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Judith Damerell

Judith DamerellPartner

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My work as a planning lawyer in both the public and private sectors over the past 25 years has, I believe, given me the breadth of experience and confidence to address and resolve any issue that the planning regime may present to those operating within it.

I live in London with my husband. However, as a native of Portsmouth who misses the sea and has convinced her husband of its benefits, we are often to be found on the coast. What time remains is spent singing (in a choir and the bath) and observing the torrid sporting and financial ups and downs of Portsmouth FC.


I lead the planning team at Lewis Silkin and have worked as a planning lawyer in the public sector, as a government planning and CPO lawyer, and in the private sector, for 25 years. I advise on issues arising in land acquisition, infrastructure provision, development proposals, implementation, enforcement, appeals and legal challenges.

My experience includes London 2012; the Elephant and Castle Early Housing Sites; the redevelopment of GCHQ for industrial, commercial and residential uses; the redevelopment of University College London; advising Brighton and Colchester Councils on their respective urban centre redevelopment proposals; King’s Cross; Stratford City; Battersea Power Station; Whitgift Shopping Centre; the expansion of Dover Harbour; SEEDA’s mixed use redevelopment of HMS Daedalus; Eco-Bos’ proposed mixed-use community in Cornwall and the promotion of CPOs at Peruvian Wharf, Hanger Lane and East London Transit.

I sat on the Board of Directors of, and remain active in, both Future of London - an independent not-for-profit policy network focused on the challenges facing regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners in the capital - and the London Chapter of WTS International, a 5,000 member organisation dedicated to the advancement of women in the transportation industry.

I am ranked as a leading UK planning lawyer in both Chambers guide to the legal profession and Legal 500.

The firm’s founding father was the Planning Minister responsible for the 1947 Planning Act, and thereby the architect of our modern planning system. It is a privilege to lead the planning practice at a firm with that history.

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