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Caroline Cox trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and joined their real estate department in September 2001. She spent seven years there after qualification advising both private and public sector clients on a variety of property and planning transactions. Prior to training as a solicitor Caroline worked for eight years in both the private and public sectors as a town planner. She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Caroline joined Practical Law in December 2008 to create a planning offering for property lawyers. Together with Chris Proudley, she now leads Practical Law Planning. Caroline is a non-practising solicitor.
Christopher Proudley has worked in private practice since qualifying in 1986, initially with Bond Pearce where he trained, then with Denton Hall where he specialised in advising Sainsburys on supermarket developments and latterly with Trowers & Hamlins where he headed the planning team and advised private developers/landowners, affordable housing providers and their respective funders, retailers, airport operators and local planning authorities on all aspects of development. Specifically he covered all planning permission/section 106 agreements/CIL and related matters, site assembly and compulsory purchase, highway adoption and stopping ups and judicial review. He is currently a consultant with Druces where he continues to advise on all these matters and he joined Practical Law in September 2014. Together with Caroline Cox, he helps lead Practical Law Planning.
Nikki Martin Nikki Martin trained at Clarke Willmott and joined their commercial property department on qualification in 2001. She then worked at Burges Salmon before moving to the real estate team at Pinsent Masons. In 2005, Nikki joined Osborne Clarke where she focused on secured lending and advising administrators, liquidators and creditors on corporate and individual insolvency property issues. Nikki joined Practical Law in October 2008 and is Head of Practical Law Property (which includes the new Practice Areas of Planning, Property Litigation and Agriculture and Rural Land). Nikki is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Stephanie Baker trained at Edwin Coe qualifying into the property department in 2001. She moved to the commercial property department at Forsters LLP in 2003 where she worked until 2011. She advised clients on a broad range of commercial property transactions with a particular emphasis on complex development sites. She has acted for institutional investors, developers, landlords and tenants. Stephanie joined Practical Law Property in November 2011. She is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Liz Parkinson joined Norton Rose upon qualification in 1988. She later worked at Slaughter and May and then Simmons & Simmons in the commercial property departments. More recently she was a partner in the West End firm of Collins Benson Goldhill. Before joining Practical Law Property in 2004, Liz obtained a masters degree in European Real Estate at Kingston University. Liz is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Sophie Simpson qualified as a solicitor into Linklaters' environment and planning group in 1999. Her experience includes advising on environmental issues in corporate, property and project finance transactions, as well as providing stand-alone environmental and planning advice. In 2002, she became the professional support lawyer for the group. Sophie joined Practical Law Environment in 2009, and leads the team. She is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Jane West worked as a solicitor for the London Borough Council of Haringey for three years, before joining Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, where she gained substantial experience of public and administrative law and practical experience of civil litigation, in particular judicial review proceedings. Jane joined Practical Law Public Sector in 2008 from Beachcroft where she advised public sector bodies on public and administrative law matters, including statutory powers and other public law litigation. Jane is currently a non-practising solicitor.