Partner in Planning & Development Team
Michael joined Holmes & Hills’ specialist Planning & Development Team in spring 2013.
Recognised as a recommended lawyer by the Legal 500 2018-19 edition, Michael assists clients of the Planning & Development Team with:
- Planning appeals (including Statutory Challenges and Judicial Reviews in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal)
- Breaches of planning control
- Planning enforcement issues (including Enforcement Notices, Injunctions and s215 Notices)
- Certificate of Lawfulness Applications
- Legal opinion on planning-related issues including CIL and CPO matters
Michael, in addition to David Whipps, contributes to Sweet & Maxwell’s publication “Planning Law Practice and Precedents”.
When not advising on planning matters, Michael also advises clients on a variety of property-related matters, including boundary disputes and applications under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (such as applications for statutory lease extensions and collective enfranchisement).
Prior to joining Holmes & Hills Michael was a commercial litigation and with this experience Michael takes a pragmatic approach to resolving clients’ problems, working efficiently to bring their case to a successful conclusion. Michael’s professionalism and personal service delivery has led to him developing a strong network of clients and contacts throughout Essex and beyond. In previous roles Michael has successfully led a team of litigators and worked with large regional and national companies from a range of sectors.
Outside of the office, when he is not spending time with his young family, Michael is a keen "DIY-er", gardener and swimmer.
Michael is based at Holmes & Hills Solicitors in Braintree.
What Michael's clients have to say:
"Dealing with Michael Harman on this particular issue… has been outstanding. Best service from a solicitor in years.”
"I read your note of support [of our application for a Certificate of Lawfulness] last night and have to admit that if I ever need a solicitor for anything it will have to be you. I had to read it twice. In my layman terms just your note alone appears to wipe the floor with them."
- Acting for a Local Planning Authority, successfully obtained an injunction requiring compliance with an Enforcement Notice in addition to an award of costs (100% costs recovery)
- Acting for private developer, successful s288 statutory challenge (95% costs recovery) and re-negotiation of s106 agreement
- Advising on Judicial Review of planning permission for a large, mixed residential and retail development in London and subsequent application to Court of Appeal
- For a private developer, advising on a boundary dispute and interference with a right of way including Court proceedings and subsequent settlement
- For a private company, pursuing breach of lease and trespass claim and concluding a favourable settlement of Court proceedings.
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