"He is extremely experienced, very straightforward and very efficient."
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.
Guthrie acts for developers, land owners and local authorities.
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.
Articles/seminars: regularly contributes articles to the media and gives seminars.
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.
- Legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1994
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.
Leading Individual and Partner specialising in planning, environmental and non-contentious construction work.
A "clued-up" solicitor with in-depth knowledge of the UK planning process.
Insights by Guthrie
Success for Blake Morgan in Judicial Review challenge to a Town and Village Greens Application: Cooper Estates Strategic Land Limited v Wiltshire Council  EWHC 1704 (Admin)
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...Read More
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...Read More