Lisa is a partner and joint-head of Shoosmiths’ planning and CPO team, driving the team’s growth forward across the UK.

An experienced planning lawyer, she acts on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious planning matters, including highways matters and compulsory purchase work, drafting and negotiating complex Section 106 agreements, judicial review, footpath/highway closures, infrastructure agreements and village green issues.

She has acted for a mix of public and private clients, including North West Development Agency, Ainscough Strategic Land, Ask Developments, United Utilities, Tesco and the Co-operative Group.

Lisa’s recent project experience includes advising:

- Ainscough Strategic Land on a planning appeal and public inquiry for a 2,300 dwelling scheme in Swindon as part of the New Eastern Villages allocation;

- Vastint on planning and CPO issues in relation to their major mixed use schemes in London, Leeds and Cardiff;

- Story Homes on numerous residential development schemes across the north west; and
- Kingston Council on the regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate, a major scheme to provide over 2000 new dwellings for the Borough’s residents.
  • Lisa joined Shoosmiths in 2013, having previously worked at Eversheds, DWF and Semple Fraser. She previously spent eight years working in-house for local authorities including Birmingham City Council and the London Borough of Hounslow, a mix of public and private experience that clients find invaluable, as it provides empathy, insights and scope for innovation for projects at the public/private interface.
  • She is identified as a Leading Individual for Planning legal work in the 2018 editions of Legal 500 and Chambers UK, the latter stating interviewees laud her as “a really hard-working and clever lawyer who finds her way around complex problems”.

    Impressed clients add “She is great to work with – she breaks things down into plain English and doesn’t baffle with detail. She is also very personable and pleasant, and very good at what she does.”.

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