‘As well as new-client wins, the success of an estate in securing planning in an historic park has been particularly gratifying,’ says Matthew Woods, who has had a strong year. The department co-head notes that ‘disappointed beneficiaries’ are the biggest potential pitfall for an estate, and seeks to avert this by keeping the lines of communication clear. He says landowners tend to take the ‘long view’ in relation to the political situation, though they are ‘becoming more open-minded in seeking external advice. But this is a lawyer whose clients are able to embrace change: one ‘has installed a district biomass system, the biggest of its kind for historic properties’, which Woods sees as ‘a game-changer for the estate’.
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