Bristol Legal: Planning, transport and regulatory

We're a team of specialist planning and regulatory lawyers and legal officers supported by an experienced legal assistant with a wealth of public sector focused experience between us.

We regularly advise on major projects and policy initiatives as well as providing a criminal and regulatory litigation service in magistrates and Crown courts, including lawyers with higher rights of audience (criminal).

We work mainly in Bristol but also support our client’s cross border investigation and prosecution work throughout the South West region and work in partnership with neighbouring authorities in particular in relation to our planning and transport project work.

Practice areas

Drafting and advice relating to notices, regulation orders and byelaws

  • Enforcement and Listed Buildings Notices
  • Temporary Stop Notices and Stop Notices
  • Breach of Condition Notices
  • Tree Preservation Orders
  • Discontinuance Orders
  • High Hedge Remedial Notices
  • Certificates of Lawful Use
  • Abatement notices
  • Improvement Notices
  • Prohibition Notices
  • Waste management notices
  • Standard conditions for sex establishment licensing
  • Byelaws
  • Decision notices
  • Enterprise Act consultation and undertakings
  • Public Space protection orders

Drafting agreements

  • Unilateral Undertakings in relation to s106 Town and Country Planning Act
  • S106 Agreements
  • S278 Agreements

Policy advice

  • Licensing Act 2003
  • Gambling Act 2005
  • Planning Policy advice – including local and neighbourhood plans
  • Hackney carriage and private hire policy – vehicles and drivers
  • Sex establishment policy
  • Street trading policy
  • Waste management strategy

Prosecutions and other advocacy and litigation support

  • Planning prosecutions
  • Civil applications and appeals to the Magistrates Court
  • Tenancy fraud
  • Work for the weights and measures authority: consumer protection, rogue traders
  • Food safety prosecutions and emergency protection orders
  • Health and Safety at Work Act
  • Proceeds of Crime Act prosecutions and proceedings
  • Illegal eviction cases
  • Licensing prosecutions and appeals
  • Environmental prosecutions
  • Dangerous dog cases (criminal and civil)
  • Prosecutions under the Housing Act 2004 and related legislation
  • Education welfare matters under The Education Act 1996
  • Assisting with obtaining authorisations under The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act
  • Conduct of public Inquiries for the Local Planning Authority judicial review

Specialist advice

  • Public rights of Way
  • Town and village green (landowner representation)
  • Transport project work
  • Compulsory purchase
  • Listed buildings
  • Conservation areas
  • RIPA – central register and inspections
  • Adoption of local legislation and making of byelaws
  • All aspects of governance relating to the work covered in the team
  • Fee setting powers
  • Consultation