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Martin Evans


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

Martin Evans is a Partner and the Head of our UK Planning Team. He has a 30 year track record of advising on all aspects of planning law including strategic advice on regeneration projects, local development frameworks, neighbourhood development planning, environmental assessment, outline and full applications, judicial review, simplified planning zones, local development orders, community infrastructure levy, compulsory purchase, complex planning and highways agreements, highways and other orders, appeals, called-in applications, public inquiries and examinations in public.

Martin’s clients include the UK's major development and property investment companies, local authorities, Government agencies, sports and leisure developers, retailers, housebuilders, warehouse clubs, education providers and infrastructure companies.

Martin has been recognised as one of the leading planning solicitors in the UK by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners’ guides since 1996 and has been a member of the Legal 500’s Hall of Fame since its inauguration in 2018.

The CMS Planning Team is also ranked in Tier 1 in the Legal 500 in London and was shortlisted for Planning Magazine's Law Firm of the Year Award in 2015, 2018 and 2019.

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"The team lead by Martin Evans is immensely experienced and very practical."

Legal 500, 2020

"Martin Evans has extensive experience in guiding clients through public inquiries, as well as advising on major London urban regeneration projects. Sources describe him as an "excellent" lawyer who is "very experienced and technically very able."

Chambers, 2020

"Head of the firm's national planning group, Martin Evans is known for his strengths in large scale infrastructure projects. He acts on complex urban regeneration matters and has experience with various retail and housing developments. Sources praise his "highly commercial" approach."

Chambers, 2019

"The planning team at CMS is headed by Martin Evans, who stands out for his "great ability to see and articulate the issues in complicated planning cases"."

Legal 500, 2019

"The "very commercial" Martin Evans, who is in charge of the team, acted for SEGRO on its partnership with the GLA to bring forward land across five sites to be rejuvenated for a range of industrial uses."

Legal 500, 2018

"Experienced planning solicitor Martin Evans has worked on a number of London’s most significant urban regeneration projects and retail developments. Sources praise him for his "excellent technical knowledge" and his "sensitivity and talent"."

Chambers, 2018

Relevant experience

  • Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard on the Brent Cross/Cricklewood regeneration scheme, London’s largest private sector urban regeneration project.
  • Qatari Diar, acting for the developers of the Chelsea Barracks site in London. This will be the UK’s most valuable residential development.
  • Quintain, on the Wembley Park regeneration scheme, the UK’s largest PRS project.
  • SEGRO on its application for permission for 1.3m square feet of office development at the Slough Trading Estate and on other major commercial development schemes including the East Plus joint venture with the Greater London Authority.
  • Joseph Partners in partnership with the London Borough of Barnet on the ground breaking North Finchley high street regeneration project to deliver new housing and diversified mixed use regeneration.
  • Mitsubishi on the redevelopment of the former ITV studios and offices on London’s South Bank.
  • Costco Wholesale Corporation, the world’s second largest retailer, on its membership warehouse club portfolio in the UK.
  • The Spitalfields Development Group in securing permission for the Bishops Square mixed use scheme on the site of the former western part of Spitalfields Market in London.
  • McArthur Glen is securing planning permission for a major extension to its Ashford Designer Outlet Centre.
  • Long Port Group on major new housing proposals at Wigan, Telford and Dawlish and on the Guernsey Data Park. Advice and appearance at the first Examination in Public into a Neighbourhood Development Plan in the UK.
  • Meadow Partners on its successful planning appeal for a major residential scheme in three tall buildings at Glengall Quay in London’s Docklands.
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  • 1986 – LLB Southampton University
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