Simon Ricketts is a leading planning lawyer and UK real estate at international law firm SJ Berwin. He was called to the Bar in 1985 and re-qualified as a solicitor in 1991. He has acted on the planning law aspects of many of the largest development projects and transactions in the UK.
Simon is co-author, with Duncan Field, of "Localism and Planning", published by Bloomsbury in May 2012, a guide to the coalition Government's reform of the planning system. He runs the popular "L is for Localism" blog (http://localism.sjberwin.com) and has spoken and written widely on controversial planning law issues.
Jointly with Nicholas Shattock, Simon contributed a paper, "Mediation and The Planning
Inspectorate", to the Smith Institute's book "Planning for the Future", 2008. Jointly with Sarah Bischoff, he has contributed a chapter, "SANGs: the Thames Basin case study", to "The Habitats Directive: a developer's obstacle course?" edited by Gregory Jones KC and to be published by Hart Publishing later in 2012.