Appointments: Law firm Walker Morris hires planning barrister; Renumeration committee chairman hired at CPP

Former planning barrister Alison Ogley has been hired at Walker Morris as partner.

She rejoins Walker Morris having previously worked in the firm’s planning & environment team before moving to Kings Chambers to practice as a barrister.

Alison brings particular specialist expertise in wildlife and biodiversity matters having obtained a Masters in environmental law and advising on the first case to obtain Secretary of State approval for the use of biodiversity offsetting to mitigate development impacts on wildlife.

Richard Sagar, partner in the Walker Morris Planning & Environmental team at Walker Morris commented: “Alison’s experience as both a solicitor and a barrister reinforces the Team’s existing substantial advocacy expertise and is an excellent fit with the team.

“Our ability to represent clients in the courts is hugely beneficial to our clients as it simplifies the whole process and gives them continuity of representation and background knowledge of a case.

“Having worked with Alison for many years at the start of her career we are delighted to welcome her back to the team and to expand our resources in this specialist practice area.”

Alison commented: “It is a privilege to work closely with clients, building long term relationships and adding value to their business, in such an exciting field of law.

“The technical complexity and fast paced development of planning and environment law requires exacting standards and attention to detail, which is assisted by the rigour of providing advocacy services at the ‘coal face’.

“I’m delighted to be returning to Walker Morris where I began my career. Walker Morris is renowned as one of the leading law firms in planning and environmental law and I welcome the opportunity to work with the team again.”


Life assistance business CPP Group has hired Tim Elliott as a non-executive director and audit committee chairman

He will join the group with effect from 1 September 2017, subject to regulatory approval.

Tim has many years’ experience in the financial services sector, including with J P Morgan, Barclays Capital and, most recently, as a partner of KPMG.

Chairman, Sir Richard Lapthorne, commented: “On behalf of the Board I am delighted to welcome Tim to CPP.

“He brings a wealth of experience in financial services and will undoubtedly make a significant contribution as we move into the next phase of the Group’s development. The other board members and I very much look forward to working with him.”