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Walker Morris expands specialist Planning & Environment Group with Partner appointment

Law firm reinforces advocacy expertise with appointment of former planning barrister Alison Ogley

Walker Morris has expanded its top rated specialist Planning and Environment legal team with the appointment of Alison Ogley as Partner.

Alison rejoins Walker Morris having previously worked in the Firm’s Planning & Environment Team before moving to Kings Chambers to practice as a barrister. As a former barrister Alison is able to provide combined advocacy and litigation services in High Court cases, including judicial review and section 288 challenges, significantly reinforcing the Team’s existing advocacy expertise.

With over ten years’ of experience Alison specialises in advising clients in all areas of planning and environment law from the inception of projects, through to securing permissions for developments at appeal and, thereafter, representing clients in any subsequent High Court proceedings. Alison’s ability to act at all stages of a project ensures she has an in-depth understanding of the case and provides continuity of service and relationship to clients.

Alison brings particular specialist expertise in wildlife and biodiversity matters having obtained a Masters in environmental law and advising on the first case to obtain Secretary of State approval for the use of biodiversity offsetting (to mitigate development impacts on wildlife).  She also has specialist expertise in Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) having acted on the first Development Consent Order to be subjected to a hearing and acted as a Parliamentary Agent in NSIP related special parliamentary proceedings.

Richard Sagar, Partner in the Walker Morris Planning & Environmental Team at Walker Morris commented:

“Alison’s experience as both a solicitor and a barrister reinforces the Team’s existing substantial advocacy expertise and is an excellent fit with the Team. Our ability to represent clients in the courts is hugely beneficial to our clients as it simplifies the whole process and gives them continuity of representation and background knowledge of a case.

“Having worked with Alison for many years at the start of her career we are delighted to welcome her back to the team and to expand our resources in this specialist practice area.”

Alison commented:

“It is a privilege to work closely with clients, building long term relationships and adding value to their business, in such an exciting field of law. The technical complexity and fast paced development of planning and environment law requires exacting standards and attention to detail, which is assisted by the rigour of providing advocacy services at the ‘coal face’.

“I’m delighted to be returning to Walker Morris where I began my career. Walker Morris is renowned as one of the leading law firms in planning and environmental law and I welcome the opportunity to work with the team again.”