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Oliver Martin, Director

Bickley Martin was founded by Oliver Martin in 2016. Previously, Oliver was National Head of Planning at Irwin Mitchell having established a planning team at that firm over the previous six years.

Oliver is a leading planning solicitor specialising in providing advice to developers on major projects across the country. He has particular experience in drafting and negotiating complex Section 106 agreements required in relation to major residential-led mixed use schemes.


Oliver’s recent experience includes:

  • Land at Bromham Road Bedford – acting for Hallam Land Management Limited providing legal planning advice generally and negotiating the Section 106 agreement relating to this major mixed use scheme on the edge of Bedford comprising 1200 dwellings together with employment development and community infrastructure including a primary school.
  • Albany Park, Church Crookham Hampshire – acting for Martin Grant Homes Limited drafting and negotiating the Section 106 agreement in support of the successful planning appeal for the residential development of 315 dwellings at this site.
  • Land at Mickle Well Park, Daventry – acting for Landform Estates drafting and negotiating the S106 agreement for this residential-led scheme comprising 450 dwellings together with community infrastructure including a school and significant open space provision.
  • Meon Vale, Stratford-upon-Avon – acting for St Modwen providing legal planning advice on a range of matters and also negotiating the Section 106 agreement over a very short period in order to secure permission for this development scheme of 550 dwellings.

Oliver is recognised as a leader in his field by Chambers and Partners being ranked in Band 1 and described as a highly regarded practitioner working on many major large scale residential schemes and regenerations for significant clients. Sources say he is “a first class lawyer, detailed, personable, and with a complete understanding of the subject”. Chambers UK 2016