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Robert Bruce, Partner

Robert Bruce

Partner

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"Robert Bruce is recommended."
(The Legal 500)


Robert has over 18 years of experience advising public and private sector clients on planning, highways, compulsory purchase, infrastructure, community infrastructure levy and local government law. He principally advises in the residential, retail, offices, commercial, mixed-use and infrastructure sectors.

Robert has particular expertise advising on large urban and town centre regeneration projects, urban extensions, greenfield development and other large developments in London and around the country.

Robert has a track record of combining a detailed knowledge of planning legislation and case law, with a practical approach. He provides his clients with commercially minded advice and service to deliver top planning results.

Legal Services

Planning

Robert has particular expertise advising on large urban and town centre regeneration projects, urban extensions, greenfield development and other large developments in London and around the country.

He advises clients on strategic issues, S106 planning agreements, S38/278 highways agreements, highway orders, planning policies, challenging and defending public authority decisions in court and at planning inquiries, the community infrastructure levy, EIA, SEA, habitats appropriate assessments, enforcement action, listed buildings, conservation areas, tree preservation orders and advertisements. He also advises developers, land owners and objectors on compulsory purchase and compensation issues.

Cases

  • Advised major developers on a mixed-use, town centre regeneration project in Barnet, London (1,500,000 sq m including 78,000 sq m shopping centre extension, 395,000 sq m of offices and 7,500 homes) and £1 billion of infrastructure and planning benefits.
  • Advised the developer on a public inquiry for a mixed-use development, including 900 homes, in East Cheshire.
  • Advised Councils on developments for 1050 homes in Gedling and an 850 home urban extension in Hinckley.
  • Advised a major developer on a business park including 13,250m2 of employment floorspace (Classes B1, B2 and B8), 310 residential units and a primary school site extension.
  • Advised the developer on strategic issues, a mixed-use development including 5,100 residential units in Corby and East Northamptonshire.
  • Advised a market-leading minerals developer and operator on S106 agreements for its minerals sites.
Judicial Review

Robert has expertise advising in challenging and defending major planning Court cases.

  • Challenged and defended major Court cases on planning matters, including for a major supermarket chain, a market-leading builders’ merchant, institutional clients, major developers and land owners, objectors and public authorities and two cases that went through to the Supreme Court on HS2 and important issues on planning conditions.
Planning Appeals

Robert has expertise advising in appealing and defending major planning decisions at planning appeals.

  • Advised the developer on a public inquiry for a mixed-use development, including 900 homes, in East Cheshire.
  • Has acted for clients in more than 35 public enquiries on planning matters.
Compulsory Purchase & CPO Compensation

Robert has expertise in advising clients, particularly developers, land owners and objectors, on compulsory purchase and compensation issues.

  • Advised a range of clients on objecting to compulsory purchase, HS2 and other infrastructure proposals and compensation issues, including compensation claims in the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chambers) such as a multi-million pound claim for a medical centre.
Community Infrastructure Levy

Robert has expertise advising on community infrastructure levy issues, including CIL mitigation strategies, often saving clients significant amounts of money.

  • Advised a wide range of clients on community infrastructure levy issues and CIL mitigation strategies including a successful appeal saving the client £1 million.

 

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Call: 0845 128 6958
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Memberships
  • Compulsory Purchase Association
  • National Infrastructure Planning Association
  • Westminster Property Association

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