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Sara Hanrahan

Sara HanrahanPartner

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I am a planning partner within the Real Estate Department and have over 20 years’ commercial experience.

I advise on all aspects of planning and specialise in major re-development and urban regeneration projects. I act for a wide range of clients including developers, housing associations, local authorities as well as high net worth individuals.


I am a committee member of the City of London Law Society Planning and Environmental Committee and have been recognised as a leader in my field in both the Legal 500 and Chambers.


Real estate

I have worked on a number of key regeneration schemes within London including: Dalston Square, Loampit Vale, Canada Water Basin and More London as well as acting for Southwark Council in relation the Nine Elms/Vauxhall/Battersea Opportunity Area. 


I have also advised on various similar sized projects across the South East and Wales including: Thanet new town centre, Westwood Cross, the redevelopment of Victoria Quay in East Cowes and the current Swansea City Centre £6 billion regeneration scheme.


In addition, I have a niche practice acting for high net worth individuals both within and outside London.


Retail, hospitality and leisure

I have extensive experience within the retail, hospitality and leisure sector and have worked on a variety of projects across the UK. This includes advising one of the largest supermarket groups on planning issues relating to both new stores and distribution centres across the south-east. I have also acted for a number of hotel operators, both national and private owned, as well a leading  health and fitness club.

Awards and recognition

  • Legal 500 2022 (Planning) - ‘I would recommend Sara for any planning problem. She is very bright, committed and tenacious, as well as having the ability to get on well with clients. I think she has a very good understanding of what developers need in today’s planning world’
  • Legal 500 2022 (Planning) - ‘Excellent practice, now led by Sara Hanrahan. She has much experience of commercial development and is a sought-after solicitor’
  • Chambers UK 2020: ..."really clever at thinking outside of the box and putting solutions together for her clients."
  • Chambers UK 2020: "[She's] very easy to get on with, knows what she's doing and is always available."
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