Sarah Phillips

Sarah Phillips

Senior Associate
Solicitor – admitted 2006


Sarah is a Senior Associate in the Planning team.

Sarah joined Michelmores in June 2017 from working in-house as General Counsel at a development and energy company, and previously at CMS Cameron McKenna.

Sarah has a broad range of expertise and acts for both public and private sector clients.  Sarah acts for wide range of clients from house-builders, energy providers, private wealth, local authorities and bodies and investment and pension funds.        

Sarah has particular specialism in residential development, energy and infrastructure projects and compulsory purchase. She has extensive experience of project managing lengthy planning inquiries, advising on planning policy, application strategy and environmental impact assessment and the scope. She also has experience assisting clients on planning appeals and judicial review applications and DCO examination.

Sarah specialises in assisting with the delivery or transactions of energy projects relating to wind farms, solar arrays, water turbines, gas and electricity battery storage and anaerobic projects. She also provides advice and due diligence regarding large real estate transactions.

Recent Experience

  • Currently acting for the Acquiring Authority in the making of a Compulsory Purchase Order and Side Roads Order for a large link road scheme in Cornwall
  • Advising affected landowners at DCO Examinations, most recently, advising the landowner in relation to the S106 Agreement and DCO Examination of a Rail-freight Interchange; and representing the owner of a wedding venue at a Grade II Listed Manor House and Gardens affected by the Sparkford to Illchester Dualling DCO
  • Providing regular strategic advice to an Airport regarding safeguarding measures, planning objections and drafting a number of different development agreements with house builders, and industrial developments
  • Currently involved in negotiating a number of large strategic sites with complex planning and infrastructure agreements on behalf of both national house-builders and on behalf of local planning authorities
  • The planning due diligence on the acquisition of Empress State House in the Earls Court Redevelopment Area for MOPAC.

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