From 1st November 2022, Steven Hopkins is the Managing Partner of Holmes & Hills Solicitors, alongside partner, Rebecca Mason. Steven and Rebecca are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the firm, working to ensure that the firm's specialist legal services are provided to its commercial, local authority, and individual clients across the region in accordance with the firm’s values and mission statement.
Alongside his Managing Partner role, Steven figure head’s the firm’s Planning Law Department.
Steven is a specialist Planning Law solicitor, Steven acts for developers, planning consultants, and property and landowners who have complex planning law requirements. He 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 and his colleagues in the well-regarded Planning Law Department are recognised by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as one of the leading sources of planning law advice in the South East region. The Legal 500 describes the team as one of the ‘largest and most successful’ teams of Planning Law solicitors in Essex and credits the team on providing ‘exemplary service’. The Legal 500 also recognises Steven as a recommended lawyer in the field of Planning Law.
Steven is based at Holmes & Hills Solicitors' regional Head Office - the A12 Commercial Hub - in Colchester (Marks Tey).