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Oliver Bussell


Oliver advises clients on a wide range of commercial property matters, bringing his particular expertise in planning law to bear and finding practical solutions to what can appear intractable problems.

Oliver practised exclusively as a planning lawyer both in the commercial sector and in-house, before broadening his expertise to commercial property on his return to private practice in 2015. He helps clients implement strategic planning solutions that protect and enhance land and property assets, also providing support to local authority in-house planning teams as well as to other public sector bodies. His approach is based on a clear-eyed and objective appraisal of his clients’ legal position to enable them to achieve successful planning outcomes.

Planning expertise

  • Negotiating a wide range of section 106 agreements for landowners and developers across residential and commercial developments.
  • Obtaining a CLEUD for a European motocross champion for the continued use of a motorbike track at his home in East Sussex; also removing conditions.
  • Advising on enforcement by LPAs including obtaining withdrawal of a Breach of Condition Notice.
  • Planning law support to the firm’s property, corporate and private clients.

Commercial property expertise

  • Negotiating agreements for lease and leases for a major insurance client of the firm across multiple sites nationally.
  • 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.
  • Advising on multiple leases of B8 warehousing for a drinks distributor client; and on its agreement for lease and lease of its first retail venture in Hackney, East London.
  • Acting on the purchase with overage of a school building for redevelopment, and the lease back of that building to an education provider.

What Oliver’s clients say

Quotation marks

“I contacted Rix & Kay with a fairly complex and long winded query which was acknowledged and understood immediately. We were working to a tight deadline, however, Oliver submitted a report in an impressive timeframe and was easy to digest and understand. Some very helpful advice and information was provided. I would definitely contact Rix & Kay again for any further corporate or commercial legal advice.”
Ms F, Corporate client

Quotation marks

“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 & Kay to anyone.”
Helen Williams, Director, Studor Limited

Quotation marks

“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.”
Mr & Mrs S, private clients