Ros Trotman

As a Partner in Thrings’ Planning and Environment team, Ros has extensive expertise in advising on a wide range of development schemes, acting for housebuilders, housing associations, developers, promoters and landowners.

Heading up the firm’s Development of Land sector, a multi-disciplinary team providing a cradle to grave service to developers and landowners, Ros’ expertise in planning and environmental policies and regulations are a key component in development schemes from a few new homes through to thousands of new homes, commercial spaces, and supporting infrastructure.

Having joined the firm in 2014 following a number of years in local government, Ros was made a partner in 2019 and today is ranked as a leader in Planning in the South West by Chambers & Partners and recommended by Legal 500.

On the non-contentious side, Ros drafts and negotiates infrastructure agreements including section 106 agreements and highways agreements, advises on planning strategy for development schemes, interpretation of planning policies and Community Infrastructure Levy. Meanwhile, on the contentious side, Ros is experienced in planning appeals, resolution of planning enforcement matters and High Court challenges.  With environmental enhancements becoming ever more important in development schemes, Ros regularly advises on strategy and requirements including biodiversity net gain and nutrient neutrality.  

Alongside her role at Thrings, Ros is a strong advocate and role model for women in sector. A founding member of the firm’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion committee, she has also served as chair of the Women in Property South West committee and as a committee member for Women in Social Housing South West. 

Ros is a regular public speaker in the development sector, including chairing and presenting at a number of Net Zero events this year alongside other sector leaders. She was also included in the Insider Property Power list 2019 as one of the top 50 most influential people in the South West.