Firms To Watch: Infrastructure (parliamentary)

In late 2021, Bexley Beaumont, which has bases in Manchester, London and Liverpool, recruited experienced Roll A Parliamentary Agent Richard Bull from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Infrastructure (parliamentary) in London

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans has a large parliamentary agency practice which operates across the areas of infrastructure promotion, private bills and pure parliamentary work. The team specialises in CSR and work connected to charities, including sustainability matters. The team is led by planning specialist Mark Challis, who works alongside parliamentary agent Nick Evans, who advises promoters of major infrastructure schemes, promoting private bills and petitioning against hybrid bills. Angus Walker provides advice to promoters of development consent orders, while Sarah Clark specialises in infrastructure promotion, including schemes for Highways England, TfL and Network Rail. Duncan O'Connor joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in December 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Challis

Autres avocats clés:

Nick Evans; Angus Walker; Sarah Clark; Duncan O’Connor

Les références

‘Immense strength in depth, comprehensive knowledge of parliamentary procedures, experienced in dealing with government depts’

‘Sarah Clark has exceptional ability and command of consenting process’

‘BDB Pitmans has enormous strength in depth in the field of infrastructure planning. The team has developed a strong knowledge-led practice that means they are always up-do-date with the latest developments in the law and practice.’

‘Angus Walker is one of the most senior and well respected infrastructure partners at any firm. He has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the law. Duncan O’Connor is very experienced in infrastructure planning matters. He is very well regarded and has a nice manner with clients.’

‘My experience of BDB Pitmans is that they are constantly present and available to you. Your core contacts are on hand, and no query is considered to large or small to be dealt with. They have a fantastic team of individuals working in the background to support the core team ensuring quick turnaround of advice.’

Principaux clients

National Highways

London Luton Airport

Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust

Northern Ireland Assembly

National Audit Office

Manchester local authorities

Riveroak Investments (developers of Manston Airport)

Clean Air Zone drafting for major cities throughout England

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council

Flood defence barriers for East Suffolk Council & Environment Agency

Network Rail and Northumberland CC

Northumberland County Council

Principaux dossiers

  • Promoting the proposed Lower Thames Crossing for National Highways, their largest ever project and the largest investment in the road network since the M25.
  • Successfully promoted a private bill for Highgate Cemetery, giving it the necessary statutory rights to re-use burial spaces in one of the UK’s most historically important cemeteries.
  • Acting for a wide range of parties affected by Phases 2a and 2b of HS2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP handles work relating to private (local) bills, Harbours Act orders and Transport and Works Act orders, all with a particular focus on planning and consenting economic and transport infrastructure. Practice head Robbie Owen is an experienced Roll A parliamentary agent, and prominently works with county councils on expanding transport links. Francis Tyrrell handles bills related to pension schemes as well as harbour work including reclaiming land. Associate George Wilson has been advising TfL on the Crossrail Act 2008 in relation to the construction of the Elizabeth Line.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robbie Owen

Autres avocats clés:

Francis Tyrell; George Wilson

Les références

‘Pinsent Masons has absolutely enormous strength in depth that allows it to handle multiple large cases at the same time. PM is one of the outstanding infrastructure planning firms in the country and they had the client base to prove it.’

‘Robbie Owen – Robbie is one of the top infrastructure planning partners in the country. He has almost unrivalled experience and vast reserves of legal knowledge and tactical sense.’

‘The superb leadership of Robbie Owen, ably supported by Francis Tyrrell, coupled with long experience of the sector’

‘Robbie Owen – his energetic and creative focus brings its own success.’

‘Francis Tyrrell is calm and hard-working.’

‘The team is led by one of the foremost Parliamentary Agents- Robbie Owen’

‘Robbie Owen’s strategic understanding of the parliamentary process is unrivalled.’

Principaux clients

Suffolk County Council

Transport for London

Northumberland County Council

Port of Tilbury London Limited

National Highways

Cambridgeshire County Council and the Greater Cambridge Partnership

Portsmouth City Council

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Suffolk County Council on its application for a development consent order (DCO) authorising the construction of a third crossing over Lake Lothing in Lowestoft.
  • Advising Transport for London 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.
  • Advising Northumberland County Council on its application for an order under the Transport and Works Act 1992 authorising the re-opening to passenger services of the Ashington – Blyth – Tyne railway (also known as the Northumberland Line).

