Oliver Bussell


Oliver advises clients on a wide range of commercial property matters bringing his expertise in planning law to bear and finding practical solutions to what can appear intractable problems.  Oliver practiced exclusively as a planning lawyer both in the commercial sector and in-house, before widening his expertise to commercial property on his return to private practice in 2015.

Oliver’s clients

Oliver works in partnership with landowners, developers and investors helping them to implement strategic planning solutions that protect and enhance land and property assets. Throughout his time in practice, Oliver has also provided strategic planning advice to local authority in-house planning teams and to other public sector bodies.

Experience and approach

Oliver has a detailed understanding of the legal intricacies and politics surrounding the planning process.  He is a member of the Planning Law Consultation board for Practical Law.co.uk.

His unique experience gives him a detailed understanding of the planning framework that allows him to outline a clear roadmap for his clients, from preparing a planning application all the way through to appeals and final determination.

His approach focuses on appraising his clients’ negotiating positions to enable them to achieve successful planning applications that are robust and stress-free.

Planning expertise

  • negotiating s106 agreements for landowners under promotion agreements/ their own development proposals prior to sale;
  • acting to obtain a CLEUD for a European motocross champion for continued use of motorbike track at his home in East Sussex;
  • advising on lawfulness of an LPA requiring s106 variation and successfully avoiding this; and
  • background planning law support to residential and commercial property colleagues on property transactions.

Commercial property expertise

  • negotiating a contract for the £5m sale of land with deferred consideration and overage;
  • acting for an SME developer in acquisition and refinancing of development sites in Tunbridge Wells;
  • advising on multiple leases of B8 warehousing for a drinks distributor and the agreement for lease and lease of its first retail venture in Hackney in East London;
  • negotiating an option over part of an estate and sale with overage over the remainder;
  • acting on the purchase with overage of a school building for redevelopment.

What Oliver’s clients say

“We have worked with Oliver on a couple of different matters, including one which was very urgent with a very tight timescale. We have been very happy with the service provided from the whole process of requesting a quotation for the work through to completion, and really appreciated the proactive approach to chase us up when there were deadlines involved! I would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Rix and Kay to anyone”.

Helen Williams, Director, Studor Limited

“Oliver’s diligent, personable and responsive manner, combined with the precision and value of his professional advice, underpinned our success at a Public Inquiry into a major commercial development scheme in Kent. He came highly recommended and confidently exceeded all expectations”.


“Oliver’s planning law expertise guided us round some potential pitfalls, resulting in a certificate of lawfulness over our rural property.  Throughout the process we found him attentive to the detail within the bigger picture and always very approachable”.

“I have to say that I am very satisfied with the way my case was handled. Whilst the original timescales were very challenging I do believe that every effort was made to meet them. I also particularly appreciate the speed and clarity with which I was informed of the progress and status and how the matters were handled.”


Oliver’s work

Advising a private developer on planning inquiry and s106 agreement

Oliver advised a major landowner who was seeking planning consent on appeal following refusal by a District Council. Oliver negotiated with the District and County Councils and brought a multi million pound section 106 agreement (including affordable housing) to the ongoing planning inquiry.  The proposals were consented following completion of the section 106 agreement.

Strategic s106 programme for London Borough of Redbridge

Oliver worked in partnership with London Borough of Redbridge’s in-house legal team to support the first ever implementation of Community Infrastructure Levy in England. Oliver project-managed and completed a large volume of s106 agreements within a very short time frame which ensured that Redbridge’s position as consenting authority was protected.