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Pinsent Masons

Planning

6 ranked lawyersBand 1London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Firmly established team fielding experts in all areas of planning law. Major areas of focus include energy and infrastructure, such as nuclear and renewables projects, as well as high-value residential and commercial development. Also offers extensive expertise in major road and sports planning.

Strengths

Sources say: "They maintain a commercial view on matters and are very solution-oriented."

"They're very good at dealing with big-ticket work," a client reports. "You get value for money, and their advice is consistently high-quality."

Another lauds Pinsent Masons' planning lawyers as "real experts in the field."

Work highlights

Advised Highways England on their successful application for a development consent order in respect of the Stonehenge Tunnel.

Notable practitioners

Emma Harling-Phillips has significant experience in major infrastructure projects including roadways and energy matters. She is regularly sought by both private and public clients.
"Emma is very impressive. She's good to work with and really drives the project."

Gareth Phillips focuses on energy sector infrastructure projects, advising clients on all stages from financing and development consent to acquisitions and dispositions. He is particularly adept at handling high-profile renewable energy developments.
"Gareth Phillips knows the national planning space very well."


Iain Gilbey represents clients involved in a range of development projects, including mixed-use and residential plans, 'garden settlements' and their infrastructure, and sports and commercial venues. His client base includes high-profile developers operating throughout the country.

Richard Ford is well placed to advise clients on infrastructure and development planning throughout the UK and internationally, particularly in Asia. His recent work has included redevelopment applications, local plans, CIL matters and compulsory purchase orders.
"An impressive individual.""Richard Ford is very knowledgeable and passionate."

Richard Griffiths is a go-to for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and strategic site regeneration, with a focus on the transport and energy sectors. His recent work has included guiding a number of clients through their development consent orders.

Robbie Owen advises on large-scale and high-profile developments throughout the country. He is closely integrated into the infrastructure planning community.

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London (Firms)

Planning


Emma Harling-Phillips
Band 5
Gareth Phillips
Band 4
Iain Gilbey
Band 2
Richard Ford
Band 2
Richard Griffiths
Band 4
Robbie Owen
Band 1