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP advises a range of trusts and non-profits with a focus on matters related to land impacted by the development of transport infrastructure. A particular area of expertise is the impact of HS2 on historic sites and significant landowners, as well as the development of nuclear power stations. The team is led by Alastair Lewis, who represents landowners and churchwardens, advising on their objections to HS2 Phase 2A and securing mitigation for these clients. He is a Roll A Parlimentary Agent, as is Emyr Thomas, who advises The National Trust. Aidan Dickinson focuses on real estate work and heads the compulsory purchase team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alastair Lewis

Autres avocats clés:

Emyr Thomas; Aidan Dickinson

Les références

‘Unique expertise and involvement in all aspects of parliamentary work’

‘Alasdair Lewis and Emyr Thomas are exceptional in their field, with a very practical but polished approach to the particular peculiarities of the Parliamentary machine.’

‘Excellent to work with, and very good with clients.’

Principaux clients

The Churchwardens of Monken Hadley Parish Church

Several significant (HS2-affected) landowners

National Trust

Cheshire East Council

Suffolk County Council

Winckworth Sherwood LLP

Winckworth Sherwood LLP drafts and promotes legislation, statutory instruments and byelaws in the Westminster parliament, with a specialist focus on major infrastructure projects of strategic importance. The practice is led by Paul Irving, who has led on work for the Department of Transport as well as schemes and legislation related to British ports. Hazel Anderson has a focus on rail and harbour clients, with work including environmental impact assessments and habitats issues. Alex Dillistone negotiates complex legal agreements with a range of organisations with objections to HS2 and National Rail projects. Jane Wakeham works across the practice on matters including hybrid and private bills, development consent orders and Transport and Works Act orders. The hugely experienced Alison Gorlov has stepped down as a partner and now acts as a consulting Parliamentary Agent for the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Irving

Autres avocats clés:

Alison Gorlov; Hazel Anderson; Alex Dillistone; Jane Wakeham

Les références

‘The team of lawyers we work with at Winckworth Sherwood are really great – they have a real depth and breadth of experience in the specialist area we work with them on and are personally delightful.’

‘Paul Irving is a leader in his field and is widely and rightly recognised as the foremost expert. Alex Dillistone is a deeply talented lawyer with a quick wit and again, superbly skilled.’

‘Ability to understand the client’s needs and so apply their knowledge and expertise to meet that need in the scope of the project and client’s aspirations. They have a strength in exuding confidence in their client that they will be able to support their needs and go over and above and also see the context and wider (time and space) perspective of the client’s project.’

‘They approach the client as being part of the team not standing back, as is vital to understand the needs of the client but also in building relationships to enable the aspirations of the client to be met and in the smoothest way possible and maximising any opportunities.’

‘Unique experience acting for the Government in the promotion of hybrid Bills for major infrastructure projects.’

‘Paul Irving remains one of the best Parliamentary Agents in the business, with vast experience, capacity and an unerring ability to offer succinct and always useful advice.’

‘They remain the stand out team in this highly specialised and complex sector. Tremendous experience and track record of success in promoting national and other major transport schemes through Parliamentary and statutory consent procedures. Intellectually very powerful practitioners. Long standing emphasis on carefully structured and principled legal advice in support of robust and defensible outcomes. Incredibly approachable and down to earth individuals. A sheer joy to work with.’

‘Paul Irving – remains the clear first choice by a long distance in this field. Formidable judgement worn astonishingly lightly. Hazel Anderson is the go to practitioner in this field for authoritative advice on environmental assessment and related regulatory matters. Alex Dillistone always provides the most clear and astutely focused advice. Jane Wakeham is particularly strong in advising on negotiating settlement.’

Principaux clients

HS2

Crossrail

Secretary of State for Transport

West Midlands Combined Authority

Associated British Ports

Port of London Authority

Network Rail

Harwich Haven Authority

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Secretary of State for Transport in the promotion of three bills in Parliament to authorise the High Speed railway network.
  • Acting for the Port of London Authority on the promotion of a major harbour revision order to revise its powers to regulate the Port of London.
  • Acting for Network Rail in the promotion of an Order under the Transport and works Act to authorise the east-west rail project.