Alison Ogley appears as solicitor advocate in the Supreme Court

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Walker Morris Partner, Alison Ogley, appeared in the Supreme Court as a solicitor advocate in the recent appeal case between North Yorkshire County Council v Sam Smith Breweries.

Representing FCC Environment (UK) Ltd, Alison led the Walker Morris Planning Team defending a challenge to planning permission in the West Yorkshire Green Belt.

The appellant council granted planning permission for the extension of a mineral extraction site. The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the contingencies which must be considered before the outcome of planning applications. One of which is the preservation of the Green Belt’s “openness”. The respondents sought judicial review of the decision to grant planning permission citing the misapplication of the policy framework when making their decision. However, the judge disagreed and dismissed their claim resulting in the respondents appeal to the Court of Appeal. The appeal was allowed thus quashing the decision to grant planning permission.

Having completed a Masters in environment law, Alison has accumulated over ten years of experience with both the Planning and Environment team at Walker Morris and Kings Chambers as a barrister. Her formidable experience as an advocate enables her to provide combined advocacy and litigation services in the Courts for clients, offering a complete planning service. Specialising in all areas of planning and environment law, Alison has acted on major development projects including housing, minerals, waste, retail and renewable energy.

The Walker Morris team was led by Alison Ogley (Partner) with assistance from Emma Conwell (Associate).

Speaking on her appearance in the Supreme Court, Alison Ogley commented:

“It’s a privilege to have appeared as one of the very few solicitor advocates to directly represent their clients in the Supreme Court. There is still much work to be done to ensure that solicitor advocates gain recognition and parity with those advocates practising at the self-employed bar. The ability of our team to field advocates at the highest level of the Courts is a testament to the breadth and quality of our expertise. Being able to provide a complete planning service for clients for strategic advice and advocacy services is something which has found favour with our clients and has been one of keys to the success of the team.”

Between them, the Team has dealt with around 30 planning appeals in the last two years, dealing with varied sectors such as waste/renewables, motorway services, residential, and retail schemes.

The Walker Morris Planning Team is recognised nationally by independent legal professional guides through Tier 1 rankings for both Legal 500 and Chambers. The Team is also ranked as a ‘National Leader outside London’ by Chambers. Further, the team was ranked 7th in the ‘Highest Rated Planning Law firms for 2018’ in the national annual Planning Law survey whilst Alison was ranked as a Leading Individual in last year’s Legal 500 for Environment Law.

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