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James Cook joined Blacks Solicitors as a Partner in the Commercial Property team in 2019, and specialises in town and country planning, highways, and compulsory purchase law.
Working with clients in both the private and public sectors, he provides strategic advice in relation to major regeneration planning of large scale residential and mixed-use schemes, retail and business parks.
This includes: the promotion of sites through Local Plan Examinations; Planning Applications (including Appeals); the drafting and negotiation of complex Section 106 planning obligations (prior to the grant of planning permission); and providing ongoing advice following the grant of permission/implementation.
James also advises on Environmental Impact Assessments, planning enforcement, compulsory purchase, public rights of way and highways, listed buildings, certificates for lawful existing use/development, advertisement control, and town and village greens.
On the litigious side, James also supports clients in relation to High Court actions including Judicial Reviews and Injunctions.
In addition, James was ranked in Planning Magazine’s list of “Highest Rated Planning Solicitors” in 2018 and is ranked in Chambers & Partners as a Leading Individual for planning law where he is recognised for being “very personable, very pragmatic and straightforward to work with.”