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Clarke Willmott expands planning and environmental team

National law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has expanded its planning and environment team with the appointment of a new partner.

Marianne Barker joins Clarke Willmott with over 20 years’ experience of contentious and non-contentious planning law and is the latest recruit to the firm’s growing specialist team. 

Advising on all aspects of planning law including permitted development rights, CIL, green built release and heritage, Marianne will be based in the firm’s London office working across the wider national team which also operates from Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton and Taunton.

Neil Baker, head of Clarke Willmott’s planning and environment team, said: “We’re delighted to have Marianne join us and offer her high quality legal and commercial advice to clients.

“Marianne’s expertise includes providing strategic and long-term planning input for town centre regeneration schemes and negotiating complex infrastructure agreements to deliver major planning consents.

“With a reputation as a solution focused practitioner, she also has a sound understanding of the political framework in London, which plays a key role in decision making.

“Our planning and environment team has seen huge growth in recent years and Marianne’s appointment is part of our plans to continue this expansion.”

Marianne said: “I am looking forward to working with Clarke Willmott’s already impressive planning and environment team to work with clients on building their businesses and unlocking potential roadblocks.

“My recent focus has been project managing major residential-led, mixed use development schemes both locally and on appeal, and I’ve built up a particular expertise in scheme viability and  affordable housing.”

Marianne can be reached at

Clarke Willmott is a national law firm with offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton.

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