Planning - Midlands
Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Birmingham
What the team is known for Maintains a formidable position at the head of the Birmingham planning market, with an enviable client roster and extensive experience in advising on big-ticket infrastructure matters. Able to handle contentious work, and strong in judicial reviews.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I've absolutely been impressed by their hard work and zeal in getting to the bottom of things, as well as their strategic grasp - they see the big picture."
"They're well known for their public sector CPO and major project work."
What's new? New panel appointments include E.ON, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council and Mersea Homes.
Work highlights Advised Capital & Counties on all planning aspects of its Earls Court regeneration project, a major mixed-use redevelopment.
Represented the London Borough of Brent in a CPO regarding its regeneration scheme for South Kilburn.
Joint head of the firm's national planning offering Iain Gilbey is frequently instructed on high-level mandates in the residential and infrastructure sectors, both throughout the region and nationwide. Sources comment: "He's tremendously experienced and he helps with strategic thought around the planning."
Rebecca Warren co-heads the Birmingham planning team and routinely receives instruction on residential and mixed-use developments. Sources highlight her "commercial perspective - she understands the wider implications of planning agreements with development issues and viability, and she's tenacious in getting the job done."
Martin Damms maintains an impressive profile in the area with his retail-focused practice. He is also well regarded for his residential work and significant expertise in CPOs.
Anna Cartledge receives significant acclaim for her expertise in high-profile mixed-use developments, and is frequently instructed by clients in the public and private sectors in complex negotiations and CPO work. Sources say she is "very helpful - she can understand and provide the legal support we need."
Significant clients Berkeley Homes, Countryside Properties, Barratt/David Wilson Homes, Crest Nicholson, St George.