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Portrait of Tim Johnson


Tim is a partner in the real estate division, practising jointly from the London and Cambridge offices. His work 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, assets of community value and the management of town and village greens.

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 a major central London, residential-led, mixed use development that will provide 1,113 residential units and a variety of commercial units within three towers of up to 48 storeys, together with a number of lower storey buildings and a public park that is also affected by the London Power Tunnels compulsory purchase order and proposed Bakerloo Line extension.
  • Obtaining planning permission for a 1250 unit residential development with a bypass, hotels, two district centres, three schools and a supermarket.
  • Advising on a large, residential-led, mixed use development on the outskirts of Cambridge that will include up to 575 dwellings, a new doctors surgery, commercial spaces, a nursery, and publicly accessible open spaces.
  • Advising on a large mixed use business park and residential scheme involving significant ecological issues.
  • Acting for a landowner affected by the proposed Manston Airport scheme in development consent order proceedings.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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