Areas: Real Estate Lawyers, Planning Law
Philip specialises in all aspects of planning and development related law, a role he summarises as “guiding clients through the rocks of the planning system”. His work includes planning applications, planning appeals, listed building appeals, enforcement notice problems, negotiating section 106 planning obligations and all related aspects of development law, including highways agreements, rights of way and compulsory purchases.
Before entering private practice Philip worked in local government, becoming a chief officer with responsibility for all operational services. He has been involved in developing various large-scale proposals, including:
Now acting for private clients and some public sector organisations, Philip is aware that his background leads many of his clients to see him as “gamekeeper turned poacher”.
“My clients value my understanding of the culture and mentality of the public sector that can help make their planning application or appeal more successful,” he says.
After more than four decades in planning law, Philip remains as enthusiastic about his work as ever. “With planning law you can see the results,” he explains. “You can see the buildings that are built (or not built, in the case of objections) as a result of what you’ve done – so you see the effect of that. You’re literally shaping the world you live in. I thoroughly enjoy making that difference.”
Qualifications & Experience
Philip is accredited as a specialist planning solicitor by the Law Society. He is a legal associate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a member of the National Association for Planning Enforcement, and a current member of the Law Society’s Planning and Environmental Law Committee.
Chambers legal directory ranks Philip as a leading specialist in planning, describing him as a “…robust advisor who inspires confidence”.
Legal 500: “Philip has has the magic touch; his knowledge and level of service are excellent”.
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