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Robin is head of the Real Estate Team at Ward Hadaway. He heads a large team of multi-disciplinary lawyers across our office network who focus on various sectors including commercial development, public sector, health, occupiers and investors, housing, rural and estates, retail.

He is a planning lawyer and advises on contentious and non-contentious planning issues for a broad range of clients including residential and commercial developers, estates, public sector organisations and private individuals.


As a recognised individual in both Legal 500 and Chambers, Robin is widely recognised as an expert in planning law matters involving both contentious and non-contentious matters. He regularly provides advice on drafting and negotiation of complex s106 Agreements, CIL, interpretation of planning permissions and conditions and associated matters.

Robin also has a particular specialism in public rights of way and village green issues regularly advising on how to protect land from such claims and dealing with stopping up / diversion orders. Robin works across numerous sectors helping clients in the process of obtaining planning permission and seeking to limit issues that may arise on development sites.

What people say

  • He's gives no-nonsense advice and is great to work with.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • Robin Atkin has ‘thorough knowledge’, and ‘achieves the best-value-for-money results’.

    Legal 500
  • Robin Atkin is regularly instructed by house builders on a range of issues. He offers specialist advice on town and village green applications and has further experience on compulsory purchase orders. Sources say he gives 'very strong advice' on complex planning matters.

    Chambers & Partners
  • 'Very client-focused, concise and thorough,' Robin Atkin is praised across the board as a standout, with sources calling him 'incredibly helpful and pragmatic, and very commercially astute as well'. His practice includes commercial, residential and retail work, and he is frequently instructed on complex contentious matters.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Robin Atkin maintains an excellent reputation in the market and is highlighted for his adept handling of planning issues on behalf of his developer clients. His practice ranges from interpretations of planning permissions to Section 106 agreement drafting, as well as village green and public rights of way matters. Sources highlight him for being 'very knowledgeable and experienced'.

    Chambers & Partners

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