Planning lawyer Simon Kelly brings additional expertise to national real estate team

Planning lawyer Simon Kelly, based in Cambridge, has joined national new-model firm Excello Law from a role at Richard Buxton Environmental and Public Law. Simon qualified in 2005 and worked for ten years in the planning team at Dentons in London before joining the London Legacy Development Corporation as their principal planning solicitor.

Simon specialises in planning and related public law (contentious and non-contentious) advising developers and landowners as well as local authorities and other public bodies on residential and other schemes.

His work covers the full range of planning-related issues, including strategic advice on securing planning permission for major developments, advising acquiring authorities and objectors on compulsory purchase orders, advising affected landowners on DCOs, advising on CIL, drafting planning and highways agreements, local plan representations, and advising on appeals and judicial reviews.

On joining the firm, Simon commented: “The Excello model combines the benefits of an established full-service law firm with the flexibility of being able to work from wherever suits you. Having spoken to a number of Excello’s real estate lawyers, it seemed like the obvious choice.”

Joanne Losty, recruitment director, said: “Simon’s experience and skills are a natural fit with our newly-launched national residential development group, as well as the wider real estate team, and he’s been warmly welcomed by colleagues for the additional specialism he brings to the firm.

“We’re continuing to enjoy an unprecedented period of recruitment and enquiries from lawyers interested in the true agility and wide range of practice support services that we offer partner-level professionals. We’re expanding across all key legal hubs and welcome enquiries from lawyers looking for a better balance in their legal career.”