Planning barristers in select group as ‘women of influence’

Sarah Reid

Planning barristers Sarah Reid and Constanze Bell, from Manchester’s Kings Chambers, have been named in The Planner’s Women of Influence List for 2019.

Sarah and Constanze are two of only five barristers nationally that have been selected as Women of Influence.

The Planner says that its Women of Influence List is its annual publication of “the most influential women in and around Planning” as nominated by its readers and selected by its independent panel, and is “representative of the women whose dynamism, creativity, effectiveness and achievement has most affected the planning profession”.

Sarah has been recognised for her “outstanding advice”, experience, professionalism, and the support she gives to clients in planning inquiries.

One citation notes that Sarah is: “Easily one of the best barristers I have worked with in my 20 years as a planner.”

Sarah is also recognised for her work as an active member of Women in Planning (North West), which she has been involved in since its inception, and through which she has been an advocate for equality and diversity across the planning professions and the Bar.

Constanze is also included in the list as a result of her strong practice, and, in particular, is noted for the encouragement and support that she provides in enabling others to achieve their potential.

Constanze Bell

She is also recognised as being instrumental in founding Women in Planning (Yorkshire), for her work in representing the interests of junior barristers, and for inspiring young women to consider a career at the Bar.

Sarah and Constanze said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by one of the leading publications in the industry, alongside other outstanding women across the profession .”

Paul Tucker QC, deputy head of chambers and head of the planning team, said: “Kings Chambers’ planning team is proud of providing first-class representation to our clients, and proud that Sarah and Constanze’s success and expertise has been recognised in this way.”