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Brian Hurwitz


Brian’s considerable experience as a solicitor encompasses both private practice and the public sector. This includes a period as legal adviser in the Land Claims Commission, established under the constitutional arrangements in South Africa following the 1994 elections.

Brian leads Sharpe Pritchard’s planning team. He has been engaged in all aspects of planning law, including as advocate and adviser in local plan inquiries and planning appeals. He has led in negotiating and preparing complex planning agreements on behalf of local planning authorities under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 with an emphasis on developments of strategic or regional importance.

Brian’s experience includes attendance as local planning authority committee lawyer, advising on environmental law issues, advice on and preparation of highways agreements. His broad range of expertise also encompasses waste planning and development consent orders on major infrastructure projects. 

Brian advises clients in a wide range of sectors including central government, local government, regeneration, social housing, transportation and waste.

The planning team is ranked in Chambers and partners and Legal 500 and Brian is ranked as a leading individual. The team is consistently ranked in Planning Magazine’s top rated planning law firms. As a result of the work that Brian undertook on the Earls Court redevelopment, the Planning team was a finalist in the Planning Law Firm of the Year category for the prestigious Planning Awards 2014.
Brian has written various publications, including in Planning Magazine, the Journal of Planning and Environment Law and the Journal of Local Government Law and Westlaw’s online Insight section.


Joined Sharpe Pritchard

Previous Employment
ILEA; London Borough of Southwark; Land Claims Commission (South Africa); Strategic Rail Authority


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Recent work

  • Deepcut section 106 agreement (on behalf of Surrey Heath Borough Council).Other parties included the Ministry of Defence and Surrey County Council;  
  • Ram Brewery site (on behalf of the London Borough of Wandsworth);
  • Thames Tideway on behalf of the London Borough of Wandsworth;
  • Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre(on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) (ranked 6th / 14th respectively in Planning Magazine’s survey of the Uk’s biggest 100 housing/ retail and leisure planning permissions respectively). Other parties included the developers, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Transport for London and London Underground Limited;
  • Completing agreements on developments in the Vauxhall Nine Elms and Battersea (VNEB) Opportunity Area.


What others say

Head of planning law Brian Hurwitz "deals with all matters promptly and thoroughly and offers excellent service." 
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

"providing solutions to overcome obstacles and keeping well on top of the case." 
Chambers and Partners 2016.

Brian Hurwitz is "responsive and approachable" and has "a very good knowledge of the local authority perspective and way of working." 
Legal 500 2016.

Brian Hurwitz is "a safe pair of hands"
Legal 500 2016.

Many thanks for your help in finalising the draft-it reads well

… a big thank you for the work you have put into the agreement

I have very much enjoyed working with you and your colleagues and have always been satisfied with the service received

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