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Real Estate

Planning & Infrastructure

The UK Planning System changes rapidly and is becoming increasingly complex, so it’s important to seek strategic advice that ensures you can overcome any obstacles your development might present.

Our experienced national team has a strong track record on unlocking difficult planning issues and assisting to obtain consents for major development projects throughout England & Wales.

Our specialist planning lawyers can advise you on contentious and non-contentious issues relating to major urban developments and regeneration projects. We have the expertise needed to handle projects of all sizes and complexity, and could help you with matters including:

  • Planning applications and appeals
  • Drafting and negotiating planning, and other infrastructure agreements
  • Enforcement appeals
  • Judicial review and High Court appeals
  • Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas
  • Environmental issues (including environmental impact assessments)
  • Project management
  • Planning inquiries and informal hearings
  • Community Infrastructure Levy advice

The team’s sector expertise includes education, retail and residential development, infrastructure and care. We continue to act for household name clients on a national basis.

Our depth of knowledge means that we can ensure that all of our work is delivered to your timetable. We can also work with you and your professional team throughout the development process, tackling issues and anticipating any problems that may arise.

We have specialist planning lawyers in Crawley, London and Manchester, and can meet your needs anywhere in the country.

The team is a ranked as a Tier 1 Planning Practice in the South by both Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and The Legal 500.

For more information on how we could help with the planning for your development, contact one of our lawyers today.

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Key Contacts

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Recent Work

Mixed Use Development

Acted for a national house builder on a proposed urban extension of approximately 1,000 dwellings together with associated infrastructure.

Urban Extension

Acted for a national house builder on a proposed urban extension of approximately 1,000 dwellings together with associated infrastructure.

Westerleigh Group

We provided strategic planning advice to this leading crematoria developer relating to new sites across the UK: including reviewing planning applications ahead of submission; advice on planning or litigation strategy; defending judicial reviews and advising on prospective appeals.

Audley Retirement

We provided advice on all planning aspects of their care home development programme.

News Group UK

We secured permission for the largest print works in the world and provided advice on subsequent improvements to the surrounding highways.

Artisan (Formerly Corona Group)

Promoting multiple mixed use-regeneration schemes throughout the south of England, with a particular focus on the re-use and regeneration of under-used and poorly performing industrial sites and business parks.

Testimonials & Client Feedback

We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.


"They're very commercial, very switched-on and they do things efficiently."

Chambers & Partners, 2019


"Great to deal with and consistently gets the job done."

Legal 500, 2019

Awards & Accreditations

We’re proud of the recognition we’ve received for our business legal work. For a list of awards and accreditations, please visit our awards page.
5th Most Active Mergers & Acquisitions Firm - Experian 2016 Lex 100 legal-500-2019 chambers-2019 The Times Best Law Firms 2019 Shortlisted for Property Law Firm of the Year - Yorkshire Insider Property Industry Awards 2016

We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

Business News

Our lawyers are regularly asked to provide expert insight, advice and analysis for the national media. Take a look at the stories below to see what we’re saying, as well as some of the recent deals we have completed for our clients here in the UK and abroad.

New Cambridge University Report Calls For MPs Not To Underestimate UK Manufacturing

12 / 06 / 19 Read More

Parliament's Women And Equalities Committee Publishes NDA Report

11 / 06 / 19 Read More

Irwin Mitchell Lawyer Advising Coronation Street Scriptwriters

10 / 06 / 19 Read More

Borrow A Boat Sets Sail On Expansion Drive Following Successful Fundraising

03 / 06 / 19 Read More

Court Of Appeal Rules In Favour Of Employers In Long Running Shared Parental Leave Claims

24 / 05 / 19 Read More

New Report Calls For HS2 Review To Ensure It Delivers For The North

20 / 05 / 19 Read More