Rachel Lee



Rachel is an Associate in our planning and real estate team based in London (Holborn office) with both private and public sector experience. Her broad experience includes dealing with planning aspects of property transactions including due diligence, advising on planning permissions for development projects including mixed use urban regeneration schemes, town centre projects, retail, housing, commercial and industrial developments. She acts for a variety of clients including developers, landowners and funders.

She advises on the full range of planning matters including negotiating and drafting planning, highways and related agreements, planning appeals, advice on promotion of development projects, planning policy development and interpretation, compulsory purchase, high court proceedings including judicial review, listed building, conservation area issues, planning enforcement, other highway matters and advertisement regulations.

Before moving into private practice several years ago she was Islington Council’s chief planning lawyer advising at a strategic level on major projects including the Arsenal Regeneration scheme, a 50 acre project providing 3,000 new homes, the construction of the Emirates stadium, conversion of the former Highbury Ground into residential, a waste recycling centre, commercial floor space along with community infrastructure benefits.

Recent Highlights:

  • Advising on planning in connection with the acquisition for over £50m and dealing with associated s106 and related agreements for a central Brighton 1.3 acre mixed used retail led development.
  • Advising a purchaser client on planning matters including review of s106 agreement relating to the acquisition of a £130m regeneration scheme comprising 800 homes and 12,000 sq ft of leisure and retail units, public space and retention/conversion of an historic waterfront listed mill building in Liverpool.
  • Dealing with highway issues including section 38/section 278 agreements for a strategic land company in connection with promotion of greenfield land in Essex for redevelopment into warehouse and distribution units.  
  • Drafted and negotiated the s106 agreement for part new build, part conversion of a Slough town centre site from office to residential in connection with a disposal for £6m.
  • Planning due diligence in connection with investment acquisitions for clients in connection with chains of hotels, retail shopping centres, prime central London office buildings.
  • For the developer negotiated and drafted the section 278 highways agreement for Phases 1 and 2 of the Royal Wharf, a major regeneration project of a 40 acre site in the East Royal Docks, London. 
  • For the developer drafted and negotiated a section 106 agreement including a complex viability review mechanism for a development in Ashford Kent, of up to 232 one and two bed flats and up to 3,581m² of flexible commercial floor space and the construction of two new buildings providing 110 flats including associated parking and landscaping.
  • Acting for a development company advised on Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) implications and the strategic issues in connection with a planning application for redevelopment of a former industrial site to provide three buildings of part 7 storeys and part 5 storeys comprising 208 residential units, 190 sq.m (approx.) of Use Class B1 floor space with associated public and private amenity space. Drafted and negotiated the accompanying complex section106 agreement.   

Client Testimonials

"Many thanks for your assistance in getting this one over the line" - Investment fund client upon completion of a s106 agreement enabling marketing of the site with the benefit of the planning permission (March 2016)
"This is very clearly set out and helpful, thank you." - Client developer regarding project planning strategy and CIL advice (April 2016)

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