Experience and Background

Jay is a specialist planning solicitor at Howes Percival. He is experienced in all areas of planning law and supports his clients with the delivery of strategic residential development including large urban extensions and allocations, in addition to commercial, agricultural and renewable energy projects. Recommended in the Legal 500, Jay’s clients include national house builders, promoters and local planning authorities who describe him as having “excellent judgement and very good attention to detail”.

Over the years, Jay has accrued significant experience in judicial review and planning appeals. He has defended countless developers and local planning authorities against challenges to planning permissions, with continued success in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Many of these cases are now considered to be leading authorities on matters such as Environmental Impact Assessment and Appropriate Assessment. Jay is therefore relied on by many applicants and local planning authorities to guide them through the application process to ensure planning permissions may be secured robustly and the development may proceed without delay.

Jay also has considerable experience in drafting complex section 106 agreements and highways agreements for schemes across the country, and provides regular advice on other matters such as enforcement, certificates of lawfulness, compulsory purchase, town and village greens, listed buildings consent and permitted development rights.

  • 2021 - Present: Howes Percival LLP, Partner
  • 2018 - 2021: Howes Percival LLP, Director
  • 2015 - 2018: Howes Percival LLP, Associate Solicitor 
  • 2012 - 2015: Howes Percival LLP, Solicitor
  • 2010 - 2012: Howes Percival LLP, Trainee Solicitor
  • 2009 - 2010: College of Law, Birmingham
  • 2007 - 2009: Howes Percival LLP
  • 2007: Graduated from the University of East Anglia 

Jay Mehta has significant experience defending developers and planning authorities in judicial reviews and planning appeals. A client reports: "I had a very positive experience working with Jay. He is always quick to respond and has a first-rate understanding of all planning law matters, which he combines with a commercial outlook." 

Chambers and Partners

"Jay Mehta has high standards of client care and willingness to provide advice in a timely manner. He has excellent knowledge of planning case law and practice, which he combines with a high level of commercial understanding and professional approach."

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