Rachel Lee

Managing Associate
020 7405 4600
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Rachel Lee and Emily Knowles – Both of these solicitors are extremely knowledgeable in their chosen field and I have utmost confidence in their ability to negotiate the best outcomes for borough residents. Both Rachel and Emily are a pleasure to work with and I’d highly recommend them to other local planning authorities.

Legal 500 2023

An experienced planning solicitor with considerable in-house local government experience prior to moving into private practice. Rachel has extensive knowledge of local government, planning, administrative and highways law.

Rachel is an expert in advising on all aspects of planning and highway law. She negotiates complex section 106 and other agreements advising clients on major development projects including large mixed-use urban regeneration schemes, housing, commercial and industrial developments.

She is focused on success for clients and will work collaboratively to get the job done, maintains flexible relationships focused on ensuring the client’s outcomes are met. Rachel heads up the firm’s relationship with one London Borough for whom we carry out a large amount of their planning agreement work.

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

Case highlights

  • Negotiation and drafting of a complex s106 agreement for a urban village (hybrid application for 1,500 new homes a local centre, community facilities, employment space, new Council Depot Site, six gypsy and traveller pitches, and associated infrastructure.
  • Negotiation of a s106 agreement acting for the County Council for a mixed scheme for 1.214 new residential units to ensure the developer delivers on the construction of a new primary school;
  • Acting for various London Boroughs on large housing estate renewal projects, large housing schemes including complex viability review mechanisms.
  • Welcome Genome Campus with flexible employment space and 1,500 dwellings for use by campus workers. Advising the LPA on the s106 deed and legal aspects of the evaluation including green field development and heritage asset matters.
  • Acting for the LPA relating to 20 storey proposed tower block for office use with flexible uses at the ground and first floor level awaiting determination by the Mayor of London. The s106 obligations bespoke to the scheme are to secure demonstrable social value benefits.