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Planning and environmental laws are increasingly complex and with climate change they control some of the most important issues facing our world.

Our team of experts provide holistic planning and environmental advice for developers, local authorities, utility companies and entrepreneurs for both residential and commercial real estate projects. We also offer specialist planning and sustainability advice tailored for the retail, hospitality and leisure sector, media and entertainment businesses, life sciences and pharma companies, advertising and marketing sector, as well as the tech and communications industry.

Our team has a separate bespoke planning service for private clients and family offices which includes carrying out planning feasibility assessments, legal audits and strategic advice to secure permission, pre-application enquiries, preparing and submitting planning and listed building applications, drafting objection letters to planning or licencing applications as well as acting for clients at appeal or judicial review.

Our expertise includes:

  • strategic planning advice for development
  • specialist planning service for HNWIs
  • planning and enforcement appeals
  • S106 agreements and CIL
  • listed buildings and heritage
  • highways and infrastructure
  • town and village greens
  • compulsory purchase and CPO compensation
  • judicial review and statutory challenges
  • environmental impact and habitat assessments
  • pollution and emissions
  • waste management
  • water and drought management
  • drainage and flood risk
  • alternative energy
  • permitting
  • nuisance
  • carbon trading and reporting

In conjunction with our real estate and construction colleagues we also have a collaborative arrangement with architects and financial advisers to provide a “one stop” service for finding and building your own home whether in town or in the country. Click here to download the guide

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