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Your Vision, Our Focus

The Planning Helpline is provided by Zyda Law, an award-winning boutique law firm specialising in planning and environmental law.

Since 1999, Zyda Law has provided expert advice to a diverse range of clients, including some of the world’s largest companies. We established the Planning Helpline to bring that expertise to individuals and to small and medium-sized businesses in an accessible, affordable way. We passionately believe that everybody should have access to first class legal advice and assistance with their planning application or appeal for a predictable, fixed cost.

Our expert planning advisors can help with all types of planning applications and planning appeals. We have an unrivalled record of success in achieving planning permission, both at first instance and on appeal, and are experienced in making and winning costs applications.

Instruct us today and let YOUR VISION be OUR FOCUS!

Our Service

Our service is designed to maximise your chances of success while saving you time and money. We combine our many years experience of the planning system with the functionality of our cutting-edge cloud-based case management system to provide an online, seamless application and appeal service.

Your application or appeal will be handled by an experienced planning adviser who is either legally qualified or a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute – supervised at all times by our Principal Solicitor, and conducted in strict compliance with the professional standards and ethics requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Our strategic advice will increase your prospects of success, whether by negotiating planning permission with your local Council or making an appeal on your behalf.

As part of our service we will undertake a FREE, no obligation review of your application or appeal and provide initial strategic advice and recommendations. Our advice will be accompanied by a low cost proposal for carrying out the work.

Our Team

Patricia Eich
Business Support Manager
Patricia Eich joined Zyda Law in August 2016 as a Business Support Manager.
Chris Hammersley
Associate Planner
Chris has a strong Local Authority background including: rural planning, conurbation and urban development experience.
Paul Zyda
Principal
Paul is a recognised legal expert in Planning and Environmental law and leads all Zyda Law's major infrastructure project work.
Tobias Paul
Trainee Solicitor
Tobias joined Zyda Law, a boutique planning and environmental law firm, as a trainee solicitor in August 2015, we would like to welcome him to the team.
Felicity Wimbush
Trainee Solicitor
Felicity joined Zyda Law as a trainee solicitor in September 2016, following completion of her LPC from the University of Law. We would like to welcome her to the team.

Zyda Law

Zyda Law is the authorised legal practice that owns and operates the Planning Helpline. We have a very strong reputation and an impressive track record of success over almost two decades. 

Our client base is varied. We act, or have recently acted, for household names like EDF Energy, Scottish Power and INEOS, Government departments, such as the Ministry of Defence and United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, for small and medium-sized businesses, and for individual members of the public.  You can see a number of examples of our work on the Zyda Law website.

With our help some of the UK’s biggest and most controversial developments have become a reality. Our advice has helped enable an estimated £4bn worth of development since 1999. Zyda Law is a leading Legal 500 law firm, ranked ‘Tier 1’ for both of our core practice areas of planning and environmental law, the highest possible category and an accolade of which we are rightly proud.

Our founder and Principal Solicitor, Paul Zyda, is rated as a leading individual for planningenvironmental and energy law in the The Legal 500 and for planning in Chambers and Partners.

We are a multi-award winning practice. In 2014 we were Boutique Law Firm of the Year – National at the Lawyer Awards, where the judges noted that Zyda Law “is a truly specialist firm providing unique expertise in environmental and planning law”. In 2015 we won the Acquisition International Award for Best Infrastructure Boutique – UK and Best Recruiter – Small Firm at the LawCareers.net Awards. 2015 also saw us shortlisted for Planning Law Firm of the Year at the Planning Awards and Boutique Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2015, where we were “Highly Commended”.