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Denise Stephenson


Denise is a solicitor who specialises in highways and town and country planning law, with extensive experience of major regeneration projects. While in local government, Denise obtained firsthand experience in providing written and oral advice to clients on a variety of highway, planning and listed building issues, advising on committee reports and attending and advising at a number of committee meetings. 

Denise has also negotiated many section 106 agreements and highway agreements for large redevelopment projects, wind farms and infrastructure projects. She has advised on various elements arising out of negotiations including affordable housing and viability issues, securing open space areas and community facilities for public use and the future maintenance of the same, improvements in local transportation and highways (including stopping up orders and appropriation powers by the councils), securing areas for the provision of new schools and advising on environmental impact assessments. She also provides advice in all areas of administrative law, planning, environmental, listed building and conservation areas, highways and on the community infrastructure levy.

Denise has advised public sector clients on their statutory duties with regards to planning law including advising on challenge risk and mitigation particularly in regard to judicial review and advising on claims against the council, on appeals made under section 78 and section 174 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and section 288 statutory appeals. She undertakes advocacy on behalf of local authorities at public inquiries, attends at committees as legal representative for local authorities and provides advice and assistance for those authorities.

Denise advises clients in a wide range of sectors including local government, real estate, regeneration and social housing and has written articles for Planning Magazine and Westlaw’s online Insight section.

Denise is also the founder and director of a non-profit organisation which takes professionals into schools in London to advise and motivate young people and children in their career aspirations.


Joined Sharpe Pritchard

Previous Employment
Westminster City Council; London Borough of Camden; Radcliffes Le Brassuer


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Recent work

  • acting for a London Borough on their estates regeneration programme involving over 25 sites;
  • acting for another London Borough advising on all planning aspects for a major development scheme at one of their largest estates in the borough;
  • Cambridge University Site;
  • NIAB Site (part of the Cambridge North West expansion);
  • Tideway Industrial Estate (the Riverlight development) within the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area;
  • various planning inquiries involving proposed wind farms and the impact on heritage assets.


What others say

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

Denise Stephenson is "an accomplished practitioner"
Legal 500 2016.

Denise, Thank you very much for your help and support - it was not the easiest of S106s (an understatement if there ever was one) but you were clearly on top of it and you made our lives that bit easier. best regards
Head of Planning, London local authority.

Thanks. We are all very grateful for all you did too and the co-operative and productive atmosphere you helped to generate whilst still keenly protecting the Council's interestsPlanning Partner, large City firm.

Denise, Thanks for all your hard work and well done on supporting us and getting the agreement signed by ppa deadline day. Regards
Joint Borough Planner, London local authority.

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