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Andrew Batterton

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Real Estate


Andrew is a Partner who practices in the area of planning law, with particular focus on the promotion of major projects in the energy, infrastructure, regulated and commercial markets utilising DCO, TWAO, Town and Country and Electricity Act planning and compulsory acquisition powers.
His clients operate and promote development across a range of sectors typically exercising land assembly powers including road, rail and air transport, energy generation and transmission, logistics, industrial, retail, student accommodation and sports & recreation.

He deals with all stages of the consenting process from inception, strategic guidance, pre-application, application, appeal/examination, legal challenge and implementation.


National Infrastructure Planning Association (NIPA), Compulsory Purchase Association (CPA)


Chemistry & Law Joint Bsc (First Class Hons), Bristol. Legal Practice Course (Distinction), Manchester Metropolitan University.

North West: Real estate

Planning and environment

Within: Planning and environment

DLA Piper UK LLP handles planning, highways, compulsory purchase and other regulated consent issues relating to regeneration, infrastructure and energy projects. The team continues to advise Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds on the planning and highways aspects of its plans to expand its academy facilities in Kirkby and to co-locate the first team training ground; and is advising Cheshire West and Chester Council on its town centre regeneration programme, Chester Northgate, which includes advice on site assembly by compulsory purchase orders, planning and listed building consents and highway matters. The team is advising Liverpool City Council and Sefton Borough Council on a suite of consents required to facilitate the dualling of the A565, which includes four compulsory purchase orders and a side roads order; and is advising Liverpool City Council on its City Centre Connectivity Programme. The team has also been instructed by Highways England to promote a number of new highway and highway improvement schemes as part of its RIS1 Project, which includes projects on the M62 and A1 and a new a dual carriageway road on the north side of Liverpool. Senior associate Sophie Stewart is ‘commercial; gives well-considered, strategic advice; is pro-active in managing consultants to ensure that the team effort is co-ordinated and gets to where it needs to be; and is excellent at client care’. Leeds-based Andrew Batterton heads the development and infrastructure planning teams in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI)


Within: Energy

Teresa Hitchcock and Natasha Luther-Jones jointly lead DLA Piper UK LLP’s department from Sheffield and Leeds respectively. Hitchcock is noted for her expertise in contaminated land, climate law and regeneration projects, and Luther-Jones is ‘a go-to name in the renewable energy space’; Luther-Jones’ recent work includes advising Nord on the financing of a wind farm project in Sweden, acting for Equitix on four separate acquisitions of solar assets including a portfolio of six solar sites from Anesco and six operating ground mounted solar installations from Primrose Solar, and assisting Falck Renewables with various greenfield wind power developments across Scandinavia. Other mandates included handling the acquisition of a grid connected short term operating response (STOR) development project in Doncaster and advising Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group on the financing of a wind farm in Scotland. Zilkha Biomass Energy, Tata Steel, Alcoa and Ineos are also clients. Andrew Batterton is the key name for energy developments, Ian Doig handles construction work and Stephen Atkinson regularly works on renewables projects.

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Within: Infrastructure

Key names in DLA Piper UK LLP’s Leeds team includes Robert Smith, who focuses on the transport sector; Allison Page, who specialises in highways and street lighting projects; Natasha Luther-Jones, who leads the firm’s renewable energy group and Andrew Batterton, who heads the development and infrastructure planning teams. Ian Doig in Sheffield and legal director Ben Peecock are the main contacts for construction and engineering matters. The department covers infrastructure comprehensively covering projects, finance, litigation, regulatory advice, restructurings, competition work, planning, construction and environmental issues. Recent highlights include advising Merseytravel on the construction elements of its new depot facilities on the Merseyrail network, assisting Highways England with its procurement of the Lower Thames Crossing Project, and acting for Gazprom Energoholding on the design, construction and commissioning of a power plant and pipeline for the supply of LNG. The team also advised the Department for Transport on the development of the Southern Eastern rail franchise and is acting for Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive on the MetroFutures project including the replacement of existing rolling stock.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Andrew Batterton - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Planning

As ‘one of the leading firms in the field’, DLA Piper UK LLP is ‘highly professional, pragmatic and always provides appropriate and proportionate advice’. Andrew Batterton leads the department, which handles national and international projects with notable expertise in infrastructure projects, regenerations and energy sector issues. Batterton ‘has a good eye for what really matters to the clients and is very thorough and helpful in his approach’; his recent highlights include advising Highways England on its new highway and highway improvement schemes, acting for Sheffield City Council and Urbo Regeneration on the West Bar Square regeneration project, and assisting Liverpool City Council with the consents required for the dualling of the A565. VPower, National Grid Electricity Transmission, Nexus and Merlin Entertainments are also clients. Associate Claire Stoneman, who handles development and infrastructure matters, is also a name to note.

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