Nick Harding

Nick is a senior associate in Gowling WLG's planning and environmental team, based in London.

Nick has several years' experience advising a wide range of clients across the real estate, energy and infrastructure sectors, including house builders, developers, investors, retailers and pension funds.

His experience includes the negotiation of planning and highways agreements, planning and environmental due diligence of corporate and real estate transactions, advising on regulatory matters such as waste management, environmental permits and greenhouse gas emissions, and defending clients against judicial review action.


Environmental Law

  • Successfully represented an infrastructure contractor regarding the defence of a judicial review claim brought against the grant of a bat licence granted by Natural England to allow enabling and construction works for the construction of a major national infrastructure project;
  • Successfully advised an Indian car manufacturer regarding the interpretation of the EU Regulation on the CO2 emission performance standards of new cars sold in the EU;
  • Advised developers regarding nitrate neutrality issues associated with residential development schemes in the Solent and Stour catchment areas, including advising on solutions to offset increases in nitrate discharge and incorporating the solutions into planning agreements;
  • Advised a renewable energy infrastructure trust in relation to their environmental reporting obligations under the new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting scheme in relation to its IPO, which raised £350 million;
  • Advised a US-headquartered car manufacturer relating to the management of construction waste at one of their engine plants in the UK.

Planning Law

  • Advised an infrastructure investor on the acquisition of a recently-consented solar farm, which once constructed will be the largest in the UK. Advice included reporting to the client on the Development Consent Order and advising the client on the requirements to be discharged and other consents required to enable the construction;
  • Represented a national housebuilder on the negotiation of a planning agreement relating to the development of a new sustainable urban extension to Northampton by the construction of up to 1,750 new homes, a new primary school and a mixed-use local centre;
  • Successfully advised Salmon Harvester Properties (a JV between Salmon Property and NFU Mutual) regarding the negotiation of a s.106 unilateral undertaking and representation at a planning inquiry (in respect of the s.106 unilateral undertaking) to obtain planning permission for a £200 million mixed-use scheme comprising 217 build-to-rent apartments and 106,000 sq ft of office space in Windsor;
  • Represented the pension fund of an international insurance company at a licensing committee meeting regarding objections to applications for street trading consents and street furniture licences;
  • Providing ongoing advice to an international supermarket chain on the negotiation of planning and highway agreements relating to the development of new stores across England and the negotiation of Agreements for Lease and contracts for the acquisition of existing stores.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2021

    • Career
      September 2021
      Gowling WLG (UK), Senior Associate
    • Career
      February 2021
      Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Associate
  • 2018

    • Career
      April 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), Associate
  • 2015

    • Career
      August 2015
      Cripps Pemberton Greenish, Associate
    • Career
      March 2015
      Cripps Pemberton Greenish, Trainee
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2013

    • Career
      August 2013
      Zyda Law, Trainee
    • Education
      July 2013
      The University of Law, Guildford, LPC
  • 2012

    • Education
      July 2012
      The University of the West of England, Bristol, Law LLB(Hons)