Guthrie McGruer

Partner
Contact details

07760 171944

01865 254287

"He is extremely experienced, very straightforward and very efficient."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

Partner in the 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.

Clients

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.

Expertise

Career

Guthrie qualified in 1980 and joined Blake Lapthorn as a partner in 1999 following the merger with Abbott King Troen. Prior to joining the firm, he held various senior posts in local government.

Contact details

07760 171944

01865 254287

Accreditations
Memberships
  • Legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1994

QUOTES


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

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

Chambers and Partners, 2018

Insights by Guthrie


articles

20 July - Guthrie McGruer

Blake Morgan acted for Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited in a successful judicial review case against Wiltshire Council. Blake Morgan instructed Gregory Jones QC and Philip Petchey and the case...

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articles

6 April - Guthrie McGruer

The removal of permitted development rights relating to the change of use or demolition of drinking establishments has been tabled as an amendment to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill by Communities...

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articles

29 July - Guthrie McGruer

In May 2013 the Government brought in new Permitted Development Rights allowing changes of use from offices (B1a) to residential (C3) without the need for planning permission. However, before such...

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