Samuel joined Rapleys in August 2018 as an Associate in the town planning department.

Samuel previously worked for Gerald Eve LLP as part of their West End Planning and Development team for nine years and has also gained experience working for Grass Roots Planning Limited based in Bristol for an 18 month period.

Samuel has extensive experience advising clients on a wide range of planning and development matters including development control (residential/commercial/mixed-use/education), site promotion, heritage / conservation and sports facilities delivery. His areas of expertise include planning appraisals, applications, discharging conditions, appeals and plan promotion.

Samuel has experience working with a wide range of clients including Redrow Homes, Grosvenor, The Great Portland Estate, Almacantar, Bristol City Football Club, Bristol Rugby Club and a number of private landowners /developers.


Dan is an Associate in the town planning department and has over ten years’ experience as a Chartered Town Planner. He joined Rapleys in July 2018 following roles at Walsingham Planning (Ian Jewson Planning until a merger in 2016) and RPS.

Dan has a range of experience in different areas of planning, with a particular focus on residential and residential-led mixed-use developments. His areas of expertise include planning appraisals, applications, appeals and development plan promotions. He also has significant experience in co-ordinating multi-disciplinary teams and the preparation of Environmental Statements.

Notable clients that Dan has worked with since joining Rapleys include Crest Nicholson, Vistry Homes (previously Bovis Homes), and Places for People.

Jason Mound leads the Land Development Project Management service offering having started with Rapleys in July 2018. Jason previously worked with national regeneration specialist St Modwen Properties plc and since led Atkins Land Development consultancy, also having worked previously in design and build contracting.

Jason offers clients land development management services through the full spectrum of development including due diligence, acquisition, planning, delivery and estate management phases helping optimise land assets. Jason’s key experience is in infrastructure planning and delivery, managing multi-disciplinary design teams and helping clients to de-risk their land assets, thus enabling land for development whether through sale of serviced land parcels or joint ventures with housing partners.

This service, coupled with Rapleys strategic land and planning consultancy, offers clients a unique insight in bringing forward land for development. Jason is currently supporting master developers and land owners on strategic land developments across the UK including Millbrook Park in Mill Hill and Canford Park in Poole.

Sarah joined Rapleys in March 2018 as an Associate in the Town planning Department following her consultancy roles with GL Hearn and RPS Group in Bristol. Sarah has a mix of private and public sector experience, having started her professional planning career as a Planning Officer in South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Management Team before moving to the private sector.

Within her consultancy roles, Sarah has advised a wide range of private sector clients including national and regional home builders, strategic land promoters and registered providers. She has extensive experience in project management and co-ordination of major schemes, and advises clients at all stages in the planning process, including: the completion of site appraisals, formulation of planning strategies, representations to local plan consultations, preparation and submission of a wide range of planning applications, co-ordination of Environmental Impact Assessments, and securing reserved matters approval.

Sarah has experience in strategic land promotions for residential and mixed-use schemes through all stages of the plan-making process and represents clients at Local Plan Examination Hearings. She is effective in leading and co-ordinating multi-disciplinary teams on a range of projects with a particular focus on major residential schemes.

Tony joined Rapleys as a partner in December 2017. Before joining the Partnership Tony was the Director responsible for leading GL Hearn’s Regional Planning Teams, prior to which he was Head of Planning at RPS Bristol. Tony has more than twenty-five years’ experience as a professional planner, with almost twenty of these spent within consultancy.

Tony advises a wide range of commercial and public sector clients and has acted successfully on many large and high-profile projects, including:

  • DP World London Gateway Container Port for Shell and P&O Ports
  • Barton Farm 2,000 dwelling urban extension to Winchester for CALA Homes
  • 2,500 dwelling Hunts Grove urban extension to Gloucester for Crest Nicholson
  • Major leisure, retail and tourism proposals extending to 500,000 sq ft for Aviva and the Eden Project

Tony has acted for many of the major UK home builders and housing providers including Crest Nicholson, Vistry Group, Taylor Wimpey, Places for People, Barratt Homes, Persimmon Homes, Mactaggart & Mickel, Bloor Homes and CALA Homes; and has advised regional home builders such as Redcliffe Homes.  He has also acted for land promoters such as Gallagher Developments and Heron Land and public sector bodies including Severn Trent Water Ltd, Thames Valley Police Authority and the Association of Chief Police Officers. Tony has also advised a number of leading independent schools and acted for the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association.

Tony is an experienced expert witness having acted on behalf of clients at major planning inquiries and examinations in public across the country. He has significant experience in successfully managing and leading multi-disciplinary teams on a wide range of major projects with a particular focus on large scale residential schemes.

Harriet joined Rapleys in September 2017 as a planner, based in Bristol. She assists the team with site appraisals and drafts planning statements for both residential and retail sectors.

Harriet is currently working towards gaining her charted membership of the RTPI. She also has experience in project management, managing and preparing submissions for a range of projects including change of use, discharge of conditions, S73 and full planning applications within a number of Local Authority  Areas across the UK. The majority of these are within the retail, commercial and healthcare sector.

Harriet can offer clients advice on whether planning permission is required and the likelihood of permission being gained.


Dan joined Rapleys in 2016 to establish a dedicated Neighbourly Matters service area within the Building Consultancy team delivering Rights to Light, Daylight & Sunlight Amenity, Party Walls and Access Arrangement services.

Formerly, Dan had spent over a decade with Watts Group Limited (previously known as Watts & Partners) working for numerous clients primarily within the commercial property sector. Here he honed his skills and built a reputation for specialising in Neighbourly Matters besides undertaking other traditional Building Surveying services such as Technical Due Diligence and Defects Analysis.

Dan prides himself in establishing and building strong relationships with clients and project teams. His focus on Neighbourly Matters centres around risk management and ensuring clients can maximise the development potential from their sites. When acting ‘the other side of the fence’ he ensures clients assets are well represented and their assets are suitably protected.

Dan is Secretary of the Severnside branch of the Pyramus & Thisbe Club who promote excellence in the field of Party Wall practice. He also sits on the RICS Great Western Committee. He has mentored many Building Surveyors through their Assessment of Professional Competence and he regularly gives seminars on Neighbourly Matters to developers, solicitors and professionals within the property industry.


Simon joined Rapleys in 2002 as a graduate building surveyor and is now a partner in building consultancy. He has experience in all property sectors with particular specialism within the railway, industrial and residential sectors.

He also specialises in residential dilapidation matters and leads multi-disciplinary teams in the preparation and negotiation of complex dilapidations claims for bulk rented housing estates.

Simon is an Incorporated Member of the Association for Project Safety and has experience in all matters of Health and Safety Consultancy. He has acted as CDM co-ordinator and more recently as principle designer on large scale commercial and residential construction projects.

He is experienced in developing bespoke forms for tablet based, electronic data capture and in running projects to undertake detailed surveys of property portfolios in excess of 600 properties.


James is a senior associate in Rapleys’ lease consultancy team and has a wide range of commercial property experience. He has professionally represented a range of institutional landlords and private individuals, and is a RICS Registered Valuer.

He specialises in all aspects of lease consultancy work including the negotiation of rent reviews, lease renewals and lease re-gears. He also undertakes Red Book Valuations for loan security and other purposes.

James joined Rapleys in 2013. Prior to this he worked at Strettons Chartered Surveyors in London for nine years where he split his time between commercial agency, Red Book Valuations and lease consultancy.