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We can demystify the planning system for businesses and individuals and help your business to manage environmental risks and develop strategies to limit liabilities, satisfy investors and meet complex regulatory requirements, and make the best of environmental innovation. Our focus is on pragmatic and commercial solutions to all land use and operational issues.
Looking to limit environmental liability in your brownfield site acquisition or sale? Want to keep your project on the cutting edge of environmental sustainability? Developing strategies to comply with new environmental regulations? We help clients manage environmental issues and get the most out of new law and opportunities.
With increasing aversion to environmental risk but where benefits of environmental innovation are widening, we combine legal expertise and an unfussy, commercially-driven approach to limit liabilities and get your deal over the line, help keep your compliance strategy on track, and help realise the benefits of environment-related innovations.
We advise developers, contractors, occupiers, public authorities, consultants, registered providers and individuals on a range of land use and operational issues affecting their property and business of land interests.
Getting the authorised planning use correct is key. Knowing what constitutes lawful operation is vital. Understanding what is, or could be, the authorised planning use for, or lawful operation on, land is key. We provide clear, pragmatic advice and can assist in securing the appropriate consents where required.
We are experienced in the negotiation of statutory planning, highway and utility agreements. We handle appeals, call-ins and compulsory purchase issues.
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Liz Peace asks in the Guardian: Should councils that fail on local planning be punished? Leo Stevens replies.By Leo Stevens
In this Journal article Leo Stevens gives his opinion on Liz Peace's Guardian article "Should councils that fail on local planning be punished?" and questions the impact of any penalties on already over stretched local authorities.
Any more BIDs?By Jonathan Ely
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are partnerships between local businesses and local authorities which aim to improve defined commercial trading areas by providing additional services funded collectively by business rate payers. A North American import, the UK’s first bid was put into operation with much fanfare in 2004. But how successful has the scheme proved to be in terms of regeneration in the UK?
Lewis Silkin ranked in the top 25 law firms in The Guide to Planning Lawyers 2013-14By Judith Damerell
Planning Magazine’s annual planning law survey, the Guide to Planning Lawyers 2013-14, has ranked Lewis Silkin as one of the top 25 planning law firms.
Furthermore, Head of Planning Judith Damerell is considered one of the leading individuals, ranking as one of the top 20 individual planning solicitors.