Heidi Copland

Heidi Copland

Heidi Copland


What they say

"… Heidi is highly experienced and knowledgeable, and takes a realistic and commercial approach."

Chambers and Partners UK 2020

Heidi heads up  the firm’s planning and environment group which is made up of both planners and solicitors. The team is highly regarded and has an enviable track record of success in delivering complex major development and regeneration projects both for public and private sector clients.

Heidi has a thorough knowledge of the planning process and the framework necessary to deliver development.  She is particularly experienced in the negotiation and drafting of section 106 agreements, highways and infrastructure agreements. She also has considerable experience of contentious issues, such as high court challenges and enforcement.

She also has a particular specialism in the resolution of issues such as rights of way, village greens etc. which threaten to impact on development.

Notable cases

Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club Limited - This is a long-term and strategic client relationship for whom we continue to advise on all their planning needs regarding the Clubs new stadium and training ground complex.

Newhaven Port and Properties Ltd (NPP) - Acting for Newhaven Port and Properties in its successful Supreme Court appeal in relation to the registration of a beach as a village green .The planning team secured victory in the Supreme Court for the client in March 2015. This was a landmark victory.

Heidi's memberships and associations

  • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association
  • Environmental Law Foundation;
  • Treasurer of Constructing Excellence Sussex Club

Personal awards

Heidi consistently achieves top tier rankings in the independently researched directories, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, in respect of Planning, and Environment.  She is recognised within Legal 500's elite list of leading lawyers and described in the 2020 edition as: "...very experienced, pays attention to detail and knows the rules." 

Personal Awards

Chambers and Partners UK 2020 (Top Ranked - Heidi Copland)
Legal 500 2020 (Leading Individual)

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Director of Planning

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