About us

The consultancy first began working in the Town and Country Planning sector in the early 1970s and our team cover the entire spectrum of Town and Country Planning, including applying for planning permission or certificates of lawfulness, conduct site appraisals, appeal enforcement action and make representations on local policy development.

We have a mix of experience of local authority and private sector, which gives us an advantage in being able to provide the best possible service to our clients. We have been described as ‘the dominant planning practice in Hampshire and Dorset‘, we deal with work throughout the country from our main office in Bournemouth and satellite office in Oxford.

Meet the Planning Team @ HLF Planning

David Bevan – Managing Director

David is a Chartered Town Planner and a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has worked for four different local planning authorities, in West London, Southampton and latterly Bournemouth. During his public sector time he has gained a wealth of experience in all three strands of local planning: enforcement, development management and planning policy.

He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, having obtained a mathematics degree. He deals with planning applications, certificates of lawful use and viability work while also being well versed on current legislation regarding the Community Infrastructure Levy and Neighbourhood Planning.

Verity Osmond – Planning Consultant

Verity has a background in geography having attained a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from The University of Sheffield. Currently training towards chartered membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute she is a member of the RTPI National Association for Planning Enforcement.

Siobhan Farmer – Accounts

Siobhan joined the accounts team ten years ago and, with her team, processes invoices and payments for HLF Planning. To make a payment of your invoice by telephone please call 01202 551991 and ask for accounts, have your reference number ready to speed up the process.

Meet the Planning Lawyers @ HLF Law

Lionel Fynn

Formerly the Head of our Planning and Licensing Departments, Lionel specialises in advocacy for liquor licensing and other tribunal matters and personally conducts appeals on substantial sites. He has extensive experience in Local Plan inquiries, compulsory purchase, Land Tribunal issues and Judicial Reviews.

Over the years, he has developed our planning practice to incorporate substantial leisure sites, enforcement appeals, listed buildings, conservation areas, green belts and a wide range of public enquiries covering rights of way, disposal of waste and applications to determine ‘village green’ status. As an Associate Member of the Institute of Acoustics, Lionel is frequently consulted on noise and pollution matters. In addition, Lionel has been instrumentally involved in many Human Rights Act cases.

He has received independent recognition by the Chambers Guide to the legal profession and has been ranked as a leading individual.

Sandra Graham

Sandra Graham has specialised in licensing law since 1984 when she joined HLF Law, with a general litigation background in both civil and criminal law. Sandra is a member of the Institute of Licensing and has specialist knowledge in many areas of licensing including sports related premises/stadia, golf courses, setting up retail parks, caravan and holiday parks as well as the hotel/restaurant/bar trades. She has knowledge of related food law and planning issues, including providing representation at enforcement prosecution proceedings, together with noise related issues – she is affiliated to the Institute of Acoustics.

As a trustee of a charitable trust she has personal experience of dealing with charitable and ecclesiastical matters and the licensing of their events. Sandra has written numerous articles and appeared in several videos on licensing and the smoking ban legislation. She undertakes all her own advocacy and her clients include operators in the liquor and entertainment licensing sectors, hoteliers, restaurateurs, lap dancing operators, sports clubs and gaming/betting stadia.

Anthony John

Anthony is the managing partner of HLF Law. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1973 and joined the firm in 1979 to specialise in all aspects of property work, including drafting of section 106 legal agreements for developer contributions.

His particular emphasis is on the sale and purchase of development land and businesses, particularly those with a liquor license. Anthony also handles foreign property transactions in Spain and Portugal. He also deals with lease renewals under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954. For planning applications Anthony is often required to draft section 106 legal agreements for developers.