20 January 2017

Knights has ‘big plans’ for town planner partner hire

A town planner with more than 29 years’ experience has joined growing professional services business, Knights.

Nigel Harris, who joins Knights today (23 January) as partner, takes the business’ current town planning team to 17, as part of Knights’ ambitious plans to grow its non-legal offering.

Having worked in both local authority and private settings managing projects of up to £250 million, Nigel has amassed experience across a range of projects from housing schemes to large multi-use complexes, including the Admirals Quay marina in Southampton.

Nigel said: “Town planning has always been a hot topic, but the current shortage of affordable housing is definitely an issue that is top of the town planning agenda.

“This goes hand in hand with another key topic; building on green field sites. Whilst the need to build more housing schemes is rocketing, local communities understandably want to defend green spaces in their area.”

Nigel added: “Right now Knights is at an exciting point of growth and I’m looking forward to working with the team to build Knights’ profile both regionally and nationally as a leading name in town planning.”

Knights’ Derby office leader, Andrew Pilkington, said: “Town planning is a sector that aligns well with our property law services.  Nigel’s appointment reflects Knights’ continued growth plans to extend our current client offering to include specialist and non-law services.

“Whilst he will be based in our Derby office, Nigel will be working nationally on a number of projects.

“Our current town planning team has already seen great success, so we’re excited for someone with Nigel’s extensive experience to join them.”

Knights is the fastest-growing regional professional services business and recently secured a multi-million pound investment from Permira Debt Managers (PDM), the debt management and advisory arm of Permira.

Its unique business model, providing high-quality services from regional centres, has allowed it to grow rapidly to 500 staff operating from six regional offices in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Chester, Cheltenham, Derby, Hale and Oxford.