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Planning Advocacy & Appeals

Our Planning Advocacy & Appeals Practice is well known for the quality of its skilled and experienced advocates.

We pride ourselves on delivering strategic advice on a range of planning and appeals, working with a broad range of clients.

We’re an approachable team, driven by the needs of our clients who are at the very heart of what we do.  Our advocacy work has played an important part in the success of the wider Planning Team and we’re proud to have raised our profile over number of years.

If it will better serve our clients, we’re happy to instruct external advocates and we’ve found this choice to be beneficial in some circumstances.

Our clients range from individual landowners and property developers to blue chip housing, minerals and environmental focussed businesses.  Our strong presence in the residential sector is matched by mixed use and strategic land, and we’ve also seen success in the waste and renewables sector.

Our lead Partner, Richard Sagar is an advocate, which means we can offer a cradle to grave approach to your work.

With instructions in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as well as a series of high-profile Planning Appeal cases for complex and large-scale developments, our advocacy practice continues to go from strength to strength.


“Richard Sagar and Alison Ogley are outstanding planning advocates, leaving no stone unturned in preparation for a planning appeal.”

Legal 500

‘The team at Walker Morris are genuinely passionate about the projects we have worked on together. They have a broad knowledge base but are able to identify specific requirements for planning or technical considerations and confidently present the legal case to support planning applications and appeals.”

Legal 500

“Walker Morris’ planning team is the undoubted market leader for planning work in the north of England and is recognised as leading practice nationally. They have an unrivalled understanding of the planning and commercial issues affecting the development sector and with a strong cohort of in-house advocates they offer a more rounded service than most firms.”

Legal 500

“Richard Sagar – he is peerless in the planning field. A top rate planning inquiry advocate to rival QCs at the bar. He has a brilliant legal mind, great client skills and excellent tactical judgment.”

Legal 500