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Legal Award 2015
Suffolk County Council/ Eversheds
Solicitor/ Planning Associate
University of Essex
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Law and Philosophy
2001 – 2005
Writer for university newspaper, Committee member for the Chinese Society, Finalist in the Moot competition in 2002
Activities and Societies: Watersports, Gliding, Rock Climbing
1999 – 2001
Volunteered on a weekly basis at a reception class in a local primary school
August 2014 – Present (11 months)Cambridge, United Kingdom
An Associate in the Planning team of the Real Estate practice group. He has experience in all areas of Planning law including planning and infrastructure agreements; highways; and promoting development schemes through the planning system.
Scott’s recent experience includes managing the planning and infrastructure negotiations connected with a large-scale residential regeneration project in Colchester; and advising local authorities in connection with a range of commercial and residential developments in the South East of England.
Suffolk County Council
April 2014 – Present (1 year 3 months)
1. Assisting in the preparation of bundles for a planning enforcement prosecution, attending court hearings and researching relevant cases.
2. Advising highways engineers on flooding issues such as the allocation of riparian rights between agricultural and residential land
3. Drafting a variety of planning agreements, including s.278 agreements for military airfields, s.106 agreements for a large scale wind farm
4. Giving a joint-departmental presentation on Air Quality issues and conducting a site visit of local installations
5. Assisting on a judicial review of a large scale anaerobic digester and preparing documents for counsel
6. Advising on methods for seeking costs (over £100,000) following the conclusion of planning breach enforcement hearings.
7. Providing advice on the appropriate use of s106 contributions. This involved the classifications of buildings within schools as ‘learning spaces’ and the limits of Education Contributions.
8. Assessing CLEUD applications, preparing notices and collating evidence to present to committee
9. Reviewing a Development Consent Order for a large scale gas power station and assessing the broad powers for the compulsory purchase of land and the acquisition of related rights.
Suffolk County Council
April 2012 – April 2014 (2 years 1 month)
Worked in several seats during my training contract in Planning, Safeguarding, Commercial and Judicial Review applications.
Completed the three peak challenge for the David White Trust in 2013
Environmental Law Foundation
September 2011 – December 2011 (4 months)
• Researching and drafting instructions to counsel regarding a significant case concerning air pollution and carbon emissions
• Leading and providing training to new interns, supporting them by reviewing work and providing working examples.
• Interviewing members of the public to identify key legal issues and assessing cases on their merits
• Suggesting new improved working procedures to increase efficiency and improve organisation
• Preparing a high profile conference on access to Environmental Justice and the Aarhus convention
Ipswich Building Society
June 2011 – September 2011 (4 months)
• Organising direct debits and payment schedules with clients and other lending institutions
• Liaising with instructing solicitors and agents before hearings
• Adjusting payments and negotiating with clients to achieve equitable and sustainable solutions
• Working in a paperless office
Volunteer Caseworker for the Suffolk Discrimination Law Centre (ISCRE)
Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality
October 2010 – June 2011 (9 months)Ipswich
• Wide and practical drafting experience, including Statutory Questionnaires, Witness statements and Disclosure lists
• Researching new precedents and updates in Employment and Discrimination Law
• Interviewing and providing direct advice to clients
• Drafting attendance notes for telephone interviews and personal conferences
• Recording units of time spent working across different cases and updating the case management system with documents and correspondence
• Contacting and updating clients with progress on their cases, using translation services or making calls when appropriate
• Preparing trial bundles, explaining information to clients and attending an Employment tribunal
County Court Advocate
Court Agency Management Services (CAMS)
August 2009 – June 2011 (1 year 11 months)East Anglia
• Acting as an advocate for large banks and other financial institutions. Submitting persuasive arguments to District Judges in Courts across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridge
• Adapting and keeping up to date with a broad framework of legislation, case law and government policies
• Interviewing Defendants pre-hearing to gain further information, resolve difficulties and negotiate agreements where possible
• Maintaining a professional approach while submitting arguments and negotiating with defendants
•Providing comprehensive reports for clients post hearing
Chinese Information and Advice Centre
August 2008 – December 2008 (5 months)London
• Researching new developments in case law and updates in the procedural system of the Legal Services Commission following changes in the Legal Aid process
• Providing legal advice to clients in English and Chinese
• Drafting documents and correspondence for the Home Office
• Working in a multicultural and diverse office using a variety of languages
Trainee Dance Instructor
Arthur Murray Dance Studio
May 2006 – October 2006 (6 months)Hong Kong
• Working with colleagues to organise and guide group class sessions of up to 30 students using Mandarin, English and Cantonese
• Training with an international team of professional dancers to teach several styles of Ballroom and Latin dance including the Cha Cha and Waltz
Air Pollution presentation
June 2013 – June 2013
From attending a Castle debate in London, I was introduced to the issues around air pollution and the detrimental effect it has on the health and economy in all societies.
By reviewing the local air quality mitigation devices in my locality and viewing the Supreme Court trial, I determined it was a worthwhile training topic and i organized a training session for my colleagues in other county departments.less
Anglo Dutch Exchange Programme 2012(Link)
Wrote a blog entry on my trip to the Netherlands which is posted on the Suffolk Legal website. I have attended several law society international weekends and competed in the associated European Young Bar Association Mooting competitions.
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