Giles is a specialist Planning Law Solicitor based in the commercial property department.
With 38 years’ involvement with the planning system, in both the public and private sectors, Giles has experience of most areas of planning work and has been involved in many major commercial, retail and other forms of developments. These include the development of the 32,000 capacity Milton Keynes Stadium, an energy from waste project in Wales, sustainable urban extension scheme in Buckinghamshire, continuing care retirement village in Bedfordshire and most recently on consent for a twin tower block 300+ unit residential application in Croydon.
Giles’ work has involved assessing development potential, investigating planning title, advising on applications, planning conditions and supporting planning obligations as well as on Listed Building and Conservation Area issues. He has also prepared evidence to support Certificates of Lawfulness applications and project managed appeal and enforcement work as well as appearing as an advocate at Inquiry. Additionally, he has been involved in JR and other statutory challenges and advised on planning related CPO and highway issues.
Giles was previously a Partner at Sherrards in the late 80s to mid-90s before moving on in 1995, and joins the firm once again as a consultant following retirement from his last position as Head of Planning Law at EMW.
He is Law Society-Accredited for planning law, and is currently Vice Chair of a small Housing Association based in Hertfordshire – which provides accommodation and care to adults with learning difficulties.