Legal Services

HLF Planning is recognised in the Royal Town Planning Institute as being one of only sixty-seven consultancies in the whole of the United Kingdom to be able to offer legal advice and services. It is not always necessary to have legal representation during the planning process, but having the option and safety net there when you need it puts you in a strong position.

Our lawyers have a broad range of experience and have helped many clients in areas such as Judicial Reviews and defending non-compliance with an Enforcement Notice in Court amongst many others.

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.