Jan Hebblethwaite Principal Associate

Speaks:  English

Primary office:  Birmingham

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Jan Hebblethwaite

Jan Hebblethwaite helps clients to progress their proposed development schemes through the legal elements of the planning system with as much speed and as little debate as possible.

This means using skill and experience in negotiating with housing, highways, planning and legal officers at under-resourced local authorities, funders, housing associations and landowners.

Jan qualified in 1993 having trained with a local authority in Buckinghamshire. She gained experience in dealing with aspects of local authority common and statutory law, and specialised in planning law, including enforcement actions, planning agreements and advocacy at public inquiries. Following admission as a solicitor, Jan gained a Masters degree in environmental law.

Jan has dealt with a wide range of planning and infrastructure agreements from both the developer and local authority perspectives. She has also given advice and assistance to clients on planning aspects of their development proposals, compulsory purchase and infrastructure matters, together with advice on community infrastructure levy and claims for the registration of assets of community value.

Jan acts for most of our housebuilder clients, either directly by negotiating and completing planning and infrastructure agreements on their behalf or as support to the property lawyers by carrying out due diligence or advising on planning and related matters which occur during a transaction. Jan also acts for several non-residential developers and investors.

Jan has advised a range of clients on matters arising from Town and Village Green implications for proposed development and managed a number of non-statutory inquiries on behalf of landowners faced with claims for registration. This included a successful defence of the site of a former airfield which involved a detailed assessment of 20 years' worth of security guard's records.


Management of several Town and Village Green inquiries, notably in the Isle of Wight and Chesterfield for an international engineering company;

Negotiation and completion of a planning agreement for a sustainable urban development of 6200 dwellings and related infrastructure for a local authority;

Advice and assistance to a multi-disciplinary team for a major redevelopment scheme in Birmingham City Centre involving highways, compulsory purchase and planning;

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Principal Associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Associate
14 January 2019 2019 Planning Predictions
21 June 2016 Focus on Housing - May 2016
29 September 2015 Property update - September 2015