Emma Thomas



Emma has over 10 years’ of experience providing planning support to the commercial property, residential, retail and energy sectors.

Emma provides advice to property developers, land owners, investors and interested parties, resolving matters relating to the planning process and allowing clients to deliver their development projects in a commercial and practical manner.  

Emma deals with planning matters including negotiating and drafting complex infrastructure agreements pursuant to s.106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and s.38 and 278 of the Highways Act 1980 and advising on issues arising from proposed lawful development; planning enforcement; listed buildings; planning policy; compulsory purchase matters and town and village green registration applications.

Emma’s experience includes:

  • Acting for a major commercial property developer in defeating a town and village registration application at a non-statutory public inquiry
  • Advising a telecommunications operator in relation to significant changes in permitted development rights
  • Advising a residential developer in relation to issues arising from the discharge of pre-commencement conditions on a major development
  • Advising a solar farm operator in relation to planning issues arising from the purchase and development of its sites
  • Advising a residential developer in relation to a complex infrastructure agreement for a 1,000 dwelling scheme with local centre, primary school, community facilities and related highway infrastructure
  • Strategic Assessment of complex applications in order to minimise the risk of Judicial Review
  • Assessing grounds and preparing applications for Judicial Review

Planning & Environment - Meet the Team

We advise a number of sectors including the chemical industry, waste management operators, road transport and logistics providers, food and drink processors, and public sector bodies.

Amanda Beresford


Head of Planning

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 8070

Lyn Dario


Head of Environmental & Regulatory

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3779

Stuart Lumb



Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3781