Robert Gowing

Robert specialises in town and country planning law and advises a wide range of clients from both the private and public sector. Recent work includes advising Thames Water on the Thames Tideway Tunnel DCO including the negotiation of section 106 agreements across 12 local planning authorities; assisting Wightlink in securing planning consent for development of its ferry terminals in Portsmouth and Fishbourne (including both Habitats Assessment and advice on heritage impact on both listed buildings and scheduled monuments); and advising on heritage issues for a number of large developments across London. Robert holds a professional architecture degree and is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. He is a former Senior Architectural Conservator within the Building Conservation and Research Team at English Heritage (now Historic England).

Robert sits on a number of committees and boards focussed on conservation and heritage issues, including the Plowden Medal Committee for the Royal Warrant Holders Association and the Precincts Committee of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England.

Practice areas


  • Accredited Member of the Institute of Conservation
  • Compulsory Purchase Association, Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works;


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation (Wall Paintings), Courtauld Institute of Art;
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Professional College
  • Bachelors of Architecture (Hons), Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (equivalent to RIBA Part II);

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