Hugh James welcomes new head of planning and environment
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Hugh James welcomes new head of planning and environment

Leading UK law firm Hugh James is delighted to announce the arrival of partner Alex Madden as Head of Planning and Environmental. Formerly Head of Planning and Environmental at Thrings Solicitors in Bristol, Alex brings over 20 years of experience in contentious and non-contentious planning matters. His expertise includes residential development, retail and leisure, agricultural development, waste management planning and renewable energy. Alex’s practice serves clients across the private and public sectors, including major UK housebuilders, developers, joint ventures, corporate users, investors, landowners, occupiers and financial institutions.

A well-known professional, Alex is listed in the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories. He is an active member of UKELA (United Kingdom Environmental Law Association) and SAHCA (Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates) and sits on the South East Wales branch of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA). He is a frequent speaker on planning and environmental issues at national conferences organised by leading industry bodies such as the NFU (National Farmers’ Union), CLA, BIAC (British Institute of Agricultural Consultants) and RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). He is also a Higher Qualified Civil Law Solicitor, a RTPI Solicitor and a Fellow of BIAC.

Under Alex’s leadership, Hugh James plans to grow the Planning and Environment team over the next 12 months as part of its 2022-2027 strategy. His expertise will strengthen the firm’s services to energy and agriculture clients and complement its strong property teams.

Ioan Prydderch, Division Director and Partner at Hugh James, commented: “I am thrilled to welcome our new Partner Alex Madden to lead our planning and environmental work at Hugh James. Planning and environmental issues play a key role across all major projects and we know from our existing clients that sound advice in these areas is in high demand across the public and private sectors. Alex is an absolute specialist in this area. His arrival is fantastic news for the development of our business and the expansion of the high quality service we provide to our clients.”

Alex Madden added: “Hugh James has a strong reputation in the property and construction industry and the firm’s clients are increasingly looking for advice on environmental and planning issues. Establishing a dedicated team to deliver this was a natural step and I am excited to take on this new role. Joining a successful firm that emphasises its positive culture and exceptional work was also a big draw for me, as was the firm’s ambition to grow the practice across the UK. Now more than ever, planning and the environmental agenda are at the forefront of any development and I am keen to add my experience and knowledge to the team.”