Consultant Solicitor, Planning & Environmental Law
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Qualified as a solicitor: 1977
Simon is a renowned planning law specialist and a consultant solicitor in our nationally ranked Planning & Environmental law team.
Involved in a series of high level strategic planning projects in the region, Simon is well known for his advice on planning strategy and development considerations and is active in this role for several major landowner clients. He is well known and highly regarded by local authorities, landowners and developers across Reading and the Thames Valley. He is skilled at pulling teams together on large and complex projects and at identifying issues that need to be addressed, as well as the route to address and solve difficulties associated with them.
Simon was originally with Berkshire County Council, where he ran the BCC commercial property group, before he moved into private practice in 1988. He joined Blandy & Blandy as a partner in 2002 and spent eight years as the firm's chairman. He has lectured in Planning law at the University of Reading's leading School of Real Estate & Planning, part of the Henley Business School.
Planning magazine’s 2019 Planning Law Survey ranked Blandy & Blandy LLP among the UK's top 25 planning law firms, while the firm is also highly ranked in the UK's leading guides to law firms, Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Simon is also individually recommended in both guides and in 2018 he received the flagship 'Outstanding Contribution' award at the Thames Valley Property Awards, in front of over 700 peers at Ascot Racecourse.
Simon regularly attends and speaks at a wide range of planning and sector focused events, in London and across the Thames Valley, including the firm's annual Property & Planning law seminar. He has also appeared on BBC Radio as a legal expert.
Member, The Law Society
College of Law (Guildford)
University College London, LLB (Hons)
Member, Law Society
Accreditations & Awards:
Recommended, Chambers UK
Recommended, The Legal 500
'Outstanding Achievement Award', Thames Valley Property Awards 2018
Finalist - 'Property Law Firm of the Year' Thames Valley Property Awards 2018
Top 20 UK Planning Law Firm - Planning magazine
Winner - 'Property Law Firm of the Year' Thames Valley Property Awards 2017