Gemma is a Senior Associate in the Planning and Environment Team who has specialised in planning and compulsory purchase since qualification in 2003.
Gemma specialises in both contentious and non-contentious planning law, including planning applications and appeals, certificates of lawfulness, highways and planning agreements and enforcement matters. She also has experience of bringing and defending High Court challenges, including Judicial Review, and regularly undertakes advocacy at public inquiries. Gemma also advises in relation to the compulsory acquisition of land and liquor and gaming licence applications.
Gemma read law at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University before completing her legal practice course at the College of Law in London. She trained as a solicitor at Nabarro in London, qualifying into their planning team in September 2003. Gemma joined Hewitsons' Planning and Environment Team in February 2006.
Rated in Chambers & Partners Legal Guide 2019 and a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 2019 guide.
Number of Years Experience
Date of Qualification
Government Consults Again on Reforms to Developer Contributions
Hewitsons sees an increase in Planning Contravention Notices in relation to short-term lets
Government Introduces Neighbourhood Planning Bill
Government publishes Housing & Planning Act 2016
Ruling on national affordable housing exemption overturned
12th May 2016