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Rachael Davidson

Senior Associate

Rachael advises on all aspects of planning and environmental law across a range of sectors.

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About

Rachael has extensive experience (contentious and non-contentious) in planning and environmental law across a range of sectors. She advises various entities undertaking due diligence for corporate and financing transactions, acquisition and disposal, development projects, and advises on enforcement and prosecution matters. Rachael has been involved in a number of recent leading planning decisions in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Prior to joining Charles Russell Speechlys in 2021, Rachael practised law at a leading international firm in London with a particular focus on the renewable energy sector.

Rachael is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.

Experience

  • Advising on the planning aspects of the acquisition of an office block and surrounding development and the subsequent pre-let development conversion to 67,017sq ft of car showroom space, including a successful appeal against the local planning authority and costs proceedings.
  • Advising clients in relation to the drafting and negotiating of planning and highways agreements and providing bespoke advice in relation to the HMO licensing regime.
  • Advising a lender on the financing of a portfolio of UK rooftop and ground-mounted solar PV projects, where one of the projects was located on a former refinery site, including extensive environmental due diligence and provisions.

Our thinking

  • The countdown to mandatory biodiversity net gain

    Rachael Davidson

    Insights

  • Environmental Outcome Reporting: Overhauling EIA?

    Rachael Davidson

    Insights

  • The Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023: streamlining and simplifying plan making?

    Rachael Davidson

    Insights

  • Is the tide turning on environmental regulation? Assessing the future impact of the OEP

    Rachel Warren

    Insights

  • Counting the cost of BNG: statutory credit prices released by Defra

    Rachael Davidson

    Insights

  • An update on biodiversity net gain

    Rachael Davidson

    Insights

  • Reforms to the NSIP regime: better, faster, greener, fairer and more resilient

    Rachael Davidson

    Quick Reads

  • Reforms to the NSIP regime: better, faster, greener, fairer and more resilient

    Rachael Davidson

    Insights

  • Can a planning condition require a developer to dedicate land as public highway?

    Rachael Davidson

    Insights

  • Hillside: The Supreme Court’s view on inconsistent and overlapping permissions

    Rachael Davidson

    Insights

  • High Court confirms local authorities do not owe planning applicants a duty of care

    Rachael Davidson

    Insights

  • Charles Russell Speechlys was delighted to advise Bellway Homes Kent on the purchase of the site, at Mill Lane, Hailsham

    Suzi Gatward

    News

  • People & Places – What will the next ten years of Health & Safety enforcement look like?

    Rachel Warren

    Insights

  • Charles Russell Speechlys advises Silbury Finance on a £59.3m facility to the Audley Group.

    Cara Whiffin

    News

  • The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

    Rachael Davidson

    Insights

  • The OEP: objectives, strategy, and implementation

    Rachael Davidson

    Insights

  • A Question of Quashing: judicial review reform update

    Rachael Davidson

    Quick Reads

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