Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF



Laceys, following the merger with HLF, can provide an all round planning service combining experienced legal planning lawyers with professional planning consultants all under one roof.

For you as a client, this means we can assist in all your planning needs from initial planning assessments through to High Court challenges with the right expertise tailored to your needs.

Our Services include:

  • Planning applications – including representations before planning committees
  • Objections to development
  • Planning appeals – including representation before Planning Inspectors on hearings and at public enquires
  • High Court Challenges
  • Judicial Review
  • Applications for Lawful Development Certificates
  • Enforcement Proceedings
  • Section 106 agreements
  • Green belt issues
  • Neighbourhood Plans
  • Listed Building issues
  • Untidy site notices (section 215 notices)
  • Representations to emerging policies
  • Acoustic / noise issues
  • Defence to Noise Abatement Notices
  • Issues related to licensed premises

Other planning issues:

  • Footpaths, Highways and Right of Way diversions
  • High hedges / fences
  • Mobile home and caravan sites

For further advice on any of the above services please contact one of our team today to see how we can help, or if you would like to contact one of our specialist planning consultants please click through to HLF Planning here.

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Meet the Team

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Sonia Sharp

Solicitor — Planning

Direct dial: 01202 205014
Switchboard: 01202 557256


Sonia has over 30 years’ experience in Planning and, before joining Laceys, spent 11 years working across the UK as a senior consultant planning solicitor for Local Government.  Having also worked in private practice, Sonia is experienced in assisting clients with any required local Council matters and on all Planning related enquiries.  Sonia’s wide experience means that she can advise on the best course of action where there might be a number of possible options, in a clear and straightforward manner.  Particular specialisms include the drafting and negotiating of section 106 planning agreements, affordable housing, the Community Infrastructure Levy and dealing with complex enforcement matters.

Outside of work, Sonia enjoys visiting all of the London art gallery exhibitions and is trying to improve her beginner’s skills in mountain biking, racketball, skiing and golf.


Lionel Fynn

Consultant — Planning and Licensing

Direct dial: 01202 205028
Switchboard: 01202 557256


  • “I have known Mr Fynn for more than two decades and consider him without equal in the legal world regarding all planning matters. Suffice it to say Mr Fynn has been the prime legal advisor in a number of landmark planning cases including one of my own. I would take the advice of Mr Fynn over that of any QC or Judge on planning matters. ”

    Michael .A .R. Wiggins F.C.A, Formally Senior Partner Country Fayre Garden Centre

  • “Lionel is my ‘go-to-guy’ on any complicated planning matter – I always receive expert impartial advice for clients from him and his team, presenting the options that the Client has in an uncomplicated fashion, allowing the Client to decide what is the best course of action which suits them.”

    Andrew Monro, Symonds and Sampson LLP

Lionel has over 40 years experience in Town planning matters including advocacy in a wide range of Tribunal and Court appearances for planning and enforcement appeals, compulsory purchase and other planning related cases.

Nominated as a “leading individual” and a “wonderfully eloquent advocate” by the Legal 500 he has also featured in Planning Magazine Guide to Planning Lawyers as being amongst the 50 top rated solicitors in planning matters.

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