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Holmes & Hills LLP

Planning

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What the team is known for

Specialist team advising on the planning aspects of residential, mixed-use and commercial developments. Acts for a number of local authorities as well as developers and private individuals. Regularly engaged to advise on contentious issues such as planning inquiries and judicial reviews. Noted for its expertise in Section 106 agreements.

Strengths

One client reports: "I have found them thoroughly professional, reliable and responsive."

A source says: "The team are extremely knowledgeable and draw from a wide range of experience."

Another client notes: "Their advice is sound, delivered promptly and cost-efficient."

Work highlights

Advised Braintree District Council in relation to a Section 106 agreement for a 1,000-dwelling development at Straits Mill, Braintree.

Notable practitioners

David Whipps has a client base comprising a number of developers and local authorities, as well as community groups. He frequently advocates before planning inquiries and appeals, and acts in enforcement proceedings.
"David has great knowledge and experience, and is very proactive."

Jo Lilliott is a highly regarded practitioner sought out by public and private sector clients for her deep expertise in Section 106 agreements and highways law.
"She provides an exemplary service, producing drafts quickly and efficiently and always responding to correspondence and calls without delay." "Jo has an excellent reputation with regard to Section 106 agreements. She is responsive, very knowledgeable, and her experience in this area of the law is unquestionable."

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Overview

Holmes & Hills’ Planning & Development Team is recognised by both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as one of the leading sources of planning law advice in the region. In addition, the team has been ranked by Planning Magazine – a leading, national industry publication for planning professionals – as being in the top 50 firms of Planning Law Solicitors in the UK for 5 consecutive years, their exact ranking improving each year.

Holmes & Hills has one of the largest departments of specialist planning law solicitors to be wholly based in the region. Led by Steven Hopkins, Partner at Holmes & Hills, the team consists of newly promoted Partner, Michael Harman, 1 Consultant, 2 Senior Solicitors and 2 Solicitors.

The Team acts for a large number of local authorities across the South East and East Anglia regions, advising on contentious and non-contentious planning issues. Local planning authorities form a significant part of the team’s core client base, in addition to land owners and developers - both regional and national. The Team provides clients with expert and practical Planning Law advice and representation covering all areas of planning law from strategic and general advice on planning policy, applications, requirements and implications of applications, through to carrying out civil planning injunctions and undertaking and defending criminal prosecutions in the Magistrate’s and Crown Courts.

Members

Hopkins, Steven (Head of Department)

Cook, Sarah

Harman, Michael

Lilliott, Jo

Lilliott, Joanna

McPhie, Thomas

Shemming, Ellie

Sodimu, David

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Holmes & Hills LLP

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Dale Chambers

Bocking End

Braintree

Essex

UK

CM7 9AJ

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East Anglia

Planning


David W G Whipps
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Jo Lilliott
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