Pinsent Masons

Planning Department

London (Firms)
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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 One client notes: "What they send to us is very good, they deliver very good client service and they're very responsive."

"Pinsents are the go-to on ownership, and they consistently have really good people," say sources.

Notable practitioners


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 is very friendly and approachable, and he's pragmatic, which goes a long way.""He has the ability to distil what's important to our next steps."


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.
"Iain has the expertise coupled with a good overall strategic view."


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.
"Richard Ford is an absolute Trojan in his ability to shoulder a large workload, and he's very effective.""Richard Ford has an enviable list of clients."


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.
"Richard Griffiths is very practical and sensible.""I think very highly of Richard Griffiths, he's very nice to work with and really competent."


Robbie Owen
advises on large-scale and high-profile developments throughout the country. He is closely integrated into the infrastructure planning community.
"Robbie Owen is very good on the practical side.""Robbie is very knowledgeable, quick to come back on things, very efficient and willing to go the extra mile."