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Rachel Lee

Senior Associate

Rachel has more than 15 years of experience, specialising in planning and highway law, having worked in both the private and the public sector. Whilst working for councils, prior to moving into private practice, Rachel acquired extensive knowledge of Local Government, planning, administrative and highways law.

Rachel is an expert in advising on all aspects of planning permission for development projects, including large mixed use urban regeneration schemes, town centre projects, retail, housing, commercial and industrial developments.

She deals with all aspects of planning law including section 106 agreements, appeals and legal challenges, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) implications, planning policy interpretation, highway section 278/38’s agreements, stopping up and diversion of public highways, section 104 drainage agreements, review of council committee reports, appeals and judicial reviews.

Prior to moving into private practice, Rachel worked at the London Borough of Islington where she was the lead lawyer on the Arsenal regeneration project. The building of the Emirates Stadium was one part of this project that spanned three major sites within the Borough providing large numbers of private and social housing along with commercial and infrastructure improvements.

Rachel acts for a variety of clients including private and public sector developers, landowners, funders.


Joined Sharpe Pritchard
September 2019


Recent work

  • Negotiation with Trafford Council of the section106 agreement for the developer which included a viability review mechanism for a £68 million scheme, which is a catalyst for the regeneration of the Trafford Park Salford Quay area, with public realm improvements (“Skyhook” sculptures). The scheme is for two towers of 15 and 18 storeys to provide 354 residential units with 2 commercial units 
  •  advice for developer financing associated with a £66 million St Mary’s Gate mixed used development, comprising oriental cash and carry/supermarket (Use Classes B8 and A1), retail/commercial development (Use Classes A1/A2/A3/A4 and A5), business accommodation (use classes B1 and A2) to include a Chinese - UK business incubator, 393 student flats/studios and 38 cluster flats (giving a total 690 student bedrooms) (Sui Generis), 14 private residential apartments (Use Class C3) together with access, car parking and ancillary works. 
  • Advising the acquisition of an over £50m retail led redevelopment scheme dealing with associated section106, walkway and related agreements for a central Brighton 1.3 acre site 
  • Drafting and negotiating section 106 agreements for a variety of development projects (both large and small) including super prime development in central London, strategic land outline permission housing sites in Gloucester and Cheshire and a heritage site in York (the former Terry’s Chocolate factory).    


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