I am a Director (Barrister) at Martha Grekos Legal Consultancy Limited.
I specialise in Planning Law and Policy. I help clients realise their goals in gaining planning permission for large complex urban regeneration projects and strategic residential developments and major infrastructure projects, mainly transport and energy.
I have worked on some of the most complex and politically sensitive projects in London and nationwide, some of which are listed on this page. I am also currently a Board Member of the Thames Estuary Growth Board, a Panel Member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Board and also a strategic advisor to the Civil Aviation Authority advising on process, policy and key decisions surrounding the expansion of Heathrow Airport.
I think of my role as standing in the shoes of the client and working a part of a team to deliver a commercial outcome. I am not a lawyer that likes to just sit behind my desk and churn out the law. Instead, I focus on client service, rolling up my sleeves to unlock issues in order to find a way through – coming to an agreement with all parties involved.
Prior to returning to independent practice, I was a Partner and Head of Planning at a top city law firm. I also taught planning law at the University of Cambridge after I graduated with a Masters in Law from there. I write for many of the leading planning and real estate publications and I am an Editorial Board Member for Lexis Nexis and I am invited to speak regularly at many conferences.
I am ranked as one of the most influential women in planning (Planner, 2020), ranked in Chambers UK (2019) as an “up and coming” planning lawyer in London and recommended as a “Leading Planning Junior” in Legal 500 (2019). I am listed as one of the top three planning lawyers in the UK (Planning, 2016), and I have been voted by Property Week “40 Under 40” as one of the rising stars and most influential people in the property industry aged under 40 (2017).
Martha is a force of nature. From the quality of the projects in which she is or has been involved in, in key sites in London (the City, the West End, Barking, Holborn, Shaftesbury Avenue) and regionally (Welwyn Garden City, Cambridge), it is clear that she is operating at a very high level handling complex, high value and high profile planning cases.
Major call-in inquiry for 20 Fenchurch Street, “the walkie-talkie” a 38-storey building and Sky Garden
Redevelopment of Barking Riverside, the largest housing development of 10,800 homes in the Thames Gateway
Redevelopment of the Heygate Estate, centre of the Elephant & Castle £1.5 billion regeneration
Redevelopment of Centre Point, the iconic Grade II listed building and creation of The West End's newest culinary destination and public square at the base of the tower
Transport and Works Act Order to redevelop Bank Station to upgrade the station capacity and enable it to handle 40% more passengers
Hybrid bill to build and operate High Speed Two
Development Consent Order to construct and operate the nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C