"[Martha Grekos] is energetic, proactive and driven."
“[Martha Grekos] has expertise in the planning and transport acts. She is always extremely customer friendly and gives clear and concise advice.”
Martha is voted as one of the most influential women in planning in The Planner's Women of Influence 2018.
Martha is an expert in all aspects of planning law, with a focus on the promotion and implementation of large complex urban regeneration projects and major infrastructure projects, often in the fields of transport and energy.
She specialises in promoting redevelopment projects that are politically sensitive and involve large and complex environmental impact assessments, compulsory purchase orders, highway orders, planning agreements and appeal court proceedings including judicial review. She also drafts and promotes Development Consent Orders and Transport and Works Act Orders and drafts and negotiates infrastructure agreements.
Prior to returning to the Bar, Martha has worked as an employed barrister (from Associate to Partner level) at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters, Eversheds, Irwin Mitchell and Howard Kennedy. She also taught planning law at the University of Cambridge.
Martha prides herself on her client service. She is a lawyer known for her ability to unlock issues in order to find a way through coming to an agreement with all parties involved in a planning/development project.
Martha has substantial planning experience, details of some of the schemes which she has worked on are set out in the tabs on her profile.
Development & Planning
National significant energy and infrastructure projects
Martha was recommended in both Chambers UK and Legal 500 when working as Partner (employed Barrister) in law firms in the City.
She was also listed as one of the top three planning lawyers in the UK by Planning (2016), ranked as one of the most influential women in planning by The Planner (2018) and voted by Property Week “40 Under 40” as one of the rising stars and most influential people in the property industry aged under 40 (2017).
- Weekly contributor to planning practice points in Estates Gazette (2016 to present)
- Contributor to the National Planning Infrastructure Service (2015-2017)
- Assistant Editor to the Journal of Planning and Environmental Law (Sweet & Maxwell) (1998-2013)
- Assistant Editor to the Encyclopaedia of Environmental Law (Sweet & Maxwell) (2000-2013)
- Assistant Editor of the Journal of Water Law (2000-2008)
- Monthly case-reporter for the Planning and Environmental Law Bulletin (2000-2001)
- Contributing author Environmental Law in Property Transactions (Tottel, 2009)
- Co-author, Environmental Law (Sweet and Maxwell, 2008)
- Author, Planning Factbook (Gee Publishing, a subsidiary of Sweet & Maxwell, 2005)
- Town and Country Planning Association
- Planning and Environmental Bar Association
- National Infrastructure Planning Association
- Compulsory Purchase Association
- Cambridge University Land Society
- Chicks with Bricks
- LL.M., University of Cambridge
- LL.B. (Hons) Law, University of Bristol
Martha is an Associate of Newnham College, University of Cambridge (2010-2018) and a school Governor at Eltham Hill School (2018 to present).
Martha supports and is involved with: Women in Planning, Women in Property, Women Talk RE, Re:Women, Chicks with Bricks, Women in the City, and Women in Transport. She is also a member of the Fawcett Society.
Martha is also currently assisting to set up a social enterprise focusing on bringing communities and developments closer together.