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We have worked hard over many years to build extensive relationships in the Planning & Environmental Law sector. We handle recruitment assignments from Planning Partner to Paralegal across the UK, in Private Practice, In-house and are fortunate to work with leading names in the sector.

The depth of relationships that we hold with key stakeholders is our strength and we often advise on the strategic viability of assignments at their inception. This leads to advanced notice of vacancies coming onto the market, often with exclusivity. We have helped new Partners at firms build their team with further hires, but also regularly assist heavyweight planning practices with talent mapping and expansion.

Committed to placing candidates in Planning Solicitor Jobs

We have a strong track record of advising candidates looking to either begin or advance their career in Planning and Environment Law. Often this begins at NQ level where we regularly provide advice to trainees who are looking to qualify and if necessary, we find them an external role. We also work with Associates looking to make a lateral move and Senior Associates who may be looking to advance their career. We also provide trusted advice to Partners seeking career guidance and we have brokered many high-profile moves. We are also proud to say many former candidates are now clients.

We cover the full sphere of planning law vacancies arising in teams handling major infrastructure projects, development projects, environmental issues and including all planning application matters arising. This includes Section 106 agreements, Compulsory Purchase Orders, Highways Agreements, Judicial Planning Reviews and Planning Appeals. We believe our relationships speak for themselves and we are always keen to build more. Therefore, do get in touch if you would like some advice on the market for Planning Law roles or if you would like to discuss your ambitions and goals.

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Solicitor at BDB Pitmans 

'Stuart provided a seamless recruitment service right from first reaching out until the position was secured. He is well connected and provided thoughtful insights into the different law firms and the planning industry. As an NQ, I would highly recommend Stuart.' - James Bowler Solicitor at BDB Pitmans 

In-house Lawyer

"I was really impressed with Stuart’s knowledge of the planning law sector - his expertise is unrivalled and he is always up to date on latest developments in the market. He helped me make the move from private practice as a senior associate to in-house lawyer seamlessly and he gave excellent advice throughout the process. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Stuart to any planning lawyer considering a move." - Claire Rees In-house Lawyer


"Stuart assisted me brilliantly to find a role in a fairly specialised area in a challenging market. As opposed to other recruiters, it was obvious Stuart was looking out for what was best for my career, and his advice reflected this. He was always positive without giving false expectations, and had a structured plan in place going forwards. It is obvious he has fantastic contacts - not just in firms' HR departments, but importantly with partners too. It also helps that he's a genuinely nice guy. I couldn't recommend him highly enough."


Senior Planning Lawyer – Birmingham

We are recruiting on behalf of one of the UK’s leading regional law firms as they are looking for a senior Planning Lawyer to join their nationally renowned Planning Team, advising on a broad range of planning and development projects. Working on a national basis, the team is spread throughout the firm’s offices in the East and West Midlands, but this role will predominantly be based out of their Birmingham office.
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Managing Consultant – South-West, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset

If you are a Planning Lawyer looking for an opportunity to work with a lovely firm in the South-West then this role might be worth considering.
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Planning Lawyer Boutique Firm – East Midlands

I am working with a boutique planning firm in East Midlands who is looking to hire a junior planning lawyer circa 0 -4 years. 
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In house Planning Lawyer – Remote

I am working on an exciting new role for a Planning Lawyer to work in-house for an energy company who operates in the renewable energy space.
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Origin Legals Interview with Associate Emma McDonald – Town Legal LLP

By Stuart Phillips | February 15, 2022
Origin Legal’s Interview with Associate Emma McDonald, Town Legal LLP Emma McDonald is an Associate with Town Legal LLP.  She joined in 2021 having trained and qualified with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.  Emma advises a wide range of clients in…
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Overview of Recruitment for Planning & Environment Lawyers Autumn 2020

By Stuart Phillips | October 20, 2020
Overview of Recruitment for Planning & Environment Lawyers Autumn 2020 Despite fears of a pandemic induced recession, the Planning Law sector has been relatively resilient throughout 2020.  The volume of vacancies dropped off understandably during March, April, and May as…
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Planning Recruitment update April 2020

By Stuart Phillips | April 16, 2020
Planning Recruitment update April 2020 To quote the late Douglas Adams “Don’t Panic”.  While recruitment in the planning sector has slowed down, due to the unprecedented times that we now find ourselves in, most recruitment processes are paused, not cancelled.…
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Planning law hires and transfers

By Stuart Phillips | January 29, 2020
2019 was another busy year for moves in the planning sector. It is always a challenging area to recruit into, with the main challenge being the small number of teams leading to fewer applicants for the available roles that are out there.
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Planning Lawyer Jobs Market Remains Strong in 2018

By Stuart Phillips | June 21, 2018
Market Remains Strong for Planning Lawyer Jobs in 2018 It’s business as usual in the planning community in 2018, with numerous opportunities for planning lawyers, buoyant recruitment levels and practices reporting steady streams of work. If you’re planning for success…
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Opportunities for planning lawyers continue to rise. Take a look at this unmissable document to learn the key trends within this busy sector.

Planning your next step? Read the latest insights into this constantly shifting sector and ensure you are in the know.