Weightmans is Planning for the future with new hire

National law firm Weightmans has appointed Matthew Collings to its national Planning and Infrastructure Consents team.

National law firm Weightmans has appointed Matthew Collings to its national Planning and Infrastructure Consents team.

Formally of Eversheds-Sutherland LLP, Matthew specialises in all aspects of planning law, advising public and private sector clients across a range of matters, including regeneration and housing; planning appeals and judicial review; transport and infrastructure and planning policy support for major schemes.

Matthew has particular expertise in compulsory purchase and compensation matters  and in 2016 was elected onto the national committee of the Compulsory Purchase Association, by industry peers.

He has spent recent years advising on the delivery of major schemes such as HS2 and various major and mixed use regeneration projects within London and nationally and has a strong track record of delivery on major projects.

Matthew previously qualified as a barrister and will be based in the firm’s London office. He has been ranked in both leading legal directories for a number of years, and is recognised as an 'Associate to Watch' in Chambers and Partners 2019 with his ‘knowledge and awareness’ described as ‘first class’.

He said:

“I am delighted to join Weightmans – I’ve been hugely impressed with the quality of projects the firm is advising on and the firm’s commitment to delivery of true commercial solutions greatly mirrors my own. I look forward to continuing the strong growth of both our national Planning team and London Real Estate practice and strengthening relationships with clients to assist in their delivery programmes.”

Lee Gordon, Partner and Head of Planning and Infrastructure at Weightmans said:

“Matthew is a great addition to our fast growing team and I’m really pleased he has decided to join Weightmans.  His skillset is an excellent fit and he adds real depth to our team which is advising clients nationally on the promotion of numerous major infrastructure and strategic development projects. I’m sure clients will benefit from Matthew’s vast experience, strong track record and excellent reputation in compulsory purchase and planning.”

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