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Tom is located at:

Southampton Office
Alleyn House
Carlton Crescent
SO15 2EU
DX: 96882


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Tom helps with all aspects of property transactions and doesn't just provide the cold legal view; he gives a solution. He matches his advice to his audience and explains things in a way that clients will understand.Close quote
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Tom Alder provides reliable advice and is very commercially aware. He is my go-to when recommending to clients who need advice on matters of planning law.Close quote
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Tom Alder is the head of the planning and infrastructure department at Lester Aldridge. He deals with a broad range of planning issues, focusing his expertise on the house-building sector.

"Tom Alder is very effective and he seems to have accumulated a lot of experience and knowledge beyond his years."

"Tom is a very good lawyer and receptive to clients' needs. He takes a strategic approach to micro-considerations and he has a clear understanding of the planning system and the interface with politics."Close quote
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Tom Alder is able to find practical solutions to unforeseen planning problems. Very good relationships with local authority lawyers.Close quote
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Tom Alder and Rebecca Humm are the standout advisors that I deal with regularly.Close quote
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Tom is an experienced planning lawyer who deals with a wide range of planning issues, both contentious and non-contentious, on behalf of developer clients, acting on a national basis for a number. Tom’s key focus is the house-building sector (both market and retirement sector), advising with respect to residential or residential-led mixed-use schemes. He also has considerable experience in contentious planning work, representing clients in planning appeals and High Court legal challenges.

Additionally, Tom is responsible for a niche practice advising ports and marinas with respect to operational agreements and statutory consents.

Recent examples of work or case studies:

  • Advising a consortium of leading retirement housebuilders in respect of a High Court challenge to the lawfulness of the Mayor of London’s supplementary planning guidance dealing with affordable housing provision.
  • Advising with respect of the residential development of 500 homes, including a local centre and a substantial area of SANG
  • Advising in respect of several substantial (900 – 1000 unit) estate regeneration schemes in London
  • Advising a harbour authority as to the extent of its permitted development rights in order to deliver a substantial number of new moorings without the need for a planning application

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