Robert Gowing | London | Hogan Lovells

Robert Gowing

Senior Associate Corporate & Finance




Robert Gowing
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Robert Gowing is dedicated and an excellent planning lawyer.

Legal 500 UK 2024

Described in Legal 500 UK as 'an excellent planning lawyer', Robert Gowing is a senior member of the Hogan Lovell's Planning Team, and has extensive experience in complex urban redevelopment and national infrastructure projects. He has a particular focus on multifaceted developments in London.  

Robert works with both private and public sector clients, providing strategic advice and support from the pre-application stage through to implementation, including environmental assessments, compulsory acquisition of land, and contentious planning matters, appeals and judicial review.

In addition to holding a degree in architecture, Robert completed professional conservation training before being appointed as Head of Wall Paintings and Senior Architectural Conservator at English Heritage (now Historic England).  

As noted in Legal 500 UK 2024, Robert’s unique and diverse background brings 'heritage-related experience to the team'. This enables him to provide targeted advice on the assessment of heritage impacts, including EIA reviews as part of wider landscape and townscape assessment issues. Robert is the contributing editor for listed buildings and conservation areas for the Butterworths Planning Law Service and sits on a number of conservation and heritage committees.

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Robert Gowing is dedicated and an excellent planning lawyer.

Legal 500 UK 2024

Representative experience

Advising Related Argent on bringing forward the regeneration development of Brent Cross Town - a joint venture with London Borough of Barnet that will deliver 6,700 homes and associated public realm.

Advising Prudential Assurance on the use of section 203 powers to facilitate delivery of a mixed-use development on a key site on Oxford Street, and with amendments to the consent

Advising Berkeley Homes on its multi-phase residential scheme at Plumstead West Thamesmead (joint venture with Peabody); including securing amendments and negotiating section 106 deeds of variation.

Providing planning advice and support on the purchase of landmark listed properties in Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester.

Reviewed full EIA planning application for Grosvenor’s major mixed-use redevelopment of the South Molton Triangle in Mayfair; including advising on significant heritage impact and land use issues.*

Advised Thames Water and Tideway on various aspects of the Thames Tideway Tunnel; including coordinating S106 agreements with 12 Councils,  and securing multiple non-material amendments to the DCO.*

Provided strategic advice on Heathrow’s proposed third runway DCO application; including advice on pre-application consultation, and on EIA (with particular focus on the historic environment).*

Advising Create Commercial REIT on securing planning for a hotel-led development in Southwark, including on business relocation policy and a complex section 106 agreement

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.


  • LPC, College of Law, 2010
  • Postgraduate Diploma Conservation, Courtauld Institute of Art, High Distinction, 1997
  • B. Arch., Carleton University, High Distinction, 1994
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation
  • Professionally Accredited Conservator-Restorer (conservation management)