Squire Sanders has announced the appointment of senior associate Matthew Collings, who has joined the firm’s Planning team from Eversheds.
Mr. Collings, who previously qualified as a barrister, is an experienced planning lawyer, described as bringing “a professional, hardworking approach in coming to the assistance of clients” in the Chambers and Partners 2013 client guide to the UK legal market. He has particular expertise in compulsory purchase and compensation, advising the London Development Agency on the land acquisition strategy to facilitate the London 2012 Olympic Games. He has also been advising English City Fund (ECf) on the £850 million regeneration of more than 100 acres in Salford, which involved providing advice on the compulsory purchase order, advising on the adoption by the Council of Interim Planning Guidance and the completion of the planning application documents.
Philip Maude, Squire Sanders Director of Compulsory Purchase, said: “I am really pleased to welcome Matthew to the firm. He is a very well respected lawyer in Manchester and will be a key addition to our national team. His appointment is very opportune, with the advent of HS2, major infrastructure projects and an upturn in economic activity in the country, all of which will lead to an increase in the use of compulsory powers and compensation claims.”
Squire Sanders’ Planning team comprises 20 lawyers who specialise in planning, compulsory purchase and related areas, serving regional and national clients with interests across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The team has a market leading reputation for its work in the energy and utilities sector and also advises developers and public sector clients in the promotion of development projects.
Mr. Collings’ arrival follows that of his former colleague, corporate partner Daniel Liptrott, who joined the Manchester office from Eversheds in August.