BDB reclaims three lawyers from rival

The senior infrastructure specialists had left the firm to follow Robbie Owen, who moved to Pinsent Masons last June.

London-based Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) has appointed three seasoned lawyers to its government and infrastructure team.

Ian Cameron, Sarah Clark and Tom Henderson all come from rival law firm Pinsent Masons. They are due to join BDB “in the summer”, the company said in a statement.

Their appointment comes less than a year after all three moved to Pinsent Masons to follow former BDB partner Robbie Owen last summer. Duncan O’Connor and Francis Tyrell, also part of the crew of five who jumped boats last July, are still employed at Pinsent Masons.

Cameron, Clark and Henderson will act as legal directors in BDB’s government and infrastructure team, taking the unit’s headcount to 28 specialists. The firm claims it is the UK’s largest planning team.

“Having all three of our colleagues back will further cement our position as the natural choice for infrastructure and general planning advice,” commented Nick Brown, a partner at BDB.

Cameron, Clark and Henderson specialise on infrastructure and planning projects including energy, highways and urban transit. They also have experience of the UK’s parliamentary procedures and are involved in advising on High-Speed Two (HS2), the government’s much debated second high-speed rail project.