Shem has a particular specialism in planning and environmental law. He acts for both developers and local authorities. He is also direct access qualified and accepts instructions from members of the public.
Shem regularly acts in public inquiries and hearings, including enforcement notice appeals. He has experience in a variety of areas from large residential, industrial and employment scheme appeals, to permitted development rights, lawful development certificates, amendment applications, changes of use, discharge of conditions, s.106 agreements, listed buildings, village green applications, compulsory purchase orders and development consent orders. He also assists with written representations, including CIL appeals.
Shem already has notable experience in development consent order examinations, where he has been sole counsel for local planning authorities in four solar farm Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects this year.
Shem regularly acts for local planning authorities in both the Magistrates and Crown Court, prosecuting planning and environmental offences including breach of enforcement notices, temporary stop notices, breach of condition notices, tree preservation orders and untidy land notice appeals.
Shem has experience successfully obtaining injunctions, including against persons unknown, and is regularly instructed to advise and act in judicial review proceedings. He is also well versed in dealing with cases which involve human rights issues.