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Planning Law

Simplifying a highly complex field with commercially focused planning legal advice.

Planning law expertise

Our market leading planning law team harnesses its commercially focussed planning law expertise to deliver solutions across all development sectors for our private and public sector clients.

About our expertise:

  • Development and strategic advice, legal compliance and mitigating legal risks
  • S106 planning, highways and other statutory agreements to secure the best deal for you and ensure legal compliance
  • Advocacy, judicial reviews, inquiries, hearings and public examinations
  • Large infrastructure projects (including Development Consent Orders) including energy and transport
  • Compulsory purchase, compensation and highways and other orders
  • Legal advice on planning applications and permissions and environmental impact assessment
  • Community infrastructure levy
  • Planning legal advice on property, energy, corporate, environmental and other transactions and matters

Key contact

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Paul Brailsford

Partner, National Head of Planning & Environment

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Planning law project examples

  • Morden Wharf Greenwich

    We advised on the successful planning application and related S106 agreement for the Modern Wharf, Greenwich mixed-use redevelopment comprising of 1,500 residential dwellings, 17,300 sq m of commercial floorspace, commercial changes of use and associated infrastructure.

  • Lincoln Western Growth Corridor

    We advised on the successful planning application and related section 106 planning obligation issues for Lincoln Western Growth Corridor of 3,200 homes, a large amount of commercial floorspace and associated infrastructure.

  • A428 Development Consent Order

    We represented clients on the DCO application for A428 Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. The project proposed the upgrading of the A428 and major junction works, including 16km of new dual carriageway. Our work included advising on strategy, reviewing and settling representations, representation at the Planning Inspectorate’s examination in public and subsequent advice on compulsory acquisition compensation issues.

  • NW England Planning Inquiry

    We were the legal advisors at an inquiry and acting on the planning agreements on behalf of a major landowner defending the council’s refusal of a residential development consisting of 800 homes in the green belt in the North West of England.

  • Supermarket Judicial Review

    We successfully advised in defending a number of judicial review proceedings in relation to a large supermarket operator in England on the basis of compliance with relevant retail planning policy


  • "A close-knit team that works well over differing geographical locations. A wide range of services are on offer and they complement their other tea...

    The Legal 500

  • "This team has an extremely wide ranging skill set."

    Chambers & Partners

  • "The Freeths’ planning team is well led, conscientious, and goes the extra mile for their clients."

    The Legal 500

  • "Very professional, very knowledgeable and worked hard to support us, providing us with prompt advice and a very responsive service overall."

    The Legal 500

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