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Judith Damerell

Judith DamerellConsultant

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My work as a planning lawyer in both the public and private sectors over the past 25 years has, I believe, given me the breadth of experience and confidence to address and resolve any issue that the planning regime may present to those operating within it.

I live in London with my husband. However, as a native of Portsmouth who misses the sea and has convinced her husband of its benefits, we are often to be found on the coast. What time remains is spent singing (in a choir and the bath) and observing the torrid sporting and financial ups and downs of Portsmouth FC.


I lead the planning team and have worked as a planning lawyer in the public sector, as a government planning and CPO lawyer, and the private sector for 25 years. I deal with all aspects of town and country planning, environmental, highways and compulsory purchase matters, from land acquisition stage to scheme implementation.

My experience includes the promotion of CPOs at Peruvian Wharf, Hanger Lane and East London Transit; King’s Cross; Stratford City; London 2012; Battersea Power Station; Whitgift Shopping Centre; the Elephant and Castle Early Housing Sites; GCHQ; University College London Hospital; the expansion of Dover Harbour; SEEDA’s mixed use redevelopment of HMS Daedalus; and Eco-Bos’ proposed mixed-use community in Cornwall.

I am Strategic Partnerships Chair for the Women’s Transportation Seminar London; I sat on the Board of Directors, and remain active in Future of London, an independent not-for-profit policy network focused on the challenges facing regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners in the capital.

I am ranked as a leading UK planning lawyer in both Chambers guide to the legal profession and Legal 500.

The firm’s founding father was the Planning Minister responsible for the 1947 Planning Act, and thereby the architect of our modern planning system. It is a privilege to lead the planning practice at a firm with that history.

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