Tim Smith

Tim Smith is a solicitor and partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

He trained with the firm now known as Hewitsons in Northampton, qualifying in 1994. After two years as a Commercial Property lawyer he joined Berwin Leighton in 1996, becoming a partner in 2001. He has specialised in Planning & Environmental law for over 20 years with a particular emphasis on commercial and residential schemes, major infrastructure projects, CPOs, and contentious planning work in public inquiries and the Courts.

Tim's work is for a mix of private and public sector clients which have included Taylor Wimpey, Land Securities, Derwent London, Tesco, the Ministry of Defence, the Homes & Communities Agency, and Heathrow Airport.

Tim wrote the legal sections of the IEMA's 'Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment in 2005, and for four years was joint editor of the ILEX Tutorial College's coursework manual on Planning law.

In 2009 he became a member of the Law Society's Planning & Environmental Law Committee, and in 2015 was invited to become a member of the inaugural Planning Court Users' Group.

He was appointed as a First Tier Tribunal Judge (part-time) in 2013 and became a member of the Law Society's Solicitor Judges Division. He is also a member of the Joint Tribunal of the Law Society/Bar Council and a member of the RTPI's Conduct & Discipline Panel.

Contributed to


Bulk Transfer Agreement

This document provides a precedent bulk transfer agreement for the bulk transfer of a group of members from one occupational pension scheme (the transferring scheme) to another occupational pension scheme(the receiving scheme).

Practice areas


  • Law Society Planning & Environmental Law Committee, Law Society Solicitor Judges Division, Planning Court Users' Group, member of the RTPI Conduct &


  • Thomas Becket Upper School, Northampton.
  • Nottingham University 1988-1991.
  • The College of Law, Chester 1991-1992.

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