Tom McPhie

Tom McPhie

Senior Solicitor in Planning & Development Team

Tom joined Holmes & Hills’ growing Planning & Development Team in Summer 2013. Having previously held positions as Principal Solicitor at Colchester Borough Council and Head of Planning at another regional law firm Tom has a wealth of experience advising clients on all areas of Planning Law. In addition, Tom specialises in advising and representing local authorities, private companies, developers and land owners on Environmental and Highways Law.

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Outside of the office Tom is a keen traveller and cites South Australia’s Flinders Ranges as one of his favourite destinations.

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Tom is based at Holmes & Hills Solicitors in Braintree.

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What Tom's clients have to say:

“The service we have received has always been first rate and very efficient. The advice is sound and easy to understand and it is always easy to get hold of the team to talk over any issues. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services.”

Work highlights

For local councils:

  • Drafted a complex s106 agreement for a development on former agricultural land which provides for approximately 370 new dwellings with a total of over £1.5 million contributions.
  • Drafted and negotiated a complex s106 agreement on a site with major heritage assets with total contributions in excess of £5million towards upgrades to infrastructure and renovation works to heritage assets.
  • Advised on and drafted a s106 agreement which provides for an education contribution of almost £900,000 and the transfer to the Council of an historic wood; as well as affordable housing that will ultimately be transferred to the housing organisation for free.

For private companies:

  • Successfully applied for a Certificate of Lawful Use in relation to a commercial livery business where the original application was mishandled by another agent.
  • Assisted with a claim in the High Court for Judicial Review for a large, mixed residential and retail development in London.

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