Highways Law


30 November 2016, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Freeths Nottingham, (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Freeths offices in Leicester, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield)

Please note we offer the option to attend this course via video conference at another of our offices to make it accessible to as many EM Lawshare members as possible.  We do our best to deliver the best experience we can with the technology we have, but inevitably it may not be as effective as attending the course in person.  We always appreciate your feedback and make improvements if we can.

Presented by Freeths and Weightmans

Course overview 

Suitable audience:

Topics to be covered include:

  • Rights of way
  • Relationship between highways and planning law
  • Highways & planning agreements relating to highways
  • Stopping up & diversions
  • Traffic regulation orders
  • Private street works

Interactive elements

Case studies and a discussion forum

Duration: Half a day (3 Training hours) including lunch


A Ethics professionalism and judgement  

A2 Legal competence & knowledge

A4 Knowledge & understanding of the field

A5 Critical thinking & analysis 

B Technical legal practice

B1 Obtain relevant facts

B2 Legal research

B4 Draft documents

B6 Negotiation

C Working with other people

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

D Managing themselves and their own work

Presenter profiles

Robert Bruce at Freeths has over 15 years of experience advising on planning, highways, compulsory purchase, infrastructure, the community infrastructure levy and local government law. He advises major developers, land owners, institutional clients and public authorities, principally in the retail, residential, offices, commercial and infrastructure sectors. He is familiar with advising local authorities, having previously worked in‑house as a Senior Planning Solicitor at local authorities.

Polly Wisner is an Associate at Freeths LLP and specialises in planning and highways law. Polly trained with Freeths LLP, qualifying in 2010 and advises a range of residential and commercial developers, landowners, Local Authorities and registered provider clients in respect of a range of planning and highway matters.

Julie Russell is a Senior Associate at Freeths LLP with over 10 years experience in dealing with planning and highways law.  Julie trained at specialist planning law firm Marrons (now Shakespeare Martineau LLP) and qualified in 2006.  She joined Freeths LLP in August this year.  Julie advises a range of residential and commercial developers, landowners, Local Authorities and registered provider clients in respect of a range of planning and highway matters.  

Lee Gordon heads Weightmans’ Planning team and has considerable experience of all aspects of planning and related law. In addition to local authority clients, Lee represents private sector developers and statutory consultees and consequently has an excellent insight into the issues faced by all parties for development projects. He regularly advises on complex planning agreements and applications, ancillary highways consents and rights of way, CPO and appropriation, EIA law issues, defending permissions from judicial review challenges and planning appeals. Lee has significant knowledge and experience of residential development schemes. Lee’s experience also includes advising on various nationally significant infrastructure projects and CPO issues. 

David Mathias is a solicitor specialising in the law of planning, highways and compulsory purchase.  He joined Weightmans LLP in 2015 having trained and qualified at DLA Piper in Liverpool.  He has significant experience of advising both the public and private sector on all aspects of the planning process.  David has particular experience of advising local authorities and public sector bodies on the assembly of sites for the provision of infrastructure and redevelopment using compulsory purchase powers.

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.