“I have had the pleasure and benefit of utilising the expertise of Sue Jones of ADS-plan as an expert witness in a recent County Court dispute over work carried out by my professional client. I have no hesitation at all in recommending her services. Not only was her work of the highest professional competence she proved more than a match for her counterpart when the experts instructed on both sides in the litigation were required to provide a joint statement of experts to the Court pursuant to the Civil Procedure Rules. She demonstrated such a mastery of the legal principles and complex factual issues involved in the dispute that the other side had, effectively, to abandon their own expert and concede liability with an enormous saving of time and considerable cost to the client. Needless to say she is now first in the queue of preferred expert witnesses in her chosen specialist field of expertise across Chambers. She is extremely approachable, efficient and professional and (quite a rarity in my experience) actually provides an expert report and her expertise on the matters on which she is asked to report. Her reports were coherent; well presented and evidenced based. A real model of how an expert witness should go about their business as an expert to the Court. I cannot recommend her services highly enough.”
My company City Outdoor Media which specialises in large format outdoor billboards has used other planning specialists in the past but had a number of refusals. We then turned to Susan Jones based upon a recommendation. Susan has a meticulous knowledge of planning law and has proved absolutely invaluable to my business, securing a number of high-profile planning consents in places where we were initially told by the local authority that permission would be refused. I cannot recommend her highly enough and would personally never use any other planning specialist than Susan.
Susan is a highly professional and highly regarded planning consultant with an unsurpassable in-depth knowledge of her field, an incredible eye to detail, excellent judgment, and who fully engages with and commits herself to each and every one of her clients. Recently, I have worked with Susan on several enforcement matters, for which she has a particular expertise not only as an expert planning advisor and witness in enforcement notice appeals but also in civil court proceedings resisting planning injunctions, and her clear grasp of all relevant issues, however complex, her excellent negotiating skills, and her innate ability to present and defend her arguments cogently and persuasively, both in writing and orally, are invaluable to achieving the best possible outcome for her clients. In addition, she is extremely personable, a real pleasure to work with and very popular with clients, and I would recommend her without hesitation.
I have worked with Susan on a number of successful appeals. Each case was awkward including either green development or building in the countryside. We won the appeals including costs and could not have done so without her sterling work. I have teamed up with many professionals over the years and consider Susan to be among the best. She is thorough, a very hard worker and someone with whom I would gladly go into battle against any planning authority. London and the South will benefit undoubtedly with her opening offices in the City. I can wholeheartedly recommend her as a planner.
I've worked with Sue on a number of occasions and most recently for City Outdoor on a complicated project in Shoreditch. She instructed me directly and her instructions were excellent. She has extensive knowledge of the operation of the planning system and is hands-on. She is extremely tenacious in her handling of applications and never gives up. On appeal she is an outstanding expert witness.