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Michael Dempsey

Michael Dempsey is a senior associate in the real estate group of the firm’s London office and specializes in planning, highways, compulsory purchase and environmental law. He has considerable experience acting for developers, public sector organizations and third parties in relation to all types of schemes, covering both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Michael’s experience includes advising on all aspects of the town and country planning, listed building and DCO regimes, EIA and Habitat Regulations, drafting and negotiating planning and highways agreements, planning appeals, judicial review, compulsory purchase, including statutory compensation claims, and planning and environmental due diligence.

Michael has both local authority and central government experience, having worked in-house for the City of London Corporation and Surrey County Council and on secondment within the Planning Litigation team of the Treasury Solicitor’s Department (part of the Government Legal Service).

Prior to joining the firm Michael was a senior associate in the Planning and Zoning team of an international law firm.

  • Michael has written articles/blogs on a range of subjects, including the agent of change principle, Habitat Regulations Assessment, the variation of planning permissions and judicial review generally. These have been published both physically (such as in Planning Magazine) and on various websites (for example Local Government Lawyer).
  • Michael has been quoted in various publications on a range of planning-related subjects, including in articles in Property Week, Planning Magazine and The Planner.
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