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Sabah Siddiq

Sabah Siddiq

Associate Solicitor, Planning & Environmental Law

Location: Reading, Henley-on-Thames & Wokingham
Qualified as a solicitor: 2008

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Sabah Siddiq is an associate solicitor in our leading Planning & Environmental Law team and advises clients from our Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Wokingham offices, as well as remotely.

Her experience includes advising on all planning and highways related matters contentious and non-contentious including advising on complex s106 agreements, planning appeals, planning strategic advice, enforcement matters, CIL, advising on judicial reviews, highway agreements and contract conditional on planning.

Sabah joined Blandy & Blandy in 2022 from a top 50 national law firm, having previously worked at three other firms in the south east. She also brings over a decade’s experience of working in two local authorities in the Thames Valley, resulting in a firm insight into how they operate and make decisions.

Blandy & Blandy is ranked among the UK's top 20 Planning Law firms in Planning magazine’s 2023 Planning Law Survey and is consistently recognised as a top tier firm in the UK's leading guides to law firms, Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Sabah is also individually recommended in the latter.

In the past six years we have been named as a finalist in the ‘Property Law Firm of the Year’ category at the Thames Valley Property Awards three times (2017, 2018 and 2023), winning in 2017. Recently, we were also named ‘Property Law Firm of the Year’ at the 2023 Insider South East Property Awards and 'Best Law Firm' at the 2023 Royal Berkshire Property Awards. Our successful approach is further reflected in the excellent client feedback we continue to receive.

Examples of recent work

  • Advising, negotiating & drafting complex S106 Agreement for a developer, which included affordable housing, viability review mechanisms, financial contributions, highways agreements and parking permit restrictions.
  • Advising developer on a contract conditional on planning in connection with land deal.
  • Advising supermarket on judicial review challenges and reviewing and auditing planning officer’s report.
  • Advising Trustees on Breach of Condition Notice in relation to Quarry and liaising with the Council and the environmental agency to rectify the planning breaches.
  • Advising and assisting Local Authority on Footpath Diversion Order inquiry in connection with mixed use commercial and residential development referred to Secretary of State for determination.

How I Can Help You

  • Article 4 Directions
  • Certificate of Lawfulness applications
  • Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs)
  • Footpath Diversion Orders
  • Highways Agreements
  • Judicial Review (JR)
  • Land for development
  • Local Authority planning issues
  • Permitted Development Rights (PDR)
  • Planning appeals
  • Planning applications 
  • Planning enforcement
  • Planning prosecutions
  • s106 Agreements
  • Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs)
  • Use Classes Order 1987

Professional Memberships:
Member, The Law Society

Education:
LPC, College of Law
BA (Hons) Law with Human Resource Management

Accreditations & Awards:
Recommended, The Legal 500
Top 20 UK Planning Law Firm - Planning magazine 2023
Finalist - 'Property Law Firm of the Year' Thames Valley Property Awards 2023
Winner - 'Best Law Firm', Royal Berkshire Property Awards 2023
Winner - 'Property Law Firm of the Year' Insider South East Property Awards 2023

What Our Clients Say

“Karen and Sabah were both delightful to work with and Sabah's written opinion was so professionally presented that it made a fundamental difference to discussions with the local planning authority. Blandy & Blandy's involvement saved my client from the significant cost of potentially demolishing a building along with the cost of wasted materials or alternatively having to submit a planning application, the chances of success here being limited. Without their involvement, I am not sure we would have arrived at such an equitable outcome, for both the client and the LPA! A great job done by a great team!”

Planning Consultant

“Very sound advice indeed. Thank you so much for your assistance.”

Client

“Emily and Sabah provided an excellent service in a very short timescale and made the whole process easy for me to understand and participate in.”

Client

“The advice was based on very thorough research and their submission was detailed and pertinent and I am delighted to say that we were successful in our objection.”

Client

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