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Before joining Richard Buxtons in Cambridge, Simon qualified with and was a senior solicitor at Dentons, one of the leading City planning and public law teams where he advised a mixture of commercial developers, local authorities and land owners on planning applications, planning appeals and judicial reviews. He was subsequently the principle planning solicitor at the London Legacy Development Corporation advising on the post-games redevelopment of the London Olympic Park and surrounding areas. In that role he advised the LPA on a range of planning application, planning appeals, enforcement matters and on policy development including the development of LLDC Community Infrastructure Levy, the adoption of an extended Hackney Wick conservation area (including advising on the successful defence of a judicial review of that extension) and the development of the Legacy Corporation Local Plan. Simon has also advised on promoting and opposing development in the green belt, promoting and opposing compulsory purchase orders and development consent orders, objections to the HS2 Hybrid Bill, promoting and opposing development affected heritage assets, stopping up orders, registrations of Assets of Community Value, and neighbourhood fora. Before joining Richard Buxton’s he also advised and acted for the ultimately successful claimant in the case of Faraday Developments Ltd v West Berkshire Council EWCA Civ 2532, which resulted in the first declaration of ineffectiveness seen in an English public procurement case.