Local Authority Planning Resilience Services
We offer a viable alternative to in-house teams struggling to cope with high workloads, temporary absences and gaps in recruitment by offering resilience and support to local authority legal teams as and when it’s needed.
Nikki Fonseka, our Head of Planning, has spent the last 11 years in local government giving advice to both District and County Council's in relation to highways and planning matters and was commended at last years Lawyers in Local Government Awards. Originally a County lawyer she has experience in Minerals and Waste planning and has many years experience dealing with highway agreements and related highway matters. As Nikki diversified into District planning she specialised in enforcement and planning obligations and can provide in-depth enforcement advice including drafting notices and preparation of Planning Contravention Notices, determination of certificates of lawful use applications with a full refusal report where appropriate, drafting and negotiation of planning obligations in line with your Council's policy requirements, advice and progression of compulsory purchase orders, judicial reviews, planning appeals and general planning advice.
She is familiar with the difficulties in finding experienced lawyers at rates local authorities can afford and her aim is to provide a support service to meet your needs at realistic rates which local authorities can afford. Nikki already provides support to two local authority in-house legal services providing planning advice and facilitating access to property advice and assistance.
The benefits of using our planning resilience service include:
- A lawyer with 11 years' experience in planning and highways law in a local authority environment acting for both County and District Councils
- Fully supported by a team of paralegals
- Complimentary advice and legal expertise in property law
- Certain areas of work are completely cost neutral to the Council (such as Section 106 work which is developer funded)
- Rates comparable to other Public Sector legal teams
- The Council does not pay for wasted time in training staff and locums or incur the associated staff costs of permanent or temporary staff
- Only paying for work actually done rather than time in the office
- Savings can be made over employing a locum lawyer, especially if some of the work is self-funding.
For more information or to discuss your requirements in further detail, contact us by calling 01603 693500 or email us using the 'Make an enquiry' form. Appointments available at our Norwich, North Walsham and Sheringham offices.