevelopment work"

Chambers and Partners 2015

"We get a fabulous service from Josh and his team. He is pragmatic and he's done lots of big consents, which is very helpful. He guides us through to a positive conclusion"

Chambers and Partners 2015

"He knows what he is doing and great to get along with"

Chambers and Partners 2015

Relevant experience

  • Land Securities on its out-of-centre retail park portfolio of 17 properties and securing permissions for new retail/mixed use regeneration schemes at Selly Oak, Worcester Woods.
  • Frogmore Real Estate on its flagship retail development on Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road and acquisition and development of Baltimore Wharf and Stratford Shopping Centre.
  • Listed buildings - for Motcombe Estates on the restoration of the Grade I listed former "In and Out" Club at 94 Piccadilly to residential use, for a multinational technology retailer in the UK.
  • 100 Bishopsgate Limited on development of its 38-storey building, 120 Fenchurch Street for Generali.
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  • 1988 LL.B (Hons) Bristol University
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  • City of London Law Society Planning and Environmental Law Committee
  • British Council of Shopping Centres (Planning Committee)
  • Planning Surveyors Club
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Lectures list

  • Joshua presents regularly to clients on subjects such as the Community Infrastructure Levy and Localism Act 2012.
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20 March 2019
Glob­al Plan­ning/ Zon­ing/ Con­sent­ing Group
Know your CIL Pro­ced­ure - High Court says there is no wriggle room
Sum­mary The High Court de­cision in Shrop­shire Coun­cil v Sec­ret­ary of State for the Com­munit­ies and Loc­al Gov­ern­ment [2019] EWHC 16 (Ad­min) con­firms that the Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy Reg­u­la­tions 2010 (the “CIL Reg­u­la­tions”) will be in­ter­preted strictly.
21 November 2018
Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy
No Con­fid­ence in Coun­cil’s Hous­ing Sup­ply: En­cour­age­ment for De­velopers...
The Plan­ning In­spect­or­ate has al­lowed an ap­peal against the de­cision of Mid Suf­folk Dis­trict Coun­cil (the “Coun­cil”) to re­fuse plan­ning per­mis­sion for 49 new dwell­ings in Wool­pit, Suf­folk. The de­cision is a sig­ni­fic­ant one as it is the first to con­sider the.
20 July 2015
UK Real Es­tate: rid­ing the wave
New powers to cre­ate loc­ally-led garden towns and cit­ies
Garden vil­lages, towns and cit­ies have been seen by the Gov­ern­ment as a way of ad­dress­ing the hous­ing short­age for a num­ber of years. By the end of 2018, the Gov­ern­ment pro­poses to im­ple­ment reg­u­la­tions for the cre­ation of over­sight au­thor­it­ies (made up of.
New Rules for Pre-Com­mence­ment Con­di­tions
In a move de­signed to re­duce delays to com­mence­ment of de­vel­op­ment, from 1 Oc­to­ber 2018 plan­ning per­mis­sion for the de­vel­op­ment of land in Eng­land can­not be gran­ted or mod­i­fied sub­ject to pre-com­mence­ment con­di­tions without the writ­ten agree­ment of the ap­plic­ant,.
High Court ex­am­ines the pur­chase price of land and im­pact on af­ford­able...
In a case that could im­pact sig­ni­fic­antly on hous­ing de­velopers, both in terms of site ac­quis­i­tion and de­vel­op­ment vi­ab­il­ity, on 27 April 2018 the High Court up­held the Lon­don Bor­ough of Is­ling­ton’s (“LBI”) de­cision to re­fuse plan­ning per­mis­sion for de­veloper.
SIT up and pay up: the Gov­ern­ment's pro­posed changes to CIL
Last week, the Gov­ern­ment pub­lished a con­sulta­tion on pro­posed changes to the cur­rent sys­tem of de­veloper con­tri­bu­tions (‘Sup­port­ing hous­ing de­liv­ery through de­veloper con­tri­bu­tions’ 5 March 2018) in­clud­ing to the Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy (“CIL”).
Will Lease­hold Re­form Im­pact on De­liv­ery of Af­ford­able Hous­ing?
In Decem­ber 2017 Com­munit­ies Sec­ret­ary Sajid Javid an­nounced that le­gis­la­tion will be pro­moted to: ban lease­hold for al­most all new houses; zero rate ground rent on new long leases; make it easi­er for ex­ist­ing lease­hold­ers to buy-out their free­hold;.
Hous­ing De­liv­ery and the Budget
Against a long-stand­ing back­ground of a fail­ure in Eng­land to de­liv­er suf­fi­cient new homes, Philip Ham­mond sought in his budget to pave the way for a bright­er fu­ture with a wide-ran­ging series of meas­ures.
New rights to con­vert light in­dus­tri­al build­ings to res­id­en­tial
Cre­at­ing more hous­ing re­mains Gov­ern­ment’s top pri­or­ity. To en­cour­age this from 1 Oc­to­ber 2017, a new per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment right al­lows con­ver­sion of light in­dus­tri­al (class B1(c)) to res­id­en­tial (class C3) without plan­ning per­mis­sion.