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Herbert Smith Freehills

Planning

3 ranked lawyersBand 2London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Established commercial development outfit also capable of handling substantial energy and infrastructure projects. Strong record across a range of sectors and project types including tall buildings and mixed-use developments. Often acts for private sector developers and continues to be involved with various matters at public inquiry.

Strengths

"Herbert Smith Freehills have great strength in depth, and they've got some very good associates," a source reports. "They're incredibly diligent, professional and responsive."

Clients aver: "They have enough resources to face any challenge we put in front of them."

One interviewee describes the firm as a "trusted adviser," adding: "They have a deep understanding of our objectives and drivers, and I am always grateful to receive their pragmatic, solution-focused advice."

Work highlights

Advised EDF Energy in relation to its development of a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C.

Notable practitioners

Catherine Howard has a substantial practice in London-based commercial developments, and energy and infrastructure projects throughout the UK. She is adept at handling development consent and compulsory purchase orders, planning strategy and agreements, and preparing for challenges.
"Catherine Howard is a first-class professional with a great human touch. Highly qualified, efficient and very good at managing people.""In terms of her strategic advice she's very wise, and her ability to put things in writing is fantastic."

Charlotte Dyer is experienced in providing guidance on high-profile commercial, residential and infrastructure developments, including those outside the UK. She often represents clients before the High Court in relation to statutory challenges.
"Very thorough and always into the detail.""Charlotte Dyer is really committed to making sure that you get it right, and really clear in laying things out."

Matthew White is almost unrivalled in his experience and ability in advising private developers on large-scale energy, infrastructure and real estate developments. He is particularly skilled with regard to mixed-use masterplan projects and long-running developments.
"Matthew White is great not just in terms of his detailed understanding of the law, but also in the way in which he applies that to strategy.""He's somebody you listen to."

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London (Firms)

Planning


Catherine Howard
Band 3
Charlotte Dyer
Associates to watch
Matthew White
Star Individuals