Winckworth Sherwood

Parliamentary & Public Affairs Department

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What the team is known for Thriving parliamentary practice with significant expertise in a range of matters from drafting to promoting new legislation in both England & Wales and Scotland. Well versed in parliamentary procedure and routinely instructed by public authorities. Continued activity advising on legislation promoting a series of major infrastructure projects across the UK, with involvement in significant work arising from harbour and rail developments.

Strengths A client asserts: "They're the first port of call for specialised advice on hybrid legislation."

Sources note: "They're highly experienced and knowledgable across a wealth of parliamentary agency matters and infrastructure projects. They have a strong bench of practitioners who aren't just knowledgeable of parliamentary process but can give practical solutions to support their clients."

Another commentator adds: "The department prides itself on the unfussy, straightforward excellence of its legal advice and judgement."

Work highlights Advised the Department for Transport and HS2 on the promotion of a high-speed rail construction bill.

Notable practitioners

Alex Dillistone
frequently acts on significant infrastructure projects. She has a wealth of experience in acting for clients in the transport sector.
"She gives clear, sound advice in a manner clients can understand." "She's on the ball, incisive and practically-minded."

Hazel Anderson
is highly praised for advising on the promotion of hybrid legislation. She is also skilled in representing clients in transport and port issues.
"She's an adaptable, technically skilful lawyer who can provide forthright evidence clients can rely on." "She's intellectually forceful and able to cut through the detail of matters."

Paul Irving
possesses strength in drafting and promoting legislation for clients from a variety of sectors. He is proficient in advising on hybrid bills.
"Paul’s advice is always comprehensive while being succinct and eminently sensible and practical. He has a fierce intellect and can get to the root of complex queries quickly." "He combines huge experience and specialist knowledge with impeccable judgement."