A leading set specialising in commercial, construction, insurance and property law
Hardwicke is delighted to welcome Martha Grekos, a leading planning barrister, who joins on 1st February 2019.
“Martha is a significant addition to Hardwicke’s leading property team,“ says John de Waal QC. “We are already known for our excellence in commercial landlord and tenant, development, housing, leasehold, real property and trusts of land. Now we are able to offer clients first rate planning expertise.” John’s enthusiasm is echoed by Brie Stevens-Hoare QC. “Martha is extremely well-known in planning circles and her expertise will be of enormous value to Hardwicke’s property and development offering to clients. Martha’s insightful, forward looking grasp of the property sector as a whole and her dynamic “can do” approach make her a very exciting addition to the Hardwicke Property team.”
Martha explains: “Having decided that I wished to move back to the independent Bar after working as an employed barrister, I was looking for a set that not only offered top property expertise but also suited my personal style. I am a very practical lawyer who will roll up my sleeves and look for solutions that meet clients’ needs. In Hardwicke I have found everything I was looking for: a leading and modern property chambers which prides itself on first rate client service and thinking outside the box.”
Chief Executive, Amanda Illing agrees: “This appointment confirms Hardwicke’s status as a leading property set. Martha is a very dynamic professional and a real mover and shaker in the property world. Voted by Property Week’s “40 Under 40” as one of the rising stars and most influential people in the property industry aged under 40 (2017), Martha’s drive, energy and ambition will fit in perfectly with Hardwicke’s ethos.”
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.
Martha has been an employed barrister for many years, working for leading firms Herbert Smith Freehills, BLP, Eversheds, Irwin Mitchell and Howard Kennedy. She also taught planning law at Cambridge University.
Hardwicke’s property team is recognised as a leading set by both Chambers UK and Legal 500 with a substantial number of the team being independently recommended. Both John de Waal QC and Brie Stevens-Hoare QC have won Real Estate Silk of the Year at the Legal 500 and Chambers Bar Awards respectively. Brie also won Barrister of the Year at the Modern Law Awards 2019 whilst Hardwicke was highly commended as Chambers of the Year. Hardwicke is also shortlisted for Chambers of the Year at the Lexis Nexis Awards and Amanda Illing won Chief Executive of the Year at the Legal 500 Awards.