Nigel Hewitson Consultant

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1995 - Legal Associate Royal Town Planning Institute

Qualified: 1988 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Nigel Hewitson

Nigel is a nationally recognised planning lawyer with almost 30 years' post-qualification experience of advising a range of clients on complex planning issues. His previous posts include Legal Director at English Heritage and partner and UK head of planning at Norton Rose Fulbright. He joined Gowling WLG as a Consultant in June 2018.

His focus is firmly on helping his client's achieve their desired commercial outcomes so his advice is legally sound but also founded on commercial pragmatism.

Nigel advises on major development schemes across a range of sectors including housing; retail; office, warehousing and infrastructure.


  • Helping the promoter of a 458 house residential scheme secure planning permission in South Oxfordshire including the negotiation and completion of a significant s106 agreement.
  • Advising E.On on the EIA for what would have been, had it proceeded, the first demonstration Carbon Capture and Storage project in the UK at Kingsnorth in Kent.
  • Advising the promoter of a 300 house residential-led mixed use scheme at Maldon, Essex as part of the proposed South Maldon Garden suburb
  • Advising one of two consortia of landowners in successfully obtaining planning permission for 2,000 houses at West Witney, Oxfordshire including the negotiation of very significant s106 and s278 agreements over a three year period(!)
  • Advising Lafarge Tarmac on the planning aspects of a proposed sale of an area of heavily contaminated land with a range of planning constraints to the proposed developer of a theme park in North Kent.
  • Advising Office Estates Ltd on the EIA for and negotiating a complex s106 agreement in relation to a successful planning application for a residential-led mixed use tower scheme in the Nine Elms Opportunity Area in Wandsworth.
  • Advising a major restaurant operator on the (eventually) successful development of a new drive-thru restaurant in West London involving a planning appeal delay with by way of a public inquiry, a successful challenge through the courts of the initial inspector's decision, and two s106 agreements.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2019

    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers (UK) 2020 - Planning: Midlands - Band 3
  • 2018

    • Career
      June 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), consultant
  • 2014

    • Career
      BrookStreet des Roches, partner
  • 2010

    • Career
      Norton Rose Fulbright, partner
  • 2007

    • Career
      Norton Rose Fulbright, senior associate
  • 2006

    • Career
      Howard Kennedy, senior associate
  • 2005

    • Education
      Nottingham Trent University, MBA in Legal Practice Management
  • 2001

    • Career
      English Heritage (now Historic England), legal director
  • 1997

    • Career
      London Borough of Harrow, property services solicitor
  • 1995

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Legal Associate Royal Town Planning Institute
  • 1993

    • Career
      London Borough of Harrow, principal solicitor (Planning)
  • 1988

    • Education
      College of Law, Law Society Finals
    • Career
      London Borough of Harrow, solicitor (Planning)
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1985

    • Career
      London Borough of Harrow, trainee
    • Education
      College of Law, Common Professional Exam
  • 1982

    • Education
      University of Manchester, BA(Hons) Philosophy and Politics