• Experience
    • Philip joined Birketts in September 2011 and is a consultant in our planning team.

      Philip specialises in planning and development related law. He advises on planning-conditional acquisitions and related planning applications, planning appeals, listed building appeals, enforcement notice problems, negotiating planning obligations and all aspects of development law, including restrictive covenants, rights of way and compulsory purchase.

      Before entering private practice in the 1990s, Philip worked in local government, becoming a chief officer with responsibility for all operational services. He was involved in developing various large-scale proposals, including new settlements, a large riverside redevelopment and a central area retail redevelopment. He has advised on a large scale campus relocation for the University of Cambridge, and more recently advised South Kent College on a campus move. He has experience of renewable energy projects.

      Philip’s strategic advice on all aspects of planning and development related law is valued by clients. He has advised on planning conditional acquisitions and related planning applications, planning appeals, listed buildings, enforcement, planning obligations, and all related aspects of development law, including restrictive covenants, rights of way, rights of light and compulsory purchase. 
        
      He is accredited as a specialist planning solicitor by the Law Society, a Legal Associate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association, a member of the National Association for Planning Enforcement, and a current member of the Law Society’s Planning and Environmental Law Committee.

      Philip is based at our Cambridge office.

  • More information
    • Philip is recommended in Legal 500 [UK 2016]. In an earlier edition he is praised for his "sound advice" and is part of a team which is "practical, listens to clients ’ needs and delivers on time". In the environment section, Philip is also recommended alongside colleague Tom Newcombe and described as "boosting the firm’s planning and environment capability in Cambridge".

      In a recent edition of the Chambers legal directory Philip is ranked as a leading individual in planning, and as a “robust advisor who inspires confidence”.

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