Following the granting or refusal of planning permission Richard Max & Co can help your clients negotiate the complex appeal process.

We provide

  • Advice and recommendation regarding legal strategy
  • Advocacy at Inquiries and the Magistrates Court
  • Case management including instructing counsel and briefing expert witnesses

Public Inquiries including Advocacy

If your clients have an application refused and they feel there are grounds for an appeal to an independent inspector they have three options - to request a Public Inquiry, an informal hearing or an appeal by way of written submissions.

If they opt for a Public Inquiry the size of the project will determine the scope of the team required.

For Inquiries into some development proposals, road closures, Enforcement Notices and Local Plans/UDPs, or where your clients want to object Richard Max & Co can provide an advocacy service.

This will

  • Save on the expense of hiring separate counsel
  • Provide your clients with appropriate, experienced and responsive service
  • Deliver the required skills of a solicitor and a barrister from a single source

For larger Inquiries where your clients need to be represented by counsel who will act as your advocate, Richard Max & Co can provide a team management service that covers

  • Defining individual roles and responsibilities
  • Briefing and organising expert witnesses
  • Adhering to the Inquiry timetable including proofs of evidence
  • Instructing counsel

Based on actual advocacy experience, including both leading and junior roles, Richard Max & Co will help

  • Your client's counsel to put forward a strategic and fully-informed argument
  • Your client's expert witnesses to deliver logical and timely support

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