About Us

Approachable and able to explain advice in layman’s terms.
Wealth of experience and easy to deal with.
Excellent balance between technical advice and negotiation skills.
Succeeded due to excellent contacts and good working relationship with council officers.
Never fails to deliver and is a joy to work with.
Secured valuable planning permission even in most difficult circumstances.

Tracey Merrett, is a solicitor of 32 years post qualification experience in local government, planning and environmental law. She worked for four local authorities as an employee before joining Norton Rose in London to specialise in planning law. After joining Masons in London to head up their Environmental Law department, Tracey returned to Bristol to live and worked for Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave before being head hunted by Osborne Clarke to set up their planning department. Having achieved this, Tracey set up her own niche practice in 1995, specialising in planning, environmental and local government law..

With a wealth of experience in the development industry, Tracey is familiar with all aspects of the development and planning process, advising on strategy and tactics, with negotiation being a particular strength.

Tracey has dealt with all aspects of planning law including inquiries into the redevelopment of County Hall, London a £4 billion scheme, motorway service stations, housing developments, business parks, national infrastructure projects and retail developments. She has also appeared at numerous local plan inquiries and s78 inquiries, representing major developers.

To add to her numerous achievements, Tracey has written sections of Butterworths Planning Encyclopedia and part of a university text book for Town and Country Planning students in conjunction with UWE. Speaking at many conferences on planning and environmental matters for RICS, RIBA, and the Law Society, Tracey frequently presents CPD lectures on these subjects to other solicitors.