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.
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 was inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame in 2022 which highlights individuals who have received constant praise from their clients for continued excellence; it represents those partners at the pinnacle of the profession: "I have worked with Heidi Copland on many occasions. Not only is she extremely experienced and knowledgeable, but she is always approachable. She has that uncanny knack of quickly putting clients at ease and gaining their immediate confidence and respect."