Planning Solicitors, Planning Lawyers, Procurement Solicitors, Procurement Lawyers


Summerfield Browne Solicitors are planning solicitors authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We are a modern and progressive law firm, and we use cutting edge technology in the delivery and provision of legal services, which significantly reduces our overheads, and which means we offer very competitive fee rates. Why not call us for a fee quote today?


What distinguishes us from many other planning lawyers, is that we deliver legal services by combining the best aspects of the traditional law firm, with a flexible consultancy based legal services model. This means that many of our procurement lawyers are consultants, who work remotely, and by using the latest IT and legal technology, can deliver fast and effective legal services. Our business model means that clients have the option of choosing either, remote delivery of legal services which is simple, effective and cost efficient, or alternatively, the more traditional delivery of legal services via meetings in person at either, our serviced offices, or at the client's business premises.


With the exception of our administrative headquarters, we only use serviced offices for basic needs, such as telephone answering. Any additional fees for meetings are only incurred on an "as and when" used basis, which means that we do not incur many of the significant property overheads, which are incurred by other more traditional law firms.    


Our planning and procurement solicitors provide the following services:


  • Applying for Planning Consent – Our planning solicitors advise on a wide range of planning matters including applications for planning consent in accordance with local and national regulations and guidelines. We draft presentational material for submission to Local Planning Authorities, and also attend planning committee meetings in support of an application.

  • Planning Appeals – If your planning application has been refused then our planning lawyers can assist. We can advise on the various strategies to appeal planning consent refusal including, High Court challenges to planning appeal decisions, judicial review of other actions and decisions by local planning authorities, and public inquiries. We can provide advocacy services at all types of public inquiry on behalf of appellants, local authorities and objectors.

  • Planning Policies and Regulations – We can provide guidance on the interpretation of planning policies and regulations to assist with any planning issue.

  • Listed Buildings – Our planning solicitors have extensive experience of advising on Listed Building matters including advising on the Listed Building Management Guidelines. We have also successfully advised on raising objections to the Guidelines in order to promote our clients’ interests.  

  • Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) – We advise on Compulsory Purchase Orders generally including conducting objections to CPOs. If you have been served with a CPO and wish to know what to do next, then why not contact our planning lawyers.

  • Planning enforcement – Our planning lawyers advise on all aspects of planning enforcement including responding to an enforcement notice, appealing against an enforcement notice, and advising on non-compliance with an enforcement notice.

  • Change of Use -  If you want to change the use of your property or your gardens, you will need to apply for change of use. We can assist with the application process, and advise on the procedural aspects involved in making the application.

  • Planning Objections - If you wish to object to changes made by your neighbours, then we can advise you on the most effective way to challenge/ object to such planning applications.

  • Property Development – Are you a property developer? Our property development lawyers can guide you through the planning process, and advise on planning applications and regulations relating to your specific development. We also advise on the rules and regulations set-out in the Town and Country Planning Act.

  • Lawful Development Certificates (LDC) - If you want to be certain that the existing use of a building is lawful for planning purposes or that your proposal does not require planning permission, you should consider applying for a 'Lawful Development Certificate'. An LDC may be required when you need to confirm that the use, operation or activity named in the building is lawful for planning control purposes. Our planning lawyers can apply for an LDC on your behalf.

  • Permitted Developments Rights - You can perform certain types of work without needing to apply for planning permission, which is called "permitted development rights". They derive from a general planning permission granted not by the local authority but by Parliament. You should note that the permitted development rights which apply to many common projects for houses do not apply to flats, maisonettes or other buildings. In addition, commercial properties have different permitted development rights to dwellings. Our planning solicitors can evaluate whether there are permitted development rights.


Why Summerfield Browne


Summerfield Browne have a dedicated team of planning lawyers who have specialist expertise in advising on all planning related matters, including making or objecting to planning applications. We will assess your situation and provide guidance on how best to achieve your planning objectives.  

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Please contact us on 0800 567 7595 or by email at [email protected]


Alternatively, you can contact each of our offices on 020 3292 1306 (London); 0121 259 0005 (Birmingham); 01223 420252 (Cambridge); 01865 784098 (Oxford); 01858 414284 (Market Harborough); 0116 208 1495 (Leicester).


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We have offices in London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford (all by appointment only), Leicester and our administrative office is in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.


We provide legal services all over England and Wales.


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