Steven Hopkins

Steven Hopkins

Partner and Head of Planning & Development Team

teven is an experienced planning and property litigation solicitor, he is the head of Holmes & Hills' Planning & Development Team. The Team is recognised by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as one of the leading sources of planning law advise in the South East region. The latter also recognised Steven as a recommended lawyer in the field of Planning Law.   

Steven undertakes a wide range of contentious planning and property litigation matters including proceedings in a variety of Tribunals such as the County and High Courts, the Property Chamber, the Lands Tribunal and Planning Inquiries.

With his litigation background Steven is unique in being able to bridge the gap between planning law, contentious property law and litigation procedure. He is therefore able to provide clients with a single source of expert legal advice that draws on specialist knowledge and experience in all three areas.   

Steven’s interest in property litigation and planning derives from a desire to offer clients a legal service that combines related areas of law in a way that is not offered elsewhere. His combination of specialisms and niche expertise in property litigation and planning means he is able to resolve clients’ disputes cost-effectively and also add value to clients’ properties.

Steven is based at Holmes & Hills Solicitors in Braintree.          

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What Steven's clients have to say:

"For the last 8 years Holmes & Hills Solicitors have looked after all our legal needs in the management of our property portfolio. From providing reports on title helping us to identify sites to acquire, planning law advice for our proposed developments, dealing with our sales & purchases and successfully resolving disputes."


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