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Josh Risso-Gill


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

Josh has more than 25 years’ experience specialising in planning, highway, compulsory purchase and listed building issues. Josh is ranked as a leading planning lawyer in the legal Directories, Practical Law Company's Which Lawyer and in the Planning Magazine Survey.

He gives strategic advice on appeals, inquiries and the judicial review of planning and development-related decisions on complex and high-profile schemes and writes legal opinions.

Josh 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 centers. He has negotiated complex S106 planning, highways and infrastructure agreements for massive regeneration developments in Maidenhead, Merchant Square, Paddington, NOMA, Manchester, Pilgrim Quarter, Newcastle and Cambridgeshire. 

Josh is currently advising on several high-profile office and mixed-use schemes, tall office developments in the City and student / co-living tower blocks across South London. He has particular experience in the student accommodation, hotel and leisure and alternative residential sectors eg BTR and pioneering co-living schemes in Bristol and Exeter. He is known for his expertise in listed building and heritage issues.

Josh’s clients include Land Securities, Google, M&G RE, Great Portland Estates, DTZi, Colombia Threadneedle, Motcomb Estates, Frogmore RE, Threadneedle, British Steel and BBC Pension Funds, The Portman Estate, Urbanest, Aberdeen Asset Management, Beltane, JM Land, Curlew, Blackrock, Hermes, Summix.

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"Josh Risso-Gill is one of the most impressive planning lawyers in the UK"

Legal 500, 2020

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

Chambers and Partners

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

Chambers and Partners

"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

Josh Risso-Gill handles significant City of London development projects and has a growing reputation with handling complex schemes involving heritage issues.

Legal 500

Relevant experience

  • City of London: 120 Fenchurch St (Generali). 65 Fleet St (JM Land). 1 Millennium Bridge House (Beltane). 12/14 New Fetter Lane (GPE). Vine St (Urbanest City). 100 Bishopsgate.
  • Student: Urbanest (Lambeth, Battersea). Summix (Bath, York, Bournemouth).
  • Land Securities: Selly Oak, Birmingham’s key strategic mixed-use, out-of-center regeneration.
  • Taras Properties: Newcastle’s largest office-led, regeneration at Pilgrim Quarter.
  • London Oxford Airport: new helicopter facilities and flights.
  • Strategic Land: Chelmsford Garden Village, Essex (Threadneedle). Cambridgeshire: NW Bio (Sawston), British Steel (Chatteris).
  • Motcomb’s Mayfair estate: restoration of the Grade I listed former "In & Out" Club 90-95 Piccadilly for residential, restaurant and hotel uses. Carrington St and 100 Piccadilly residential schemes.
  • Co-living: Bristol’s first scheme (Summix). Exeter’s first scheme (Curlew). DTZi’s COLIV fund.
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Memberships & Roles

  • City of London Law Society Planning and Environmental Law Committee
  • Planning Surveyors Club
  • Trustee of the Fertile Roots Foundation fertileroots.org: sustainable development though permaculture
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Lectures list

  • Josh presents regularly to clients on planning and development consent-related subjects such as the Community Infrastructure Levy, Use Classes Order and planning system reform.
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  • LL.B (Hons) Bristol University
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Hill­side Re­vis­ited 4: Phys­ic­al dif­fer­ences must be ma­ter­i­al?
1. In­tro­duc­tion This is the fourth Law-Now in a series on the Su­preme Court’s judg­ment in Hill­side Parks Ltd v Snow­do­nia Na­tion­al Park Au­thor­ity. The first Law-Now is avail­able here, the second here...
Hill­side Re­vis­ited 3 – Sage Ad­vice – De­vel­op­ment pur­su­ant to a plan­ning...
In the third in our series of Law-Nows look­ing at the Su­preme Court’s judg­ment in Hill­side[1], we con­sider how the Su­preme Court has cla­ri­fied the ap­plic­ab­il­ity of the Sage[2] prin­ciple. The Su­preme...
Hill­side re­vis­ited 2 - Con­flict­ing plan­ning per­mis­sions: Re­con­cil­ing “phys­ic­al...
1. In­tro­duc­tion This is the second in a series of Law-Nows re­lat­ing to the Su­preme Court’s judg­ment in Hill­side Parks Ltd v Snow­do­nia Na­tion­al Park Au­thor­ity. The first Law Now is avail­able here. In...
Hill­side Re­vis­ited- Su­preme Court gives judg­ment on (in)com­pat­ib­il­ity of...
Two years less a day since the Court of Ap­peal’s judg­ment in Hill­side, the Su­preme Court has now ruled on wheth­er it is pos­sible to have the be­ne­fit of mul­tiple over­lap­ping plan­ning per­mis­sions. ...
New Per­mit­ted De­vel­op­ment (“PD”) rights to change from Class E to res­id­en­tial...
The Gov­ern­ment has con­firmed that it will in­tro­duce a new PD right to al­low the change of use from com­mer­cial, busi­ness and ser­vice uses (Class E) to res­id­en­tial uses (Class C3) in Eng­land.  This PD...
Court of Ap­peal saves homes from (self) isol­a­tion
The Court of Ap­peal has dis­missed a de­veloper’s chal­lenge in a long run­ning dis­pute over the de­vel­op­ment of Bramshill Park, Hamp­shire. Set in a grade I lis­ted Jac­o­bean man­sion and grade I re­gistered...
Con­sulta­tion on Per­mit­ted De­vel­op­ment (“PD”) rights to change from Class...
The Gov­ern­ment is con­sult­ing on the in­tro­duc­tion of a new PD right to al­low the change of use from com­mer­cial, busi­ness and ser­vice uses (Class E) to res­id­en­tial uses (Class C3) in Eng­land. The con­sulta­tion...
High Court dis­misses chal­lenge to Gov­ern­ment’s per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment and...
On Tues­day, 17th Novem­ber, the ju­di­cial re­view of the Gov­ern­ment’s changes to the use classes or­der and new per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment rights was dis­missed. The High Court ruled that the changes had been...
An up­hill struggle? Drop-in plan­ning per­mis­sions and in­com­pat­ib­il­ity fol­low­ing...
The re­cent Court of Ap­peal case of Hill­side Parks Ltd v Snow­do­nia Na­tion­al Park Au­thor­ity (2020) is the latest in a series of re­cent plan­ning law cases in­clud­ing Lam­beth v Sec­ret­ary of State for Hous­ing...
Build, Build, Build – New Use Classes and Per­mit­ted De­vel­op­ment Rights
The Gov­ern­ment has pub­lished le­gis­la­tion to bring sweep­ing changes to the Use Class Or­der (UCO) [1]  by cre­at­ing two new classes of per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment (PD) rights. From 1 Septem­ber 2020 ex­ist­ing build­ings...
Gov­ern­ment an­nounces auto­mat­ic ex­ten­sion of plan­ning per­mis­sions- coronavir­us
The Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced that it will in­tro­duce meas­ures to ex­tend plan­ning per­mis­sions which were due to ex­pire this year. Plan­ning per­mis­sions typ­ic­ally “lapse” if they are not im­ple­men­ted with­in...
Tem­por­ary changes to con­sulta­tion re­quire­ments for plan­ning ap­plic­a­tions...
The Town and Coun­try Plan­ning (De­vel­op­ment Man­age­ment Pro­ced­ure, Lis­ted Build­ings and En­vir­on­ment­al Im­pact As­sess­ment) (Eng­land) (Coronavir­us) (Amend­ment) Reg­u­la­tions 2020 have come in­to force. These...