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We are one of the largest planning teams in the UK with over 30 specialist lawyers. We are motivated by a passion to help to create exceptional places and environments and deliver essential infrastructure to meet the UK's demographic and development needs.

Planning shapes every aspect of our lives. The buildings and environments in which we live, work, shop, play and educate the next generation have all been created through commercial enterprise, consultation and the exercise of political power by our elected representatives through the planning system.

Alongside our expertise in real estate we are also leading specialists in energy & infrastructure consenting.

Working for many years across a full range of development and infrastructure sectors gives us deep industry experience and perspective so that we can deliver clear and practical advice on fast-moving projects. We have assisted our clients with obtaining planning permissions and other consents for some of the UK’s largest and most complex schemes.

Our expertise spreads across urban regeneration, housing, retail, data centres, industrial and logistics, hotels and leisure, surplus land and energy and infrastructure. Our aim for every development is to ensure that our client obtains implementable, flexible, bankable and fit-for-purpose consents in accordance with their programme.

In the last three years alone, we have helped our clients to secure planning permissions for:

  • Over 24,000 new homes
  • Over 8m sq. ft. of retail
  • Over 6m sq. ft. of offices
  • Over 4m sq. ft. of industrial
  • 10GW / 1,100 Kms of generation / networks
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“They made something very complicated and rushed feel easy. They made it as easy as it possibly could be. As a client, I felt it was a great position to be in."

Chambers, 2016 [Client Quote]

“Clear expertise in their field with a good support network. Their strongest point is that they give very clear advice and do treat the matter personally rather than simply as a remote consultant.”

Chambers, 2017

"A technically excellent and professional team."

Legal 500
9 September 2017
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17/04/2019
Tele­coms: cla­ri­fic­a­tion on neigh­bour­ing landown­ers’ rights to re­quire...
The Up­per Tribunal has con­firmed that landown­ers can­not pro­cure the re­mov­al of elec­tron­ic com­mu­nic­a­tions ap­par­at­us in­stalled on neigh­bour­ing land where this did not in­ter­fere with a means of ac­cess to their prop­erty at the date of in­stall­a­tion.
08/04/2019
Tele­coms: Op­er­at­or re­fused or­der con­fer­ring rights over land
A landown­er has suc­cess­fully res­ist­ing an op­er­at­or seek­ing the con­fer­ral of Code rights on its land as the landown­er was not in oc­cu­pa­tion of the land so could not grant the re­ques­ted rights. The Up­per Tribunal held that it does not have jur­is­dic­tion to or­der.
25/03/2019
They’ll be watch­ing you: High Court finds that Tate vis­it­ors are not...
No Pri­vacy, No nuis­ance A claim un­der the Hu­man Rights Act 1988 (‘HRA 1988’) and in nuis­ance was brought by five flat own­ers against the Tate Mod­ern for in­va­sion of pri­vacy in their homes. The claimants owned newly de­veloped flats with large glass win­dows.
25/03/2019
Clear suc­cess for rates mit­ig­a­tion scheme for un­oc­cu­pied prop­er­ties...
The Court of Ap­peal struck out the loc­al au­thor­ity’s claim to re­cov­er Non-Do­mest­ic Busi­ness Rates (“NDR”) from the de­fend­ant com­pan­ies, who were us­ing rates mit­ig­a­tion schemes. It held that it was not pos­sible to “pierce the cor­por­ate veil” in the cir­cum­stances,.