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Howes Percival ranked in top 15 planning law firms in the UK for second year running

Howes Percival has been ranked in the top 15 planning law firms in the UK for the second year running, with the firm’s Jay Mehta highlighted as the tenth highest-rated planning solicitor in the country.  

Planning magazine’s prestigious 2022 Planning Law Survey, highlights the solicitors, law firms, and barristers considered to be the leading planning law specialists in the UK.  The rankings are based on peer-led interviews with consultants, developers and local authorities who were asked to identify individuals and firms they regard as exemplifying best practice in planning law.

Howes Percival is again one of the highest rated regional firms in this year’s rankings, which are traditionally dominated by national and London-based firms.    

The firm’s planning team act for major housebuilders, land promoters, developers, and local authorities.  At the end of 2021, Howes Percival was appointed to the Crown Commercial Services Legal Panel which led to the firm advising on and settling complex planning obligations for Sizewell C. The team is also involved in the development of a new garden village in Leicestershire, an £80 to £100m student scheme in Nottingham and Sustainable Urban Extensions in Leicester, Thanet, Towcester and Newark.    

In addition, the team has advised in connection with the delivery of three large urban extensions in Norfolk totalling 12,000 dwellings, advising Turnstone Estates on two £50 million leisure developments in Colchester and Southend and advising the University of East Anglia in connection with Phase 1 of the Lasdun Wall refurbishment project on campus.

Tessa Haskey, Head of Property at Howes Percival, commented, “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised as one of the top planning law firms in the UK, again and thrilled that Jay’s skills and expertise have once again been acknowledged with his ranking as one of the UK’s highest rated planning solicitors. I think we are flying the flag for the regions and demonstrating that the best quality planning lawyers don’t need to be based in London or Birmingham. Working as a single, cohesive team, we offer developers a comprehensive ‘cradle to grave’ commercial property proposition.  In addition to securing repeat instructions from existing clients, thanks to the strength of our reputation in the market, we also receive a lot of referrals from planning consultants.”

Planning Partner Jay Mehta, commented. “This is a fantastic endorsement for the team. The rankings are based on the views of those in the industry who are well experienced in using planning solicitors. The quality, strength and breadth of our expertise as a team is now well recognised through the work that we do, as we continue to advise on some of the largest development projects in the country. Our size also enables us to be more agile and attentive, allowing us to build strong relationships with our clients and understand their needs. We can therefore offer a much more personal service alongside our depth and quality, and this is something that we have been commended on by many of our largest clients.”

Howes Percival’s property experts act for major housebuilders, retailers, construction companies, landowners, housing associations, developers, and public authorities as well as private individuals and businesses. The firm’s comprehensive commercial property service covers planning and environmental law, minerals and waste, compulsory purchase, village greens, development including strategic land acquisitions, the management of real estate portfolios, property finance, leases and other landlord and tenant matters, property litigation and construction contracts and disputes.

Howes Percival is ranked as a top-tier firm for Planning and Environment in the UK’s leading guide to law firms, the Legal 500.

For more information on Howes Percival’s planning team visit: https://www.howespercival.com/services/planning/

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Notes to editors:

Howes Percival has offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, and Norwich.  It has 47 partners and 171 lawyers in total.

The firm is recommended in The Legal 500 – the authoritative guide to the UK’s leading law firms.  In the 2022 guide, no fewer than 11 different departments achieved the guide’s highest possible ranking (Tier 1): Corporate and Commercial; Dispute Resolution – Commercial Litigation; Dispute Resolution – Debt Recovery; Finance – Insolvency and Corporate Recovery; Human Resources – Employment Law; Private Client – Agriculture and Estates; Private Client – Tax, Trusts and Probate; Real Estate – Commercial Property; Real Estate – Property litigation; Real Estate – Environment & Planning;  Intellectual Property.