Midlands firm Wright Hassall has welcomed back former trainee Rebecca Mushing to the fold as a planning solicitor, where she will work under former Warwickshire County Council planning lawyer John Gregory, who is now leading the award winning firm’s planning team.

The team advise clients on planning processes including planning enforcement, certificates of lawful use, section 106 agreements, appeals, judicial review and statutory challenges.

John said: 'Making the switch from advising a council on planning matters to advising private organisations and individuals is certainly a significant shift but the law is the same. The insight I gained from my previous role will be invaluable when helping clients navigate the planning process and overcome the obstacles that sometimes stand in the way of development.’

For Rebecca, it is a return to the firm where she originally qualified as a planning lawyer. After a two-year stint with Shoosmiths, she is looking forward to getting back to business with Wright Hassall.

She said: 'It’s great to be back and with more experience under my belt. I’m really looking forward to working with John as well as catching up with former colleagues, local contacts, and clients. Wright Hassall is where I cut my teeth and I’m so pleased to re-establish my connection with the firm.'

Joanna Deffley, a partner in Wright Hassall’s development team, said: 'With the appointment of John and Rebecca, our planning team goes from strength to strength. Their experience, in both the private and public sector, providing expert planning advice to progress much needed development, is invaluable. We’re delighted to welcome them on board.'