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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
04 Sep 19
CIL Reg­u­la­tions: Round 8 of changes adds fur­ther stick­ing plasters
On 1 Septem­ber 2019, the eighth round of amend­ments to the Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy ("CIL") Reg­u­la­tions 2010 came in­to force. Some of the changes will be wel­comed by de­velopers, in­clud­ing the soften­ing...
21 November 2018
Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy
12 Aug 19
Lon­don Bor­ough of Lam­beth v Sec­ret­ary of State
Savills Com­mer­cial View  Plan­ning per­mis­sions for re­tail de­vel­op­ment have a long his­tory of be­ing gran­ted sub­ject to con­di­tions that lim­it the ex­tent of the re­tail uses that would per­mit­ted.  Such con­di­tions...
20 July 2015
UK Real Es­tate: rid­ing the wave
28 Jun 19
Hous­ing for older and dis­abled people – new na­tion­al plan­ning prac­tice...
We are con­tinu­ing to see a di­ver­si­fic­a­tion in the hous­ing mar­ket as de­velopers are look­ing at dif­fer­ent ways to meet the press­ing need for more hous­ing, and in­sti­tu­tions are gain­ing in­terest in the ‘ac­com­mod­a­tion’...
25 Jan 19
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...
05 Oct 18
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...
25 Jun 18
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...
15 May 18
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...
03 May 18
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...
12 Mar 18
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)...