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Portrait of Tim Johnson


Tim is a partner in the real estate division in London. His practice encompasses contentious and non-contentious planning and infrastructure matters, including public inquiries, judicial reviews, High Court challenges, planning obligations, the Community Infrastructure Levy, and compulsory purchase orders.

Acting for developers of all sizes, listed housebuilders, landowners, owners and occupiers, local authorities and other public bodies, Tim has particular expertise in large-scale strategic development projects, most of which comprise a significant amount of residential development. He is regularly instructed on highways and other infrastructure schemes required to facilitate development and on land use issues, including environmental and ecological issues.

Tim spent his early career as a barrister, having been called to the bar in 1990. He qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and became head of national planning at a top 20 UK law firm. He joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2018.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising on two residential developments in the Midlands, consisting of 350 and 9,000 units, for FTSE 100 developers.
  • Obtaining planning permission for a 1250 unit residential development with a bypass, hotels, two district centres, three schools and a supermarket.
  • Acting for a West End restaurant and club owner on planning permissions for a new restaurant and club.
  • Advising a variety of schools on the potential utilisation of surplus land.
  • Advising on a large mixed use business park and residential scheme involving significant ecological issues.

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