James Wickham


London (West End)

Contact James
T: +44 (0)20 7333 6353

James is a Partner in our Planning and Development team. James advises a range of developers, landowners and institutional investors on planning and development matters. His experience includes detailed knowledge of the complex Central London planning environment, on which he has advised leading mixed use commercial and residential developers, landlords and estates on town planning and development strategy.

Specific experience
Central London – advising central London developers and landowners on strategic commercial, residential and mixed use redevelopment and estate management. Clients include Land Securities, Great Portland Estates, Derwent London, Grosvenor, BNP Paribas, Cardinal Lysander, Berkeley Square Estate.

Heritage and conservation – advising institutions such as Christ Church Oxford, St Anne’s Oxford and King’s College London on redevelopment and expansion in sensitive townscape and heritage settings.

Policy development – advising Westminster Property Association and other clients on emerging local and strategic and national town planning policy, including preparing representations and appearing at Examinations in Public.  Reviewing, commenting upon and drafting emerging planning policy.

Hotels and leisure – advising Grosvenor and Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited on the development of a new Peninsula Hotel at 1-5 Grosvenor Place.  Advising luxury hotel and spa group on development opportunities in South East England, including securing planning permission for significant hotel extensions in the Green Belt.

Regeneration – involvement in large scale regeneration schemes, such as Greenwich Peninsula and King’s Cross Central, including submitting applications, advising on implementation of existing permissions and making representations to policy documents in support of long term regeneration objectives.

Strategic infrastructure – advising on the development including rail freight distribution facilities and over site development at central London Crossrail stations.

Retail – advising retail investors on retail expansion and development across England, including retail impact assessment work and strategic development. Clients include Standard Life Investments and BBC Pension Fund.