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Planning lawyers

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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Carol Nisbet
Carol Nisbet
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Carol Nisbet is a partner in the Real Estate Team.
Martin Evans
Martin Evans
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Martin Evans is a Partner and the Head of our Planning Team. He has a 28 year track record of advising on all aspects of planning law including strategic advice on regeneration projects, local development...
Chris Bowes
Christopher Bowes
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Chris is a Partner in our planning practice with more than 20 years' experience of advising public and private sector clients on a wide range of planning issues.  Chris has particular expertise in town...
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Margaret McLean
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Margaret McLean is a partner in our Real Estate Team.She heads up our multi-bed property team in Scotland, which focuses in providing real estate, planning, construction and tax support for hotel and...
Mark McMurray
Mark McMurray
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Glasgow
Mark McMurray is a Planning partner experienced in advising on major development and infrastructure projects. Mark advises developers, landowners, investors and public sector bodies on the delivery of...
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Ashley Damiral
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Ashley Damiral is an experienced Partner in the CMS UK Planning Team and practices in all areas of planning, compulsory purchase and related law. Ashley advises developers, promoters and funders of complex...
Rebecca Roffe
Rebecca Roffe
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Rebecca is a Partner in our Planning Group in Sheffield with over 10 years of experience in all planning and environmental matters. She deals with contentious and non-contentious issues for investors,...
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Robin Hutchison
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Robin Hutchison is a Planning and Environment partner who advises companies, public bodies and funders on major projects, developments and transactions.He has a particular focus on planning/consenting...
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Stephen McNaught
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Stephen McNaught is a partner in our Planning team in London and has more than 25 years’ experience in private practice and local government.He has also been a legal associate of the Royal Town Planning...
Rebecca Little
Rebecca Little
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Rebecca is a Senior Associate in the Real Estate department.