Winckworth Sherwood

Transport: Rail Department

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What the team is known for Established planning and authorisation practice with extensive rail sector knowledge. Works with clients on promotion and opposition of legislation as well as planning, compulsory purchase and public law issues. Offers standout expertise in environmental impact assessment and statutory procedure. Notable experience representing government bodies.

Strengths Clients say: "The firm is excellent. They are the first port of call for this specialised advice."

Work highlights Advised the Department for Transport and HS2 on the promotion of the Bill to construct and operate the proposed high-speed railway between London and Birmingham, Phase 1 of HS2, and on further Bills to construct and operate Phases 2A and 2B, extensions of the railway to Crewe and to Leeds and Manchester.

Notable practitioners

Paul Irving
is head of the practice and a leading specialist in the sector. He acts for clients on high-profile rail projects and provides strategic advice on planning and authorisation. He is particularly noted for his extensive expertise in advising on and drafting legislation.
"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."