Matthew CollingsPrincipal associate
Matthew is a Principal Associate based in Weightmans’ London office, having previously qualified as a barrister.
Matthew deals with all aspects of planning law having advised both public and private sector clients on policy support, planning applications including the preparation of environmental statements, section 106 agreements and judicial review.
Matthew has particular expertise in compulsory purchase and compensation matters and, in 2016, was elected on to the national committee of the Compulsory Purchase Association. He regularly lectures on a wide variety of planning and compulsory purchase subjects and is a former Committee Member of the Professional Advisory Board of the University of Salford's School of the Built Environment.
He is recognised as an 'Associate to Watch' in Chambers and Partners 2017 with his "knowledge and awareness" being described as "first class".
According to clients he is "really strong on compulsory purchase," with one client stating: "He'll sit and listen to debates and arguments on where we want to get to, detail and provide a number of options and point out our risks with each of those options, and then provide advice."
He is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2019 and was recognised in Legal 500 2019 as “regularly handling high profile compulsory purchase mandates”.