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BDB Pitmans LLP

Planning

4 ranked lawyersBand 2London (Firms)UK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Infrastructure-focused outfit specialising in Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. Often handles large-scale projects in the energy and transport sectors and regularly advises on DCOs, as well as mainstream planning applications. Acts for a diverse range of clients, including TfL, Highways England and the Environment Agency, as well as various local authorities and airports.

Strengths

A client describes the BDB Pitmans lawyers as "fantastic to work with," citing their "consistently good-quality advice,""very good customer care" and the "real depth to their department."

Another calls the firm"exceptionally good," adding: "They are very good at anticipating the support we might require."

Work highlights

Acted for RiverOak on its efforts to obtain a DCO for the reopening of Manston Airport.

Notable practitioners

Angus Walker is a well-established presence in the field of development consenting, particularly regarding nationally significant projects. He is accustomed to representing clients whether they are objecting to or promoting an infrastructure development.
"His real strength is his deep knowledge of the infrastructure planning system.""Angus Walker is very calm and measured, and provides good-quality tactical advice."

Mark Challis maintains strong client relationships with a number of high-profile public bodies. He is equally well placed to advise on the orders and applications required for large, nationally significant infrastructure developments, and on challenges to tall buildings and other new developments.
"Careful, thorough, calm and a good team leader.""I respect Mark Challis very much; he's got a sense of humour and his approach is very down-to-earth."

Sarah Clark is frequently instructed by public sector clients to advise on major infrastructure developments. This includes overseeing promotions, development consent orders and public inquiries. She is also able to draw on her proficiency in Scottish law.
"A tireless team player. Very committed.""Sarah Clark is phenomenal."

Tom Henderson specialises in obtaining authorisation for major infrastructure works. He has a wealth of knowledge in development consent order matters. He often works on improvement and expansion plans for road works and airports.
"Tom Henderson is very thoughtful, and excellent under pressure.""He provides very sound, well-reasoned advice."

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London (Firms)

Planning


Angus Walker
Band 2
Mark Challis
Band 4
Sarah Clark
Band 5
Tom Henderson
Band 5