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Jacqueline Backhaus

Jacqueline Backhaus

Partner โ€“โ€“โ€“ London

Jacqueline specialises in planning, highways and compulsory purchase law and advises both the public and private sectors on all related matters.  She advises on strategic planning policy, planning applications and is experienced in the negotiation of complex section 106 agreements for major development and regeneration schemes.  She also deals with all associated highways agreements and highway related matters.

Jacqueline has particular specialism in dealing with planning and enforcement appeals, having acted regularly as a solicitor advocate.  She also is an experienced litigator, dealing regularly with High Court challenges and applications for Judicial Review.

Jacqueline is experienced in the field of compulsory purchase, having acted for local authorities assisting with the promotion of compulsory purchase orders as well as having represented private individuals and businesses through the compulsory purchase process. She was, in particular, involved with the relocation of a significant number of businesses who were subject to the Olympic Compulsory Purchase Order.   She represented a number of those businesses in their outstanding claims for compensation (including references to the Upper Tribunal of the Lands Chamber) and has dealt with a number of S17 LCA 1961 applications for Certificates of Alternative Appropriate Development. She was the lead solicitor in the case of Rooff v SoS [2011] EWCA Civ 435 and further to a successful appeal into the Court of Appeal, eventually succeeded in obtaining a valuable mixed use residential lead S17 Certificate for her client.

Jacqueline is listed in Chambers & Partners as a leading practitioner. Jacqueline and the planning team are also ranked in the Legal 500. The planning team won the Planning Magazines' national Planning Awards 2015 in the category of 'Planning Law Firm of the Year'. Jacqueline has been named one of 'The Lawyer's' Hot 100 lawyers for 2016.