Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) is delighted to welcome new partner Emma Harling-Phillips, who joins the firm's Planning and Infrastructure team and will be based in Bristol.

Emma joins WBD as a qualified barrister from Pinsent Masons, where she has been a partner since joining them in 2016. Prior to that she spent three years at DLA Piper and three years as a tenant of Landmark Chambers.

Winner of the 2020 Women in Law award for planning, Emma has significant experience in major infrastructure projects including roadways and energy matters, most notably the A303 Stonehenge, A27 Arundel Bypass, A66 Trans-Pennine and M4 J3-12 Smart Motorway (National Highways), Riverside Energy Park (Cory Environment), Medworth Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power facility (MVV Energy); Heathrow Airport Third Runway and Scotwind (Scottish Power).

Emma specialises in large scale mixed-use schemes, compulsory purchase, strategic planning and plan/policy development, environmental impact assessment and habitats regulation.

Commenting on her appointment, Emma said:

"I am delighted to be joining the team at Womble Bond Dickinson. WBD has an impressive client portfolio and I look forward to bringing my experience and strong track record to help grow WBD's planning and infrastructure offering further across the UK."

Jon Bower, partner at WBD's Bristol office and head of the Planning and Infrastructure team, said:

"We are thrilled to welcome Emma to the WBD team and to the Bristol office. Emma is a quality operator and joins us with a wealth of experience and expertise. Emma will play an important role in bolstering our national and regional offering and provide additional senior leadership as part of the team's growth which has continued over recent years."