Ivy Legal Ltd is an innovative planning enforcement firm that specialises in supporting local authorities.
We take a revolutionary approach to planning enforcement, employing planning experts and solicitors, working side by side to provide a seamless and streamlined service for our clients. We believe that thorough investigation of facts and policy leads to legally sound notices which can be successfully defended at appeal, prosecution and judicial review.
We tailor our support and services to meet our clients’ requirements – from providing additional resource to in-house planning teams, to providing a fully outsourced planning enforcement package. We can provide expert planning and legal advice and our team can act as planning witnesses, solicitors and advocates.
With considerable expertise in local government, third sector and business, our team can deliver quick and cost-effective results. Our understanding of planning enforcement, coupled with our extensive legal skills, mean that local authorities can rely on us to resolve even the most complex planning enforcement cases. We have a high success rate at appeal and are able to deal with case management from start to finish, freeing up officer time for other matters.
Clients can also take advantage of our fixed fee arrangement, providing certainty that the appropriate enforcement action is carried out efficiently – and cost-effectively.
Ivy Legal’s team of experts can assist with a broad range of planning enforcement services including:
- Issuing enforcement notices
- Direct action
- Obtaining a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act
Ivy Legal also offers structured training for local authority clients. We run a certificated residential enforcement training course with twice yearly modules. We also provide tailored enforcement seminars both in-house and online for local authority teams and other courses ranging from introductory courses to detailed topic courses such as appeals.
Ivy Legal was founded in June 2013 by Izindi Visagie, a solicitor and MBA of some 16 years standing. Izindi gained her planning enforcement expertise in-house as a planning solicitor with Bromley, Kensington & Chelsea and Harrow Councils. Roderick Morton, our other partner, is a former city solicitor of some 25 years experience.
On the planning side, they are joined by Neil Whittaker, current Chairman of the National Association of Planning Enforcement, and Ingrid Smith, formerly Head of Planning Enforcement at Ealing Council, together with several other members of staff.
Ivy Legal Limited is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and able to conduct litigation at all levels.
For further information or if you would like to find out more about our bespoke planning enforcement support, please visit www.ivylegal.co.uk or contact Izindi Visagie.