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, chairing the Committee between 2017–2020, 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 as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2019, in which role he is authorised to sit in the Administrative Court and the Planning Court. He became a member of the Law Society's Solicitor Judges Division following his first judicial appointment. He was also a member of the Joint Tribunal of the Law Society/Bar Council and is a member of the RTPI's Conduct & Discipline Panel.

Practice areas


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


  • Contributing Author


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

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