Planning specialist joins Shropshire law firm

A highly experienced lawyer has joined a legal firm in Shropshire to head up its planning team.

The appointment of David Brammer at Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors brings a wealth of knowledge to the planning department which has seen a surge in business in recent years. David is a legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and specialises in planning, environmental and compulsory purchase law.

He will represent developers, educational institutions, lenders and individuals in a wide range of development-related issues, including planning enforcement and litigation. Andrew Evans, senior partner at Lanyon Bowdler, said David was joining the firm at just the right time. “Shropshire Council predicts that the county needs 27,000 new homes over the next 10 years, so there will be an increasing demand for legal services over planning issues,” he said. “Having someone of David’s calibre at the head of our team is great news for our clients because he is a highly respected and experienced practitioner in planning law.”

David trained with Telford & Wrekin Borough Council and qualified as a solicitor in 1989. More recently, he was a partner and head of planning and environmental law at SGH Martineau from 2013, before joining Lanyon Bowdler as consultant and head of planning in June this year.

David, who regularly speaks to planning experts at seminars and conferences, and who has had numerous articles published concerning planning law, said: “I am delighted to join Lanyon Bowdler to head up the planning team at an exciting time in the county. “With the need for housing ever-increasing, the importance of sound planning advice has never been higher, and I am looking forward to working with clients on a wide range of issues.” David, 56, is a member of the Law Society and the Compulsory Purchase Association. He lives in Shifnal and in his spare time is a board member at Shifnal Cricket Club and vice chairman of Idsall School’s governing body. Lanyon Bowdler is one of Shropshire’s largest law firms, with offices in Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Ludlow and Hereford. For more information visit the website at