Howes Percival expands Leicester planning law team in response to growing demand

Howes Percival has expanded its East Midlands specialist planning team with the addition of Paul Hunt as Partner, and Associate, Sarah Hollis.  Paul and Sarah, who were both previously with Shakespeare Martineau, will be based at Howes Percival's Leicester office.  

The commercial property sector is a core market for Howes Percival, which has a national reputation for the quality of its work.  The expansion of the Leicester-based team follows an increase in new instructions from national and regional housebuilders, landowners and private rented sector and student accommodation providers. 

Paul Hunt, Partner

Paul Hunt has over 30 years' experience of both contentious and non-contentious planning work in the public and private sectors.  He specialises in large residential and mixed-use schemes, he works for a range of residential developers and commercial organisations.  

Sarah Hollis, Associate

Sarah Hollis is a specialist planning lawyer and has considerable experience acting for landowners and developers in respect of large residential schemes across the East Midlands. Sarah has acted for Registered Providers advising on social housing issues and has experience of contentious planning including judicial review and statutory challenges. 

Commenting on the appointments, Chris May, Planning Partner and Head of Howes Percival's Leicester planning team said,

"I am absolutely delighted to welcome Paul and Sarah to the team.  They are highly regarded, excellent technical lawyers, who'll bring an invaluable wealth of experience to Howes Percival and our clients.  We are establishing ourselves as the leading Leicestershire planning law team and these appointments bring us a step closer to realising our aim of being one of the foremost National planning law practices.  

"Our award-winning commercial property team has a strong reputation as one of the largest and most skilled teams of property legal specialists across the Central and Eastern Regions.  We have the specialism and depth of expertise to service the planning law requirements of developers, promoters, landowners and others engaged in the planning system."  

Chris May continued,

"The East Midlands development market is currently very buoyant and we're seeing a significant increase in new instructions.  In addition to continuing to serve clients in the East Midlands, Paul and Sarah's appointments will enable us to expand our horizons and increase our presence in the South Midlands. Working closely with our established leading property partners, Nick James, Lucy Lord and Mark Davies, within these regions will enable us to continue to build and grow the practice." 

Howes Percival's property experts act for major housebuilders, retailers, construction companies, landowners, housing associations, developers and public authorities as well as private individuals and businesses and cover everything from land promotion and planning through to plot sales and dispute resolution.  

The firm's comprehensive commercial property service covers planning and environmental law, minerals and waste, compulsory purchase, village greens, development including strategic land acquisitions, the management of real estate portfolios, property finance, leases and other landlord and tenant matters, property litigation and construction contracts and disputes. 

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