John Bowman, Partner, Real Estate Planning and Environmental
I am a recognised specialist in planning and environmental law with over twenty years' experience of advising on national and international projects including roads, railways, airports, mineral extraction, mixed use developments, brownfield regeneration and corporate acquisitions and disposals.
I have a particular expertise in the various consents required for energy projects, including power projects (gas, combined heat and power (CHP), wind, biomass, nuclear, solar and coal), gas storage facilities, pipelines, gas and electricity infrastructure and refineries. I advised on the development of one of the large CHPs in Europe, and have recently assisted a client in the making of compulsory purchase orders needed to complete a major underground infrastructure tunnel in the south east of England. I have also been representing a number of clients who are affected by proposed development consent orders being promoted for major infrastructure projects.
I have been a named legal expert for planning and environmental law for several years in Legal 500 and Chambers UK, with Chambers UK describing me as 'greatly experienced', with 'a real eye for detail' and having 'excellent awareness of the key issues'. I am also regularly listed in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Environment.
I am qualified to practise in England, Wales and also Scotland. I am a member of the UK Environmental Law Association and sit on the City of London Law Society Planning and Environment Committee.
I speak regularly at conferences and at in-house workshops on many planning and environmental topics. Most recently, I have given papers on the use of compulsory purchase powers, changes to the planning system and the key issues faced by those promoting hydraulic fracturing (fracking) projects. I have also written many articles, most recently on localism and compulsory purchase issues in Estates Gazette, and contributed several chapters to Climate Change: a guide to Carbon Law and Practice.
In my spare time, I enjoy music, theatre and travel.