Isle of Man • London

Planning

The Challenge

Simcocks recognises that often your most valuable asset is your land. What that land is worth, however, will be dependent on what you can do with it. We understand both the practical and legal aspects of the planning system and how to use it to its best advantage – this will often be crucial to the success of development or the value and enjoyment your property can offer.

We recognise that clients need lawyers with expertise in the complex, procedural and legal matrix connected to planning. Simcocks is used to presenting both written and oral submissions to those who make decisions, whether that is the Planning Inspector, a Minister or the High Court.

The Response

Simcocks has represented all of the various parties involved in property transactions including sellers, buyers, developers, investors, lenders, borrowers, landowners, landlords, tenants and local authorities to find practical and commercial solutions to their needs. The Commercial Property department is ranked in the top tier of law firms by the independent, legal research directory, The Legal 500.

Simcocks works in conjunction with clients and other appropriate experts and professionals to identify the best strategy and response to any issue. This includes dealing with challenges to a planning application, pursuing an application and responding or initiating the Appeal/Review process and making a challenge before the Courts by way of Petition of Doleance, often referred to as Judicial Review.

The Experience

Simcocks' expertise gained at all levels and in all fields of the work we undertake is a common shared resource, which results in a strong collegiate approach to problem solving and the creation of the best tactical strategies for your business.

We can advise on property transactions in both jurisdictions and we have seen a growth recently in the number of Isle of Man based clients who have found it more convenient and quicker to deal with a locally based law practice for the acquisition and sale of UK property.

Areas of Advice

  • Planning Applications
  • Court work
  • Compulsory purchase rights and the acquisition of land
  • Public inquiries/planning appeals
  • Petition of Doleance (Judicial Review) proceedings in the High Court
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