Oliver Wright


The Law Society

Middle Temple

Oliver Wright

Partner and Head of Planning

Oliver is the head of Forsters planning team.  He advises on all aspects of planning, compulsory purchase, and related areas of law.  

His practice encompasses a wide range of development companies, private and public sector clients, and institutional investors. Notable recent projects include, in December 2015 gaining planning permission for the largest residential planning application there has ever been in London, and the second largest ever in the UK – Greenwich Peninsula; acting on tall buildings in the City and City fringe, Canary Wharf and the wider Isle of Dogs area, and the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea opportunity area; and several contentious and sensitive redevelopments in Westminster.

Oliver has established a particular track record in Central London, most notably in and around the City of Westminster, and supports the development process at all stages including through the delivery of required statutory agreements. 

The practice's work also now extends to significant regeneration and infrastructure projects, including advice on the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the Bank Station Upgrade, and the Silvertown Tunnel; and more generally, schemes of regeneration involving the exercise of compulsory purchase powers by local authorities. In these areas, Oliver has a particular specialism for dealing with compensation law.

Oliver is particularly focused on new and emerging areas of planning law and has written extensively about some of these evolving trends.     

He was called to the Bar in 2004, and spent six years at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, where he cross qualified as a solicitor. He joined Forsters in September 2011. Oliver was promoted to partner in 2014, and head of department in April 2015.

Oliver was recently recognised as a "Leading Individual" in Chambers UK 2016, and a "Recommended Lawyer" in the Legal 500 UK, 2015. 

Awards and recognitions

  • Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2014 Logo
  • Legal 500 UK 2015, Recommended Lawyer
  • Chambers UK 2016, Leading Individual


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"His advice is always sound; he knows the pitfalls well and can advise accordingly. He is also able to provide creative planning solutions to complex legal issues." Chambers UK, 2017
Sources note "he is extremely bright and very commercial; he is very good to work with." Chambers UK, 2016
"Knowing that our clients will be impressed by the service they receive from a nominated solicitor is vital to our long term relationships - the Forsters team repeatedly provide an exemplary service."
Chambers HNW, 2017