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Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

Planning

4 ranked lawyersBand 1South WestUK 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Exceptional regional practice regularly acting for many local authorities and other public sector bodies on major development and infrastructure projects. Prominent transport projects include major highways and rail network matters. Also experienced in acting for private sector clients, such as house builders and other developers, on residential, retail and leisure schemes. Further noted for extensive work in the offshore wind industry. Demonstrates impressive expertise in compulsory purchase, as well as judicial reviews and other contentious matters.

Strengths

"One of the major players in the South West region," observes a source.

A client describes the firm as "engaged in the region, therefore informed and understanding of the bigger picture, strategic challenges and opportunities."

Another notes: "The team are very knowledgeable and experienced in our sector. They have become embedded members of the project team and are highly approachable."

Work highlights

Advised a consortium of local authorities on the promotion of the development consent order for MetroWest Phase 1, the reopening of the railway network between Bristol and Portishead for passenger train services.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Bower is commended for his strength in relation to the planning aspects of major regeneration schemes and nationally significant infrastructure projects, including compulsory purchase orders, primarily for local authorities.
"Jonathan is really good to work with."

Kevin Gibbs acts for clients in the residential, transport and energy sectors on a range of issues such as compulsory purchase, development consent orders and Section 106 agreements.
"Kevin has excellent working relationships with our team. He is personable and has been highly responsive and engaged in progressing the matter."

Richard Guyatt focuses his practice on issues relating to compulsory purchase and development consent orders. He advises particularly in relation to rail infrastructure and land compensation.
"Richard is always very thorough, always highlighting where there could be risks and challenges, but giving us solutions." "He is really good, we wouldn't be where we are without him. He has a wealth of experience and is very committed to seeing the project through."

Victoria Redman receives praise for her substantial expertise in handling contentious and non-contentious planning matters, including planning agreements, judicial reviews and development consent orders. She represents developers, local authorities and energy companies in relation to development and expansion schemes.
"She is great to get on with and she knows her stuff. She is a dream for in-house counsel." "Victoria has extensive experience of offshore wind and knowledge of the relevant issues, and provides strong representation at hearings."

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Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

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3 Temple Quay

Temple Back East

Bristol

Bristol

UK

BS1 6DZ

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South West

Planning


Jonathan Bower
Band 2
Kevin Gibbs
Band 2
Richard Guyatt
Band 1
Victoria Redman
Band 2