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Bircham Dyson Bell scoops supplier of the year award

December 2009

Bircham Dyson Bell recorded another first for the legal sector when it won the Supplier of the Year Award at the Light Rail Awards 2009. Leaders in the major projects sector, Bircham Dyson Bell won the award for their lead role in advising Nottingham City Council on their ¬£400m plans to extend their Nottingham Express Transit tram system and on the development and implementation of their innovative funding proposal for the extensions ‚Äď the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL).

Accepting the award on behalf of the firm Robbie Owen, Partner and Head of Major Projects said:

 "It is a fantastic achievement for us to win this award and a first for a law firm. Such awards normally go to traditional suppliers to the industry such as manufacturers and engineers. For Bircham Dyson Bell to have won shows the respect in which we are held by the sector, which makes me feel truly proud."

Nottingham is the first city in the UK to introduce a WPL scheme despite the powers to introduce a scheme being available since the coming into force of the Transport Act 2000. The timescale reflects the complexity of translating the framework provisions of the Act into a workable scheme, which required Bircham Dyson Bell to move beyond the traditional role of the lawyer to the forefront of scheme conception and design. The resulting WPL Order was drafted with no blueprint and represents a truly innovative legal instrument.

Pat Armstrong, Nottingham City Council, said of the WPL:

 "Being involved in a ‚Äėfirst' has been a challenge for us all but also a very stimulating experience and we have benefitted throughout from the total commitment and wide ranging  discussions and problem solving attitude of the team from Bircham Dyson Bell."

 

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