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Brendon Lee

Senior Associate, Planning, Highways & Environment Real Estate

About me

Environmental law is at the forefront of important present and future issues for society both nationally and globally. I’m excited to be involved in how the UK meets such issues through my work in real estate, whether that be through infrastructure and town planning, public access rights and compulsory purchase.

I work with individuals (eg. home owners, development site owners), developers, SMEs (eg. care homes, retail shops), statutory bodies and social landlords, offering clear concise advice with an emphasis on what can be achieved as opposed to focusing on what cannot.

My legal specialisms include town and country planning, public access rights, environmental law, compulsory purchase and compensation, and judicial review and legal challenges. I’m committed to assisting clients in securing the best outcome in all matters relating to town planning and public access rights.

I am a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA) and the Institute of Public Rights of Way (IPROW).

In work, I’m passionate about seeing every matter through to its conclusion. Outside of work, it’s Rugby League.

Legal 500 - Brendon Lee

Goes above and behind to help, Brendon Lee saved us thousands in a law suit by researching and finding a way for us to move forward.
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Prosecution avoided thanks to “extensive knowledge” of Senior Associate

Planning, Highways and Environment Senior Associate Brendon Lee was recently praised for his work negotiating a resolution with a local planning authority. Brendon’s client, a developer, contacted him after it was subject to enforcement action for allegedly cutting down some trees in contravention of a tree preservation  order (TPO). These orders protect individual and groups of trees for public amenity. The enforcement action included prosecution by the local planning authority. However, Brendon’s expertise, knowledge of planning, and negotiating skills led to the withdrawal of the prosecution. Following this successful outcome, the developer said: “We enjoyed working with Brendon and with his extensive knowledge he was able to achieve a positive outcome for us. He’s always very contactable and an efficient communicator. We would be happy to use his services again.” Brendon is looking forward to working on similar cases in the future.
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Planning expertise rescued clients’ land purchase

Buying land only to find that it was considered to be highway by the local council was a real blow for Brendon Lee’s clients Ollie and Francesca, but Brendon was able to retrieve the situation for them and secure them a reduction on the purchase price too. He was able to have the highway rights over the land removed, which enabled the couple to use the land freely and to fence it off if they chose. Ollie said: “I would like to say a huge thank you for dealing with this issue for us. The reality on our side is that we were pretty stressed and worried about the situation when it first arrived. With your assistance you've taken away all that stress and made this a simple process.”
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Top Tips & FAQs

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Get legal advice early.

Planning is a journey not a sprint race.

On enforcement matters get legal advice before speaking to officers.

Read questions I'm frequently asked

What is the time period for judicially challenging a planning decision?

6 weeks from the date of the decision. There is unfortunately no flexibility in this deadline. Instruct us as soon as you can should you wish to challenge.

I have a public footpath that goes close to my house. Can it be diverted?

Public footpaths are usually diverted in such circumstances under section 119 of the Highways Act 1980. We can guide you through the process.

There is a CPO that includes my house. I need to move but cannot sell it. What can I do?

You may be able to serve a blight notice which is known as a CPO in reverse. This forces an acquiring authority to purchase your property earlier than their planned timescales. We can guide you through the process.

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