Leading planning lawyer, Christopher Stanwell, has today joined the Real Estate practice at Fieldfisher. He joins as partner and Head of Planning, and is based in the firm's London office. He joins Fieldfisher from DAC Beachcroft where he led the Planning and Environment team.
Christopher specialises in a wide range of planning, compulsory purchase, listed buildings, highways and public law matters, with a particular emphasis on mixed-use regeneration, housing, retail and infrastructure projects. He has worked on some of the most significant planning projects in England and Wales and has extensive judicial review experience, which includes hearings in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Fieldfisher's market-leading Real Estate Practice comprises over 130 fee earners working across the firm's UK and European offices, providing comprehensive, sector-leading property expertise. The team has unrivalled experience across sectors including commercial and residential development, infrastructure, investment, property finance, hotels, student housing and leisure and has worked on some of the world's most iconic real estate developments and disputes of the past decade. In 2021 the Real Estate practice advised on deals with a combined value of over £1bn. Clients include Bosch, Kennedy Wilson, Cambridge MediaPark and CBC Estate Management amongst others.
Antony Phillips, Head of Real Estate at Fieldfisher commented; "Everyone here is delighted to welcome Chris to the firm and we are very much looking forward to working with him. He joins the practice at an exciting time, with the team busier than ever as we continue to see a very strong flow of instructions from clients both here in the UK and across our international offices.
"Chris's incredible level of experience and deep legal knowledge make him a perfect complement to the excellent bench strength of talent we have in our existing Planning team and in our wider Real Estate practice. His contribution as Head of our Planning team will be invaluable and of huge benefit to our clients."
Commenting on his appointment, Chris added, "The Real Estate practice at Fieldfisher among the best in the legal industry. The quality of work they produce is second to none and I am thrilled to be joining them." He added, "Clients are facing unprecedented challenges, both from difficult international economic developments and fast-paced regulatory change. I look forward to working with my Fieldfisher colleagues, particularly those in the Planning team, to help clients meet and overcome those challenges and to help grow the practice."
Christopher qualified in 2001 after training at Bircham Dyson Bell. He has a BA in Political Studies 2:1 Hons from the University of Leeds and studied the CPE and LPC at the College of Law.
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