Ex-Savills planner called to Bar

Peter Dixon, former head of planning and regeneration for Savills in the North of England, has completed his retraining as a barrister at Exchange Chambers in Manchester.

Dixon was a founding partner of planning firm Hepher Dixon which was acquired by Savills in 2007. Dixon became head of planning for the North, but left in 2011 to begin his transfer to the Bar. He joined Exchange Chambers in Manchester at the start of this year to help the chambers build its planning expertise, and was voted in as a full member last week which means he can now act on behalf of clients in court.

Dixon said: "From the outset of my career I have been fortunate to be involved in complex and challenging planning and development projects.

"As a practicing barrister I intend to continue to specialise in planning and property, building on the experience I gained during my first career and developing my particular interests in infrastructure and energy planning and in the interaction between planning control and other areas of public and private law. Exchange Chambers is one of the largest sets in the country so this is a wonderful opportunity for me."

Tom Handley, director of chambers at Exchange Chambers, said: "Peter has the skills, experience and contacts to develop a very successful career at the Bar. His track record speaks for itself and we are very pleased to further develop our planning expertise with his arrival at Chambers."

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