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As one of the 'very top planning law practices in the country', BDB Pitmans fields a 'talented group of partners and associates' who have 'huge depth of expertise in this area'. Its four parliamentary agents - Angus Walker, Nick Evans, Nick Brown and David Mundy - are active in the promotion and opposition of major infrastructure projects in the transport, water, airports and energy areas; legislative drafting; and as advocates in inquiries and before parliamentary committees. Sarah Clark is likewise experienced in infrastructure planning, public inquiry work and securing compulsory purchase powers.

Practice head(s):Mark Challis, Stuart Thomson

Other key lawyers:David Mundy; Angus Walker; Nick Evans; Nick Brown; Sarah Clark

Testimonials

'Nick Brown is a sage counsellor with immense experience and a joy to work with, and David Mundy approaches his cases with infinite care and sound judgement'.

'Nick Brown is experienced, canny and able to bring momentum to even the most challenging of projects. A born diplomat with reliable delivery and first-class service.'

'Sarah Clark is a superbly safe pair of hands, with a focus and insight that clients appreciate. Impressive, effective, innovative and worth every penny. '

'BDP Pitmans brings an attention to detail, a wish to support and deliver, and a passion for the subject which helps win over even the hard-nosed members of our client team.'

Key Clients

National Audit Office

HS2 objections, including the Greater Manchester Authorities and Leeds City Council

Transport for London

Riveroak Investments

London Resort Company Holdings

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to the National Audit Office in relation to public law and parliamentary matters, including the Home Office’s handling of the Windrush affair and the financial aspects of the EU Withdrawal Agreement.
  • Providing ongoing advice to a wide range of parties affected by Phases 2a and 2b of the HS2 project, which included representation on behalf of clients before the Select Committee proceedings for the High Speed Rail Bill, negotiating assurances and undertakings from the promoters, and securing changes to the legislation.
  • Advising Transport for London on all aspects of the authorisation of the Crossrail 2 scheme, including matters regarding environmental assessment and public consultation.

Pinsent Masons LLP is actively involved in the promotion and opposition of a wide range of nationally significant projects in the railway, urban transit, ports and harbours, aviation and waterways sectors. Parliamentary agents Robbie Owen and Richard Bull are experienced in matters involving the planning and consenting process through development consent orders, Transport and Works Act (TWA) orders, and hybrid bills. Francis Tyrrell advises the public and private sectors on the powers and correct procedure of public authorities, judicial review and consultations.

Practice head(s):Robbie Owen

Other key lawyers:Francis Tyrell; Richard Bull

Testimonials

'The Pinsent Masons parliamentary team has a unique level of technical skill. Richard Bull is a very experienced parliamentary draftsman. He has political experience and connections which other lawyers and firms simply do not, and his understanding of parliamentary procedure and operations is formidable. He is backed by a very able team of colleagues, notably Robbie Owen, who is very committed to his clients.'

'Pinsent Masons is one of four firms that are pre-eminent in this field. Pinsent Masons stands out by reason of the leadership in this field of Robbie Owen, whose energy and commercial acumen have driven its success.'

'Francis Tyrrell is a top-tier expert in his specialised field.'

Work highlights

  • Advised various promoters of the proposed Silvertown Tunnel in London; London’s Northern line extension to Battersea; and the A14 improvement scheme in Cambridgeshire.

Key areas of expertise for Sharpe Pritchard LLP include the promotion of and opposition to major infrastructure projects, along with specialist knowledge of planning law, compulsory purchase, and environmental and highways law and practice. The team also promotes legislation for public bodies which require additional statutory powers and require support in matters of public law and regulatory work. Names to note are practice head Alastair Lewis and Emyr Thomas, both of whom are parliamentary agents specialising in the promotion and opposition of private and hybrid legislation in Parliament and electoral law. Aidan Dickinson has a niche specialisation in compulsory purchase and urban and housing regeneration.

Practice head(s):Alastair Lewis

Other key lawyers:Emyr Thomas; Aidan Dickinson

Testimonials

'Parliamentary work is very specialised and Sharpe Prichard has both great institutional and individual knowledge of the practices and procedures. Anyone using Sharpe Pritchard could not be in better hands.'

'Alastair Lewis has vast experience, great tactical thinking and is unflappable.'

'Emyr Thomas is extremely bright, willing and very good with clients.'

