Partner, Real Estate

Kate Jardine

Kate is an experienced planning solicitor who leads the firm’s Planning practice, working alongside colleagues in Real Estate, Dispute Resolution and Residential Property & Conveyancing to provide an all-round service to clients across the firm. She is part of our Development Team, a tailored service to provide the industry with all its legal needs.

She has over 18 years of experience in working with developers, local authorities and individuals to achieve their planning goals. Kate’s background in advising local authorities provides the essential skills and knowledge to being able to successfully negotiate between developer and planning officer.

Kate regularly advises on the potential planning pitfalls of site and property acquisitions. Her caseload ranges from individual representations on planning proposals and local plans, to drafting and advising on complex legal agreements for major developments, and everything in between.

Kate Jardine

Specialisms & expertise

  • Planning disputes
  • Permitted development
  • Judicial reviews / statutory reviews
  • Lawful development certificates
  • Listed building and conservation area advice
  • Planning agreements (s106 deeds)
  • Community infrastructure levy
  • Reports on acquisitions
  • Local plans, neighbourhood planning policies and strategic infrastructure
  • Representations (submissions) on proposals and local plans
  • Agriculture & rural affairs.

Examples of work

Kate provides planning advice and drafts complex s106 agreements for a national house-builder on several major sites

Kate advises, negotiates and drafts s106 agreements for two local authorities in the South East

Kate has also advised on bespoke agreements incorporating additional on- and off-site biodiversity mitigation measures

Kate regularly provides input on commercial and residential title reports

Kate has advised on the application of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations

Kate advises on the planning aspects of a professional negligence claim against an architect

Kate advised a private individual on their application for a lawful development certificate

Kate acted for a client in ‘test-case’ statutory review proceedings

In her ongoing work for a local farmer, when the local authority issued a refusal notice

Kate has also advised clients in relation to town and village green applications

Achievements & other appointments

Kate has been ranked as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Chambers UK Legal Directory since 2021, one of only two ranked planning associates in the South.

Kate also advised on the planning aspects for the Kent Corporate Finance Alliance Corporate Deal of the Year in 2019/2020, awarded for the firm’s work with North Kent College. For her work with local authorities, she was placed as one of the top planning lawyers in the country in 2017.

Clients describe her as being a ‘pleasure to work with’, having a ‘great depth of knowledge’, ‘her knowledge of the planning law is second to none’ and being ‘highly professional and on top of her subject area’.


Kate Jardine, Chambers 2024


Kate graduated with a BA (Hons) Management and Public Policy (University of Brighton, East Sussex) and received a Post-graduate Diploma in Law (University of Law, Bloomsbury – London). Kate qualified as a solicitor in 2005.

Kate has also completed the Common Professional Examination (University of Law, Bloomsbury – London).