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Tom Barton


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Tom Barton is a Partner in the Planning Team in the Real Estate department.

He has experience of advising clients on a range of town and country planning and highway law matters with a particular focus on advising on planning related matters associated with the acquisition and disposal of established properties and development sites. He also has expertise in the promotion of compulsory purchase orders, objecting to planning applications (including development consent orders), negotiating s106 agreements for large scale developments, defending planning enforcement actions and appealing against the refusal of planning applications, including public inquiries. Tom has considerable experience in drafting and negotiating agreements under s106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and s177/ s278 of the Highways Act 1980.

Tom prides himself on giving practical and commercial advice always focussing on achieving the best possible outcome for clients. Tom has experience of instructing communications teams to engage with both local and political stakeholders. He is a member of the Town and Country Planning Association.

Key Experience

  • Advising the local authority  on their promotion of a CPO and appropriation of land in a town centre
  • Successfully acting for the Secretary of State for Education at a public inquiry in respect of the refusal of permission for a boys secondary school in a London Borough
  • Preparing and submitting objections to Offshore Windfarms on behalf of a local interest group
  • Advising a Malaysian fund on listed building property matters including the proposed removal of a cross and plaque from the facia of a deconsecrated Grade II* listed building in central London
  • Advising on the acquisition of specialist care facilities including those within use classes C2, C2A and C3B
  • Defending planning enforcement actions

Career History

Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Senior Associate, Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Associate, Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Solicitor, Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Trainee Solicitor, Trowers & Hamlins LLP
University of Law, Legal Practice Course
University of Westminster, Graduate Diploma in Law
University of Southampton, Political Communication

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