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Holmes & Hills LLP

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Managing Partner: Mark Cornell
Number of partners: 9
Number of associates: 52

Planning & Development:
Michael Harman
Commercial Property: Rebecca Mason
Litigation: Sam Bawden
Corporate & Commercial: Rachel Astill

THE FIRM Holmes & Hills LLP provides specialist legal advice and representation to businesses, a significant number of local authorities, and individuals across the South East and East Anglia, covering a broad range of service areas. The firm is independently recognised as being a leading source of contentious and non-contentious legal advice in matters concerning property, land and development. Holmes & Hills is recognised as being amongst the top firms in the country for the provision of expert advice relating to planning law by Planning Magazine — the primary industry publication for planning professionals —and has been since 2015.

PRINCIPLE AREAS OF WORK: Holmes & Hills is a leading regional supplier of legal advice to clients involved in complex matters concerning property and development. Specialist solicitors from the firm’s planning and development and litigation teams provide strategic legal advice to clients on a wide range of complex matters including strategic planning; planning appeals; S106 Agreements; planning inquiries; advocacy at planning appeals and hearings in the Magistrates, Crown and County Courts; statutory challenges and Judicial Reviews; as well as advice on construction contracts and adjudications, adverse possession and boundary disputes. The planning and development team is notable for its ability to bridge the gap between planning law and property litigation matters, this experience being provided by partners Steven Hopkins and Michael Harman.

Holmes & Hills’ commercial property team, led by development specialist, Rebecca Mason, is one of the largest in the region and acts for a large number of regional developers and landowners with significant holdings. Rebecca and her experienced team provide expert legal advice in relation to site acquisition and set-up, complex development agreements, consortium agreements and site disposal. The team’s client advice has a strategic focus, ensuring delivery of the legal arrangement and agreement most appropriate given the characteristics of the land itself, as well as the client’s circumstances in terms of finances, liquidity and desired revenue and profit timeframe, as well as their other on-going projects. Following provision of such early advice, Holmes & Hills’ commercial property team often works closely with planning consultants to maximise asset values for clients.

CLIENTS Operating primarily within the following industries: Farming and agriculture; construction and contracting; housing associations; investment; local planning authorities; manufacturing and engineering; professional services; property development; landholding and land banking; franchise operations; waste management facilities; leisure and hospitality; retail; information technology; residential care; logistics and transportation.

RECRUITMENT Further recruitment of lawyers is planned to take place across all teams during 2019-2020.