Guthrie McGruer Partner

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“A "clued-up" solicitor with in-depth knowledge of the UK planning process.”

Chambers and Partners 2018
Head of the firm's Planning team based in Oxford, Guthrie undertakes advocacy in planning inquiries and is skilled in negotiating consents with planning authorities.

Main areas of practice

His expertise extends to both contentious and non-contentious areas including drafting complex planning and highway agreements, High Court challenges, advising on environmental impact assessments and specialist knowledge of compulsory purchase procedures.


Guthrie acts for developers, land owners and local authorities.

Significant experience

Social housing: negotiates planning consents, drafts planning agreements and has broad experience in general property and development work. He has close contacts with several leading planning chambers in London and acts for a wide range of commercial clients. He also has experience of enforcement matters and is fully conversant with listed buildings and conservation areas.

Other expertise

Articles/seminars: regularly contributes articles to the media and gives seminars.


Guthrie’s Blog

Success for Blake Morgan in Judicial Review challenge to a Town and Village Greens Application: Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited v Wiltshire Council [2018] EWHC 1704 (Admin)

Blake Morgan acted for Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited in a successful judicial review case against Wiltshire Council.

Housing crisis – back to the future

One of the common complaints of having up to 1000 television channels to watch is that there is nothing ever worth watching. So it was last night as I idly flicked though Sky's current offering in search of entertainment after a hard day at the office.

5 year housing land supply – the domino effect

Like many local authorities in the South East, Eastleigh Borough Council has a bit of a problem in establishing a 5 year housing land supply as required by the NPPF.

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Speaking Engagements

Blake Morgan's Planning Seminar with Savills

Blake Morgan and Savills would like to invite you to their annual seminar held at Seacourt Tower, Oxford on Wednesday 3 October 2018.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Consultation on 4th edition of the RICS Code of Practice for service charges in commercial property

On 25 October, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) issued a consultation on the 4th edition of the RICS Code of Practice: Service charges in commercial property.

Examining the UK’s affordable housing crisis and the methods for solving it

In an article for Lexis PSL Elaine Allen, legal director at Blake Morgan, examines issues currently facing the British housing sector, what the government is doing to combat the housing crisis and how effective the proposed solutions could be.

NERCA and the List of Streets Exception

Our expert looks at the case of Trail Riders Fellowship v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and other cases that involving the application of the exceptions.