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Bircham Dyson Bell’s team is heavily involved in advising public authorities, private companies, charities and individuals on the HS2 Bill. Roll ‘A’ parliamentary agent Nicholas Brown advised National Grid on its application to secure consents for the construction of a new 60km electricity transmission line to serve Hinkley Point nuclear power station. Angus Walker heads the team, which includes Nicholas Evans, David Mundy and recently promoted partner Sarah Clark.

Eversheds LLP has ‘a market-leading understanding of the parliamentary process relating to national infrastructure projects’. Within the team, Stuart Andrews is advising National Grid on obtaining a development consent order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008 for the River Humber pipeline replacement project. Stephen Collings led the team advising Transport for London (TfL) on securing and implementing Transport for Works Act (TWA) powers to authorise the construction of the Bank station capacity upgrade project. Monica Peto is ‘a pragmatic lawyer’, who provides ‘excellent advice’.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team saw the arrival of Roll ‘A’ agent Richard Bull, who joined from Winckworth Sherwood LLP in October 2015. The infrastructure planning and government affairs team is led by Robbie Owen, who has ‘a very detailed knowledge and enormous experience of parliamentary procedure’ and ‘a good feel for the practicalities of what can be achieved before a select committee’. It remains a market leader in major transport planning projects and is currently advising TfL on a DCO application for a £1bn highway tunnel. Francis Tyrrell and Duncan O’Connor are ‘completely committed to their clients’ best interests’.

Sharpe Pritchard’s team, which is ‘very good at giving pragmatic advice and judging the mood and appetite of a select committee’, includes two Roll ‘A’ parliamentary agents, who specialise in representing local authorities in promoting or opposing bills. The group is acting for the National Farmers Union, Warwickshire County Council and The National Trust, among others, on petitioning against the HS2 hybrid bill. Alastair Lewis is ‘not only a very sound adviser but also a sympathetic advocate and very experienced all-round Parliamentary lawyer’. Emyr Thomas is also highly recommended.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP’s team is praised for its ‘encyclopaedic knowledge and consistently practical advice’. Paul Irving is ‘an absolute leader’ in promoting railway, harbour and other infrastructure projects. Alison Gorlov has a wealth of experience in infrastructure promotions and proceedings in parliament. Infrastructure planning specialist Hazel Anderson and transport sector expert Brian Greenwood are other names to note.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s team is part of its planning, construction and real estate department. The team advised on four infrastructure projects, which were promoted by way of DCO and is acting for clients petitioning against HS2. Tim Pugh provides ‘shrewd and realistic advice about what is sensible to achieve and how best to go about getting it’. Parliamentary counsel Daniel Greenberg and Parliamentary Agent Helen Kemp are valued for their ‘in-depth knowledge’.

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