Duncan Moors

Legal Director


Duncan is a Legal Director in the Planning Team specialising in planning and local government.

Duncan acts for a number of local authorities, most notably the London Borough of Wandsworth. He advises Wandsworth's Planning Applications Committee and Wandsworth's Planning Officers on all aspect of development management, policy making, enforcement, CIL and Section 106 Agreements.  

In addition to public sector clients, Duncan also acts for national housebuilders and private landowners on a wide range of planning and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Ashfords in 2016, Duncan worked in-house for Teignbridge District Council for over 17 years, latterly as Solicitor to the Council and Deputy Monitoring Officer.

Relevant experience

  • Local Authority: Advising on the county planning obligations for two new town expansion areas for c.2,000 new houses, a new primary school and commercial floorspace.
  • Local Authority: Advising on the establishment of a credit trading scheme for nutrient offsetting and biodiversity net gain including all aspects of the market to be set up and run by the private sector but with local authority engagement and endorsement.
  • Local Authority: Advising on appropriation powers, overcoming third party rights (including rights to light) and application to dispose of school land and school playing field in connection with the redevelopment of a primary school.
  • Local Authority: Advising a London Borough local housing company on the planning obligations for three large scale estate regeneration schemes.
  • Private Developer: Advising on a range of planning aspects of various development schemes, including planning strategy, Community Infrastructure Levy, permitted development rights and nutrient neutrality mitigation.
  • Local Authority: Defending planning appeals  and Judicial Review proceedings. 

Awards and Accreditations

Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2024

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