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Tel +44 (0) 20 7300 4240 Fax +44 (0) 20 7300 7100 Email Alistair Download vCard
5 New Street Square
London EC4A 3TW
United Kingdom
DX 41 London

Alistair is a partner in the Real Estate group and head of Planning & Environment. He works closely with clients and advises on the range of planning and environmental issues that need to be addressed in obtaining planning permission and developing land.


Brentford Football Club Development of a new 20,000 seater sports stadium, and 901 residential units.
Saracens Rugby Club New Rugby stadium and training facilities to create a sporting and educational hub in the Green Belt, in North London.
Major Real Estate Development Company Redevelopment of 14 sites across London and the South-East for residential schemes.
Major Real Estate Development Company The redevelopment of St John's Wood Barracks for a major residential development.
Private Client and Wealth Acting for owners of listed buildings (Grade I, II* and II) on their renovation and new build proposals, including extensive subterranean proposals.
Major Real Estate Development Company Negotiation of Planning Agreements and revised viabilities under s106BA.


Since 2010 Partner and Head of Planning at Taylor Wessing
1994 - 2010 Associate at CMS Cameron McKenna


2003 Admitted as a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute
1999 Admission as a lawyer in England & Wales,
1994 Master of Laws in Planning (LLM) from University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
1992 BA Honours Degree

Memberships & Associations

Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute (2003)

Awards & Recognition

Alistair is ranked by Chambers 2016, where he is praised for his "drive, energy and commitment" to a project. "He has been one of the success factors in helping us achieve our objective" commented one client.

He is also ranked for Planning by Legal 500 2014 - "Alistair Watson is 'superb - a pleasure to do business with'."

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