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David Bird

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How Can David Help You?

David leads our Planning and Pipelines teams in our Bristol office.

David can advise on the whole range of planning law and property development issues you might encounter from judicial review, planning agreements, highways agreements, planning applications and appeals, environmental issues, applications for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP), planning objections, compulsory purchase (CPO) etc. He acts for local authorities, pipeline operators, government departments, landowners and developers.

David has worked in the commercial property sector since 2003 with a current focus on property development, infrastructure (especially cross-country pipelines), and complex challenges (such as judicial review). He has experience in a wide range of dispute resolution procedures from the High Court to mediation. He acts for pipeline operators accounting for more than half of the UK's cross-country oil pipeline network (>3,100km).

Meeting Your Needs

David's aim is to work with you to find practical strategies and acceptable resolutions in a friendly and approachable way.

With over ten years' prior experience also in property litigation and large scale development, he has experience taking projects from conception to completion. He can help you avoid pitfalls and make the most of your opportunities.

What Others Say

David has appeared in Chambers & Partners since 2011 and previous editions state that David "combines an analytical approach with a clear grasp of the practicalities and the strategic dimension" and in the 2016 edition he is described as "a bright, diligent lawyer who deals with clients and opponents with a laid-back, easy-going and twinkling charm."

South West: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Energy

VWV handles contentious and non-contentious instructions involving a range of renewable technologies, but is best known for its ‘invaluable knowledge of land ownership issues involving cross-country pipelines’. David Bird was instructed by Seabank Power to negotiate crossing agreements with Wessex Water and Ecotricity. Mainline Pipelines and CLH Pipeline System are among the team’s major pipeline clients. Edward Rimmell advised Hills Waste Solutions on the commercial and project agreements for its mechanical and biological treatment plant in Wiltshire. Ed Husband is a key contact in the disputes team, which has also been involved in various contentious matters for energy companies and energy purchasers. Jason Prosser heads the department.

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South West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

VWV provides advice to local authorities and emergency services. It advises on commercial matters, redevelopment, public sector-related employment law and pensions. Recent highlights include advising Dorset County Council in relation to the acquisition of new spaces for social care, housing and health facilities over the next 5 years. This involved creating partnerships with development partners and advising on procurement strategy, the matter is expected to be worth around £430m. Allison Cook heads the team, she specialises in employment and industrial law issues. David Bird focuses on planning, infrastructure and property development. Stephanie Rickard joined as partner from Burges Salmon LLP, she specialises in procurement and state aid matters. Mark Heath joined as a consultant. David Hansom left the firm. The practice provides ‘excellent service level’ and can ‘quickly assess instruction detail and requirements and provide extremely comprehensive advice in a very tight timescale’.

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South West: Real estate


Within: Planning

VWV provides ‘comprehensive and consistently solid planning advice’, but perhaps most importantly, the team ‘typically finds a way to add value to the projects on which it advises’. Headed by David Bird, the planning group handles a range of mandates, but has particular expertise in oil pipeline work. Bird advises clients such as Mainline Pipelines and CLH Pipeline System on protective provision agreements and land rights associated with the HS2 project. In the contentious space, Bird represented Redcliffe Homes in a successful appeal against the planning permission for a residential development near Bristol. Additionally, a team including the highly recommended solicitor Thomas Ewings assisted P3 Group with the planning agreements for a development including 1,700 houses, a commercial space and significant infrastructure provisions. The team also has expertise in contentious and non-contentious CPO mandates.

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Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

With ‘solid technical knowledge and extremely competitive rates’, VWV ‘compares favourably to its regional competitors’ and has particular strength in public sector property disputes. The ‘sensible and commercialMichelle Bendall is representing Highways England Company in an Upper Tribunal matter concerning the level of compensation due with respect to a compulsory purchase order. Bendall also assisted MD Homes with a possession order regarding a development site that had been occupied by protesters. Also recommended is David Bird, who advised a client in the education sector on an infringement of its right to light in an office block in Birmingham. Senior associate Daniel Hall manages the department’s work for PricewaterhouseCoopers and associate Georgina Little has experience in landlord and tenant issues and breach of covenant claims. St Vincent de Paul Society and Crest Nicholson Operations are also among the team’s clients.

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