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Shoosmiths bolsters planning practice with partner hire

Joining from Irwin Mitchell, Tym has planning expertise including enabling developments and enforcement proceedings, as well as compulsory purchase.

Shoosmiths has appointed Stuart Tym as the firm’s latest partner to join its planning practice in its Birmingham office.

Tym’s appointment takes the firm’s planning team to over 25 staff, including seven partners, and the practice is headed up by partners, Lisa Tye and Kathryn Jump.

Joining from Irwin Mitchell, Tym is set to “further strengthen” Shoosmiths’ national planning practice which acts for clients including IM Properties, L&Q and Grainger PLC.

Tym has more than 15 years’ experience in the private and public sector, with planning expertise including enabling developments and enforcement proceedings, as well as compulsory purchase.

Additionally, his previous work includes acting on the renegotiation of multi-million pound section 106 agreements, and providing strategic advice on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) during the Covid lockdowns, as well as advising and obtaining deferrals in line with new Coronavirus Legislation.

In addition, prior to joining Shoosmiths, Tym was also head of planning at The Wilkes Partnership and senior planning lawyer at Lincolnshire County Council.

Tym said: “Shoosmiths has a successful and rapidly growing planning practice which works with private and public sector organisations, including developers, investors and councils. Joining the team represents an opportunity to contribute towards its expansion, but also work on some of the UK’s most complex urban regeneration schemes.

“The planning landscape is constantly evolving, with questions currently over the government’s planned reform of the system, outlined in a white paper last year. I’m looking forward to supporting the team in helping current and future clients navigate these changes.”

Lisa Tye, partner and joint head of planning at Shoosmiths, said: “Our ambition is to continue building the planning practice – enabling us to widen the scope of services we can provide to clients. 

“Stuart’s arrival will help us realise this aim, bringing key expertise to the role in handling complex enforcement, CIL and section 106 matters. This will be invaluable to the team and its long-term growth.”

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