Planning law is the gateway to property development.

It’s the vital first step for building projects large and small. But the planning and consenting systems are not easy to navigate. Decades of tinkering in law, policy and regulation have created a machine which may seem confusing or even contradictory to outside observers.

To make it work for you, you need to make sense of the mechanics and components – strategic policies, environmental considerations and regulations, national guidance, Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects in the infrastructure and energy sectors.  And then there’s affordable housing, mixed use and commercial developments, listed buildings, Section 106 agreements, appeals, novel consenting regimes such as local development orders, the compulsory purchase process and judicial reviews to name just a few.

You also need to understand planning and environmental issues when managing and disposing of the asset, and how they might affect joint ventures, development finance and refinancing. And that’s before you even consider how intensely political the planning regime has become.


Why choose Foot Anstey?

Seemingly sensible goals – building the homes the country needs, modernising infrastructure and supporting businesses to thrive – invariably come into conflict with the need to preserve the environment, culture and heritage, as well as the needs of lenders and other stakeholders.

Working with our colleagues across practice areas, and experienced professional consultants, we use our years of experience engaging with all aspects of the planning and consenting systems to seek out answers which work for you. That means we put in the effort to really understand your objectives as well as the motivations of the people who make planning and consenting decisions, while applying the right blend of legal knowledge and political nous and getting creative to solve old problems in new ways.

Although planning law and consenting regimes can be a minefield, that’s fine because we’re used to navigating through them – day in, day out.

And this is where our lawyers shine. Because we will not be timid when it comes to fighting your corner.

Our people

As a team of solicitors specialising in planning law, we have over a hundred years of experience in this field between us. Industry media recognises us as innovators in our field and you can often read about us in the press.

You can read more about our experience in UK planning law on our individual profiles below.

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What our clients say?

‘Christian Silk is an exceptional, experienced, and highly effective lawyer who can be counted on to give sound commercial and practical advice on a range of planning and environmental matters.’

Legal 500 2024

‘Responsive and commercially minded team with strong experience in the developer sector. Clients keep coming back to them, which is the best compliment!’

Legal 500 2024

“Foot Anstey is first-class in availability and responsiveness. It puts its clients first and foremost, and the quality of advice we have received is on par with the magic circle.”

Chambers UK 2024

“Foot Anstey handled difficult issues relating to planning appeals brilliantly.”

Chambers UK 2024

“It has a very knowledgeable team with good breadth.”

Chambers UK 2024

“They genuinely put the client first,” confirms one source, who adds: “Foot Anstey impress us with their continued responsiveness and the quality of their service.”

Chambers UK 2023

“The team is very professional and very strong in the marketplace.”

Chambers UK 2023

“Whilst details can be discussed via e-mail, they take the time to meet (at present ‘virtually’) with you and discuss matters in full prior to providing their advice, strategy for moving schemes / matters forward.”

Legal 500 2022

“The practice is versatile crossing various sectors and they can draw on a wealth of knowledge across their offices. Prior to providing advice they ensure they fully understand the issue at hand. Their fees are reasonable and the output has assisted immensely.”

Legal 500 2022

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