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Mark Dixon

Partner and Head of Planning & Development

Mark advises a wide range of public and private sector clients in all aspects of planning and property development matters.

He has been very fortunate to have worked either directly, or to have had some involvement in all the major development projects in our area over the past 20 years. These have ranged in scale and scope from The Deep Millennium project in Hull, to new housing delivery across Yorkshire, to the new £100m R&D facility at Reckitt Benckiser in Hull.

Mark loves seeing our built environment grow and evolve and gets great pleasure from playing a part in that process.

He likes the fact that no day is the same, and feels lucky that his work often takes him out of the office to current and potential development sites. He is pro-active in his approach to projects, and enjoys donning his wellington boots for a site visit with clients and the professional team before getting stuck into the legal detail.

  • Mark Dixon is one of the leading planning and development lawyers in the region. The team as a whole have an excellent reputation for client relationships. Rollits adapted quickly to the challenges posed by the recent pandemic.

    UK Legal 500 2023 - Planning
  • Great with clients and a safe pair of hands. Leading planning expert in the area

    UK Legal 500 2020 - Planning


Graduating in Law from Durham University in 1995, Mark worked on a social housing project for The East Riding of Yorkshire Council before starting his legal training with a firm in Middlesbrough. He transferred his period of training to Rollits at the end of 1998, qualifying into the Planning & Development team in 1999.


Mark specialises in planning promotion work, planning appeals, planning agreements; infrastructure agreements; and advising on options and conditional purchase contracts.

He acts for several landowners, house builders, and commercial developers, and has considerable experience in site assembly projects, dealing with the acquisition, planning, infrastructure, and construction aspects of projects.