Infrastructure (parliamentary) in London

BDB Pitmans

The team at BDB Pitmans has a strong practice advising on general parliamentary work and the promotion and opposition to infrastructure schemes and private bills.  Its experience includes advising in relation to Development Consent Orders, Transport and Works Act Orders, and hybrid bills for HS2. Practice leader Mark Challis has particular expertise in compulsory purchase and highways law. Parliamentary agents Angus WalkerNick EvansDavid Mundy and Sarah Clark advise in relation to matters such as transport and ports infrastructure schemes, private bills and hybrid bills. Legal director Rahul Bijlani has experience of matsters such as road user charging schemes, while  Mustafa Latif-Aramesh deals with private bill promotions. Nick Brown retired from the partnership in 2020 but remains with the firm as a consultant and parliamentary agent.

Practice head(s):

Mark Challis

Other key lawyers:

Angus Walker; Nick Evans; David Mundy; Sarah Clark; Rahul Bijlani; Mustafa Latif-Aramesh; Nick Brown


‘BDB Pitmans has always been very quick to respond to any requests we have about legal matters. They are very clear on billing before undertaking work (as I work for an NGO this is particularly important for us) and bill regularly. The firm is also very clear on areas where they consider pursuing a legal route is not in our best interests. This makes them very trustworthy and is one of the reasons we give them repeat business.’

‘Their responses are timely and if there are delays they are very good at letting us know immediately.’

‘We have used other law firms for this area of work in the past but now only use BDB because of the relationship we have with Nick. Brown’

Key clients

Highways England

Transport for London

The Environment Agency

London Luton Airport Limited

RiverOak Strategic Partners (developers of Manston Airport)

Multiple local authorities promoting clean air and low emission zones

Multiple petitioners against HS2

Alternative Use Boston Projects Limited

Transport for Greater Manchester

Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust

Northern Ireland Assembly Commission

East Suffolk Council

Trinity House

National Resources Wales

Work highlights

  • Continued to advise Highways England on its most significant promotions, including the Lower Thames Crossing, the largest road scheme since the construction of the M25.
  • Promoted a private bill to give Highgate Cemetery the powers to create more grave space. This is essential to secure the future of Britain’s best-known cemetery.
  • On behalf of multiple local authorities promoted clean air zones, zero/low emission zones, workplace parking levies and congestion charges for 8 of the 10 largest cities in England, as well as several others.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP deals with substantive parliamentary law matters. With three parliamentary agents authorised to promote or oppose private and hybrid bills in parliament, the team has extensive legislative drafting experience and experience with major infrastructure projects.  Stephen Collings advises on major transportation projects, while James O’Connor specialises in advising on infrastructure projects. Monica Peto acts for railway companies, local and public authorities, and ports on the authorisation of rail, port, and energy infrastructure projects,  such as HS2. Stuart Andrews advises on significant urban regeneration projects. Juliet Clark rejoined the team in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Collings; James O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Monica Peto; Stuart Andrews; Juliet Carl; Darren White


‘The team is always very responsive to our needs as a client. They make the effort to understand what our requirements are so that they provide the service that we need in the timescales required. They have consistently delivered for us over a number of years.’

‘The Infrastructure practice is superb. Their service is second to none, with collaboration & client focus at the heart of what they do. They understand the environment we work in, the external influences we have to manage and the importance of delivering to a programme. They are willing to challenge and pose the difficult questions but work with you to find solutions. They provide value for money through reviewing resources, support required and providing the best solution’

‘Monica Peto and Darren White represented our organisation in a professional and knowledgeable manner. Advice was clear and concise and we felt always in good hands. There was a nice personal touch, with a good splash of humour thrown in, which made the entire process rather enjoyable. Monica and Darren ALWAYS delivered what they promised well within agreed timescales and budgets.’

‘Monica’s experience and professionalism were superb and we knew our project was in excellent and safe hands. She made the whole process completely painless and smooth and a little humour thrown in made for quite a pleasant experience all in all.’

‘Huge technical expertise and experience in this very challenging field of practice. They have been key advisers in a wide range of major rail schemes, including the high speed rail (HS2) legislation.They are equally at home piloting a project through the consent stage and driving that project forward to delivery. They are particularly strong in their commercial judgment.’

‘Stephen Collings brings a wealth of experience advising on rail projects both nationally and locally. He has an excellent forensic eye to detail and superb, practical judgement.’

‘James O’Connor combines a very fine intellect and legal brain with strong strategic and tactical judgement’


Key clients

Department for Transport and HS2 Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Stena Ports Limited

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited and the Highland Council

Pinsent Masons LLP

With offices in both Westminster and Holyrood, the Pinsent Masons LLP team offers both parliamentary and public affair services. It is highly experienced in areas such as strategic advice, parliamentary procedures, public policy, and legislative drafting. Members of the team are able to promote, draft, and oppose Private and Hybrid Bills, as well as Harbours Act Orders, Transport and Works Act Orders, and other Bills and Orders. Practice leader Robbie Owen is a 'vastly experienced infrastructure partner' and Roll A Parliamentary Agent, acting for those promoting and opposing Private and Hybrid Bills in Parliament. Francis Tyrrell advises on drafting amendments for Government Bills, and Roll A Parliamentary Agent Richard Bull promotes major infrastructure projects and private legislation.

