Heidi Copland

Heidi Copland

Heidi Copland

Partner

What they say

"Simply brilliant. Wears her obvious expertise lightly and is very popular with clients as a consequence. A diligent and practical lawyer who is always quick to find practical solutions to the clients’ problems."

Legal 500 UK 2021

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 was inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame in 2018 which highlights individuals who have received constant praise from their clients for continued excellence; it represents those partners at the pinnacle of the profession.  The praise continues in the 2021 edition:
"... has extensive knowledge and experience of planning law ... unflappable and efficient." 
"... excellent negotiating skills ..." "...  a fantastic lawyer who is really good in development, regeneration and infrastructure work"  "... excellent and always willing to listen and take the time to fully explain the legal issues involved."

Personal Awards

Chambers and Partners 2021 (Ranked In - Heidi Copland)
Legal 500 2021 (UK Leading Individual)
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