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Christian Drage

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Planning and environment.


Christian specialises in planning and environmental work for a range of commercial clients, local authorities and government agencies. He advises on all aspects of CPO, highways stopping-up procedure; drafting and negotiating Section 106 planning agreements and section 38/278 highways agreements; and environmental impact assessment. He also has considerable experience of section 78 planning appeals/public inquiries, High Court planning appeals and Judicial Review.


Trained Berwin Leighton (now Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP); qualified 2000; partner 2007.


Wollaston High School; College of Law, Guildford (CPE; postgraduate diploma in law; postgraduate diploma in legal practice); University of Leicester (1995 BA Hons geography).


Family, most sports and cars.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 'is an outstanding firm in the field of infrastructure planning' and its 'extremely experienced team of solicitors always provides absolutely top-quality advice in a client-friendly accessible way', according to one client. Mark Richards is a 'solid practitioner' and impresses clients with his 'excellent client relationship and business development skills'; he is currently assisting the energy division of a Fortune 50 company with its joint venture with Co Gen for the development of a biomass power plant. National Grid recently appointed a team led by Christian Drage to advise on the second phase of its London Power Tunnels project, and James Good continues to guide Tideway through the implementation and discharge of DCO requirements associated with its Thames Tideway Tunnel 'super sewer' project. Other key names include planning expert Tim Smith  and construction partner John Hughes-D’Aeth . The team recently welcomed rail infrastructure specialist Jason Chamberlain from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

The 'easy to work with' and 'competent' power team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is recommended by clients for energy-from-waste projects especially with regards to the contractual and construction aspects. The firm acts for clients such as National Grid, Ancala and major retailers in matters across the energy supply chain under the leadership of Adam Dann . Recently, Dann and Kiran Arora advised EDFES - a joint venture between EDF and Dalkia - on its acquisition of Imtech from Endless, and Mark Richards is currently assisting the University of Cambridge with all aspects of utility provision at the North West Cambridge Development. Ed Coulson and Andrew Hockley continue to represent National Grid and Scottish Power in their respective claims for damages arising from alleged overcharges paid for the purchase of high voltage power cables following the EU's 2014 cartel decision. The firm's energy disputes practice is spearheaded by Segun Osuntokun while Christian Drage specialises in planning issues.

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London: Public sector

Infrastructure (parliamentary)

Within: Infrastructure (parliamentary)

Headed by Partners Mark Richards and Adam Dann, the infrastructure team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  assists a broad range of clients  across the transport and infrastructure industries including aviation, rail, road and shipping. Others to note include Deborah Greenwood and Christian Drage .

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London: Real estate


Within: Planning

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP fields a ‘go-to infrastructure planning team'  headed by Tim Hellier, who is ‘highly accomplished, providing considered and incisive advice which inspires confidence’ and an ‘effective and robust negotiator when required'. Christian Drage is recommended for his ‘robust and well considered advice’, and ‘calm and reassuring nature'. His recent work includes leading on all planning, infrastructure, CPO and land assembly aspects for National Grid in relation to phase 2 of their multi-billion London Power Tunnels project. James Good is leading the firm's advice on the Thames Tideway project, consisting of a £4.2bn upgrade of London’s Victorian sewerage network stretching 15 miles under the city. Tim Smith (‘very strong technically, picks up issues quickly, very practical') IS advising Westfield on the development of a major retail extension to the Stratford Shopping Centre along with over 1,300 residential units at Cherry Park. Senior associate Rosalind Nuttall is ‘dependable and very user friendly’, while Robert Gowing is ‘a really impressive senior associate.’ Other clients include Heathrow, Tesco, and Aviva.

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