"Helen Hutton advises on planning agreements, applications and appeals, and also judicial review and other court and enforcement actions. Her clients include landowners, developers, non-profits and corporations."

Chambers UK 2023

I am a Partner in Michelmores’ Planning and Environmental team. I deal with all aspects of both Planning and Environmental law, acting for a wide range of clients, including developers, landed estates and other landowners, other private individuals, trusts, not for profit organisations and corporate entities.

In relation to planning matters, my work includes negotiating complex planning agreements, advising on planning applications and appeals (including providing advice on EIA and CIL), submitting Judicial Review and other Court challenges, acting in enforcement cases, advising on historic buildings and landed estate/agricultural matters, assisting clients with permitted development and other rights and acting on compulsory purchase/DCO schemes. The above are in relation to large-scale housing and other developments, energy matters (including renewables and hydrocarbons), data centres, arboricultural, wildlife, biodiversity, sustainability and conservation issues, landed estates and farms, hotel and leisure operations, care homes and infrastructure projects such as Crossrail. I also advise on planning issues arising in corporate and financing transactions and property purchases and sales.

On the environmental side, I advise on contaminated land, environmental liability and other issues arising in property and corporate transactions and on asbestos and other potentially harmful substances.

I am ranked in Band 3 for Planning by independent legal guide Chambers. I am also a recommended lawyer for Agriculture & Estates by the Legal 500.

I am a member of the City of London Planning and Environmental Law Committee.

I joined the Michelmores Planning and Environmental team in April 2022, having worked previously at Slaughter and May and then Charles Russell/Charles Russell Speechlys

Recent experience

Acting in respect of the planning and environmental aspects for the purchaser of a large agricultural chemical production site in the East of England. We worked alongside the team at Bird & Bird, which was advising on the corporate, banking and real estate aspects of the share purchase

Advising on the planning and historic building aspects of the redevelopment of the Children’s Cancer Centre for Great Ormond Street Hospital, alongside both our Projects and Real Estates teams and a large number of consultants who are also supporting the in-house hospital team

Acting for the owner developer of a complicated residential site in the London Borough of Ealing, for which the planning agreement was completed in July 2022, over a decade after work on the project first began

Advising a council in southern England on a Compulsory Purchase Order to enable road safety works to be carried out

Acting for a promoter on its planning agreements with two neighbouring local authorities, for the development of a significant housing site spanning land in both areas

Helen Hutton