Planning Law

What our planning department does


DMH Stallard’s planning and environmental lawyers have earned an outstanding reputation for consistently delivering results on the most complex of matters.

Praised for our excellent understanding of local authority planning and our user-friendly, approachable attitude, we are consistently ranked by the leading legal directories as a ‘top firm’ in this field.

We provide specialist advice to our clients in all aspects of planning and development law, working on a legal-only basis or in close co-ordination with our chartered town planners to add value to clients as we guide them through the complexities of the planning system.

Our specialist expertise includes:

  • Planning/enforcement appeals and inquiries
  • Prosecutions for all types of planning, listed building and other related regulatory offences
  • Applications, appeals and judicial review claims in the High Court and beyond
  • Drafting and negotiation of complex section 106 planning obligations
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Lawful development certificates
  • Listed buildings and heritage
  • Registration of town and village greens and rights of way

What they say

"A very well-regarded firm ... The real strength is in the in-house town planning expertise which brings with it rounded, strategic advice."

Legal 500 UK 2024

How our planning department works

Our team of planning lawyers have a wealth of combined experience and acts for a range of public and private sector organisations and individuals.

We can advise on both contentious and non-contentious planning issues, and have particular experience and knowledge of the house building, waste and renewables, leisure, utilities, property investment, retail and financial sectors.

Our local knowledge, born of an understanding of the region, the issues, the local authorities and the wider network of professionals operating in this field, is fundamental to our success.

This detailed understanding of the regional planning landscape and its nuances is often the difference between failure and success.

Above all, our clients value our ability to drive through to successful planning outcomes – unblocking complicated developments, resolving disputes, identifying alternative scenarios and options, and never losing sight of the bigger picture on every site and every matter.

How we've helped

We represented Newhaven Port & Properties Limited (NPP) in its successful appeal to the Supreme Court for which judgement was given in February 2015. The appeal was against the decision of East Sussex County Council to register an area of sandy beach within the harbour as a village green. This is a landmark decision which has been much reported and has implication for public landowning bodies in England.

  • Brighton - Jubilee St

    1 Jubilee Street


    East Sussex

    BN1 1GE

  • Brighton - Old Steine

    47 Old Steine


    East Sussex

    BN1 1NW

  • Gatwick

    Griffin House

    135 High Street


    West Sussex

    RH10 1DQ

  • Guildford

    Wonersh House

    The Guildway

    Old Portsmouth Road



    GU3 1LR

  • Hassocks

    32 Keymer Road


    West Sussex

    BN6 8AL

  • Horsham

    3rd Floor

    Afon Building

    Worthing Road


    West Sussex

    RH12 1TL

  • London

    6 New Street Square

    New Fetter Lane


    EC4A 3BF

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