LLB (Hons) Business Law
Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1989, Nicholas Kingsley-Smith has specialised in property and planning law. He is friendly and approachable to his clients who include commercial property owners, HMO Landlords and householders, developers, farmers, entrepreneurs, as well as private property owners objecting to development.
What is unusual in Nicholas’ approach is his sheer determination to resolve his clients’ problems and to ensure they achieve their aims. He combines inventiveness with lateral thinking to produce ideas and solutions that are far outside the run-of-the-mill. In fact he is known for his ability to bring a different view to the most difficult problems and he will leave no stone unturned in his pursuit of a solution.
Nicholas will undertake virtually all aspects of property transactions and planning law. His work on the planning side includes advising on development potential, applications, objections (particularly contentious local authority proposals), appeals (especially enforcement notice cases), negotiating with local authorities throughout England over planning breaches, defence strategies on prosecutions, judicial review, challenges against Inspector decisions and many other facets of planning litigation. He is experienced in compulsory purchase compensation, Lands Tribunal litigation and strategies, also environmental protection cases. Securing valuable planning permission for his clients is one of the aspects of his work that Nicholas particularly enjoys. He is also very effective in coordinating the work of architects, surveyors, builders, and others involved in land development projects.
In addition to his wide experience, Nicholas is a member of the Law Society's Planning Law Accreditation Scheme, and a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute.