Claire Dutch has been described by insiders and legal directories as a “leader in the field of planning” and “an excellent legal mind”. As a partner at Ashurst, and co-head planning and environment, Dutch specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious planning law. She helps clients on strategy and policy at the inception of a development scheme, planning applications, environmental impact assessment, planning agreements, the community infrastructure levy and appeals and judicial review. She is a Leading Individual in Chambers UK and Legal 500, and also has been has featured in The Lawyer’s “Hot 100”. She is also Chair of the British Property Federation’s planning committee.