Holmes & Hills’ specialist team of Planning Law solicitors has once again been recognised by Chambers & Partners as one of the leading sources of advice concerning contentious and non-contentious Planning Law.
Chambers & Partners, the leading independent legal research organisation and publisher, published its latest insight into the legal industry on 22nd October 2020. Chambers & Partners undertakes extensive research into law firms and solicitors, interviewing the solicitors themselves, clients and professional contacts with a view to identifying the leading specialists across a number of fields of legal practice.
For many years, Holmes & Hills Solicitors has been identified as one of the leading suppliers of Planning Law advice in East Anglia. In the 2021 edition of the Chambers & Partners research, Holmes & Hills has improved its ranking, following growth in the firm’s Planning and Development Department, growth in the team’s client base and continued instruction to advise and act on a wide range of complex contentious and strategic Planning Law matters, working with a developers, property and land owners, and a growing number of local authorities across East Anglia.
Jo Lilliott, Senior Solicitor and member of Holmes & Hills’ Planning and Development Department since 2005, is personally recognised for her stand-out individual expertise and experience. Jo has for a long time been recognised as specialist in advising on, negotiating and drafting S106 Agreements. One commentator interviewed by Chambers & Partners commented:
"She [Jo Lilliott] provides an exemplary service, producing drafts quickly and efficiently and always responding to correspondence and calls without delay." "Jo has an excellent reputation with regard to Section 106 agreements. She is responsive, very knowledgeable, and her experience in this area of the law is unquestionable."
For developers across the region and local planning authority personnel, Jo is considered the go-to advisor for advice and representation relating to S106 Agreements.
David Whipps, Consultant at Holmes & Hills, once a Partner of the firm, as well as once Managing Partner and Senior Partner, is also once again personally recognised for his expertise and is the only Planning Law solicitor in East Anglia to be identified as a Senior Statesperson in the field, as he has been for several years.
David has previously ben described by commentators in the industry as an Encyclopaedia of Planning Law and as such, alongside Michael Harman, has for several years contributed to the Precedents issue of Planning Law: Practice and Precedents.
Holmes & Hills’ Planning and Development Department is one of the largest teams of Planning Law specialists in the region, comprising two Partners (Steven Hopkins and Michael Harman), two Senior Solicitors (Jo Lilliott and Tom McPhie), one Consultant Solicitor (David Whipps), Three Solicitors (David Sodimu, Sarah Cook and Ellie Shemming) and a Trainee Solicitor (Edward Green), along with additional support.
The specialist Planning and Development Team is now based at Holmes & Hills brand new regional head office – the A12 Commercial Hub - in Marks Tey, Colchester.