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Claire Stoneman

Legal Director

Claire Stoneman is experienced in planning and consents law with a particular focus on major redevelopment and infrastructure projects.

She undertakes a wide variety of development planning, compulsory purchase and infrastructure work for both public and private sector clients.

Areas of FocusReal Estate
Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


  • Part of the team advising Network Rail, Homes England, National Railway Museum and City of York Council on the planning strategy to promote planning applications for redevelopment of York Central, the region's largest and priority regeneration site representing large scale transport hub development with up to 2,500 residential units, 1 million square metres of employment and commercial floorspace and new Railway Museum.
  • Promoting the UK’s largest energy project, North West Coast Connections, Cumbria for National Grid to support the 3,400W Nuclear power station planned for Moorside, Sellafield.
  • Advising Sheffield City Council and Urbo Regeneration in relation to planning strategy and the promotion of a CPO and highway related orders for the major redevelopment of an extension to the city centre at West Bar, Sheffield.
  • Advising Houghton Regis Development Consortium, a land promoter in relation to the planning aspects of the HRN1 development.
  • Negotiating asset protection agreements to protect National Grid against third party statutory orders affecting its operational apparatus.
  • Advising the Department for Transport on the proposed third runway at Heathrow Airport including advising on the drafting and interpretation of the Airports National Policy Statement.
  • Advising Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive (Nexus) on strategic planning issues arising out of its Metro Futures investment programme, advising on the consenting strategy for delivering a new station and line works, including the prospective use of Town and Country Planning Act and Transport and Works Act Order powers.
  • Advising Halton Borough Council on the Mersey Gateway project, in relation to the successful settlement of compensation claims arising from the Transport and Works Act Order and ancillary CPOs made for the construction of the new toll bridge crossing, including claims before the Upper Tribunal.
  • English
  • Northumbria University, Legal Practice Course, Distinction, 2009
  • University of Nottingham, BA Hons, Law with German, 2007


  • Rising Star – Legal 500