Practice head(s):

Robbie Owen

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Abbott; Francis Tyrrell; Richard Bull


Pinsent Masons is one of the very top firms in this field and that comes from working very hard to deliver an excellent product for clients. They have some of the leading partners and a large team of very experienced associated.’

Robbie Owen is a vastly experienced infrastructure partner who richly deserves his reputation as one of the very best. Francis Tyrrell is a very switched on and knowledgeable young partner who is definitely going places. Duncan O’Connor is a quietly efficient and very effective young solicitor. He is hard working, on-the-ball and a pleasure to work with.

Robbie Owen has superb judgement, with deep experience and boundless energy. Francis Tyrrell is an excellent and safe pair of hands.’

Knowledgable, approachable and have experts for everything. Their experience in development consent orders is second to none and their team is always a pleasure to work with – real collaborators. They look after their clients particularly well and are always keen to add value and share views and news beyond the job in hand.’

The Pinsent Masons team have a wealth of Parliamentary experience. Robbie Owen is one of the most experienced parliamentary agents. He is supported by a strong and deep team.’

Key clients

University of London

Suffolk County Council

Transport for London

Northumberland County Council

Heathrow Airport Limited

Port of Tilbury London Limited

Falkland Islands Government

Highways England

Cambridgeshire County Council and the Greater Cambridge Partnership

Work highlights

  • Successful promotion of a private Bill for the University of London primarily to facilitate the establishment of its colleges and research institutes as universities in their own right.
  • Advised Suffolk County Council on its application for a development consent order (DCO) authorising the construction of a third crossing over Lake Lothing in Lowestoft.
  • Advised TfL on the implementation of the Silvertown Tunnel, a twin-bore highway tunnel beneath the Thames in east London authorised by a DCO made under the Planning Act 2008.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP is known primarily for promoting private Acts of Parliament and acting for opponents to infrastructure projects requiring statutory authorisation, most recently the HS2 Phase 2a Bill, as well as promoting and opposing private and hybrid bills. However, it provides niche advice regarding special procedure orders, environmental and highways law, and compulsory purchase orders. Its clients are usually public bodies, such as local authorities, although it has promoted private Acts for major corporations and banks. Practice leader Alastair Lewis and Emyr Thomas are experts in both private and hybrid legislation regarding infrastructure projects, while Aidan Dickinson focuses on compulsory purchase law.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Emyr Thomass; Aidan Dickinson


Unparalleled experience with a healthy practical approach, well aligned to needs of clients.’

Alastair Lewis has vast experience both in the practical aspects but also in procedures and Emyr Thomas combines great advocacy skills and great client support.’

Key clients

The Churchwardens of Monken Hadley Parish Church

Staffordshire County Council

The National Trust

Cheshire East Council

Suffolk County Council

Electrical Safety First

Work highlights

  • Drafted and promoted a private Bill in Parliament for the Churchwardens of Monken Hadley Parish Church.
  • Advised on SCC’s objection to the High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill and continuing advice on it and the first HS2 Act.
  • Advised the National Trust on its objection to the Norfolk Vanguard Development Consent Order, which would involve the construction of an offshore windfarm off the Norfolk coast, affecting Trust assets.

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP is highly regarded for its experience drafting and promoting legislation in both Westminster and Scottish Parliaments, statutory authorisations, and byelaws - the team is known for its 'unequalled experience on hybrid Bills'. It has a history of promoting infrastructure projects, including HS2, Crossrail and HS1. Head of the practice Paul Irving focuses on promoting and drafting legislation relating to railways, harbours, and other infrastructure. Hazel Anderson deals primarily with rail and labour infrastructure planning work, including compulsory purchase and compensation, while Alex Dillistone is a public law, planning and environmental lawyer who previously worked at the Department of Energy & Climate Change. Recently promoted partner Jane Wakeham deals with promotion of heavy and light rail infrastructure, while consulting parliamentary agent Alison Gorlov is a highly experienced legislative drafter and deals with hybrid Bill proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Paul Irving

Other key lawyers:

Hazel Anderson; Alex Dillistone; Jane Wakeham; Alison Gorlov


‘They remain the pre-eminent experts in this specialist field of legal practice. The depth of experience is limitless, as is the clarity and accuracy of judgement in advising in a notoriously challenging field that requires sensitivity to fast changing political priorities as well as legal and professional considerations. The team is admirably diverse in its make up, but the shared characteristic is a commitment to excellent strategic and tactical advice which unerringly hits the mark.’

‘Paul Irving remains without equal in this field – his quiet almost self-effacing manner belies his longstanding expertise and impeccable judgement.’

‘Their understanding of not only what the client needs but understanding of the client is excellent – this is key to providing what they need. The team are just that – a team – and their good internal working relationships come through into their overall work as a whole to clients.’

‘Hazel Anderson is always sure footed and utterly reliable in her advice, an excellent environmental lawyer.’

‘Alex Dillistone is simply brilliant in everything she does.’

‘Jane Wakeham has superb forensic skills.’

‘The client is made to feel they are working with you as part of the team, not just for you as their client, which is key in a multi-disciplined team working under pressure and to tight deadlines. They exude confidence and experience in their advice and work, and also in anticipating the needs of the client and thinking outside of the box in solutions to issues. They give a very considered approach.’

‘Paul Irving, Alex Dillistone and Hazel Anderson are all excellent; experienced and accessible.’

Key clients



Secretary of State for Transport

City of London Corporation

West Midlands Combined Authority

Associated British Ports

Port of London Authority

Network Rail

Harwich Haven Authority