Key Clients

Staffordshire County Council

National Farmers Union (NFU)

Yarlet Trust

National Trust

Cheshire East Council

Work highlights

  • Advised on Staffordshire County Council's objection to the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill (HS2 Phase 2A) and now advising on its objection to Additional Provision 2 promoted by the promoters of HS2 Phase 2A.
  • Acted for the National Farmers Union in its petition against the HS2 Phase 2A Bill in the House of Commons and on its objection to Additional Provision 2  promoted by the promoters of HS2 Phase 2A.
  • Objected to the Norfolk Vanguard development consent order on behalf of the National Trust.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP has 'great bench strength' in the promotion of infrastructure projects and drafting and promoting legislation, particularly private bills and other statutory authorisations and delegated legislation. The team is particularly noted for its work in the promotion of projects relating to railways and harbours, and advising on hybrid bills for central government to authorise HS2, Crossrail and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Key advisers include practice head Paul Irving, Alison Gorlov, Hazel Anderson, Alex Dillistone and Jane Wakeham.

Practice head(s):Paul Irving

Other key lawyers:Hazel Anderson; Alex Dillistone; Alison Gorlov; Jane Wakeham

Testimonials

'The team is one of very few that do parliamentary agency work and technical harbour authority legislative work'

'Paul Irving is an outstandingly clever and efficient partner, and the only one who I have seen leading counsel defer to on matters of law'

'The most able and authoritative firm in this specialist field. Utterly reliable and a pleasure to work with. Genuinely exceptional.'

'Paul Irving is the best there is. Superb intellect, authoritative lawyer, wonderful judgement. Modest and straightforward in all he does.'

'Hazel Anderson is a tremendous foil to Paul Irving. Fantastic drive and attention to detail. Fearless in her judgement and analysis. Engaging and refreshing team player.'

'Alex Dillistone is an excellent lawyer: he is independent minded, with brilliant client focus. Calm but tenacious with superb judgement.'

Key Clients

HS2

Crossrail

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has extensive experience in providing multi-disciplinary advice to public and private sector clients, and has been involved in some of the most significant recent infrastructure deals, including the first Private Finance 2 transaction to close in the UK. The practice is headed by Mark Richards and Adam Dann. Christian Drange is recommended for planning and environmental work, as is Roll A parliamentary agent Helen Kemp.

Practice head(s):Mark Richards, Adam Dann

Other key lawyers:Christian Drange; Helen Kemp

Work highlights

  • Advised Amber Infrastructure on its successful bid in the £2.4bn government-backed ‘Priority Schools Building Programme’ using a unique financing model of a bespoke pooled aggregator funding vehicle.
  • Advised 3i Infrastructure on its investment in the Mersey Gateway Bridge, a public-private partnership project which involves the design, build, finance and operation of a 1km tolled bridge across the River Mersey in Liverpool.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's areas of expertise span the promotion and opposition of private bills in Parliament; acting on behalf of Network Rail and Transport for London, as well as local authorities and objectors, on TWA orders and other statutory orders; and compulsory purchase, land compensation and other issues affecting the implementation of infrastructure projects. Parliamentary agents Stephen Collings and Monica Peto and real estate partners Morag Thompson and Stuart Andrews are the key contacts. James O’Connor specialises in the consenting of public infrastructure projects, including the promotion of TWA orders, harbour orders and development consent orders.

Practice head(s):Stuart Andrews

Other key lawyers:Monica Peto; Morag Thompson; Stuart Andrews; James O’Connor

Testimonials

'The team are very focused on delivery of Hybrid Bills and Transport and Works Act Orders'.

'Stephen Collings is a capable and proactive Partner, he has a lot of experience in Hybrid Bill and TWAO promotion, which is rare in the market place. He is committed to delivering the job and will work long hours if necessary to deliver'

'Good energy and good knowledge'.

 

 

Work highlights

  • Advising Network Rail on the promotion of the Network Rail (West Coast Main Line) Orders 2003 and 2004 and continuing to act on the promotion of the West Coast Main Line upgrade project.
  • Advising PD Teesport on the harbour revision and TWA orders to authorise the Northern Gateway Container Terminal at Teesside.
  • Acting for onshore and offshore wind farm developers in connection with the consenting of wind farms and associated infrastructure.

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