AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Stephanie has a busy practice in planning and local government which includes all areas of planning work from court challenges and inquiries to prosecutions. She acts for a variety of public and private sector clients and is qualified to accept instructions via public access.
Stephanie is ranked as one of the top planning barristers under 35. Chambers and Partners describes her as “a rising star of the Planning Bar” and Legal 500 states that she is “extremely knowledgeable”.
Planning court work, JR and injunctions
Stephanie regularly appears in the Planning Court and Queen’s Bench Division. She has experience of both bringing and defending proceedingsincluding successfully defending challenges to Councils’ decisions to grant planning permission and in bringing claims against such decisions.Recent cases include:
successfully representing a neighbourhood forum in relation to a challenge to the decision to send the plan to referendum – R(Legard) vRBKC  EWHC 32 (Admin)
successfully representing LB Southwark in an application for a high court injunction – LB Southwark v Hadjimina  EWHC 510 (QB)
successfully representing Tonbridge and Malling BC in their applications to obtain an injunction and then later to commit the defendants forbreach of that injunction – Tonbridge and Malling BC v Smith & Others
successfully representing South Bucks DC and ensuring that permission was refused to challenge a decision to grant planning permissionfor a housing scheme
successfully challenging a number of TPOs made by LPAs via s.288 of the TCPA 1990
Stephanie has a particularly busy practice in obtaining High Court injunctions on behalf of local authorities. Stephanie has thus far been successfulin obtaining every injunction sought including seeking to halt the creation of Gypsy and Traveller sites and prevent unauthorised works to listedbuildings.
Stephanie’s clients are predominantly local authorities, including Westminster City Council where she provided advice on a secondment basis and Slough Borough Council where she has also provided in house advice and training to both planning officers and solicitors. Having been employed as a Local Government Officer prior to coming to the Bar, Stephanie is well placed to advise on a range of issues facing Councils which arise in relation to planning and regeneration.
Whilst working for Westminster, Stephanie has advised on a large number of projects including the Garden Bridge project, various CPO and regeneration schemes in Westminster and numerous enforcement notices, appeals and judicial reviews and provided advice to the Licensing Sub-Committee. She has had experience of advising in relation to a wide number of local government issues such as appropriation, acquisition of land for housing and planning purposes, housing matters and interference with easements.
As part of Stephanie’s work with a London local authority she has regularly advised the council in relation to their ongoing large redevelopment andCPO schemes. She has also advised and assisted a number of landowners in relation to objections to compulsory purchase schemes, compensationmatters and counter notices.Additionally, Stephanie assisted Guy Roots QC in the Court of Appeal hearing of Lancaster City Council v Thomas Newall Ltd  EWCA Civ 802relating to compensation awarded by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) for disturbance following compulsory acquisition of land.
Stephanie has recently advised a local authority in relation to traffic regulation orders and a shop owner in relation to goods being displayed on thehighway in front of the premises and has also advised in relation to issues arising out of highway CPOs. She also has experience of advisinghighways authorities in relation to niche areas such as road hump notices and disabled badge exemptions.
Village Greens and Commons
Stephanie has represented both applicants and objectors to village green applications including at inquiry. Most recently, Stephanie successfullyacted for a Council seeking to resist the registration of an area of adopted highway verge as a town or village green and has previously successfullyrepresented a Council resisting registration of a Council-run sports ground.Whilst under the supervision of Philip Petchey, Stephanie attended both Court of Appeal hearings in the matter of Newhaven Port and Properties vEast Sussex CC  EWCA Civ 276 and  EWCA Civ 673 and assisted with the grounds of appeal to the Supreme Court. Stephanie alsoassisted Philip Petchey and Douglas Edwards QC who represented the landowner and objector at a lengthy village green inquiry in Essex.
Stephanie has successfully represented appellants, local authorities and local residents’ groups as sole counsel and as junior both at planning inquiries and hearings including:
Stephanie has established a busy enforcement practice appears at a substantial number of enforcement inquiries concerning matters including sub-division of residential accommodation, change of use to A5 and change of use to a nightclub. Throughout all of Stephanie’s enforcement appeals in 2016, 2017 and so far in 2018, where acting for the Council, all of the Notices were upheld by the Inspector.
She has experience of providing effective written submissions and has recently acted for the Royal Mail in this capacity both in persuading the LPA to grant permission for a scheme with substantial local objection and in initiating JR proceedings on behalf of Royal Mail Ltd.
Stephanie has also provided written advice and advice in conference in relation to a wide range of planning matters including CIL charging schedules, neighbourhood plans including advising clients and drafting objections, local plans including the lawful adoption of DPDs and SPDs and various aspects of the GPDO and 1990 Act.
Stephanie also has experience of advertising consent and has recently successfully represented a landowner after they were served with a removal notice by the local authority. After Stephanie’s involvement, the Council agreed to withdraw the notice.
Stephanie’s ongoing work includes representing a housebuilder at a large multi-disciplinary inquiry and representing a London LPA on a high profile enforcement case against a well known corporation.
Stephanie has experience and accepts instructions in relation to a variety of major infrastructure projects including those proceeding via all main consenting regimes i.e through Parliament, under the 2008 Act and TWAOs. She therefore has experience of a wide variety of infrastructure projects and the resulting compulsory purchase of land:
Stephanie has a busy specialist tree practice after initially working closely with Charles Mynors prior to his appointment to the Law Commission. Stephanie has been successful in challenging a number of TPOs on behalf of developer clients via s.288 challenges where the TPOs were preventing the development of important sites. Stephanie has also successfully represented a number of defendants being prosecuted by LPAs in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts for carrying out works to trees on their land and regularly advises on all areas where trees interact with the development of land.
She has previously spoken at the Arboricultural Association annual conference on this niche area and has been invited to do so again in 2018. She is also a member and contributor to the UKTC online forum and regularly provides training to tree officers and arboricultural consultants.
Stephanie has advised both individuals and planning authorities on compensation, the extent of historic tree preservation orders, the removal of protected trees and the recovery of compensation for damage to trees on behalf of local authorities using the CAVAT system.
Chambers UK 2021
"Client-friendly and understands the need to be commercial." "She is practical and knowledgeable and is a strong advocate." "She is very user-friendly and reassuring in her advice, particularly in relation to tree matters."
Legal 500 2021
"Stephanie is a superb barrister, highly intelligent and quick to grasp the issues, an excellent advocate, tenacious and thorough. She works hard to deliver the desired outcomes and understands the pressures that local authorities work under. She is also approachable and responsive and was as highly regarded by our instructing officers as by us lawyers."
Education and Qualifications
Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent), BPP Law School 2008
MA (Cantab) Law (II.I), Selwyn College, Cambridge University, 2007
Planning and Environment Bar Association
National Infrastructure Planning Association
Compulsory Purchase Association
Parliamentary Bar Mess
Women in Planning
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