At DWF we work hard to ensure that our clients get the very best, market-leading expertise. Our development team is complimented by our full service sector offering, which includes; Investment & Funds, Asset Management, Housing, Construction, Planning, Local Government, Tax, Corporate, Commercial Occupier and Real Estate Litigation all enabling us to assist our clients on a wide range of issues.
Our planning team provides regional and national support to our clients, providing focused, clear, commercial and pragmatic advice. The team has the breadth and depth to support on all types of projects. We like to work closely with our clients to understand and appreciate their business strategies and commercial objectives and provide timely, pragmatic and commercial planning advice in a cost-effective manner, taking into account consideration of their strategic ambitions and working preferences.
Our specialist lawyers have considerable experience of all aspects of planning and related law, advising both private and public sector clients on a full range of planning issues, including major developments and infrastructure projects. The team have significant first-hand experience of working, at a senior level, within local planning authorities.
The team's experience includes consenting of energy and nationally significant infrastructure projects, renewables, major regeneration schemes, compulsory purchase, town and country planning and highways.
The team combine a detailed understanding of the law with both sector knowledge and practical experience, applying a proactive and collaborative approach.
The team are experienced at providing advice in:
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented challenges for both landlords and tenants, with much uncharted territory ahead.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has required some lateral thinking and application of common sense to the approach to planning rules, such as temporary rights to changes of use for pubs and restaurants, relaxations in delivery times and changes to the Planning Inspectorate's approach to appeals. Advice has also been issued for local authorities in respect of decision-making where meetings cannot proceed in person.
A significant five year package of funding has been announced which aims to overhaul bus and cycle links across the country (excluding London) "making every day journeys easier, greener and more convenient".
Kate Kirby, Construction & Infrastructure Partner at global legal business, DWF, comments on the CIPS/IHS Markit construction PMI figures for January 2020. She said:
A recent decision by the planning inspectorate from a CIL appeal (APP/F0114/L/18/1200229) highlights the potential financial consequences of demolition.
At DWF we have been working with our clients for over 12 months to advice on the wider implications of blockchain across our global network. As well as our current clients we have also had the opportunity to present on blockchain to businesses in our key sectors of central & local government; energy & industrials; financial services; real estate; retail, food & hospitality; technology; and transport.