Guthrie McGruer Partner

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Contact Details

“Guthrie McGruer often represents major residential developers, public sector bodies and corporations in contentious planning matters, including judicial reviews. Also offers expertise in Section 106 agreements and CPO matters.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Leading Individual and Partner specialising in planning, environmental and non-contentious construction work.”

Legal 500 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.

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

Chambers and Partners 2018


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

Insolvency Rules...OK?

We look at a Court of Appeal decision that is likely to have far-reaching implications on liquidators who were, naturally attracted to the idea of referring disputes to adjudication as a means of determining monies owed to the insolvent company.

Developers are warned by the Court of Appeal not to take the law into their own hands

Local authorities will be pleased to note that the Court of Appeal accepts that they only have to consider planning issues when presented with a planning application.

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.