I work closely with architects, planning consultants and surveyors to support landowners and developers and have given presentations on developments in planning law to members of the RICS in Ipswich and Chelmsford.
I specialise particularly in planning agreements and unilateral undertakings under section 106 of the Town and County Planning Act 1990; and lawful development certificate applications.
Graduated from London University. Senior Partner from 2001 to 2017 and Managing Partner between 1996 and 2001.
I spent the first 16 years of my professional life working for local authorities in London specialising in Planning and Employment and was Deputy Borough Solicitor at Wandsworth Council before joining Gotelee.
Over the years the firm has won several substantial local authority tenders both in this region and in London and the firm’s strong reputation for planning work, which encouraged me to join, has been consolidated.
I have been identified by the Legal 500 as a Leading Individual for both planning and employment work and in 2018 was admitted to their hall of fame. With regards to planning, I have been described as a ‘strong leader’ and ‘excellent negotiator’, with ‘real strength in depth and industry knowledge’ and ‘best in the local area’. The Chambers Directory described me as “extremely perceptive and thorough”. Chambers also commented that local authorities rated my advocacy skills in a practice which “is consistently of the highest standard”.
When not at Gotelee, I am particularly keen on promoting reading. I chaired the Suffolk Book League for over 15 years and brought a number of well known writers to Ipswich, as well as promoting a love of reading to schools, colleges, hospices and even prisons. I believe everyone can learn from identifying with the experiences of others.
Vice President – Suffolk Book League
The Suffolk Book League promotes the pleasures of reading by bringing popular and distinguished writers to speak in Ipswich and the surrounding area as well as supporting a wide range of literary-related community projects.
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