Caroline Stares

Caroline Stares


Email [email protected]​

Phone +44 20 7296 5947

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Caroline enjoys delving into all types of planning law. She has a particular interest in how planning policy and law interact, and helping developers navigate this dynamic landscape to shape the UK and London skyline.

Caroline has been involved in multiple planning appeals covering complex issues including heritage, residential and retail, and most recently she has co-ordinated a Green Belt inquiry. She regularly negotiates highway agreements, deeds of variation and section 106 agreements for a variety of clients. Caroline also assesses planning issues and identifies areas of risk for clients selling, purchasing or refinancing properties ranging from mixed-use developments to student accommodation to industrial parks.

The implications of the Finney Court of Appeal judgment on section 73 permissions are currently at the forefront of many developers' minds and Caroline is advising on approaches to tackle these. She also grapples with a number of other tricky topics, including complex CIL issues, and advising claimants affected by compulsory purchase orders on matters ranging from removing land from the clutches of a CPO to securing appropriate compensation.

Education and admissions


LPC, BPP University, 2014

GDL, BPP University, 2013

BSc Physical Geography, University of Exeter, 2012


The Compulsory Purchase Association Future Steering Committee

British Property Federation Future

Related industries

Real Estate

Related practices

Real Estate

Representative experience

Assisting Bonnar Allan Limited with its 3 week planning inquiry for a mixed use development providing up to 1,024 homes in the Surrey Green Belt.

Advising Shaftesbury on, and drafting, multiple section 106 agreements for its Carnaby, Charlotte Street and Seven Dials portfolios.

Advising St George on highways agreements, deeds of variation and a stopping up order with TfL and Southwark for its prestigious One Blackfriars development.

Advising on multiple highways agreements and assisting with the Court of Appeal case, planning applications and financings for Braeburn Estates' Shell Centre development.

Assisting our real estate practice and Argent with lettings, management agreements and financings for the King's Cross redevelopment and negotiating highways agreements.

Advising multiple landowners (acting as claimants/interested parties) on judicial review challenges including assisting Berkeley Homes with the JR regarding West End Gate.

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