Rachel joined the firm in October 2012 as a paralegal in the Planning and Infrastructure Team where she assisted in relation to a broad range of planning matters. Rachel then completed her training contract with the firm, undertaking three six month seats in the Corporate, Operational Property and Planning and Infrastructure teams before qualifying early as a solicitor in the Planning and Infrastructure Team in April 2016.
Examples of experience include:
- Assisting with advising an acquiring authority on making a compulsory purchase order for leisure premises including analysing the planning history of the site, assisting with drafting key documents and preparing for inquiry with core documents and witness statements
- Assisting with advising an acquiring authority in relation to both the making and confirmation of a compulsory purchase order for a mixed use retail and housing regeneration project, including preparation of the order and map for over 250 plots, preparation of core documents and witness statements for public inquiry, working to statutory deadlines and preparing and serving statutory notices
- Assisting in relation to judicial review of the Secretary of State's refusal to confirm a Section 257 Order to stop up a level crossing
- Assisting with advising a local authority promoter of a development consent order, including advice in relation to bridges over disused railway
- Advising a local authority in relation to options open to it to require repairs to a listed building owned by a third party, including the repairs notice procedure which leads to a listed building compulsory purchase order
- Drafting and negotiating section 106 planning agreements, unilateral undertakings and section 106A deeds of variation for developers, housebuilders, education providers and private landowners for housing developments and mixed use sites.