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We are currently recruiting within our Planning and Compulsory Purchase team and keen to speak to bright, talented lawyers with at least one year's experience in planning law.

At Burges Salmon, we provide a collaborative, friendly and sociable setting in which to thrive and realise your potential and we are accredited as an Investors in People - Platinum Standard.

The team

Our market-leading planning and compulsory purchase lawyers provide strategic advice to clients across a range of industry sectors and are “highly respected nationwide as a key player in the area” and “open and straight in dealings. Lovely to work with” (L500, 2021). The team is recognised as Tier 1 in the legal directories and operates at the top level of the legal market, delivering planning and CPO advice to clients in the private and public sectors across the UK. We are involved in the entire development process – from devising consenting strategy to project delivery and everything in between.

What others say…

“This is a highly professional but very friendly law firm” (L500, 2021).

“"Their planning team in particular is excellent and responsive, and has helped us immensely in understanding planning law and obligations” (Chambers, 2021).


As a planning and CPO lawyer at Burges Salmon, you will enjoy a varied workload with the opportunity to develop your skills and experience within a large supportive team. 

Recent work includes:

  • Acting on a range of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) for transport and energy projects (including offshore wind, nuclear, hydro and hydrogen) for clients including EDF, iRWE/innogy, and National Highways
  • Advising on Developments of National Significance (DNS) for onshore wind and solar projects across Wales
  • Advising the Isle of Anglesey County Council on its Energy Island programme including proposed new nuclear power station development at Wylfa
  • Advising developers on a range of major regeneration schemes including Filton Airfield and for Engie on its housing-led regeneration of the Rugeley Power Station site
  • Advising a number of local authorities, such as North Somerset Council, on compulsory purchase orders for major road schemes
  • Advising Canal and River Trust and the Environment Agency on a number of compulsory purchase orders for environmental schemes in the River Severn
  • Advising Redrow homes on its “garden city” proposal for 7,000 homes North West of Cardiff
  • Advising on planning appeals for a range of developments including renewable energy schemes, housing and agricultural projects, and undertaking advocacy at hearings and inquiries


We are committed to finding the right person for this role and are open to discussing flexible working patterns.

  • Strong academics, coupled with evidence of good quality training and have gained recent, relevant work experience focused on planning and CPO.
  • A strong team player.
  • Excellent interpersonal, client and commercial skills.
  • Adaptable and able to deal with complex work.
  • You will need to be a SRA registered lawyer

A full overview of all the benefits of working at Burges Salmon can be found on the 'working at Burges Salmon' section of our careers page.

It is important to us that our organisation represents the diverse community in which we operate and we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities. As a Disability Confident employer we will provide a fully accessible recruitment process.

Get in touch!

Our resourcing team can provide firm insight and an overview of the team to make sure this is the right opportunity for you. For a confidential conversation call Chris Jenkinson on 0117 307 2246.


Please click on the link to upload your CV and covering letter.

Burges Salmon is an Equal Opportunity employer.

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Competitive Salary
25 days annual leave
2 paid days leave volunteering
Pension and life assurance
Private medical insurance
Parental leave
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