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Chris Waumsley, Partner

Chris Waumsley


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"Very experienced" practice head Christopher Waumsley, noted for his "considerable knowledge and experience."
(The Legal 500, 2019)

Chris is a highly regarded planning lawyer and heads our Planning and Environment team. He has over 30 years of experience in Planning, working for local authorities and the private sector.

Chris provides strategic advice to developers, landowners and public sector bodies in the residential, retail, commercial and mixed-use sectors. He has particular expertise in strategic land promotion and in urban redevelopment projects. Chris also represents clients in respect of Planning applications, local plan submissions, and at appeal as an expert witness.

Chris is listed as a Leading Individual in Chambers (2020 edition) and as a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 (2020 edition).

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Recent Work

  • Advised Taylor Lindsey in respect of a major business park development on the outskirts of Lincoln, and several large scale housing developments. Chris appeared on the client’s behalf at the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan Examination in public.
  • Advising Hallam Land on the strategic promotion of sites in Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire comprising of over 2,000 dwellings.
  • Advising developer clients on two major regeneration sites in Portsmouth involving multi storey redevelopment and listed building and scheduled monument issues.
  • Advising a landowner in respect of S106 matters relating to a development of 550 dwellings and requirements for a school, a bridge over a trunk road, community facilities and affordable housing.



To contact Chris or for more information…

Call: 0845 274 6809
Fax: 0845 050 3270
Or email: Send an email



“Fantastic job, well done.”

(Gary McBride, Chairman, Evans Concrete Products Ltd)

“A very pleasing outcome! Thanks to Chris and his articulate arguments on our behalf.”

(Robert Gyles, UK Estates Ltd)

“A first rate service as usual.”

(Luke Pickering, Simons Developments)

“Group head Chris Waumsley has a well-respected practice and particular experience in the renewables, residential and commercial sectors. One client says: ‘He is very knowledgeable, provides very robust advice, has helped us on some quite difficult planning scenarios and has found some solutions that were not obvious’.”

“Chris Waumsley heads the planning and environmental group. Sources value his straightforward and trustworthy advice. One impressed client remarks: ‘He has a strong eye for detail and lots of experience dealing with planning law. You can rely on his advice’.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2016)

“Chris Waumsley is highly regarded for his depth of expertise in planning law, with an impressive track record in handling residential work. Sources say: ‘He’s very knowledgeable and authoritative, and he knows his stuff – he’s good to work with’.”

“Chris Waumsley advises clients on issues including Section 106 agreements and planning strategy. Sources note that he ‘is sensible and gets on with things’.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2017)

“Chris Waumsley leads the planning and environment team. He advises on a wide variety of development schemes.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2018)

Chris Waumsley focuses his practice on residential and commercial development. He is particularly well versed in planning appeals and inquiries. One source describes him as “very commercial and very able,” adding: “He gets on well with clients and does a very good job.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

Chris Waumsley leads the planning team at Freeths and has extensive experience of complex planning and environment matters. His particular areas of expertise include planning appeals and inquiries, Section 106 agreements and planning strategy matters. Market observers consider him to be “very able” and note that he is “very experienced, and very good if you have a knotty problem.”

(Chambers & Partners, 2020)

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