When David Brock left Herbert Smith for Cambridge-based Mills & Reeve a year ago, Herbert Smith agreed that this was one of the clients and cases Brock should take with him.
The Allington plant will be one of the largest of its kind in the UK and is the only energy from waste permission granted among the current crop of applications. Permission could not be granted until planning agreements were concluded for a nature conservation trust, the establishment of a charitable nature conservation company and highway improvements. Kent County Council resolved to grant planning permission in November 1999, but in February 2000, Maidstone Borough Council commenced judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision not to call in the application. Mills & Reeve successfully opposed the proceedings in the High Court, instructing Christopher Katkowski QC of 4 Breams Buildings.
Partners Beverley Firth and Herbert Robinson worked with Brock, assisted by Charlotte Crilly, Chris Sizer, Sarah Freestone and Julie Mobed.