Graham qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and started his professional career in the magistrate's courts before joining the Crown Prosecution Service from its inception in 1986. His planning experience started when he joined Bournemouth Borough Council in 1988. He was made Head of Planning at Michelmores in Exeter before leaving to form his own specialist planning practice in 2005.
Graham is a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Written advice can be given on any planning-related topic. I always aim to write in an accessible, jargon-free style whilst maintaining accuracy and reliability.
I am equally at home in a planning inquiry or in a magistrates' court, and in all matters I have acted for both parties. Some cases will merit the instruction of specialist counsel, and I am able to advise as to seniority and which barristers' chambers to use.
I recognise that for some types of planning applications, my clients are best served by local planning consultants to whom I will refer matters in appropriate cases. For certain types of application, where a legal approach is needed, I will deal with matters personally, such as an application for a certificate of lawful use or development.
If your application has been refused, I am able to advise on methods and tactics to overcome objections, and to introduce experts from appropriate fields of expertise to create a winning team.