Planning Lawyer
BrookStreet des Roches LLP
Milton Park, Abingdon Oxfordshire, GB
7d ago


We seek a bright and energetic planning lawyer to help us grow and develop this important aspect of our business. The position will be attractive to someone with experience of property development and planning enforcement issues.

We encourage applications from lawyers with several years’ relevant experience from associate to existing partner level.


This is a great opportunity for an ambitious planning lawyer to take advantage of the opportunities in our client base and network of contacts to develop a strong and unrivalled planning practice.

Our clients and contacts are both local and national. We work in property development and investment, retail, leisure, agribusiness and healthcare.

The scope to develop and enhance the services we provide to our clients is abundant.


BrookStreet des Roches is a commercial law firm with a national reputation for its real estate work. We act for a range of sophisticated clients, many of whom are long-

term, with national and international interests. These clients operate in a variety of sectors, including :

  • Property investment and management : MEPC, Frasers Property, Rockspring, Topland, HBOS
  • Retail and Leisure : Arcadia, The Body Shop, McDonald’s, Moss Bros, Whittards, Oxfam, easyGym
  • Manufacturing and logistics : 3M, Smeg, Orange Business Services, Hitachi Data Services, Finastra
  • Construction and development : Grafton Group, Selco
  • Agribusiness and minerals : PD Hook, Smiths of Bletchington
  • Education and healthcare : Christ Church and Nuffield College Oxford; various NHS GP practices

    We wish to continue with the development of our planning team. This will enable us to offer our clients a completely integrated service within our real estate and construction team.

    With over 30 real estate lawyers (including real estate litigation, construction and planning) the firm offers the largest team in the region.

    Our work was recognised in the Thames Valley region when we won the 2016 award for Best Property Law Firm’ from the Thames Valley Property Forum.


    Buchanan (H) Ltd Development of 458 homes at Milton Heights, South Oxfordshire :

    Advising the promoter of a development comprising 458 homes with associated public open space, infrastructure and sports facilities in south Oxfordshire including a complex s106 which ensured that a developer provided a footbridge over the A34, a new bowls green, a playing field, public art, and a contribution towards football, cricket and rugby pitches and clubhouses, a sports hall, a community hall, and a swimming pool.

    Confidential Client :

    Advising a caravan park operator in relation to its proposed expansion of a caravan park in Derbyshire. This has so far involved :

  • Defending the client on a charge of cutting down 150 trees protected by a TPO. (The client had proceeded on the basis of incorrect legal advice from a previous adviser.
  • A plea in mitigation resulted in a fine of only £3,500. (The maximum penalty is an unlimited fine.)

  • Advising on a breach of condition notice
  • Advising and defending the client in relation to a planning injunction
  • Defending the client on a further criminal charge of wilful damage to four trees.
  • Dartmouth Park Estates Development of 300+ houses as part of the South Maldon Garden Suburb :

  • Advising on a 300+ unit housing development, part of the proposed South Maldon Garden Suburb. The team advised the putting together of the planning application;
  • representations on other, rival developments and the law and tactics generally.

    Office Estates Ltd Development of 162 flats in four towers at Nine Elms, Battersea :

    Advising on the development of 162 new flats, office space, new public houses, gym and community / cultural space within the Nine Elms Opportunity Area in Central London including reviewing the planning application and accompanying EIA and negotiating a complex s106 agreement against a backdrop of the GLA housing policy changing as we negotiated.

    Confidential Retail Client Development of Restaurant in West London including Judicial Review of Appeal Decision :

  • Advising a household name restaurant operator on the development of a restaurant in West London including appealing refusal of planning permission;
  • successful judicial review of the appeal decision and negotiating and completing complex s106 planning and s278 highways agreements.

    Lafarge Tarmac Development of Land in Kent for proposed Paramount Theme Park :

    Advising on the disposal subject to planning of a large area of land in North Kent for a proposed theme park complicated by the fact that much of the land is contaminated having been used in the minerals industry for many years as well as the complex planning constraints of the area.

    Confidential Retail Client Advising on breaches of advertisement consent and listed building control :

    Advising a household name retailer on breaches of advertisement and listed building control at its flagship West End store successfully persuading the local authority not to pursue prosecutions.


    This is a stand-out career opportunity. As a commercially astute, bright and exceedingly able lawyer with a strong track record gained working in a commercial law firm you will want an opportunity that will excite, challenge and engage you.

    We believe we can offer you a fresh challenge in a different type of environment where you can excel and feel exceptionally comfortable, empowered and recognised.

    Here you can have ideas of your own and be supported to follow them through. It is envisaged you will have a long-term key role to play.


    Send your CV in confidence to our HR Manager, Fleur Fraser : fleur.fraser All suitable candidates will be invited to a meeting with key members of our teams to understand better whether this opportunity might fit with your own career aspirations and plans.

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