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Top twenty planning survey ranking for Clarke Willmott

Our planning team jumped into a top 20 position in the prestigious Planning Law Survey 2022 of the highest-rated planning law firms in the UK.

Clarke Willmott climbed eight places in the last year and is now ranked at number 13 in the annual survey.

The team provides expert advice on the full range of contentious and non-contentious planning and environmental law issues across England and Wales, in all industry sectors.

Neil Baker, partner and head of Clarke Willmott’s planning and environment team, said the firm was delighted to have made such a strong showing in the poll.

“Being named among the leading planning law firms and planning lawyers, is testament to the hard work and experience of the team and speaks to our strength in the planning market,” he said.

“Acknowledgement from key figures in the industry reflects the extent of our expertise and reputation and is a proud achievement for Clarke Willmott as a whole.”

The expanding team has recently been bolstered by the recent arrival of Marianne Barker as a partner. Marianne acts primarily in London and the South East.

“Marianne brings 20 years’ experience in contentious and non-contentious planning law, working with clients on building their businesses and unlocking potential roadblocks,” adds Neil Baker.

“She has brought a reputation as a solution-focused practitioner, with a sound understanding of the political framework in London, which plays a key role in decision making, and joins an experienced, nationally-established team that works together seamlessly.”

In the past year, the department has also promoted Laura Urch, who regularly acts on large acquisitions as well development agreements and as specialises in planning appeals and rights of way issues, to senior associate, and Alice Sydney to qualify into the team as a solicitor.

Clarke Willmott’s planning and environment team is currently ranked in Legal 500 as Tier 2, with Neil Baker in the ‘Hall of Fame’ and Caroline Waller and Chris Charlton both listed as ‘key lawyers.’ The team is also currently ranked in Chambers and Partners as Band 2, with Neil Baker and Caroline Waller individually ranked as Band 1 and Chris Charlton as Band 2.


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Marianne Barker


A partner in the planning team with over 20 years experience of contentious and non-contentious planning law. Marianne understands planning “on the ground” and works with her clients to build their businesses and unlock potential roadblocks.
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