Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Planning Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding team with full-service planning capabilities and particular strength in contentious matters. Offers a full spectrum of advice on all aspects of planning law, highways, compulsory purchase and compensation. Robust in relation to high-profile development, infrastructure work and judicial reviews. Demonstrates specific expertise in relation to transport-related planning issues. Strong client list includes major house builders and local authorities.

Strengths A market commentator remarks: "The team is excellent and provides a rounded service."

Work highlights Assisted St Modwen Developments with planning and highway issues relating to the regeneration of the Triangle Site in Derby.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Thomas
routinely advises on residential, transport and energy development projects, assisting with planning and consent applications.
"He's a first-rate lawyer." "He is no-nonsense, sensible and commercially minded."

Nigel Hewitson
acts for developers on a range of planning matters, including compensation claims relating to compulsory purchase.

Toni Weston
handles development consent orders, compulsory purchase and development planning matters concerning urban development and infrastructure projects.
"She is very approachable, provides clear advice and breaks complex matters into simple-to-understand language."