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L B & Co Ltd

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Partners: Carolyn Lord and Kate Butterfield
Number of partners: 2
Other fee-earners: 1

THE FIRM LB & Co is a niche law practice specialising in planning, highways and related areas of public law. Carolyn Lord and Kate Butterfield each have over 25 years’ experience in planning law and both are known for their in-depth legal knowledge, practical perspective on development projects, strategic decision-making and as having an approach which gets the best out of professional teams. Clients particularly value the director-led and proactive service that this specialist firm offers. Both Carolyn and Kate have expertise in co-ordinating longrunning projects, providing specialist input to transactional matters, giving planning compliance advice, drafting legal agreements and advising on a wide-range of planning and related areas of law and practice.

The in-depth career experience in highly rated law firms (including as equity partners), local authorities, and as in-house adviser to a development company gives LB & Co’s lawyers insights and a practical approach which benefit clients beyond legal knowledge alone.

LB & Co undertakes a wide range of commercial planning and highway law related work, including city centre and out-of-town projects, planning applications, infrastructure agreements, planning appeals, Judicial Review, enforcement matters, statutory nuisance, CPO, property and commercial support and procedural planning advice.

Major development
Experience includes:
■ Advising CEG on Leeds’s most recently implemented brownfield regeneration scheme in the new city centre Temple District, South Bank mid- 2015 (£350m development), with many heritage, highway and other infrastructure complexities, and have held a full-scale coordinating role for the client from site acquisition, including negotiation of the complex section 106 Agreement
■ Advising CEG on a further 20 acres of new development in the Temple district, centred around and including securing a future for at-risk nationally significant Grade I listed Temple Works
■ Being part of CEG’s advisory team on a £400 million brownfield development for a 65 acre new neighbourhood at Kirkstall Forge including a new rail station
■ Acting for Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to co-ordinate the legal planning work on a significant extension to its sub-regional leisure park at land in its ownership at Lakeside, Doncaster
■ Acting as planning solicitors on the SOYO site in Leeds City Centre for a mixed development scheme including retail, residential, hotel and office uses
■ Obtaining the suite of over 40 planning, environmental and infrastructure consents required to bring forward the White Rose Centre, Leeds — a major out-of-town mall
■ Obtaining planning permission for Thorpe Park Leeds, a 1.8m sq ft business park formerly in the green belt, including new motorway junction and link road
■ A long-standing involvement (1995 and continuing) with the complex land assembly and public/private sector partnership for the Clay Cross town centre regeneration scheme and bypass in North East Derbyshire.

Infrastructure: The ability to grasp the technical case for provision of essential infrastructure and to explain complex legal requirements to the technical team is a pre-requisite for advising infrastructure providers and those potentially affected by it.
Experience includes:
■ Planning legal adviser to DB Cargo (UK) Limited, the largest rail freight operator in the country. Provision of legal and strategic planning advice on their infrastructure requirements and new key freight facilities in the London Boroughs, asset protection advice, including development plan input
■ Infrastructure projects for water companies, including many coastal and estuarine waste water treatment works
■ Assisting utility companies on the promotion of overhead lines through a major public inquiry
■ Obtaining planning permission and dealing with the consents required for the first proposed commercially operated biomass power station, including the Environmental Impact Assessment
■ Advising clients on compulsory purchase orders and Transport and Works Act orders for infrastructure projects across the country including the Leeds Trolley Bus Order, the Network Rail (Hope Valley Capacity) Order and other schemes in the Midlands and north east
■ Advising on the provision of new schools
■ Advice on and legal agreements for many new roads including motorway junctions and bypasses

Residential: Given the importance of delivering housing sites in the present economic and political climate, an efficient service is required by clients to deliver planning and infrastructure agreements quickly and to provide commercial and pragmatic specialist planning legal advice
Experience includes:
■ Acting on a number of developments in Yorkshire for Persimmon Homes and other housebuilders and developers negotiating planning agreements, undertaking planning appeals and providing general planning legal advice
■ Advising on a strategic development in South Yorkshire comprising circa 1700 homes, including employment land and a new link road
■ Advising on the first 100 home phase of a large-scale residential development in South Yorkshire
■ Promotion of many sensitive sites (often in heritage settings) and several extra-care developments